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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF LEXINGTON
Monday, March 24, 2014 
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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.

 

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

   
On March 9, remember to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you change your clock forward to 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.

 

Statewide Tornado Drill March 11

Don't Be Caught Unprepared
   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.
Picture By: Bobby Wright
   Picture By: Bobby Wright
Thursday, February 13, 2014 
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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 
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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 
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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

 

Subscribe to ALERT ROCKBRIDGE

   
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
- ALERT ROCKBRIDGE

Click this link to begin your tie-in to the community:
ALERT ROCKBRIDGE

What is ALERT ROCKBRIDGE?
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:
Your cellular telephone, SmartPhone or PDA.
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.

Click this link to get the action started - ALERT ROCKBRIDGE

 

Happy New Year !!!

Friday, January 10, 2014 
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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.

 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at LFD

   
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Lexington FD,
Not an Engine was purring, there was nothing to see.
The firemen’s clothes were hung by their beds with care,
In preparation to get dressed if the alarm filled the air.
The night time staff were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of fighting the “big one” danced in their heads.
And Chief in his buggy, the firemen had kicked off their shoes,
We had all settled down for a long winter’s snooze.
When up in the ceiling there arouse such a clatter,
We all sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the bay we flew like a rabbit,
Slid down the fire pole, just out of habit.
When what to our wondering ears did we hear
But ECC exclaiming, hurry up 9 house, put on your gear.
They say there’s a fire, the caller sees flames,
It’s at the corner of McCorkle and Hook Lane.
We get in the apparatus all ready to go,
Engine 9, Truck 9 responding, we call over the radio.
Engine 9 and Truck 9 you’re responding at 0023,
Is what we heard back from dispatchers at ECC.
The firemen were now dressed from helmet to boot,
Their brown gear looked black, all tarnished from soot.
A big tank of air they flung on their back,
Ready to make entry, ready to attack.
Down the street we responded, lights and sirens going,
Only to arrive with no fire showing.
The officer got out to do his scene size up,
Saw the family was out, all gathered by their truck.
The crews went inside to check with the T.I.C.
One of them swore he saw Ole St. Nick.
The others just laughed and scoffed at him saying,
Santa’s not real, now quit with your playing.
They finished their search and with nothing found,
They headed back out to the hard, frozen ground.
Command stood there waiting to hear their report,
He felt this odd tingling, he was feeling unsure.
No smoke and no fire, but what’s that on the roof?
It’s Santa and his reindeer, you can’t miss that red suit.
He had already left the presents inside,
Getting back in his sleigh, he was ready to ride.
Before he took off he looked down and stated,
To ALL firefighters and EMT’s, you guys are the greatest.

-FF/EMT McGuire

 
Working Fire Brings Countywide Units
Friday, December 13, 2013 00:34
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At 0034 hours, Company 9 was alerted for a possible house fire at 856 Green Hill Rd. in Effinger. The initial alarm brought units from Effinger(1), Lexington City(9), and Kerrs Creek(4). Engine 9 responded on the initial dispatch with 2 members, as additional units were already operating on a medical local. Updates provided by ECC advised multiple calls reporting fire showing. With that information, ECC upgraded the incident to a "working call" bringing units from the City of Buena Vista(10). Engine 1 arrived first on scene reporting fire showing from the C(charlie) side of a two story, balloon frame constructed residence. Engine 9's crew was the second arriving engine company and immediately went to work on division 1 as fire attack group. Early in the incident, command(C1) requested additional companies be dispatched for tankers and manpower due to high winds and extensive fire load. After clearing the medical local, Engine 92 responded to the additional alert with 2 members. Due to the construction of the residence and the already deep seated fire, crews from Lexington operated on scene for approximately 4 hours before the fire was brought under control. Water supply issues and high winds further complicated the incident. Engine 9 and Engine 92 were cleared by command at 0437 hours. Units operating on scene: E1, E9, E92, W4, E128, E103, E71, A1, K1, K6, K2, K106, K80, K11, K72, Medic 1-2, Medic 46, Response 1, Response 4, and C9-2.

 
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