Weekly Call Summary July 29 – August 4, 2018


Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Inc. responded to the following calls between July 29 and August 4, 2018:

57 Medical calls

14 Motor Vehicle Collisions

7 Fire alarms

2 Burn complaints

1 Landing zone

1 Boater emergency

1 Public assist

On August 5, 2018 at approximately 7:10pm Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Inc was dispatched to a report of a possible brush fire from a lightening strike on Orchard Hill Rd. Shortly after the initial call, dispatchers upgraded the incident to a structure fire. Upon arrival of the first units on scene, a single story home was found to be fully engulfed and the roof had already collapsed. It was quickly determined that no one was currently living in the structure.  A significant amount of the structure was already lost or severely damaged from the fire.  Due to already poor road conditions that were made worse by the heavy rain that had just passed through the area, access to the property by fire apparatus was limited.  With the limited resources and severity of structural damage, efforts were focused on using the available resources to keep the fire from spreading further into the surrounding woods. Crews were on scene for just over three hours working to contain the fire, and VA Dept of Forestry was called in to assist in creating a fire break with their dozer. GVFRS responded with four engines, one rescue truck, one tanker, one brush truck, one medic, and approximately 30 members. Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department responded for mutual aid with a tanker, an engine, and personnel. Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded for mutual aid with a tanker and personnel.


2018-08-05 Structure Fire 2

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