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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.

Henrico Fire conducting 3-day training exercise at Westminster Canterbury

Henrico Fire officials are conducting a comprehensive three-day training exercise this week (Jan. 12-14) at the Westminster Canterbury Richmond continuing care retirement community in northern Henrico.

Though many fire trucks and emergency response vehicles are converging upon the site, there is no actual emergency. WCR is the home of nearly 900 residents and employs 700 people.

The exercise involves many fire units from throughout the county. The training will last all day each of those days to engage three shifts of firefighters.

Henrico firefighter honored

Henrico firefighter Jon Reinmuth recently earned the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service.

Reinmuth manages the activities of the fourth-grade education program, the Junior Firefighter program, Summer Blast and the Kids Safety Wagon for the Division of Fire. He is currently working on development of several new programs that will enhance service to the county, including upgraded senior safety programs, the Hand Only CPR program and a college safety program.

Henrico Fire promotes 7

The Henrico Division of Fire this week promoted seven officials: J. Bryan Miers to fire battalion chief; Scott J. Archibeque and Ronald J. Thomas to fire captain; Daniel J. Cramer, Christian H. Kitchen, Joseph K. Mooney and Kevin M. Pond to fire lieutenant.

Fire Chief Anthony McDowell announced the promotions Dec. 1.

Firefighters quickly extinguish northern Henrico apartment blaze

UPDATE: OCT. 29, 5 P.M. – An apartment fire in northern Henrico this afternoon did little damage today, thanks to a quick response by Henrico Firefighters.

Firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Presidential Drive, near Brook Road, at 3:20 p.m. in response to a call for a fire. No one was home in the apartment, and all occupants in the other apartments were able to make it out of the building uninjured.

Into the fire

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.

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