Henrico County VA

Firefighters rescue 4 from Essex Village fire

SEPT. 18, 4:09 P.M. – Henrico Firefighters rescued four people from an Essex Village apartment after a small kitchen fire broke out in the residence.

Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Engleside Circle, near Richmond International Raceway, at 2:36 p.m. Occupants in the apartment were alerted to the fire in the apartment by a smoke alarm. The first units to arrive made it on scene in five minutes and reported smoke from the front of the apartment building and a small child being handed out a second story window to another adult below. Crews quickly rescued four additional residents from the second story bedroom windows.

Fire leaves one dead, one injured in Sandston

One person died and another is in critical condition following an early morning fire in Sandston.

The fire occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Mary Street, near the intersection of Hanover Road and East Nine Mile Road. Dispatchers received the call and information that the two people were trapped inside.

The first Henrico Fire crews to arrive spotted heavy fire from a room on the right side of the house and made rescue attempts while fire-fighting operations began. They pulled the two adults, a man and a woman, from the home. Both were suffering from cardiac arrest and were transported to MCV. The male was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, and the female is listed in critical condition.

Henrico fire chief named top in Southeast

Anthony E. McDowell, chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, has been chosen as the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

McDowell, who has led the Division of Fire since October 2012, was selected from 15 nominees and will receive the award June 20 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala.

“Henrico County is thrilled that Tony’s excellent public service has been recognized by his peers in the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico enjoys a high quality of life in part because of the work and dedication of the men and women of the Division of Fire. As chief, Tony leads from the front and by example. He is driven by a passion for helping others and is guided by a commitment to his faith, his family and his community.”

Eight displaced by Northside fire

Eight adults were displaced by an apartment fire this afternoon in Henrico's Northside.

The fire broke out at about 1:23 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cardiff Court. Firefighters arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and fire in one of the apartments. All three residents of that unit escaped without injury.

Henrico Fire earns national Congressional Fire Services Institute award

The Henrico County Division of Fire recently was selected from among fire departments across the United States to receive the 2015 Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award recognizes best-practices in emergency medical services. Representatives from Henrico County will receive the award April 16 during the annual CFSI Caucus Dinner in Washington DC.

The award recognizes the commitment of Henrico County in supporting Department of Defense missions. Henrico Fire regularly partners with a variety of DOD units including the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army and the Virginia National Guard.

Shed fire quickly extinguished in Henrico’s Northside

Firefighters quickly extinguished a shed fire in Henrico's Northside March 19 in the early afternoon.

Henrico Division of Fire units responded to the 2200 block of Lincoln Ridge Lane, just off Mountain Road in Glen Allen shortly after 12:30 p.m., and found heavy smoke coming from the rear of a home. Crews found fire coming from a detached shed at the rear of a single story residence. The shed suffered moderate fire and smoke damage, but because of the quick extinguishment, the fire did not spread to the residence or an adjacent shed.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds

Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above).

Fire officials practice ice rescue

Firefighters don't have the opportunity to train for every type of rescue operation they may eventually face, but Henrico firefighters did have a real-world training opportunity last weekend, thanks to frigid temperatures in the county.

The Division of Fire’s Specialty Rescue teams practiced ice rescues at a partially frozen lake in Three Lakes Park in northern Henrico Feb. 20. The Technical Rescue team, Hazardous Materials team and the Search and Rescue Dive team joined forces to practice skills needed to successfully pull victims out of a frozen lake.

One of the team members in a special ice suit was placed in the water, and team members practiced rescuing him using some of the specialized equipment. In one scenario, a Carlson board and ice spikes were used to make it out on the ice to the victim and ropes were used to pull both of them back.

Small fire extinguished at Mondelez factory

Henrico Fire units quickly extinguished a structure fire at the Mondelez (Nabisco) factory in Varina Jan. 20. The factory manufactures Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, Ritz and Wheat Thins crackers and Premium saltines.

The fire was reported at 8:10 p.m., and first-arriving units reported fire from the roof of the facility. Inside the factory, fire crews found fire in an oven on the second floor and a vent stack leading to the roof. Crews continued to the roof and found fire in the roof structure around the vent stack.

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