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Botetourt County Fire & EMS Stations

Botetourt County has eight Fire and Rescue stations strategically placed throughout the county. Almost all of the stations house both Fire and Rescue together with the exception of Fincastle which has two separate stations for each. All of the stations in Botetourt are staffed by volunteers, but several have paid staff. Station 2 (Troutville) has a career ALS ambulance staffed during the daylight hours, but is replaced by the career EMS supervisor after the ambulance moves to Station 12 (Read Mountain) for the night shift. Station 3 (Buchanan) and Station 4 (Fincastle VFD) have 24/7 career ALS ambulances staffed in their stations. Station 12 has a career ALS ambulance staffed by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM. It is then replaced by Troutville's ALS ambulance during the remaining 14 hours. Station 4 (Fincastle VFD) also has a career fire engine staffed from 7 AM Monday until 7 PM Friday.

Apparatus and Stations

Botetourt County first due coverage areas. Blue Ridge (Beige), Read Mountain (Pink), Troutville (Yellow Green), Roanoke County (Teal), Fincastle (Violet), Buchanan (Orange), Eagle Rock (Salmon), Craig County/Eagle Rock (Blue), Glen Wilton (Gold), and Alleghany County/Glen Wilton (Paris Green).

Station 1 - Blue Ridge

  • Engine 1
  • Wagon 1
  • Squad 1
  • Brush 1
  • Utility 1
  • Air 1 (Mobile air supply unit)
  • ATV 1
  • Car 150
  • Ambulance 152
  • Ambulance 153
  • Simbulance (Mobile patient simulation unit)

Station 2 - Troutville

  • Engine 2
  • Wagon 2
  • Tanker 2
  • Squad 2
  • Brush 2
  • Utility 2
  • RTV 2
  • Fire Safety Trailer
  • HazMat Trailer
  • Public Safety Trailer
  • Boat 2
  • Ambulance 752

Station 3 - Buchanan

  • Engine 3
  • Ladder 3 (75' mid-mount quint)
  • Tanker 3
  • Brush 3
  • Utility 3
  • HazMat Trailer
  • Boat 3
  • Car 350
  • Ambulance 352
  • Ambulance 753

Company 4 - Fincastle

  • Engine 4
  • Wagon 4
  • Wagon 4-2 (Reserve unit, known as Wagon 701 when staffed by Company 7)
  • Tanker 4
  • Squad 4
  • Brush 4
  • Utility 4
  • Engine 7
  • Utility 7 (Reserve unit)
  • Ambulance 754
  • Ambulance 757 (Reserve unit)

Rescue 4 - Fincastle

  • Car 450
  • Car 451 (Captain's vehicle)
  • Ambulance 457
  • Ambulance 458

Station 5 - Eagle Rock

  • Attack 5 (4x4 pumper)
  • Truck 5 (4x4 pumper)
  • Tanker 5
  • Brush 5
  • Utility 5
  • Car 5
  • HazMat Trailer
  • Boat 5
  • Boat 5B
  • Car 550
  • Ambulance 551
  • Ambulance 552
  • Ambulance 555
EMS Base - Oriskany

Eagle Rock also maintains an EMS response vehicle in the spatially isolated community of Oriskany.

  • Car 75

Station 6 - Glen Wilton

Glen Wilton currently only provides non-transport EMS service.

  • Wagon 6
  • Tanker 6
  • Brush 6
  • Utility 6
  • Boat 6

Company/Rescue 7 - Career Fire & Rescue

Botetourt County Fire & EMS employs over 30 full time career staff that perform administrative and operational duties. Administrative staff are headquartered in the Public Safety building in Fincastle, while field staff are located in the Troutville, Buchanan, and Fincastle stations.

  • Engine 7
  • Wagon 701
  • Utility 7
  • RTV 7
  • Command Trailer
  • MCI Trailer
  • Car 7
  • Ambulance 752
  • Ambulance 753
  • Ambulance 754
  • Ambulance 757

Station 12 - Read Mountain

Read Mountain is co-owned by Roanoke County and Botetourt County. It is located in Botetourt County, but receives its apparatus and station number from Roanoke County. Read Mountain is dispatched to calls by both jurisdictions.

  • Wagon 12
  • Engine 12
  • Brush 12
  • Utility 12
  • Car 12
  • Ambulance 12-1 (Known as Medic 12-7 when staffed by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Ambulance 12-2

Botetourt County Unit Designations

Fire Designations

  • Engine # - Fire engine
  • Wagon # - Fire engine
  • Tanker # - Water tender
  • Squad # - Rescue truck
  • Brush # - Brush truck
  • Utility # - Response vehicle
  • RTV # - Rugged Terran Vehicle
  • Boat # - Swift-water rescue boat

Rescue Designations

All ambulances mark up using a "Medic" or "Rescue" preface followed by a three digit number scheme. "Medic" meaning an Advanced Life Support crew is on board. "Rescue" meaning a Basic Life Support crew is on board. If the ambulance only has a driver on board, the ambulance marks up using its three digit number and advises it's understaffed. EMS response vehicles (Car #) do not use a preface (whether or not they have an ALS or BLS crew) when marking up. However, if an ALS provider is on board then the unit should advise that it's "medic status".

Examples

  • Medic 152 - An ALS ambulance based out of Rescue 1 (Blue Ridge)
  • Rescue 252 - A BLS ambulance based out of Rescue 2 (Troutville)
  • 352 "Understaffed" - A driver only ambulance based out of Rescue 3 (Buchanan)
  • 450 - A BLS staffed response vehicle based out of Rescue 4 (Fincastle)
  • 550 "Medic status" - An ALS response vehicle based out of Rescue 5 (Eagle Rock)

Personnel Designations

Volunteer

Botetourt County Fire & EMS volunteers are issued a three digit number for radio usage and department accountability. Each agency is in charge of determining the qualifications for and issuing radio numbers to their personnel. The first number in the system is the same as the volunteer's home station number. The second number is used to distinguish if the volunteer is a part of the fire department or rescue squad. The third number does not have a specific meaning. Members of both Fire and Rescue in the same district are not issued two individual numbers.

  • #00-#49 - Volunteer Fire personnel
  • #50-#59 - Reserved for Rescue apparatus
  • #60-#99 - Volunteer Rescue personnel

Volunteer Fire and Rescue officers are assigned a radio designation that is specific to their rank to use instead of their three digit number, so a quick and simple distinction can be made.

  • Chief # - Fire Chief
  • Assistant Chief # - Assistant Fire Chief
  • Deputy Chief # - Deputy Fire Chief
  • Captain # - Fire Captain
  • Lieutenant # - Fire Lieutenant
  • EMS # - Rescue Captain
  • EMS #A - Rescue 1st Lieutenant
  • EMS #B - Rescue 2nd Lieutenant

Career

Botetourt County Fire & EMS career personnel are issued radio designations very similar to the volunteers, but vary slightly.

  • County 1 - Chief of Fire & EMS
  • Division Chief 1 - Division Chief of Operations & Training
  • Division Chief 2 - Division Chief of Emergency & Support Services
  • Battalion Chief 7 - Battalion Chief of Operations
  • Fire 7 - Engine Officer
  • EMS 7 - EMS Supervisor
  • Training 7 - Training Coordinator
  • Logistics 7 - Logistics Technician
  • 700-749 - Career personnel
  • 750-759 - Reserved for Rescue apparatus
  • 760-799 - Reserved for additional career personnel




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