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Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue is a combination department comprised of career staff and volunteers who work collaboratively to provide fire and emergency medical services to County citizens and visitors.  The department provides a wide-range of emergency services to the community.

The department is lead by Chief Janet Blankenship. who is responsible for all facets of fire and emergency services operations within Bedford County. The Command Staff is comprised of the Deputy Chief of Operations, Deputy Chief of Administration, Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief of Hazardous Materials, Battalion Chief of Special Operations Command, Battalion Chief Wildland Operations, and Training Captain. The Administrative Manager and Administrative Assistant provide direct support to the organizational structure and functions by performing various administrative, secretarial and clerical duties.


Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue is a mission driven organization. 


Each of our members has an obligation to carry out our mission:

To protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Bedford County while providing safe, timely, compassionate, effective and efficient services.


Our vision is:

To strive to find better ways of protecting the lives and property of our fellow man through education, prevention, preparedness, outreach and innovation in order to be a leader in the fire and emergency services field. We must be forward thinking and take a proactive approach to all that we do.


Our slogan is:

BCoFR Strong and you will often see this used as a hash tag on social media post. So what does that mean?  BCoFR is not one person, one fire company, one EMS agency, it is the combination of our dedicated men and women who are striving to meet our mission every single day! Fire and EMS services work can not be accomplished effectively and efficiently without a system that works.  From the agency practices themselves, meaning the 'expectations and practices', to the time the call is received by the dispatcher, the dispatcher toning the call, the individuals responding....without the team we will not be successful.  From the one to the many, we are BCoFR Strong!


To learn more about our organization, please click on the following document:

FR01 Organization & Administrative


How Can You Serve Your Community?......Volunteer!


Fire & EMS responders are our most important asset.  Our responders are people just like you who are willing to devote time and energy every day to saves lives and property. You too can become a firefighter or EMT, you don’t need to have prior training, just a desire to learn. There is always room for one more good person on our team. Becoming a volunteer will allow you to do things that you never imagined!  

Bedford County Fire & Rescue volunteers do not receive a salary but volunteering can offer you much, much more than monetary rewards…

Volunteer Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to be part of Bedford County’s Fire & Rescue Community helping your family, friends and neighbors.

  • Free training that meets or exceeds Virginia and national standards.

  • Being a volunteer helps to keep your taxes low by saving Bedford County millions of dollars in personnel costs.

  • Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP).

  • Liability and accident insurance while acting in your official capacity as a volunteer.

If you would like to volunteer, please click on the "volunteer" tab and fill out a volunteer application today!

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