Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13 Firehouse 13 is located at 12491 Church Rd Henrico, VA. Home to Engine 13, Squad 13, and Fire Medic 13.
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If you missed this morning’s beautiful sunrise, here it is from the workout room at Station 13. 📷 cred FF Nichole Beall
05/14/2020

If you missed this morning’s beautiful sunrise, here it is from the workout room at Station 13.

📷 cred FF Nichole Beall

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21
04/07/2020

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21

We are performing a daily disinfection of ambulances. Here is one of our crews at Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13. We are also set up at the Virginia Center and the Highland Springs firehouses. Each morning, we disinfect every fire department ambulance as well as any available Volunteer Rescue Squad Ambulance and the Henrico County Police transport vans.

The Haz Mat Team is doing this for a couple of reasons. There is a national shortage of personal protective equipment and disinfectant. We are performing the disinfection to help reduce the amount of respirators the fire department is wearing and reducing the amount of disinfectant that is being used throughout the district.

When we transport a patient that is positive with Covid, we ramp up the PPE and repeat the process. All of these actions help increase the public’s safety and our safety.

#workinatthecarwash

📸Mark Germeroth

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13's cover photo
04/05/2020

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13's cover photo

So during these weird times as some of us would like to call it, birthday parties are cancelled, amongst other events. “...
04/04/2020

So during these weird times as some of us would like to call it, birthday parties are cancelled, amongst other events. “A” shifters from Station 13 was notified by a little birdie that Will, a 4 year old in the Gayton Community, had his “Firefighter” birthday party cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Engine 13 did a drive by with lights and sirens to brighten up his day. He even got a fire helmet and coloring book. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILL!! Come by and see us when we get through this.

Henrico County Division of Fire
Henrico County Government

***Social distancing was strictly adhered to 😀

Henrico County Police
04/03/2020

Henrico County Police

Yesterday, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, currently deployed, reached out to Henrico County Police and Henrico County Division of Fire for a very special request. Yesterday was his daughter Sophia’s 3rd birthday and because of this pandemic she wasn’t able to have any of her friends over. He wanted to help make her day a little better since he couldn’t physically be there. What happened next? Henrico Police and Henrico Fire came together and went to Sophia’s house to wish her a happy birthday and sing to her. 🎉

04/02/2020

To our Gayton Community.....While we normally love and welcome you to swing by to check out the Fire Apparatus at our Station, we kindly ask that you hold off on this this until this virus passes. We also ask that you hold off on bringing by any kind of prepared food...this was actually a tough one for us!!

Thanks so much for understanding, we will get through this soon enough.

04/02/2020
Henrico County Government

Please....Only call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

During this challenging time in Central Virginia, it’s important we unite as a community to help one another. One of the ways you can support first responders is to only call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies. Even if you have COVID-19 or suspect you have it, only call 911 if you’re seriously ill or having trouble breathing.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please reach out to the @Virginia Department of Health at 877-275-8343

Here’s a message from the Henrico County Division of Fire and our regional partners with the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team.

#COVIDRVA #oneHenrico

Henrico County Division of Fire
03/03/2020

Henrico County Division of Fire

Did you know that when a fire department has to purchase a new fire truck, it's custom built to their specifications and to meet the needs of their own community? Members of our apparatus committee have spent the week in Appleton, Wisconsin inspecting new ladder trucks for Stations 6 (Eastover Gardens) and 10 (Crestview). Hours upon hours are spent inspecting every inch of the vehicles, ensuring they meet our detailed specifications.

Once these 100' tall ladder trucks leave the factory, they'll be delivered to the dealer in the Richmond area for final touches, and then equipment mounting and training will begin.

In case you're wondering about the 300-series numbers, this is a regional fire department numbering scheme that the county plans to adopt later this year.

Our thanks to the county's citizens for their continued support of the Division of Fire!

Ray’s is open!!!  This is a favorite for all 3 shifts at Station 13. We love supporting local businesses and getting out...
03/02/2020

Ray’s is open!!! This is a favorite for all 3 shifts at Station 13. We love supporting local businesses and getting out into the community.

Western Battalion A Shift couldn't have a better leader than Chief Shaffer.  Station 13 A Shift  is super proud of him. ...
02/27/2020

Western Battalion A Shift couldn't have a better leader than Chief Shaffer. Station 13 A Shift is super proud of him. Well deserved!!!!!

Henrico County Division of Fire Battalion Chief John Shaffer (left) just received the 2020 Glenn Gaines Leadership Legacy Award. The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, Inc. bestows this honor on one fire service member in the Commonwealth each year. Throughout his 41-year career with the department, Chief Shaffer has mentored firefighters of all ranks and tenure… including now Fire Chief Alec Oughton (right) who nominated him. Congratulations!

Last Thursday's Training.  Very cool and in depth with many different groups all working together efficiently.
02/24/2020

Last Thursday's Training. Very cool and in depth with many different groups all working together efficiently.

