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Botetourt County Wins Governor's Fire Service Award


Fincastle, VA —  On Saturday February 21, 2015, members of the Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS Special Operations & Tactics Team (SOTT) were recognized at the Virginia Fire & Rescue Conference for receiving the Governor’s Fire Service Award for Outstanding Fire Department Response. This award is given to any outstanding fire department response made in the last year that demonstrates mutual aid, integration of  multiple system components, interagency interfacing and cooperation, or complex assessment or rescue.

On November 11, 2014, members of the SOTT responded along with fire and EMS resources from multiple departments throughout Botetourt County to the Harvey’s Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a report of a vehicle that had plunged approximately 200 feet off the overlook into the woods below. When units arrived on scene, a four-door sedan was found to be resting against trees at the bottom of the ravine with one occupant in the vehicle.

Through the coordination, collaboration, teamwork, and technical expertise of the fire and EMS resources, particularly the SOTT, the victim was safely removed from the vehicle and hoisted back up the mountainside with a rope system. The patient was then immediately transferred to a Carilion Clinic Life Guard helicopter that had been requested and had landed at the Parkway overlook.

Overall, the efforts of a team of highly skilled career and volunteer personnel coupled with the technical expertise of a specialized team and the overall coordination of resources made for a highly successful rescue of a victim from imminent danger. The Governor has recognized those efforts and has highlighted the high degree of competence and cooperation in Botetourt County.


From left to right: Captain Matt Trevilian (Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department); FF/Paramedic Ian Wiles; Captain Robert Johnson, Jr.; FF/EMT & SOTT Group Supervisor Daniel Murray; Deputy Chief Jason Ferguson




For more information, contact

Jason Ferguson, Deputy Chief

(540) 473-8329