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NIIMS Courses and New Members

All new Members are reminded to get their NIIMS Courses completed as soon as possible. This is a mandatory requirement.

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Wed. Mar 27th 2013
Company 5 Plows Ahead

When a foot of snow fell on March 6, our new snow plow enabled our ambulance to get to an emergency illness call. Paul Kom...

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COMMUNICATIONS GUIDLINES

The Standard Operating Guide was released and is now posted on our site. This guide offers a guide to good communications. Pl...

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Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company

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FALL SHOOTING MATCH

ONLY 3 MORE MATCHES LEFT

Please join us every Friday!

November 24th & December 1st, 8th

593 Castleton View Rd., Castleton, VA 22716

Practice shots available at 6:30pm

Shooting matches will begin at 7:00 pm and go until the last match is shot

Cash/prizes will be awarded after each round

Come hungry! Hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, drinks and desserts 

available each night

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Call 540-937-4110, visit us on Facebook, 

or search Castletonfire.com

Accessory Building

A Special thanks goes out to  (Culpeper) who partnered with Castleton to assist us in taking this project to completion. We have already started our construction project. The pictures below show the skeleton building structure with the steps of installing trusses. 40 foot trusses were quickly installed by a backhoe and strong arms on the sides and center to lift, slide and erect the trusses. We did perform a quick test fit of SERV-5 (still under construction) to verify we have clearance for height, width and length. Mission success for fit with room to spare. There is even enough room for the eventual snow plow that will go on SERV-5 to sit on the floor in the rear of the truck.

 
Side metal up and the front gable finished. Rear gable to follow and then the final roof trim. After that Electrical rough in and final inspection and by then SERV-5 will be ready to occupy the space along with the concession trailers and utility 5.
 
 
 
 
Concrete is poured and finished. Now we are ready for the metal.
 
                    

                          

 

 

  

 Special Emergency Response Vehicle (SERV-5)

The story of the acquisition, build and outfitting of the the new Special Emergency Response Vehicle (SERV-5) which is a LMTV 2.5 Ton Turbo Diesel powered, all wheel drive military vehicle being converted to a Fire Department wild land brush truck with capabilities of fording 48 inches of water for water rescues and awesome traction for major snow events.
Body Work, Sanding and Painting are nearly complete. Keep in mind the Green paint used by the Army is an Epoxy based paint with hardener and the coating must meet a Mil Spec for paint thickness for each application. This truck had been sand color and later repainted to be Camouflaged. The best that could be done was to smooth out the surfaces and applying a primer coat to be wet sanded to the desired smoothness.  NOT  AN EASY TASK!!!!!!  
                       
   
 
   
Frame painted and now to wet sand the cab for the White and Castleton Signature Burgandy bottom.
Then off to Graphics by Howington for final outside decor.
  
 
500 Gallon Skid Tank unit is due to arrive around Thanksgiving.
Installation of Tank, Pump, Piping and Tool boxes to follow.
Last item would be the snow plow installation and then SERV-5 can reside in the 
newly completed garage we are finishing at the same time.
 
 
 

                                   

The truck originated as an Army Vehicle located at Ft. Bragg, NC. Hard to tell where in the world this vehicle has traveled but it did not see much road travel with on 11,000 miles on the odometer. The vehicle was donated by the Virginia Department of Forestry to provide Castleton with a wildland brush fire fighting capability and we are required to eliminate the camouflage paint which is not easy. I am sure the Mil-Specs for this paint required it to be super hard and super thick. Working to sand and paint this will be a challenge. Two examples of other converted LMTV's are below. The one on the left meets the requirements of basic painting. The one on the right went a little further. Our plan falls in the middle of the two approaches.
                            
 
To date the interior has been painted white to brighten things up, the wiring for lights, flood lights, radios and siren is completed and all emergency and scene lights have been installed. 
 

Emergency Lighting is 18 red and white flashers, Tons of wiring and two 20 inch LED Scene lights in front and 52 inch scene lights on each side of the cab and ground lighting around the truck. We also installed a winch powered crane to be able to lift a stokes stretcher if the need arises during inclement weather. Still left to do is the sanding and painting of the body and bed as well as the under carriage (a Requirement of the VA Dept of Forestry). 

 
     
Additional plans are formulated for creating the wildland brush truck but we will work on the paint to match our color scheme below on our Brush truck, EMS Response Vehicle and Utility
        

 

In order to house this large military vehicle we have also embarked upon construction of a 26' X 40" pole barn structure to house SERV-5, U-5 and our two concession trailers. Ground breaking has already taken place and preparations for construction are underway. More to follow as we proceed.  

