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Inaugural teen fire academy graduates 11 students
Teen Summer Fire Academy participants practice removing a body from a burning building.

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water.

Firefighters extinguish warehouse fire near RIR

UPDATE: AUG. 18, 10:15 A.M. – Henrico firefighters extinguished a small fire at a warehouse near Richmond International Raceway early this morning.

The fire alarm sounded at 1:16 a.m. at the warehouse, at 4201 Carolina Avenue, just about a mile from Fire Station No. 1 on East Azalea Avenue. Units that responded reported light smoke coming from the warehouse and found a small fire under a conveyor belt when they entered. They were able to extinguish it by 1:38 a.m.

Henrico Fire responds to apartment fire in northside June 12

No one was injured in an apartment fire in the 3500 block of Bolling Road in Henrico's northside community June 12.

Henrico Fire officials responded to the residence shortly after 10:30 a.m. and reported smoke coming from the two-story building and flames at the rear of the building's first floor. Crews successfully extinguished the fire within seven minutes of arriving and contained it to the apartment in which it started.

The adult female resident of the apartment and all occupants in the other apartments were able to exit the apartment building on their own. The resident of the apartment in which the fire originated was transported to MCV for evaluation but did not suffer any burns and was not complaining of any difficulty breathing.

Five injured in three separate fires

Five people were injured in three separate house fires Monday and Tuesday morning in Henrico County. All three were kitchen fires. Two of the injured received burns.

Firefighters first were called at 3:13 pm to the 1500 block of Early Street in Highland Springs for a fire in the kitchen. Firefighters arrived to find a kitchen on fire inside the home and an occupant with apparent smoke inhalation. They quickly controlled the fire, and the occupant was evaluated and transported to the hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire was determined to be a stove left on after cooking. A smoke detector was present in the home but failed to operate because the battery had been disconnected.

Fire officials to promote 24

The Henrico Division of Fire will promote 23 firefighters and one of its civilian staff members tonight during a ceremony at Hermitage High School at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The scheduled promotions include two district chief officers (Kevin P. Bartal and David L. Nuckols); six battalion chief officers (Christopher H. Buehren, Eugene Gerald, George W. Lane, Alec W. Oughton, Douglas E. Reynolds, Gary W. Samuels); seven captains (Vernon L. Crumpler, Taylor C. Goodman, W. Joseph Green, Gregory A. Nuckols, Kenneth Ray Stone, William R. Tucker, John E. Walls) and eight lieutenants (Agee F. Bryant, William N. Cheeley, James R. Heller, Gregory T. McKee, Robert C. Owens, G. Robert Rowley, Patrick M. Sheehan, Zachary J. Zellner).

Henrico names McDowell as fire chief


Anthony E. McDowell has been named the new chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, effective Oct. 20. County Manager Virgil Hazelett made the announcement Oct. 10.

McDowell, who has been serving as battalion chief of administration in the Henrico Division of Fire, will succeed Edwin W. Smith, who retired in September after five years as fire chief.

As fire chief, McDowell will oversee a department with 539 employees, including more than 500 state-certified firefighters, and a budget of $49.6 million for fiscal 2012-13.

A new home for Co. 3

When Henrico Fire's Engine Company 3 officially moves to its new home this week, its members will take away memories both fond and not-so-fond of the historic station being vacated on Nine Mile Road.

Last month, Station Captain Doug Reynolds led a tour of the two facilities that highlighted dramatic contrasts between the two buildings – chief among them, the space.

"The new one is easily three times as big," said Reynolds of the firehouse on Airport Drive at Washington Street. At approximately 11,500 square feet, he added, the new building is even larger than the lot on which the older, 3500 square-foot-structure was built in 1955.

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