Deer Run House Fire
November 26th, 2016 - Wintergreen Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Deer Run early Saturday morning. Crews arrived on scene to find a house fully involved with fire showing on three sides. The fire quickly spread to the nearby woods at the rear of the house. Crews from Rockfish, Faber, Lovingston, Piney River, Department of Forestry, and Wintergreen worked to get the house and woods fire under control. Medic 151 and Medic 178 provided rehab for crews working and Red Cross was dispatched to the scene to assist the homeowners. Nelson County Sheriff's units and Virginia State Police were also on scene. No injuries were reported and the fire was contained in approximately six hours.
Urgent! Burn Ban In Effect
November 21st, 2016 - Because of the dangerously dry conditions throughout the county, Nelson County has declared a Local Emergency and implemented a ban on all open air outdoor burning pursuant to §44-146.21 of the Code of Virginia. Open air outdoor burning is defined as the burning of any brush, grass, leaves, or other vegetation or any other combustible material that is not contained in an approved container or commercially constructed device that has a metal mesh spark arresting screen in place.
Dry conditions currently exist outdoors that are favorable for rapid fire spread due to the lack of measurable rainfall throughout the county.
The burn ban is effective beginning at 2:00 p.m. today, Monday, November 21, 2016, and will remain in effect until the area receives a significant rainfall that decreases fire risk.
Humpback Rock Fire
November 12th, 2016 - Wintergreen Fire Department was dispatched to Humpback Rock for a camp fire out of control. Upon arrival a large column of smoke was witnessed and crews immediately added additional companies to assist with the fire. The fire was eventially located approximately two miles into the woods moving slowly up the mountain side. The fire burned approximately two acreas and was eventually under control by raking a fire line around the perimeter. Once under control the scene was turned over to the Department of Forestry.
The Festy Experience Music Festival
October 10th, 2016 - Wintergreen Rescue Squad had the privilege of working the music festival at the Nelson County Preserve just off of Oakridge Road in Arrington this past weekend. This festival hosted artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the Infamous String Dusters just to name a few and drew crowds of about 4,000 attendees. The weekend was mostly uneventful with the exception of a propane fire that affected several food vendors and burned three vehicles. There were three transports throughout the weekend with various injuries and illness. Thanks to all the fire departments involved in extinguishing the fire! Fire Departments on scene were Lovingston, Piney River, Rockfish, and Faber Fire.
September 29th, 2016 - Have you ever seen one of the Wintergreen Rescue Squad ambulances and thought you might want to drive it just for fun?
Wintergreen Rescue Squad would like to give you the opportunity to drive one on Sunday, October 9th from 11am to 1:30pm at the Stoney Creek Golf Course parking lot in Nellysford. The Rescue Squad is in desperate need of volunteers and would like to give you an opportunity to drive to see if you like it. We will have current volunteers on location to answer any questions you might have about volunteering. Even if your not interested in volunteering please come out and give it a try.
If you have any questions about this event please contact Mike Riddle, Chief of EMS Operations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 434-325-2200, ext. 9271. We hope to see you there!
Spartan Race 2016
September 25th, 2016 - Wintergreen EMS provided ALS transport services to the participants of the Reebok Spartan Race at Wintergreen Resort. This was a two-day event that featured some of the toughest atheletes in the country. There were nearly 7,000 racers that ran the course that was as much as 8.8 miles and over 4,000 feet in elevation with 28 obstacles. There were no serious injuries and no transports from the event. Click the photo to see more...
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.
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