 
Cooter's Last Stand
Castleton Fire Department spent a little over a week preparing for Cooter's Last Stand in Luray, Virginia. We prepared the trailers for this large event that was expecting in excess of 10,000 spectators over a 2 day period. Early Friday morning we delivered our Concession, Refrigerator trailers and the 20KW Generator to the event site. We made the trek to the event site early Saturday morning and prepared for the day of business. I could tell then 10,000 was a bit underestimated and the influx of people and cars just kept growing. The backup of people trying to get in extended over 2 miles and additional parking areas had to be defined and were quickly populated. People lined up to obtain autographs of the remaining stars of the the Dukes of Hazard and waited 7+ hours just for an autograph. As you can imagine after the heavy rains on Friday into early Sat morning the event field became a quagmire of mud requiring well over 100 tons of gravel to be procured and spread in the access lanes of the event. It did not stop the fans from moving about to see over 100 General Lee's and other Dukes of Hazard cars and shop for T-Shirts and other memorabilia. As you can imagine when the time came to buy food every vendor was inundated with customers who lined up for an hour just to eat. Castleton's Pizza and Bread stick concession was also slammed and it took every single one of us to keep up with the pace of cooking and selling food. At the end of day one we had exceeded our estimated food sales and were in scramble mode trying to figure out where we could obtain more product for day 2 of this event. Day 2 was a bit more friendly as the participants were downsized a bit and the pace was bearable. we almost completely sold out of everything which for us was a great day. Thanks goes out to Ben and Alma for scheduling this event and allowing us to participate as a food vendor and Richie Burke who set us up with a great vending spot where we had a large crowd passing by each day. Made for great sales.
 
As things were winding down on Sunday we at Castleton were exhausted and ready to call it a day but we still had to transport all of our equipment back to the station and the following day empty and clean the trailers to ready them for future events. I will not name everyone who participated in working our concession stand and the pictures below do not show everyone who participated but a big THANK YOU goes out to all who supported even behind the scenes helping us have a super successful event. Despite this event being called Cooter's Last Stand, I can see that it would be a good idea to plan for next year, The Dukes of Hazard event really draws many, many Fans. 
     
  
  
 
 

Two of Castleton New Members Meredith Bolton and Daniel Brecht attended Emergency Vehicle Operation Course and after passing their written test proceeded to the Rappahannock elementary school for the driving course. 

                          
                         

As you can see Meredith has a great big smile on her face because she did so well in driving a Fire Truck. Oh by the way she used to drive for UPS. Daniel with a CDL License also did super as well and while we were there Jacqui, Johnny and Paul took the Class one test for driving a utility. Despite being cold all went well and now we can add some more drivers to our response crews. Okay Daniel and Meredith now it is time to start Fire Fighter training!!!! Great Job.

 

 

Castleton has also procured a pickup to serve as our 2nd utility and it is near completion. The Graphics are by Howington Graphics and the paint is done by Tony's Body shop in Culpeper. Thanks to both for their talents to make things look great.

Utility 5 has been replaced with a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. This vehicle was an ex-Federal Government Police unit. Fesco Emergency Sales did all the Graphics on our new Ambulance and on this Utility. We have now placed the unit in service as our First Responder, Utility 5B.

 

This is the same graphic design we have on our Brush Truck, New Ambulance and is based on the design from our 2001 Ford Medtec Ambulance.

 

 

New Ambulance 2016 Ford F450 4X4.

Castleton has now placed our new 2016 Ford F450 4X4 into service serving the Castleton Community as well as other areas of Rappahannock county as needed. The new ambulance has a Horton Chassis with a Stryker Load System, Zico O2 Cylinder Lift, drop down chains for ice and inclement weather, HOPS restraint system for our safety and numerous other features. 

After entertaining several Ambulance providers we chose to go with Fesco Emergency Sales with Horton Emergency Service Ambulance compartment. Our experience with Fesco and Horton was extremely positive in every respect. Tours of the Horton Facility for In Process and Final Acceptance Inspections was very impressive. The manufacturing processes they follow are very professional and follow state of the manufacturing art processes followed by highly successful manufacturing companies world wide. Mike Seabright of Fesco kept us informed along the way and all minor imperfections identified were quickly resolved. We are now training our members in the operation of our new ambulance so everyone is aware of the changes from our 15 year old ambulance to our new one. We are especially excited that it is four wheel drive and we will then be able to travel safely during inclement weather.

Thanks to the Castleton Community for supporting us so generously to help us to afford to procure this new piece of equipment. Special thanks to Rescue Squad Assistance Fund for providing us with a financial grant along with the LOEB Foundation who also provided financial support. Without these two organizations this Ambulance was not possible 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castleton has openings for New Members to help us support the community. We need Fire Fighters, EMTs, Drivers and Support people to help us. If you are interested in joining our Team please send us an email, call us (540-937-4110) or drop by our monthly meeting the first Wednesday of every Month at 7PM at the Fire Station and fill out an application. Training is available for Firefighters and EMTs. If you are retired and want to spend a day a week helping us, that would greatly assist us in helping your neighbors in their time of need.

