The Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire in Fort Valley, rescued three adults in an off-roading incident and treated two mountain bikers for injuries on Sunday.
“Sunday was a busy day for us,” Bill Streett, deputy chief of operations said by phone Monday.
Around 3 p.m., the department began responding to the off-roading incident, which occurred about 1.8 miles north of the trailhead for the Powell Mountain trail, Streett said.
A Mount Jackson Fire and Rescue unit responding to a fire in the southern part of Fort Valley was flagged down by passersby.
The off-roading incident involved a Jeep, with three adults in it, that had tipped on its side, Streett said. It took about 45 minutes for units to respond and bring the people to a trail parking lot. One of them was flown by AirCare to Winchester Medical Center, Streett said.
Another adult was driven to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and the third refused medical treatment, Streett said. He did not know the status of the injured people as of Monday afternoon.
Fire Department units from Edinburg, Conicville and Fort Valley responded to the incident using Utility Terrain Vehicle, or UTV, units from Conicville and Fort Valley, Streett said. A Strasburg Fire and Rescue unit, in addition to the Mount Jackson unit, was also involved in the response, Streett said.
Streett lauded the response time to begin transport of the injured patients, considering the units had to get to the site and then back out on rugged terrain. Units ended up clearing the scene around 5 p.m., Streett said.
No one was injured in the fire in Fort Valley, but the fire did destroy a recreational cabin off Church Road, Streett said. About the same time as the fire and Jeep crash, units responded to two injured mountain bikers on Bryce Mountain, Streett said.