National EMS week

Last week, at our monthly business meeting the Director of Outreach and Coalition for Congressman Robert Hurt presented us with a letter signed by the Congressman in recognition of National EMS Week, and thanking us for our commitment to protecting our community.  The letter, in part, reads: “We owe much gratitude to our community first responders.  Your heroic service to our local communities across Virginia’s Fifth District and this country is so important, and we are forever grateful for your commitment to protect us each and every day”.

Thank you for the acknowledgement Congressman!  We appreciate the kind words, and will continue to proudly serve our community!

The History of EMS Week
The U.S. Congress authorized the Emergency Medical Services Systems (EMSS) Act of 1973. In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed this bill and appointed David R. Boyd as the director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services Systems (DEMSS), Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Boyd convinced President Ford to proclaim "Emergency Medical Services Week" and to host a White House Conference on EMS. Gerald Ford is the "Hero" of the national EMS story, a true believer who supported EMS during difficult political, economic, and budgetary times.  []

2016 Presidential Proclamation:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2016

Presidential Proclamation -- Emergency Medical Services Week, 2016


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Every day across our Nation, women and men sacrifice precious time with their loved ones, working long and hard to provide emergency medical services (EMS) to people they have never met before. Often operating in the midst of trauma and heartbreak, these professionals deliver urgent and essential care, saving lives and upholding a timeless belief that defines who we are as Americans -- that we all must look out for one another. This week, we recognize the daily heroism of our EMS professionals at all levels, and we express our gratitude for their efforts to keep us healthy and safe.

Embodying the grit, compassion, and courage that has driven our Nation forward since its founding, our emergency medical technicians, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, nurses, physicians, EMS medical directors, firefighters, and law enforcement officers reflect a spirit of selflessness that makes us all strive to live up to their example. Their families stand beside them, enduring extraordinary anticipation and exercising sincere patience each day. As the steady anchors in an otherwise unpredictable daily routine, these families offer unwavering support for EMS practitioners -- giving them the support and strength necessary to fulfill the demands of their unending work.

EMS providers brave danger and uncertainty, and their efforts deserve our most profound appreciation. We rarely know when tragedy will strike, and in our most vulnerable moments, we rely on these dedicated professionals. During Emergency Medical Services Week, let us celebrate and support the EMS professionals who demonstrate the values at the heart of the American spirit, and let us thank them for their heroic work.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 15 through May 21, 2016, as Emergency Medical Services Week. I encourage all Americans to observe this occasion by showing their support for their local EMS providers and taking steps to improve their own personal safety and preparedness.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


Bingo upgrade!

KESWICK, VA - In addition to the annual fund drive, East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company relies on a weekly bingo game on Monday nights.  For the past several weeks, the game has has been shut down to allow for an overhaul of the program and for upgrades to be made to the bingo hall.  The wait is finally over!  Tomorrow, February 22, the all new paper-only bingo game will be restarted.  Crews were busy this weekend finishing the final cleaning and tidying up the hall.  In addition to a fresh cleaning, the hall was upgraded with eight 55" flat screens mounted throughout for our players.  The screens will be able to show the current bingo game, and can broadcast other programs that the players are interested in, such as sports games.  An added amenity that the players will notice will be free popcorn during the games.  The bingo staff and duty crews have put a lot of effort into improving the game and are excited for the grand re-opening tomorrow evening and hope to see you there!  Check out East Rivanna's Facebook page for a link to a $5 coupon.  

Doors open at 5:45 pm and the first game starts at 6:45.  

Photos with Santa!

KESWICK, VA - We are excited to announce that the North Pole has scheduled East Rivanna as a destination for Santa before Christmas!  In the past, he has arrived on a shiny green fire truck with lights flashing.  So, grab the kiddos and come on down to welcome Santa and have your picture with him! We plan on having a photo session and a craft station.  Additionally, light refreshments will be served.  

When:  Sunday, December 6, 2015

Where: East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company.  3501 Steamer Drive / Keswick, VA  22947

Time: 2pm to 4pm


Fall Fire Season: October 15 - November 30

KESWICK, VA - Thursday marks the start of the fall fire season in Virginia.  The Virginia Department of Forestry has the following to offer:

"Fall wildfire season is here! Keep yourself and your family safe from the ravages of wildfire.

Preventing a wildfire from ever starting is critical to the safety and security of everyone in Virginia. And, since most wildfires (96 percent) in Virginia are caused by human activity, if people are careful and pay attention to weather conditions, they can keep themselves and their property safe by not letting a wildfire start.

Think about debris-burning alternatives, such as composting and mulching. 

If you have to burn, take precautions before igniting a fire. Precautions include:

  • clearing the burn spot and surrounding area down to mineral soil;
  • keeping the burn pile small;
  • having tools like a shovel or a rake on hand;
  • ensuring a charged water hose or other water source is at the ready;
  • having a working cell phone with you so that you can call 911 as soon as the fire escapes your control, and remaining with the fire until it’s completely out. 
  • You must also check the weather conditions in your area before you start to burn. If it’s been several days since it’s rained, humidity levels are low and the winds are higher than 10 miles per hour, wait until conditions improve; otherwise, it’s quite likely your fire will become a wildfire.

If a fire does escape a person’s control or is left unattended, that person is financially liable for the cost of suppressing the wildfire as well as any damage that occurs as a result. Depending on the size and complexity of the wildfire, suppression costs alone could range from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Add to that the cost of burning down your neighbor’s home or barn, and you could be looking at millions of dollars.

Fall wildfire season runs from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30 each year." - VDOF 


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Service Dogs of Virginia conduct training at East Rivanna

KESWICK, Va. - Last Sunday, September 13, 2015, Service Dogs of Virginia visited East Rivanna to conduct training with their canines.  The group wanted to expose the dogs to firefighters in their personal protective equipment, as well are the large fire trucks and noises/commotion of simulated emergency scenes.  By introducing the dogs to these types of environments, the hope is that they will be able to remain calm and continue to serve their handler in an actual emergency situation.  We hope to be a part of future training exercises for the pups-in-training! 

Service Dogs of Virginia is a nonprofit organization that raises, trains, and places dogs to assist people with disabilities.  More information about the organization can be found on their website at:

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