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Botetourt County Fire & EMS Stations

Botetourt County has seven fire stations strategically placed throughout the county. All stations provide fire protection and some level of emergency medical services. All stations are staffed by volunteers, but several have career personnel. Station 2 (Troutville), Station 3 (Buchanan), Station 4 (Fincastle), and Station 7 (Read Mountain) have 24/7 career ALS ambulances staffed by Botetourt County Fire & EMS. Station 4 also houses the County's EMS Supervisor. Station 7 has a second career ALS ambulance staffed by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. that primarily responds to calls within Roanoke County. Station 7 also has a career fire engine staffed by Botetourt County Fire & EMS from 7 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. 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

Rescue 1 is only dispatched to calls when a volunteer ambulance is in-service.

  • Engine 1
  • Wagon 1
  • Squad 1
  • Brush 1
  • Utility 1
  • ATV 1
  • Medic 1
  • Car 1

Station 2 - Troutville

  • Engine 2
  • Wagon 2
  • Ladder 2 (105' rear-mount aerial)
  • Tanker 2
  • Squad 2
  • Brush 2
  • Utility 2
  • Car 2
  • RTV 2
  • Fire Safety Trailer
  • HazMat Trailer
  • Public Safety Trailer
  • Boat 2
  • Medic 2

Station 3 - Buchanan

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

Station 4 - Fincastle

Rescue 4 is only dispatched to calls when a volunteer ambulance is in-service.

  • Engine 4
  • Wagon 4
  • Tanker 4
  • Squad 4
  • Attack 4
  • Brush 4
  • Utility 4
  • Car 4
  • Air Bottle Unit
  • Medic 4
  • Medic 451
  • EMS 7

Station 5 - Eagle Rock

Company 5 often relocates one of its fire engines to Gala Industries, a business where some of its members work, during the week days to provide a faster response.

  • Engine 5
  • Attack 5 (4x4 pumper)
  • Tanker 5
  • Brush 5
  • Utility 5
  • Car 5
  • HazMat Trailer
  • Boat 5
  • Boat 5B
  • Medic 5
  • Car 550
EMS Base - Oriskany

Rescue 5 also maintains an EMS response vehicle in the isolated community of Oriskany.

  • Car 75

Station 6 - Glen Wilton

Glen Wilton only provides non-transport emergency medical services.

  • Engine 6
  • Tanker 6
  • Brush 6
  • Utility 6
  • Boat 6

Station 7 - Read Mountain

The Read Mountain station was established as a partnership between Roanoke County and Botetourt County. In 2020, the station transition from a Roanoke County fire station (Roanoke County Company 12) to a Botetourt County fire station. Read Mountain is dispatched to calls by both jurisdictions.

  • Engine 7
  • Wagon 7
  • Brush 7
  • Utility 7
  • Medic 7
  • Medic 71
  • Roanoke County Medic 12 (Staffed by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)

Career Fire & EMS

Botetourt County Fire & EMS employs over 50 full-time and part-time employees that perform administrative and operational duties. Administrative staff are headquartered in the Public Safety Center in Fincastle, while field staff are located in the Troutville, Buchanan, Fincastle, and Read Mountain stations.

  • Engine 7 (Staffed 24/4.5)
  • RTV 7
  • Command Trailer
  • MCI Trailer
  • ISU (Incident Support Unit)
  • Medic 1 (Limited staffing)
  • Medic 2 (Staffed 24/7)
  • Medic 3 (Staffed 24/7)
  • Medic 4 (Staffed 24/7)
  • Medic 7 (Staffed 24/7)

Botetourt County Unit Designations

Fire Designations

  • Engine # - Pumper truck
  • Wagon # - Pumper truck
  • Tanker # - Water tender
  • Squad # - Rescue truck
  • Brush # - Brush truck
  • Utility # - Response vehicle
  • Car # - Response vehicle
  • Fire # - On Call Fire Duty Officer
  • RTV # - Rugged Terrain Vehicle
  • Boat # - Swift-water rescue boat

EMS Designations

All ambulances mark up using a "Medic" or "Ambulance" preface followed by the unit's number. "Medic" meaning an Advanced Life Support (ALS) crew is on board. "Ambulance" meaning a Basic Life Support (BLS) crew is on board. If the ambulance only has a driver on board, the ambulance marks up using its unit number and advises it's understaffed.

Examples

  • Medic 1 - An ALS staffed ambulance based out of Station 1 (Blue Ridge)
  • Ambulance 2 - A BLS staffed ambulance based out of Station 2 (Troutville)
  • Ambulance 3 "Understaffed" - A driver only ambulance based out of Station 3 (Buchanan)

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 agencies 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 Chief
  • EMS #A - Rescue Captain
  • EMS #B - Rescue Lieutenant

Career

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

  • County 1 - Chief of Department
  • County 2 - Deputy Chief of Department
  • County 3 - Battalion Chief of Suppression and Special Operations
  • County 4 - Battalion Chief of EMS Operations
  • County 7 - On Call Chief Officer
  • Training 7 - Captain of Training
  • Prevention # - Fire Investigator
  • EM 1 - Emergency Manager
  • EMS 7 - EMS Supervisor (Shift Supervisor)


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