 

The Lions Club generates this cash from the "Shop Like A Lion" program that rebates the Lions for items purchased through their website. So if you need to buy anything from Amazon, Walmart, Tractor Supply, Plow and Hearth or 1-800-FLOWERS and Petsmart, go to the Lions Website at "www.rappahannocklions.org" You could be investing in a 4% return for the Lions Club who share it with all Rappahannock County Fire and Rescue Companies. 

The Mystery HAS NOT Been Solved as of 1/17/2017

We have a mystery to solve and we need your help. Someone was super generous and not only made a sign for our fire department but installed it as well. Compared to our 20+ year old sign, the new one reflects all the hard work the company has put into improving the aging building and grounds. Take a look at our new sign and if you know who did the work, please let us know so we can properly thank them. If the donor reads this website, please accept our thanks for having this sign made and installed. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

MEMBERS: 

  • Remember to use IAMRESPONDING.COM for identifying your availability and when you are responding to a call. It helps the first arrivers to decide which piece can respond first. This system has been updated to receive text messages on the address and nature of the call.
  • Please review all SOG's to remain current.
  • Please go to the file library to view the guides.
  • Also, the Rappahannock County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association web site is up and running and is a source for Guides, Procedures, Map Book Pages and much, much more. 

NEIGHBORS:

  • Mark your driveway with one of our 911 Signs so we can find you when you need us the most. If you want a 911 sign you can email president5@castletonfire.com and we get back with you as fast as we can. Please be sure to include your name and phone number so we can call you back. 
  • Please remember to replace your smoke alarm batteries every 6 months
  • Dial 911 in the event you have an emergency of any kind, Police, Fire and Rescue.
  • If you have a question or comment email us CCVFC@castletonfire.com or call us 540-937-4110 and we will try to help any way we can.  
  • We are continually updating this website for you to see what we do. Please return often. Thank You

 

We the membership of Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company will be here to respond to the needs of our community and hope we do not get a single call for help.

Thanks again for supporting us.

 

 

 

 

 

 



911 Address Signs

911 Address Signs are available from Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company

Just call 540-937-4110 and leave a message or 540-987-8916 to obtain your 911 address sign. An Order Form is available in the File Library on this Website. Printout the Form and give us a call or mail a check for $15 and the filled in form to:

Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company

593 Castleton View Road

Castleton, VA 22716 

Election of Officers

The December Annual Meeting is scheduled for the 12/6/2017. At that time, election of 2018 officers will take place.

2017 Officers are:

Johnny Howington Chief, Jacqui Howington EMS Chief, Paul Komar President, Buddy Howington Vice President, Janet Robey Secretary, Sharon Komar Treasurer, Randy Bennett  and Charlie Taylor as Directors. Thanks to last years Officers for your dedicated service and to the Officers of 2017, good luck in the upcoming year. 

EMS and Fire Training

Check out the CEU Catalog in our file library. It has courses for Fire and EMS. 

Take a look. 

Hall Rentals

For Hall Rentals please contact Buddy Howington @ 540-229-6475. He will be able to provide you with Rental Details. You may also fax your requested date, time, name and telephone number to 540-937-3277 and we will call you back as soon as possible. The file library found in the file library at the top of this web page has the Virginia ABC License application form for you to fill out if you intend on having alcohol during any hall rental. The License must be presented before the hall can be opened for rental purposes. You can also access the ABC banquet license on line using the following: https://www.abc.virginia.gov/library/licenses/pdfs/banquet.pdf?la=en  

If you are looking to rent the Hall during the Month of June or July and the first week in August, sorry the hall is booked for those two months plus one week.

Mesothelioma

As Fire and EMS providers we are painfully aware of the suffering from Mesothelioma. Many of our Rappahannock County homes built prior to 1980 have a high likely hood of containing many asbestos material and those from 1980-1990 have some items containing asbestos. After 1990, The rules regarding Asbestos changed for the better. If you come in contact Asbestos-containing-materials, do not attempt to move it. Leave it undisturbed and contact an EPA-Certified asbestos professional to test and remove the material. To find out more follow the following link to start your search for help or assistance.  http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/firefighters/

Soap Box Derby

Go to the links page and view the Culpeper Soap Box Derby Website. Castleton has two cars in this race, Go and support the Castleton Cars. It is truely alot of fun to watch. The Soap Box Derby Website has all the details. Wish them luck this summer.

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Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company
593 Castleton View Road
Castleton, VA 22716
Non-Emergency: 540-937-4110
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