New Response 173
September 16th, 2016 - Wintergreen Fire & Rescue would like to welcome our latest addition to our fleet of vehicles. Response 173 was placed in service this week and has a compliment of ALS equipment to help support EMS in the Wintergreen Community and surrounding areas of Nelson and Augusta Counties. This unit was purchased by both Wintergreen Rescue Squad and Wintergreen Fire Department as this vehicle will be a shared resource and housed at Wintergreen Station 1. We have also paid particular attention to improving command capabilities with this vehicle by adding a radio, command board, and green LED lighting at the rear of the vehicle. This unit will prove to be a valuable addition to our fleet.
MVC - Adial Road
September 15th, 2016 - Wintergreen Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a MVC involving a passenger vehicle and motorcycle on Adial Road at approximately 18:00. Those on scene were Wintergreen Engine 2, Response 174, and Medic 29. There were also volunteers from Lovingston Fire, Rockfish Fire, and Wintergreen Fire to assist on scene. Other units were Virginia State Police and Pegasus Air.
Lockn' 2016 - Thanks from Chief Sheets!
August 29th, 2016 - We did it again! We made it though a colossal multi-day special event during some of the worst heat our region has seen this year.
By the numbers:
-917 total patient contacts.
-313 transports via cart to main medical for extended care.
-Over 400 bags of IV normal saline were "spiked".
-23 persons were transported via ambulances to three different hospitals.
-1 person was flown to UVA.
-Over 4,000 labor hours were logged.
-560 meals consumed by EMS staff.
-Nearly 100 "shift exchanges" tracked by staff daily.
-10 consecutive days of EMS coverage. (Including set-up and tear-down)
Lockn' has become one of the largest special events in Virginia. It's because of you and people like you that Wintergreen EMS is able to pull this off.
Our "E-Shift" providers, full & part-timers, and volunteers of both Wintergreen Rescue & Wintergreen Fire did an amazing job. There are very few things on my list of things to do differently next year. I'm not just saying this to be saying it.... I really do think that our team was hitting on all cylinders this year. The conditions were miserable, yet you couldn't tell it by watching the performance of our crew.
I also want to thank those who picked up extra shifts at Wintergreen during the event to be certain our home-base was covered. And of course thanks to all those who simply assisted with getting the equipment back in service.
Speaking of equipment, this year our medical carts which are typically provided by the promoter ended up on a flatbed somewhere between VA and CA, but definitely not in Nelson County. Special thanks to our mutual-aid partners Amherst Public Safety and Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, as well as Wintergreen Resort for coughing up Utility Vehicles.
Phillips Healthcare Inc. provides our cardiac monitors and AEDs each year (free of charge) and they deserve recognition. Monitors are very expensive and having a strong partnership with Phillips really makes our job much easier.
Assisting me this year on the core-management team were Mike Riddle, Trey Crawford, Barry Eastep, and Brad Moser (aka logistics Brad). RW held down the 2A-8A command shift each night, and I really appreciate his efforts. Tent bosses were the usual Betsy Smith and Blee Moffett. Core doctors were Dr. Just & Dr. Lindbeck. Supply guy was Nick Brown. MANY others played very significant roles, however I would be remiss if I didn't point out that this core team eats, breathes, and sleeps Lockn' for one week of their life each year.
I'm more proud of our performance at Lockn' than anything else we do all year. I'm so very proud of you. This is the annual stress-test for our entire organization and we passed with flying colors!
August 9, 2016 - Judy Meincke has been with Wintergreen Rescue Squad for fourteen years and taken on many roles to help the squad. Judy has earned life membership and was an EMT/AIC for many years. Unfortunately, Judy will be moving away from the Wintergreen community to be with family and will no longer be with us. We will all miss Judy and wish her well on new adventures. Judy was presented with an award of appreciation and recognition for her service to the squad. Thank you again Judy, we will miss you!
July 6, 2016 - On shift our firefighters participate in training of all types. This week we have been practicing roof work with the Ladder Truck and saws. Check out the photo below.
Wood Pile Fire in Nelson County
May 27, 2016 - Wintergreen was toned for a county wide request for tankers. Arriving on scene to find a large pile wood on fire at a lumber yard in Lovinginston. Lovingston tanker 12, Lovingston engine 10 and Piney River FD Brush 24 on scene were already on scene. The fire was worked for approx 5 hrs to contain the spread. Units on scene were Wintergreen Tanker 2, Lovingston tanker 12, Lovingston Engine 10 and Piney River FD Brush 24, Piney River FD Tanker 26, Gladstone Engine 40, Gladstone Tanker 42, Rockfish Tanker 53, Amherst Co Engine 3, Pedlar Fire Tanker 1, Monelison FD Tanker 1, Monelison Engine 2, Amherst Co Public Safty Unit 800, Roseland Rescue 129, VA Dept of Forestry Dozer and Wintergreen Medic 29. 2 drop tanks were used in the shuttle of water from the Colleen area. No injuries were sustained on the incident. All agencies worked hard to keep fire contained, and Chief 11 of Lovingston was in command. For additional photos from the call, see our Flicker - Call Response 2016 Album.
Thomas Jefferson EMS Council Awards
May 25, 2016 - Earlier this month, Wintergreen Rescue Squad was recognized by the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council during their 2016 Awards Ceremony. First, the James A. Nogle Jr. Regional Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness & Response. Second, the 2016 Regional Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health & Safety. In 2015, Wintergreen Rescue Squad put into service our Mass Casualty Incident Trailer.
Fire Department Training
May 14, 2016 - A preview of a Live Burn Training we hosted today. For additional photos in our Flickr Album.
Chief of Fire Operations Announced
April 20, 2016 - After a thorough search, Wintergreen Fire & Rescue is pleased to announce that Charles “Trey” Crawford will take over the position of “Chief of Fire Operations” on Monday April 25.
Trey has 25 years of experience within the industry serving as a volunteer and career provider in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia region. Trey has been an employee of Wintergreen Fire & Rescue for several years and brings significant local knowledge to the table.
Trey will be responsible for every aspect of fire suppression and fire prevention at Wintergreen. He will build upon a solid foundation established by the previous Chief who recently retired. Trey will collaborate with the Chief of EMS Operations, Mike Riddle to create the strongest possible cross-trained department.
The staff and volunteers congratulate Chief Crawford and look forward to continuing to provide property and life protection services at Wintergreen and in the surrounding Counties of Augusta and Nelson.
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