Last Thursday’s A Shift Hazmat Training day was held at the old BEST Plaza. Many different personnel took part in this huge effort. Henrico Fire Stations 21, 13, 18, FBI, VDEM (Virginia Dept of Emergency Mgmt), and the 34 CST (Civil Service Team from the National Guard) all took part.

Goals and objectives were to set up a Hazmat Branch, and implementing personnel to make entry. A makeshift chemical lab process was set up for entry teams to perform reconnaissance and gather information for the 34 CST and their chemists. The 34 CST group took samples of the chemical process and did on site testing.

Henrico Fire technicians made the initial entry, followed up by another team of HFD personnel coupled with a group from the 34 CST. All entry teams treated this exercise as a real life incident, and all went through the 9 Step Decontamination process when they were finished.

We look forward to future trainings with the 34 CST folks. 🧪🌡🔬🦠

Henrico County Division of Fire
HazmatNation

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21
02/19/2020

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21

With grant funding, the Henrico County Division of Fire just ordered some Lion MT 94 NFPA 1994 Class 1 suits as well as a few MultiRae Pro atmospheric monitors.

The Lion MT 94 suits are chemical protective suits that have a limited flash fire rating. They offer the same chemical protection that our encapsulated suits have. Our technicians will have better working conditions since they won’t have to be wrapped up like a fluorescent baked potato. These suits offer better dexterity as well.

The atmospheric monitors will increase the capabilities of the three Rescues in the County. We currently have 2 of these monitors. There is more info in the caption of the photo.

HazmatNation

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21
02/12/2020

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21

For the last week and a half, we’ve been teaching a Hazardous Materials Technician class. With promotions and retirements, there is always a need for new Technicians. Today’s session includes practical evolutions in Chemical Protective Clothing.

This class is an 80 hour class that teaches the students about basic chemistry, proper research, personal protective equipment, atmospheric monitoring, decontamination, site safety, and containers and tactical control. The class is made up of firefighters from Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13, Henrico County Fire Station 1, Fire Station 18, and the Fredericksburg Fire Department. The students have practical tests tomorrow and a written test on Friday. We wish all of them luck.

HazmatNation

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21
02/01/2020

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21

Stations 21, 18, 13 and 3 did a walk thru at Bunge Foods in the County’s East End this past Thursday. Their main hazard at this plant is Anhydrous Ammonia.

After the walk through, Lt. Otey facilitated a drill simulating an Anhydrous Ammonia leak using the players in attendance. This was a great opportunity to practice the flow of the call as well as pull out the 9-step Decon and some suits. Good work by all, even in the freezing temps.

HazmatNation

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13's cover photo
02/01/2020

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13's cover photo

Congrats to our very own Price Dunn.  13 "A" Shift will never be the same!  While we are sad to see him leave us, we kno...
02/01/2020

Congrats to our very own Price Dunn. 13 "A" Shift will never be the same! While we are sad to see him leave us, we know he will be an outstanding Captain at Station 18, and do very well. Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to Sterling P. Dunn, Jr. on his promotion to the rank of Captain!

Sterling P. Dunn (Price) is a 22-year veteran with Henrico Division of Fire who has served at Firehouses 12, 18, 8, 16, and 13.
A long-time paramedic, Price is the co-chair of the ALS Steering Group and serves as a field training medic. He currently serves as a Hazardous Materials Specialist on the Division’s Hazardous Incident Team.
Prior to his employment with Henrico County, he served as a firefighter and paramedic with Stafford County and held part-time public safety positions with Caroline County, Hanover County, and Kings Dominion.
Price is a graduate of the Virginia Fire Officer Academy, the Henrico Fire Officer’s Academy, and the Metro Richmond Public Safety Leadership Academy. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, and a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Columbia Southern University.

We post about this time and time again.  But this morning it happened to one of our sister stations in the Northern Batt...
01/19/2020

We post about this time and time again. But this morning it happened to one of our sister stations in the Northern Battalion here in Henrico County. Yes, the roads were slick on overpasses. Yes, there was some ice. This is more of a reason to slow down and be alert. We are extremely lucky no fire personnel from Henrico or Hanover, or the driver that hit Engine 1, was seriously injured.

Please stay alert. Please move over. Please don't text and drive. Please take precautions during inclement weather.

