As New Kent County continues to grow vastly, Fire-Rescue is forced to both prepare for, and respond to, an array of new and highly technical risks associated with such growth. To do so successfully, we must be keen to recognize, seek out, and/or foster opportunities to adapt the way we do business. And so, it is with great pleasure and pride that, after a yearlong focus involving considerable planning, training, and refurbishment, we gladly announce Heavy Rescue 505 to be officially placed-in-service.
This new fire-rescue apparatus, housed at our Talleysville Station on Vineyards Parkway, is designed and equipped to handle heavy vehicle extrication, trench rescue, high angle rope rescue, confined-space rescue, and swift water rescue, as well as emergency medical, rapid intervention, and structural fire rescue.
Yet any fire-rescue apparatus or piece of equipment is only as good as the personnel who operate it. This is why NKFR invested tremendously in providing hours of training and exercises for those technicians assigned to this particular apparatus, to ensure they possess true competency in the multifaceted skills needed to effectively operate this unit and the equipment on it. In truth, training on an assignment like this never ends, and so, the assigned personnel, across all shifts, will continue to actively train daily/weekly on the specialized equipment that complements this apparatus.
The truck that has become NKFR Heavy Rescue 505 was purchased used from Waynesboro First Aid Crew
(Waynesboro, VA) in 2021 and then meticulously refurbished to meet the particular response parameters for New Kent County.
We are proud of our personnel who have spent countless hours preparing and training for this new and specialized capability now available and in-service in New Kent County.