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Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1982 by a group of citizens in the Laurel Grove area that were concerned about the safety of their community. Our original department consisted of sixteen firefighters, nine board members, a Ladies Auxilliary and two pieces of fire apparatus. The apparatus included a brush truck and a pumper/tanker. The original two-bay fire station was located at the intersection of Laurel Grove Road and Reeve’s Mill Road in Sutherlin, Virginia.

As our department grew, so did the membership and the apparatus. Volunteers continued to recruit firefighters and Ladies Auxilliary members, and they also continued to collect donations to help fund our mission. The department’s apparatus fleet grew as well to three and then four vehicles in order to meet the department’s and community’s ever growing needs.

In 1992, Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire Department decided to take on the task of creating an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program within the department. At this point, we officially changed our name to Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Inc. and were certified by the Virginia Office of EMS as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ground transport agency. We purchased an ambulance, and trained nine firefighters to the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level. A select group of our firefighters even went on to become certified as Cardiac Technicians and Paramedics in order to provide a higher level of medical care. Eventually our department purchased a second ambulance and in 2001 purchased a third ambulance in order to meet the drastic increase in medical calls our department was responding to. Laurel Grove provided, and continues to provide, medical services to the Kentuck and Keeling communities, as well as its own in Sutherlin.

Laurel Grove Fire & Rescue continued to grow, as well as its needs. In 1995, we built a new, modern fire station that consisted of six bays, a meeting room, kitchen, male and female bathrooms, and a pantry. In early 2008 it was updated to include multiple offices, a state-of-the-art training room, bedrooms for members on duty, a day room and an outdoor cooking area for fund-raising efforts. Laurel Grove’s apparatus fleet now consists of a pumper, a tanker, a brush truck, an incident command vehicle, and three ALS ambulances, one of which is stationed in the Kentuck community. Our membership has grown from sixteen firefighters in 1982, to over forty personnel today. These members have training in multiple facets of fire, EMS, and rescue operations, as well as having the credentials to teach state certified fire and EMS classes.

Today Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire & Rescue still runs out of the same building on the corner of Laurel Grove Road and Rogers Road. The fire station, however, has been updated to include multiple offices, a state-of-the-art training room, bedrooms for members on duty, a day room and an outdoor cooking area for fund-raising efforts. Laurel Grove’s apparatus fleet now consists of a pumper, two tankers, a brush truck, an incident command vehicle, and three ALS ambulances, one of which is stationed in the Kentuck community. Our membership has grown from sixteen firefighters in 1982, to over thirty personnel today. These members have training in multiple facets of fire, EMS, and rescue operations, as well as having the credentials to teach state certified fire and EMS classes.

As Laurel Grove prepares for its future needs, we will continue to grow. In the fall of 2008 Laurel Grove Fire & Rescue held its first ever Firefighters Academy, teaching state certification classes with the goal of bringing every firefighter into compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. In early 2010, we broke ground on its latest building expansion project which includes the construction of two large drive-through bays. This area will allow us to accommodate the larger, heavier emergency apparatus that is being built today.

As the years go by, Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire & Rescue will continue to be committed to answering the call for help and continuing to grow in our membership in order to meet the demanding needs of our community day after day.

Proudly Serving the counties of Pittslyvania and Halifax since 1982.
 
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