Last Updated: September 16, 2014
Recent news articles and news releases from the Harrisonburg Fire Department:
- September 10, 2014 - The Harrisonburg Fire Department (HFD) was recently notified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) of a change in their Public Protection Classification, which turned out to be a step up in the ISO nationwide rating system. After the most recent evaluation, the city’s ISO rating for HFD went from a Class 3 to a Class 2, on a scale of one to ten with one being the best rating.
Chief Shifflett explained, “In this line of work, we must always be prepared for the next unknown situation. We have extensive plans and training in place so our personnel are ready to handle the next call for service and it was no different when we were going through the ISO evaluation. We were prepared.”
Of the 48,000 fire departments in the United States that are rated, only 750 are a Class 2 and 60 are a Class 1. None of the Class 1 departments are located in Virginia.
Insurance companies use ISO ratings as a factor in developing their fire insurance rates.
September 4, 2014 - It is that time of year again to let us know if you would like to "Adopt a Hydrant"! Call Paula at 540-432-7703 or email her at Paula.Rhodes@harrisonburgva.gov to let her know you are interested in adopting a hydrant this year! All residents adopting a hydrant in the City of Harrisonburg will receive a free packet of HFD items (some are shown in the photo).
Help your neighbors and firefighters by keeping the hydrants free of snow or plants so they can be easily accessed in an emergency.
- August 21, 2014 - A new firehouse is being added to A Dream Come True Playground on Neff Avenue. Check out the photos on Flickr and stay tuned for more to watch the progress!
- August 5, 2014 - Have you heard of the newest danger to your teens? Teens have been taking a so called "Fire Challenge" that is being distributed on social media. Many teens across the United States have been severely burned and one has died. This challenge calls for teens to douse themselves with some type of flammable liquid and then light a match or lighter. This is serious stuff that can cause permanent scarring, death and home fires. Please sit down and talk with your teens about the dangers associated with playing with fire. These so-called challenges are nothing more than a dare to do something above and beyond the normal and your child must know the consequences. This week we will be attending the Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp at Camp Brethren Woods. The kids attending this camp will tell you that the horrific pain and scarring that comes from fire will also leave emotional scars as well. Talk with your teens about this disturbing trend on social media before it is too late. If you have more questions contact the Harrisonburg Fire Dept.
- July 22, 2014 - Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a third floor apartment complex on South Main St. in Harrisonburg. There were no reports of injuries at the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Photos taken by Allen Litten are now on the HFD Facebook page.
- May 22, 2014 - The Rider Alert motorcycle-safety program was launched in Richmond, Virginia, on April 12, 2011, and is spreading rapidly throughout the state and nation. The program, designed to help save lives, provides free identification data cards that will help first responders provide rapid and accurate medical assistance to motorcyclists involved in serious accidents. Rider Alert cards are placed inside rider's helmets and contain vital, life-saving information, emergency contact and any important medical history. When first responders arrive on the scene of a motorcycle accident, a one-inch, round sticker on the outside of the helmet will indicate that the biker has the Rider Alert card. The sticker also warns bystanders not to remove the helmet, which could prevent further injury. Check out the photos from a press conference that was held in Harrisonburg to stress the importance of wearing a helmet.
- May 15, 2014 - The new ladder truck has been placed in service ready to serve the citizens of Harrisonburg! Check out the photos from Captain Allison showing three of our ladder trucks together.
- April 3, 2014 - The Rockingham County School Board recognized HFD Chief Larry Shifflett and Rockingham County Chief Jeremy Holloway for their contribution to the Massanutten Technical Center Fire and Rescue program a their regular monthly meeting April 2, 2014. Many of our young firefighters received their training at Massanutten Technical Center Fire and Rescue Program. Photos from the ceremony also showcase the winners of the regional Skills USA competition are posted on the HFD Flickr page.
- April 2, 2014 - The new HFD Ladder Tower has arrived! A few more weeks and it will be in service! But for now check out the photos!
- January 24, 2014 - Have you registered for the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Emergency Alert System? If not, be sure to do that today to receive emergency notices as they occur. Find out more about how the system works.
- November 8, 2013 - The Lego Clubs from Skyline Middle and Thomas Harrison Middle Schools developed their projects around wildfires this year. We had a wonderful time talking with these students and really enjoyed hearing about their projects. Kudos to all of the kids, their parents, and the teachers who made this such a fun activity!
- November 4, 2013 - A tractor trailer ran off of Interstate 81 Monday striking a utility pole and downing power lines. The interstate was closed for many hours causing a huge backup with traffic in and around the City. Thanks to photographer Allen Litten for taking these photos at the scene.
- November 1, 2013 - Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3. Your clocks will "Fall" back one hour. That is a great day to check your smoke alarms and plan a fire drill with your family. For details on how to make your family fire escape plan visit the National Fire Protection Association webpage. For more information contact the Harrisonburg Fire Department at 540-432-7703.