Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coast to Coast Bike 2014

Chris Rupp, a 25-year-old firefighter, will be riding his bicycle 6,000 miles on an epic journey beginning on May 28 in Seattle and finishing on August 17 in Miami – all to raise funds for local Make-A-Wish® chapters across the country. Chris will be staying in local Fire Stations along his trip. He will be making a stop in Richmond, where he will be making an overnight stop on Tuesday July 29th, 2014. Chris will be staying at RFD’s newly built Fire Station 17 located @ 2211 Semmes Avenue.  Good luck Chris on your journey and welcome to Richmond, The Capital City of Virginia!

Guns-n-Hoses (RPD vs RFD) Charity Softball Game @ The Diamond

Come out and support a fun charity event with the Richmond Police Department vs. the Richmond Fire Department in the inaugural charity softball game, Guns-n-Hoses, on Saturday, August 23 at the Diamond. Bring out friends and family to cheer on your favorite team starting at 4 p.m. Each ticket is only $7 and with each paid admission, attendees can watch the charity softball game and then stay to watch the Flying Squirrels game at 6:05, with the evening culminating in a fabulous a fireworks show. A portion of the proceeds ($2.50) will be contributed to either the Richmond PAL or the MCV Burn Foundation.

For tickets Contact Chief Glidewell at 381-2696 or or Lt. Armstrong at 381-2688 or

Rise Award Recipient

On July 17th, 2014, RFD’s Network Engineer John Birchfield received his Tri Annual FY 2014 Rise Award from Fire Chief Robert A. Creecy. John was recognized for his outstanding achievement in the category of Team Merit/Process Improvement. He has been employed with the Fire Department since December 2005, Congratulations John!

Remember, you have until July 31 to nominate any eligible City employee who made an exceptional achievement during the 3rd Tri-annual Award Interval of the 2014 fiscal year (March 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014). Learn more about how you can nominate for the RISE! Achievement Awards Program by clicking on the RISE! Nomination link in the “Useful Links” menu on the right side of the StarNet homepage. If you need assistance, please contact Human Resources by phone at 646-5660 or by email at

Register today for the 4th Annual Richmond 911 Memorial Stair Climb

There are over 100 climbers already registered and the spots are filling up fast so don’t wait, sign up today!!! 


Thanks to our sponsors, T-shirts will be provided this year with your registration fee!

FDNY Rescue Co. #4 will be on display at the climb.  This is the rig that was pulled from the rubble on 9-11 and repaired.  It now travels the country to educate, honor, and remember the fallen.  Here is the link to their website

Also new this year are challenge coins!! These coins are $10 each and the proceeds will benefit the RFD Our Family Foundation.

Lt. Mike Oprandy

Rescue Co. #1

Richmond Fire Department

W# 804.646.8296    C#804.370.7191

RFD's Bravest Rescues 7 Dogs

On Friday July 11th, 2014 @ 1755, RFD’s Bravest were dispatched to 3303 Bunche Pl. for a report of an apartment fire. Engine 11 arrived on scene first and found heavy smoke showing from the front door. As they arrived on scene, communications relayed that there was possibly 7 dogs were unaccounted for and were possibly still inside the apartment. They immediately conducted an aggressive attack and quickly extinguished fire in the kitchen area.

In coordination with Truck 1 and Engine 1, all companies successfully rescued 7 pit bulls from an upstairs bedroom (no casualties). After a brief evaluation, all puppies were turned over to their owners but they were gracious enough to let their rescuers take a photo with them. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident however the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross was requested to assist three individuals who were displaced. Great Job to all those involved!!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Working Fire / E. 14th Street

At 9:37 a.m., on the morning of October 4th, 2013, Richmond Firefighters were summoned to the 100 Blk of E. 14th street in the city's Blackwell Neighborhood for reports of a home on fire. As crews were responding, additional information was provided by the Richmond Department of Emergency Communications that there was possibly an elderly male still inside the residence. Quint 13 arrived on scene within minutes to report fire venting from the rear of a single family residence. Crews entered the structure and were able to bring the blaze under control quickly. Firefighters searched the home without finding anyone. It was later learned that no one was home when the fire broke out. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident however the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross was requested to assist seven individuals who were displaced.

Monday, February 11, 2013

1608 Mechanicsville Trpk.

On the Morning of Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, RFD's bravest were called to the 1600 block of Mechanicsville Trpk for reports of smoke coming from a 2nd story window of a building. 11 Engine arrived on scene in minutes to report a two story residential duplex with fire and smoke venting from the 2nd floor. Members of Engine 11 initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire while Quint 1 handled performing Truck Company Operations. Rescue 1 secured the searches of the structure ensuring everyone had made it out safely. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes with no injuries being reported. The Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced occupants. Richmond Fire Department Investigators determined the fire was "Accidental" in nature and ignited due to an overloaded electrical outlet.