IRS provides clarity to Virginia firefighters and police on clothing taxation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Virginia U.S. Senator Mark Warner has cleared up what would seem obvious to most of us – that clothing provided by an employer and require to be worn on the job is not taxable. Evidently there has been some “miscalculation” by the IRS who want to tax our uniformed public servants and forcing them or […]

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Virginia Museum of Transportation Emergency Services Tribute Day

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Virginia Museum of Transportation, Carilion Clinic Emergency Services and Med-Trans announce Emergency Services Tribute Day on Saturday, May 17 Sponsored by Carilion Clinic Emergency Services and Med-Trans, the day celebrates and honors Virginia’s EMS workers who provide essential lifesaving services in our communities. The event coincides with the start of the National EMS Week. Emergency Services […]

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Fire/EMS calls increase in 2012 – recruitment a challenge

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fire/EMS calls increase in 2012 - recruitment a challenge

Roanoke City Fire Chief David Hoback and Police Chief Chris Perkins before their annual update on public safety Monday paced the puck. The loser game puck passed to the Guns hockey team this year. Chief Hoback’s Hoses team as the winners this year got a little payback with Chief Perkins of the Guns team. The […]

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Roanoke’s new fire truck sustains damage in accident

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Roanoke's new fire truck sustains damage in accident

Roanoke City’s new ladder truck No. 1 saw its first big fire Saturday night along with the three other Roanoke City Fire Department ladder trucks. The almost $1 million dollar beauty came out of its first battle unscathed but it wasn’t so lucky the night of the big storm that was dubbed a derecho. (See […]

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Don’t leave candles unattended if you must use them

Monday, July 2, 2012

Don't leave candles unattended if you must use them

On Monday, July 2, 2012, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a structure fire at 320 Cherry Hill Rd. The call was received in the E-911 Center at approximately 5pm. When crews arrived they found a fire in the basement of the one story structure. There were concerns that children were trapped inside. Firefighters searched the home […]

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Police Chief rubs in their hockey victory over the fire department

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Police Chief rubs in their hockey victory over the fire department

It wasn’t the main reason Police Chief Chris Perkins was at Monday morning’s city council briefing but it was the most entertaining to watch. Chief Perkins got the opportunity to trumpet the “Guns” hockey team win (5-1) over the fire department “Hoses” on January 21. The hockey puck he presented to Fire Chief David Hoback […]

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Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS graduation ceremony

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS graduation ceremony

It was raining and the wind had two firefighters in extended arched buckets struggling to calm the large American flag tethered in-between. It served as the gateway to Friday afternoon’s fourteenth academy graduation ceremony at the Roanoke Civic Center Performing Arts Theater. Each of the twenty graduates received a small but sturdy length of rope […]

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Roanoke City firefighters face challenges but get the job done

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Roanoke City firefighters face challenges but get the job done

The first due fire engine can get anywhere within the city in four minutes. The benchmark is to respond to fire calls in four minutes 90 percent of the time When the first due engine is “out of service” the second due engine can take up to12 minutes to reach the fire. “When the No. […]

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