Everyone has seen the roadside signs that state "bridges freeze before roads". The science behind that explains bridges have no ground under them to act as an insulator, therefore the road surfaces paved on top of them are subject to freeze before road surfaces on regular ground. When we combine bridges with automobiles, rain, and temperatures at or around 32°F, things can get a little wild.
At 6:29 this morning January 18, 2020 Henrico Engine 1, Engine 21, and Fire Medic 1 were dispatched to interstate 295 northbound in the area of the interstate 95 interchange for a motor vehicle wreck. Engine 1 arrived on scene to find Hanover County Engine 406 already on scene as they were dispatched to the same call. Engine 1 took a position behind Engine 406 to help protect the area for the firefighters that were operating on scene. Engine 1's crew exited the rig and were headed to assist Hanover 406's crew when they heard a loud crash behind them. They turned to see that a vehicle had made impact at the back corner of Engine 1 with enough force to move the rig forward about three feet. The crew went to assess and help the driver of the vehicle that made impact. The driver was triaged as a yellow patient and was transported to the hospital by Fire Medic 1. Engine 21 arrived during this time and took a blocking position behind Engine 1 to protect the new scene. Two more minor collisions happened behind Engine 21 during the whole incident. None of the crews operating on the scene were injured, and Engine 1 did a phenomenal job protecting the scene.
A combination of rain, freezing temperatures, a vehicle traveling at highway speed, and slippery conditions on the bridge over the Chickahominy Swamp definitely played a role in all of these incidents. We can't stress enough for drivers to MOVE OVER, and SLOW DOWN. The shoulders/medians are full of disabled vehicles and emergency, or recovery vehicles these days. This is why you may see fire engines blocking entire lanes on interstate calls. The incidents are sometimes minor in nature, but we need these rigs to protect US. It's crystal clear that without Engine 1 on scene this morning, the crews of Henrico Engine 1 and Hanover Engine 406 may have suffered another devastating blow just a little over a year since the incident on the same highway involving Hanover Engine 406 that took the life of our friend Lt. Brad Clark.
Long story short - slow down for weather and don't get distracted. Slow down for US. If you see blinking lights of ANY color, SLOW DOWN, and MOVE OVER. We want to be there for people that need us, but we all want to make it home to our families at the end of our shifts as well.
As for the vehicle that struck the engine, we don't know how it happened. We don't know what lane the vehicle was in before it struck Engine 1. The only thing we know is that the bridge located a little way behind the engine was slick. Please keep that in mind when looking to blame someone for the incident. We don't know all the facts, and we're of course wishing a speedy recovery to the driver.

Sidenote: Engine 1 is at the shop now, and we're awaiting word on the extent of the damage to the unit. We'll make another post as we find out more information.

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13 “A” Shift training with our newly acquired MPD (Multi-Purpose Device). Thanks to Patrick Hannan from Fire Station 1 f...
01/10/2020

13 “A” Shift training with our newly acquired MPD (Multi-Purpose Device). Thanks to Patrick Hannan from Fire Station 1 for the training.

01/04/2020

Engine, Rescue, and Medic 2019 runs

E13 - 1,985
R13 - 924
F13 - 2,461

WE DID IT!!  Thank you to all that voted for us, came by for a visit/tour, gave us goodies and just swung by to say hell...
12/26/2019

WE DID IT!! Thank you to all that voted for us, came by for a visit/tour, gave us goodies and just swung by to say hello. Station 13 is proud to be one with the Gayton Community.

We look forward to next Christmas...we know the other stations will be gunning for us. Merry Christmas, and please be safe.

Station 13 wins this year's holiday contest!!!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas, and to all a good night!

“B” Shift says MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!  And DON’T forget to vote for us in the Christmas Light Survey!  Link below!
12/24/2019

“B” Shift says MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!

And DON’T forget to vote for us in the Christmas Light Survey! Link below!

“A” Shift on Festivus Day. 😜🎄🎅🏼🎁
12/24/2019

“A” Shift on Festivus Day. 😜🎄🎅🏼🎁

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13
12/07/2019

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13's cover photo
12/07/2019

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13's cover photo

Ok-ok, we are done!  We appreciate the citizens of Henrico, and especially our Gayton Community!......The honks, the wav...
12/07/2019

Ok-ok, we are done! We appreciate the citizens of Henrico, and especially our Gayton Community!......The honks, the waves, thumbs up and visits. Feel free to put us on your personal tacky light tour!!!

Happy Thanksgiving from The Gayton Firehouse!  Please be safe, don’t drink and drive.
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from The Gayton Firehouse! Please be safe, don’t drink and drive.

Anyone in the VCC area missing a dog? Please share so we can help find her owner!
11/25/2019

Anyone in the VCC area missing a dog? Please share so we can help find her owner!

Is this your dog? She’s sweet and well behaved, but she doesn’t have a collar. Please share so we can find her owner.

***UPDATE 9:40 PM ***
No word on the owner yet. Unfortunately, we don’t have a safe way to take her with us on any calls tonight. The fine Animal Protection Officers of the Henrico County Police have picked her up. She’ll be well taken care of. Let’s find the owner!
Henrico County Division of Fire

Prayers from Henrico County to Worcester.
11/13/2019

Prayers from Henrico County to Worcester.

It is with a very heavy heart that Chief Michael Lavoie, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Mayor Petty announce the devastating loss of Lt. Jason Menard, a member of the WFD since 2010 assigned to Ladder 5, Group 2 at McKeon Road Fire Station. Lt. Menard succumbed to his injuries battling a 4 alarm fire on Stockholm Street this morning, Wednesday, November 13. He leaves behind his wife Tina, 3 children & parents. It is an extremely difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department. Lt. Menard and his crew acted selflessly and heroically. Please keep the family of Lt. Menard, his friends and crew in your thoughts and prayers.

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Retired Henrico Fire lieutenant......
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Thank you for everything you do! Have a safe, peaceful New Year's Eve!