Fire & Rescue

Citizens Fire Academy begins in August

July 11, 2016

Warren County’s Citizens Fire Academy will be offering its tutelage to interested residents through a seven-week process beginning Aug. 9.

Grant to aid in purchase of new town ladder truck

July 10, 2016

The Woodstock Fire Department has received an $857,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The money will go towards the purchasing of a new ladder truck, to be housed in Woodstock and used throughout Shenandoah County.

Firefighters Carnival starts Wednesday

July 10, 2016

The 89th annual Front Royal Firefighters Carnival kicks off Wednesday across from Bing Crosby Stadium. The 10-day festival will offer rides, games food and fireworks.

Records sought in VFW investigation

July 8, 2016

Nearly a year after the Front Royal Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860 was destroyed in a fire, the Front Royal Police Department has continued its investigation into the fire and other incidents at the post.

Fire marshal: Arson cause of fire near Front Royal store

July 6, 2016

The Front Royal Police Department responded to a small fire outside of Andrick’s Gifts and Collectibles, at 21 W. 6th St., at 11:33 p.m. Saturday after a nearby Front Royal patrol unit noticed a “Trump for president” flag on fire in front of the store near a handicapped ramp.

Teenager on minibike dies in collision

July 5, 2016

A teenaged boy was killed Friday when the electric minibike he was operating collided with a large pick-up truck on a section of private driveway south of Hoover Road in Woodstock.

Local dog a true survivor

Jenny and Ben Williams, of Stephens City, sit with their dog Ciaphas outside Ben's parents' home in Woodstock on Thursday. The couple's townhouse was destroyed by fire on June 12 while they were away, and Ciaphas managed to rescue himself from his kennel and run out the front door of the home. The dog suffered burns and, after several surgeries and medical treatments, is on the road to recovery.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 4, 2016

Dogs can teach their humans a thing or two. They’re loyal, friendly and loving, and one Stephens City dog has also been giving his humans a crash course in determination and resilience.

Front Royal man killed in crash

June 29, 2016

A Front Royal man died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash on U.S. Route 522 at the intersection of Lake Frederick Drive in Frederick County on Wednesday morning.

Linden home destroyed by fire

A house on Grimes Golden Road within the Apple Mountain Lake subdivision of Linden was destroyed by fire Sunday. No one was home at the time of the fire, but a family dog is still missing.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 27, 2016

Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has declared a home on Grimes Golden Road a total loss after a fire Sunday morning.

One killed in Frederick County fire

June 23, 2016

A fire in Thursday’s early morning hours has claimed the life of one resident, according to a release from Frederick County Fire and Rescue. One other person, who was inside during the blaze, was transported to the hospital and later released, the release stated.

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue chief to retire

Gary Yew

June 23, 2016

Gary Yew, chief of Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue will retire effective September 1 according a press release from Shenandoah County. Yew served as chief for 14 years, beginning his tenure in February of 2002.

Paraglider rescued from tree

Shenandoah County firefighter/EMT Mike Gochenour, at left, 40, climbs a 100-foot tree off Woodstock Tower Road on Massanutten Mountain to rescue Thomas Boulier, at right, as his feet rest on a tree limb. His paraglider went down after he launched from the mountain top Monday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 13, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Fire and rescue workers safely lowered a paraglider stuck in a tree Monday afternoon near Woodstock.

Strasburg has new rescue squad chief

Brandon Dodson

June 2, 2016

STRASBURG – Strasburg native Brandon Dodson has been elected chief of the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad. He has been with the squad for six and a half years.

Park works to rehabilitate area affected by April wildfire

June 1, 2016

Crews in Shenandoah National Park are working on rehabilitation efforts following the wildfire that burned more than 10,000 acres within park boundaries. The fire, the second-largest in the park’s history, raged for much of the second half of April and was declared contained at the end of the month.

Ready, set, fight fires

Shenandoah County firefighter/EMTs Bryan Greer, left, and Wesley Meadows attack the fire from the Kidde Fire Trainer outside the Shenandoah County Government Center in Woodstock on Thursday. The vehicle will be used to train regional firefighters in the counties of Shenandoah, Page, Frederick and Warren, as well as Winchester.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 19, 2016

WOODSTOCK – Fire trainers from the area gathered at the Shenandoah County Government Center Thursday to train on a newly acquired training prop. The prop, funded by a regional grant secured by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, is essentially a mock car that is used to train firefighters on the management of vehicle fires.
The prop will be shared between Page, Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren Counties.