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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 12 (Read Mountain) have 24/7 career ALS ambulances staffed by Botetourt County Fire & EMS. Station 4 also houses the County's EMS Supervisor. Station 12 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 12 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

  • Engine 1
  • Wagon 1
  • Squad 1
  • Brush 1
  • Utility 1
  • Air 1 (Mobile air supply unit)
  • ATV 1
  • Car 150
  • Medic 152
  • Medic 153

Station 2 - Troutville

  • Engine 2
  • Wagon 2
  • Ladder 2 (105' rear-mount aerial)
  • Tanker 2
  • Squad 2
  • Brush 2
  • Utility 2 (Also known as Battalion 2 or Fire 2)
  • RTV 2
  • Fire Safety Trailer
  • HazMat Trailer
  • Public Safety Trailer
  • Boat 2
  • Medic 2
  • Medic 752

Station 3 - Buchanan

  • Engine 3
  • Ladder 3 (75' mid-mount quint)
  • Tanker 3
  • Squad 3
  • Brush 3
  • Utility 3 (Also known as Fire 3)
  • HazMat Trailer
  • Boat 3
  • Car 350
  • Medic 3
  • Medic 753

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
  • Brush 4
  • Utility 4 (Also known as Fire 4)
  • Car 4
  • 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
  • Car 550
  • Medic 551
  • Medic 555
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.

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

Company/Rescue 7 - 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
  • Engine 701 (Reserve unit)
  • Wagon 701 (Reserve unit)
  • Utility 7 (Reserve unit)
  • RTV 7
  • Command Trailer
  • MCI Trailer
  • Car 7 (Reserve unit)
  • Medic 2
  • Medic 3
  • Medic 4
  • Medic 12
  • Medic 752 (Reserve unit)
  • Medic 753 (Reserve unit)
  • Medic 754 (Reserve unit)
  • Medic 757 (Reserve unit)

Station 12 - Read Mountain

The Read Mountain station was established as a partnership between 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
  • Brush 12
  • Utility 12
  • Car 12
  • Medic 12-1 (Known as Medic 12-7 when staffed by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Medic 12-2
  • Medic 12
  • Engine 7
  • ISU (Incident Support Unit)

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
  • RTV # - Rugged Terrain Vehicle
  • Boat # - Swift-water rescue boat

Rescue Designations

All ambulances mark up using a "Medic" or "Rescue" preface followed by the unit's number. "Medic" meaning an Advanced Life Support (ALS) crew is on board. "Rescue" 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. EMS response vehicles (Car #) do not generally use a preface when marking up. However, if an ALS provider is on board then the unit will advise that it's "medic status".

Examples

  • Medic 152 - An ALS ambulance based out of Rescue 1 (Blue Ridge)
  • Rescue 451 - A BLS ambulance based out of Rescue 4 (Fincastle)
  • 551 "Understaffed" - A driver only ambulance based out of Rescue 5 (Eagle Rock)
  • 150 - A BLS staffed response vehicle based out of Rescue 1 (Blue Ridge)
  • 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 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
  • Fire 7 - Engine Officer
  • EMS 7 - EMS Supervisor (Shift Supervisor)
  • 700-749 - Career personnel
  • 750-759 - Reserved for EMS apparatus
  • 760-799 - Reserved for additional career personnel


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