Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery


On November 2, remember to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you change your clock backwards 1 hour to end Daylight Saving Time.

Families are encouraged to review their home fire safety plans and remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.

Sometimes saving a life can be that simple –
Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery.


Rt. 11 Wreck

Saturday, June 28, 2014 15:15 – Company 9 (LFD) and Rescue 1 (LFD) were toned for a single vehicle TC head on into a tree. Engine 92 and Rescue 17 respond. Additional call advising airbags deployed, possible rollover. E92 arrive to find single SUV down an embankment, head on into a tree with heavy damage to the front end and passenger side with a single occupant. Right hand lane of Rt. 11 was shut down until pt transported and arrival of VASP. Pt taken to ED for evaluation. No fluids leaking. Scene turned over to VASP and all Co9 units returned to service.




Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – Flooding Safety Reminders

Over the next couple of days, the area is predicted to receive several inches of rain. The Lexington and Rockbridge County, Offices of Emergency Management, wish to remind citizens of a few safety precautions.

Flood Watch
• When a flood watch is issued, be prepared to act quickly and move to higher ground if required.
• Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home. Higher floors are less likely to receive damage from rising waters.
• Put important family documents in a waterproof container. This will keep them from being damaged in a flood.
• Make ready your pre-assembled emergency supply kit.
• Fill your vehicle fuel tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. If the public electricity is out, gas stations will not be able to operate their fuel pumps, this outage possibly lasting for several days.
• Be alert to signs of flooding. If the flood waters are threatening your home, IMMEDIATELY evacuate. Time is of essence, quickly move to higher ground.
• Follow recommended evacuation routes. Shortcuts or alternate routes may be blocked or damaged by flood waters.

Driving During Flooding Conditions
Many deaths occur in automobiles as people and their vehicles are swept downstream. The majority of those drowning accidents are preventable. But, too many people continue to drive around barriers that warn of the flooded roadways. Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, STOP and DO NOT cross the waterway. With water across the roadway, you cannot determine the depth of the water nor the condition of the road beneath that water. Six inches of moving water will sweep a person from their feet; a mere two-feet of water will move a large vehicle, such as a bus.

• If you are driving and come upon rapidly rising waters, turn around and find an alternate route. The depth of the water will not be obvious and roadways may be washed out beneath the flood waters. During flash flood conditions, a roadway covered by six inches of water can rapidly rise to the level of two to three feet in only seconds.

• If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, immediately abandon the vehicle and quickly make your way to higher ground. Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related.

Flash Floods
Flash flooding can develop within minutes depending upon the intensity and duration of the rain, the land topography, the soil conditions, and the available ground cover. Flash floods can move boulders, uproot trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new and deep channels.

• Never approach flooded areas, move to higher ground.
• Stay alert to rapidly changing conditions.
• Stay informed by tuning to local media.

Disaster Supply Kit
Prior to a disaster, the recommendation is for individuals and families to assemble a disaster supply kit. These kits should contain a minimum of the following items:

• Water – one gallon, per person, per day
• Food – enough to sustain each person
• First Aid Supplies
• Clothing and Bedding
• Tools
• Special Items – such as medications, pet food, comfort supplies

Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash can, a camping backpack or a duffle bag.

Remember, flooding is not your only concern. The temperature during this event is cool. If you’re displaced from shelter and wet from the rain, hypothermia will quickly over-take you. Hypothermia is a deadly condition.

Stay Informed
Below is a list of sources that you can use to stay informed throughout the event:

• Alert Rockbridge
• Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County Websites
• Twitter Accounts for Rockbridge Emergency Management and Lexington FD
• Facebook pages for Lexington FD and Rockbridge Co. Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management
• Radio: 3WZ 96.7 FM and WREL 1450 AM
• The News-Gazette
• Nat. Weather Service, Blacksburg

Stay dry, remain warm and sheltered, and keep aware of your situation… and please keep safe.



Monday, March 24, 2014  -

Bridge Repairs, Route 11 Business (N. Main Street) Over Route 11 Bypass.

The City awarded a contract to Crossroads Bridge, Inc., Marion VA to perform repairs to the Route 11 Business Bridge, North Main Street, over Route 11 Bypass. The work generally consists of repairs to the deck surface and substructure on the underside. Work will begin on 31 March and should be complete, weather permitting and no major unforeseen problems, by 25 July.

The bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, but only one lane in the northbound direction. Left turns, southbound, from Campbell Lane will be prohibited until repairs are complete. The contractor will repair one half the bridge deck and then move to the other half. Work on the substructure below will proceed concurrently with the deck repairs. Route 11 Bypass will remain open to traffic in both directions, but will be restricted at times to one lane. Flaggers or temporary automated traffic signals will be in place on Route 11 Bypass during construction to safely facilitate traffic flow. It is possible that there may be short duration periods of complete closure on either Route 11 Business or Bypass to accommodate select work activities. If a complete closure becomes necessary, notifications will be made via Rockbridge Alert and the Alert Bar on the city website. The contractor will post signage the week of 24 March 24, 2014 alerting motorists of the construction work area. Periodic updates on the city website and through other available media outlets will be provided during the 120-day construction period.

Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to exercise extreme caution within or near the construction area. Your patience and cooperation is requested. These repairs are essential to preserve the life of this bridge for another 10 years when it is hoped that it will be reconstructed.


Statewide Tornado Drill March 11


Don’t Be Caught Unprepared


The Lexington Office of Emergency Management and the Lexington Fire Department ask residents of Virginia to practice tornado safety. A Statewide Tornado Drill will be held Tuesday, March 11, at 9:45 a.m. So far, more than 391,000 people have registered for the drill.

Registration for the tornado drill is not necessary, but people can learn more and show their support by signing up at Ready Virginia

Everyone in Virginia can participate, including businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals.

“It’s vitally important to know what to do when a tornado warning is issued for your area. The Statewide Tornado Drill gives everyone an opportunity to practice,” said Brett Burdick, acting state coordinator of emergency management. “Knowing what to do can save your life.”

The annual drill is a joint effort of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service in cooperation with the Lexington Office of Emergency Management.

“Tornadoes in Virginia don’t have a season. In fact, three tornadoes hit southeast Virginia Jan. 11,”

For more information and preparedness, please go to Ready Virginia


Snow Brings Fun Day Around The Fire Dept.


Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Please welcome the newest member of the Lexington Fire Department: Snowman 9. We hope he can stick around for a few days. Firefighters found some time to enjoy the winter weather this afternoon when not answering fire and EMS calls.


Weather Update

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – ROCKBRIDGE / LEXINGTON EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER Joint Information Center February 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Current Situation The winter storm brought approximately 12 inches of snow throughout the region causing traffic delays in several areas in Southwest Virginia. Travel conditions remain hazardous. Travel should be postponed during the storm. One fatality has been confirmed in the Central Virginia health district as the result of a motor vehicle crash. Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing through Friday. Significant power outages are possible. Citizens Can Help … Charge mobile devices so you can continue to hear information from official sources if the power goes out. Delay travel to allow crews to clear the roads. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt. Get current road condition information by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org. Download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information. If you need help for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, need information on warming shelters, or are concerned about an unsheltered individual or family, call 211 or visit www.211virginia.org. When you call 211, a trained professional will suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in your community and statewide. Get winter weather preparedness information at www.ReadyVirginia.gov and download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.


Burn Ban Info


Monday, February 10, 2014 – Virginia’s 4 p.m. Burn Law Outdoor Fires Unlawful Before 4:00 PM February 15 through April 30 Virginia’s 4:00 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect on February 15. Briefly, the 4:00 p.m. Burning Law states: from February 15 through April 30 of each year, no burning before 4:00 p.m. is permitted, if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material. Since forest fuels cure during the winter months, the danger of fire is higher in early spring than in summer when the forest and grasses are green with new growth. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is an effective tool in the prevention of forest fires. Localities may have more restrictive outdoor burning laws. You can read the full text of the law § 10.1-1142 on our website. Debris burning continues to be the leading cause of forest fires in Virginia. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is different from the burning bans, which are invoked only during periods of extreme fire danger. For more information and complete copies of the law, please contact your local VDOF office. Last modified: Thursday, 26-Dec-2013 16:38:33 EST




Do you wish to be notified of unfolding and developing situations within our community?

Do you want to be alerted to emergency situations and severe weather events?

Then, PLEASE subscribe to the area’s mass notification system – ALERT ROCKBRIDGE

The Lexington Office of Emergency Management and the Lexington Fire Department encourage all area residents to log-in and subscribe to

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Alert Rockbridge is a mass-notification system. The local governments utilize ALERT ROCKBRIDGE to convey important messages to the community.

You may select what type of messages to receive. These messages include:
Unfolding emergency incident situations.
Emergency evacuations.
Severe weather events bearing down upon our area, remember the Derecho?
School closings and delays.
Road closures.
Social events, if you so desire to subscribe to those groups.

You may chose how to receive these alerts:
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Your personal or business email.
Your pager.

ALERT ROCKBRIDGE is a capable way to notify the public of impending situations and events. But, the alerting system cannot properly work if the public does not subscribe to ALERT ROCKBRIDGE.

The local governments, the Lexington Office of Emergency Management and Fire Department are asking the public to PLEASE participate with – ALERT ROCKBRIDGE.

ALERT ROCKBRIDGE is your way to plug into the community. Be the first to know what is unfolding in your hometown.

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Happy New Year !!!

Friday, January 10, 2014 – The members of the Lexington Fire Department bid everyone a safe and happy 2014. The Lexington Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone to please practice fire prevention and to keep their family and home safe.