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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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Did we add more lights? Probably. Are we done adding lights?  Probably not. #kidsloveit
11/12/2019

Did we add more lights? Probably. Are we done adding lights? Probably not. #kidsloveit

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13
11/10/2019

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13

Is it too early to decorate for Christmas?  Not at Station 13!!!!  🎄🎄Firefighters on “A” Shift got it done. Our neighbor...
11/10/2019

Is it too early to decorate for Christmas? Not at Station 13!!!! 🎄🎄Firefighters on “A” Shift got it done. Our neighbors from Truck 19 (Short Pump) even helped out in the spirit of things. Many thanks to them!!!

“A” Shift Saturday morning training at the drill school. Worked on high rise evolutions, DPO skills, and deploying hose ...
11/10/2019

“A” Shift Saturday morning training at the drill school. Worked on high rise evolutions, DPO skills, and deploying hose lines in the tower.

More training on our new Genesis Tools.....and some winching scenarios with change of direction and other challenges.
10/26/2019

More training on our new Genesis Tools.....and some winching scenarios with change of direction and other challenges.

Well, it finally ripened.
10/14/2019

Well, it finally ripened.

Quick work by the Station 13 crews on "A" Shift.  All Units...Engine, Rescue and Fire Medic on scene within 4 minutes.  ...
10/10/2019

Quick work by the Station 13 crews on "A" Shift. All Units...Engine, Rescue and Fire Medic on scene within 4 minutes. Small fire at the Wendy's on John Rolfe... quickly put out and no injuries. No word on when will be reopened. *all pics approved by Henrico PIO.

Taking every opportunity to get our rookie ready for Driver Pump Operator School. Spotting, flushing, and hooking up to ...
10/05/2019

Taking every opportunity to get our rookie ready for Driver Pump Operator School. Spotting, flushing, and hooking up to hydrants in our district. #perfectingourcraft

C Shift at the 9-11 Stair Climb, Richmond, VA
09/10/2019

C Shift at the 9-11 Stair Climb, Richmond, VA

Weird weather day!  Stay alert throughout the day, paying attention to watches and warnings. Do not drive through standi...
09/05/2019

Weird weather day! Stay alert throughout the day, paying attention to watches and warnings. Do not drive through standing water. Do not run generators indoors. Take precautions now, be safe!!

“A” Shift Working fire early this morning in Station 19’s first Due (Twin Hickory). Engine and Rescue 13 were third in. ...
09/04/2019

“A” Shift Working fire early this morning in Station 19’s first Due (Twin Hickory).

Engine and Rescue 13 were third in. Fire Medic 13 was added later. Engine 13 and Rescue 13 crews went interior providing water suppression, search and rescue, and extensive overhaul. Two residents on the lower level barely escaped through a window. They were both transported to the ER by Henrico Fire Medics 19 & 16, with smoke inhalation.

It was learned they DID NOT have working smoke detectors. We would like to remind everyone, that smoke detectors save lives. Please change your batteries, test weekly, and replace them if over 10 years old.

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21
08/24/2019

Henrico Fire - Magnolia Ridge Firehouse No. 21

“A” Shift HazMat training day. The weather held out just long enough. Reviewed sampling techniques, and reviewed the operation of the HAZMAT ID, PGR and Drager Tubes. Then a quick grounding and bonding refresher at Station 21. Station 13, 18 and 21 participated.

Over the next few weekends leading up to Labor Day, you’ll see us out collecting for MDA Fill the Boot! All the money co...
08/21/2019

Over the next few weekends leading up to Labor Day, you’ll see us out collecting for MDA Fill the Boot! All the money collected is given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. If you see us out, come say hi!

Running hot in Short Pump yesterday evening.   Who’s ready for cooler weather?
08/20/2019

Running hot in Short Pump yesterday evening. Who’s ready for cooler weather?

Henrico Fire - Gayton Firehouse No. 13's cover photo
08/18/2019

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

This morning’s Station 13 shenanigans. Big Mike and Germ are the breakfast makers. Even a visit from Captain Onion Ring!...
08/17/2019

This morning’s Station 13 shenanigans. Big Mike and Germ are the breakfast makers. Even a visit from Captain Onion Ring!!

Coming soon to Station 13 sooner than later. The white over red color scheme is coming back!  #backtoourroots
08/17/2019

Coming soon to Station 13 sooner than later. The white over red color scheme is coming back! #backtoourroots

Engine, Rescue, and Fire Medic 13 responded to a construction van fully involved within feet of Carver Elementary School...
08/13/2019

Engine, Rescue, and Fire Medic 13 responded to a construction van fully involved within feet of Carver Elementary School. The Engine arrived within 3 minutes, two lines were immediately stretched and made a great stop. Callers to 911 stated there were propane tanks on board, which started to blow. No injuries were reported. The school had no damage.

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