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Need to get tested for COVID-19? Please review this information from the Virginia Department of Health. Read more
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The architect has generated a set of concept drawings based on the design so far. The concept includes: 6 drive-through Read more
GVFRS would like to alert the public of an apparent fund drive that is being mailed to our local residents, Read more
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We would like to introduce you to Richard and Heather Brown. This father-daughter duo runs out of station 4 in Read more
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GVFRS would like to thank the Virginia Rebellion’s baseball players for their donations of the Krispy Kreme donuts. Thank you Read more
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The demolition of the old hotel and furniture buildings has been completed. The concrete slabs have been left in place Read more

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GVFRS has outgrown our Main Street Station, Station 1, which can no longer properly support the needed equipment and personnel.  GVFRS has been working for nearly two years to develop options to meet the needs of the department and the community for at least the next 50 years.

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July 2020 Activity

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58+

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Station 1

Station 1 – Main Street

6595 Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061

804-693-2148

Station 4 Harcum

Station 4 – Harcum

7070 Ark Road
Gloucester, VA 23061

804-693-0724

Station 6 - Sassafrass

Station 6 – Sassafrass

7070 Ark Road
Gloucester, VA 23061

804-693-0724

Attached are two photos of the arson fire at 5500 Ware Neck Road this morning. GVFRS Fire Prevention Officer Tony Villani was first on scene to find fire coming out of the 2nd story windows and established Command. GVFRS responded with 4 engines, 1 tanker, 2 medic units and 1 utility vehicle with a total of 17 personnel. Because of the intensity of the fire, time of day and need for additional resources, mutual aid was requested from Abingdon, Mathews, Lower Middlesex, Urbana, Hartfield and Lower King and Queen Volunteer Fire Companies. In all, these mutual aid companies responded with an additional 17 personnel and 8 pieces of apparatus. During the course of the fire, Command was notified that this fire had been intentionally set, and that Gloucester Sheriff's Deputies had two suspects in custody. (You can view the Sheriff's FB page for photos of the suspects and law enforcement's information on the quick-thinking actions of their Deputies that led to the suspects swift apprehension!) Virginia State Police Arson Investigators responded from Virginia Beach to conduct their investigation, and GVFRS personnel remained on scene until shortly before 2pm with those Investigators. There were no injuries to any fire fighters on scene. ... See MoreSee Less
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GVFRS is participating in the County School System’s “Math on Main” event at Station 1 until 3 o’clock this afternoon. Enlarge the photos to see some of the questions we’ve put forth as an example of how firefighters use math when fighting a house fire. (There’s lots more ways we use math; we’re not looking to make pump and aerial operators out of them just yet 🙂.) ... See MoreSee Less
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FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS/MEDIA RELEASE!PLEASE SLOW DOWN BEFORE A LOCAL 1ST RESPONDER IS KILLED!!!!On Sunday afternoon May 15th a little before 6p.m. Gloucester Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Gloucester Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police personnel were operating at a motor vehicle crash in the 8500 block of George Washington Memorial Highway. All emergency vehicles on scene had their emergency lights activated and southbound traffic was being funneled from the right hand to the passing lane. Gloucester's Rescue Truck was blocking traffic in the right lane, and the Deputy's vehicle was parked in front of the Rescue Truck. The Deputy had just entered his vehicle to leave the scene when a vehicle attempting to pass the scene ran into the rear of the Rescue Truck, completely spun around the truck and hit the Deputy's vehicle coming to rest facing north in the southbound lanes. The vehicle narrowly missed striking Gloucester Volunteer Fire personnel operating on scene.Fire Prevention Officer Tony Villani asks the driving public to "please be mindful when approaching accident scenes. When you see emergency vehicles operating on the road, please slow your vehicle down to a safe speed and pay attention to where your vehicle is in relation to where firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers and tow truck operators are working to treat injured people, investigate what happened and remove damaged vehicles from the roadway as quickly as possible with the goal of returning home to our loved ones at the end of the call! Next time you approach an accident scene, think of how you would feel if you were the one out there helping people and someone in a hurry having complete disregard for your safety comes crashing into the scene severely injuring or killing you or one of your loved ones! While we're grateful that no one was hurt, one or more of the people operating on scene could have been killed!"Villani reminds everyone that "there is a move over law mandating drivers slow down and switch lanes when approaching accident scenes, disabled vehicles being attended to by tow trucks, and workers engaged in road construction". ... See MoreSee Less
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May 15 through 22 is National EMS Week where we express our appreciation for the dedication and care provided by EMS workers throughout the country. Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad is blessed with 58 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), 9 Advanced EMTs, 8 EMT Intermediates, 21 paramedics, and a group of firefighters that routinely help with calls. All of these dedicated professionals is first and foremost a volunteer for our organization. In 2021, our 100+ volunteers responded to more than 3,100 EMS calls, or nearly 10 calls per day. They did this through the difficult COVID-19 pandemic, putting themselves and their families at risk, all while wearing bulky, uncomfortable protective equipment. COVID-19 continues to cause health risks, equipment and supply shortages, arduous cleaning requirements, and staffing shortages. Please join me to express our deep appreciation to each of them for giving their time and talents and risking their own health to ensure the citizens of Gloucester receive the best care available. These individuals strive to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of patients, family members, and loved ones for nothing more than the satisfaction of having helped another. It is difficult to express my level of pride and appreciation to these individuals for the jobs they do 24 hours a day. To become an EMT requires nearly 200 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Today’s EMT can provide advanced first aid, collect 12-Lead EKGs, and administer medications for chest pains, difficulty breathing, and severe allergic reactions.A Paramedic can spend as much as 2 years in college level courses and clinical rotations to complete the program. They provide Advanced Life Support such as monitoring and interpreting EKG rhythms, inserting advanced airway devices, establishing IV access, and have access to nearly 30 emergency medications.With their advanced knowledge and skills, our EMTs and Paramedics can often provide the same lifesaving interventions in the field that you may receive initially in the hospital.Thank you to each and everyone one who responds to calls for medical services. ... See MoreSee Less
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