The Blue Ridge Mountain Vol. Fire Company is situated in the beautiful mountain terrain of the westernmost ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the border of Loudoun County, Virginia and Jefferson County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Appalachian Trail traverses the entire length of the mountain along the western slope and crest of our response area.
The Blue Ridge Mountain Vol. Fire Company is made up of approximately 25 - 30 active members. Our volunteer members come mainly from the Blue Ridge Mountain Community. A large percentage of our members live within the Blue Ridge Mountain, in fact, most of our members grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountain area. Our remaining members live in other neighborhoods, but have found that the Blue Ridge Mountain area is a community worth serving.
Our members are trained in structural firefighting, wildland firefighting and emergency medical procedures. After our basic training, members take advanced courses in firefighting techniques, apparatus operation, leadership, management, instruction, hazardous materials and emergency medicine.
Volunteers staff each of the two (2) stations primarily in the evenings, early mornings, on weekends and holidays. Currently, the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency (JCESA) has assigned a Firefighter / Paramedic and a Firefighter / EMT to a 24-hour shift that is stationed at the Public Safety building at the Blue Ridge Elementary School.
By having county personnel on duty 24 / 7, it allows our members to work their "paying jobs" and still insure that the Blue Ridge Mountain community is protected.
(Volunteers serve the community for 70% of the hours each week. The additional 30% of the hours are staffed by a combination of volunteers and county personnel).
The Blue Ridge Mountain Vol. Fire Company operates one (1) rescue-engine, one (1) engine, two (2) water tankers, one (1) brush truck, two (2) ambulances, one (1) utility vehicle, one (1) wildland firefighting trailer and one (1) Canteen and Rehabilitation Unit.
Our response area as shown above is largely rural with one side running along the mighty Shenandoah River. We provide mutual-aid assistance to the remaining six (6) volunteer fire departments in Jefferson County as well as Frederick and Washington County's in Maryland and the county's of Loudoun and Clark in Virginia.
President: Tiffany Long
Vice-Pres.: Tracy Cogle
Secretary: Suzie Weaver Day
Chaplain: Steve Lewis, Pastor
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Suzie Weaver Day
Warren Royce Jr.
Lloyd Dignazio Sr.
Chief: Earl Cogle
Assistant Chief: Warren Royce
Captain: Lloyd Dignazio Jr.