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Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire Department

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**Attention**

Please avoid the area around The Somerset Center Store. The building remains extremely unstable and passerby’s attempting a photo should not enter beyond the marked fire line tape. Also, the intersection remains active with traffic so we ask that you not hinder traffic to get pictures or video and risk causing other accidents in this area.

A crew off Engine 23 resecured the area today once again and we cannot stress how dangerous the existing structure is in its current state.

We would appreciate your help sharing this notice with others.
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In recognition of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, our colleagues at the National Safety Council reminds riders – and drivers – to do their part.

First, Some Stats

In 2017, 5,172 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes. Fatalities among motorcycle riders and passengers have more than doubled in number since 1997.

Motorcycles make up 3% of all registered vehicles and only .6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the U.S.

Motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2017

Drivers: Do You Ever Think About Motorcycles?
The vast majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles. They're cars and vans and trucks. It's quite possible that as a driver you rarely think about motorcycles. Why do drivers often violate motorcyclists' right of way?

Motorcycles are relatively small and drivers don't see them

Drivers don't anticipate motorcycles' movements

The driver's view of the motorcyclist is obstructed, often by the vehicle's blind spots or other vehicles

The driver is distracted

Skill and Gear Can Protect You

A helmet is the most important equipment a biker can use. In 2017, 1,908 motorcyclists who died were not wearing a helmet. Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries.

A full-coverage helmet offers the most protection

Look for the DOT sticker, which guarantees the helmet meets safety standards required by law

Never buy a used helmet; helmets are useless after they've been worn in a crash

Choose a bike that fits you; "supersport bikes" have driver death rates about four times that of cruisers or standard bikes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Invest in antilock brakes

New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses after being off their bikes for a while

Know the rules of the road

Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill

Never drink and ride

Drive defensively, especially at intersections, where half of all collisions occur

Watch for hazards like potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel

Assume you are invisible to other motorists and position yourself to be seen

Use headlights day and night

Be courteous; don't weave in and out of lanes, or ride on the shoulder or between lanes

Don't speed

Wear bright and/or reflective clothing that is durable and boots that cover the ankles

Wear goggles, glasses or use a face shield that is ventilated to prevent fogging, and make sure it's clear if riding at night

Other Resources
In closing, please check twice to save a life. Be aware and safe as you head on the road this summer. Remember the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers safety booklets, downloadable Rider Course handbooks, videos, quick tips, white papers and more. They also can help you find a motorcycle safety course near you. While, RideApart publishes its list of the 10 most common causes for motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them, complete with videos taken by helmet crash cams of what can go wrong.
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Lake of the Woods Volunteer Rescue Squad

While traditional celebrations have been cancelled this year, the Fredericksburg Area Veterans Council and the City of Fredericksburg have created the digital 2020 Memorial Day Ceremony.
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Thank you to everyone for supporting us in promoting a successful #EMSWeek this year. If you are interested in learning more about the Rescue, Fire or Auxillary side of our company please reach out here or on our website lowfr29.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Today in #EMSWeek we're pausing to recognize our many providers throughout the years. We're approaching 49 years of service to our community and we wouldn't be here without those that have come before us.

Thank you to our providers of the past and present. Your commitment and sacrifices are no small task.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed all of our lives especially for our youth population. As we approach summer break we were happy to have an opportunity to honor the sacrifices of our local teachers.

Thank you to all the Teachers, Support Staff and School Administrators of our Locust Grove Community for inviting us to participate in your end of year processional. And thank you to Dan Reams for these photos and Lake of the Woods Security team for the escort around the lake.
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Today in #EMSWeek we're focusing on what you can do to save a life. Two excellent skills to be familiar with are CPR and Stop the Bleed.

While we're unable to train 'hands on' at this time you should review online resources from FEMA - community.fema.gov/until-help-arrives
and Stop the Bleed - www.stopthebleed.org/resources-poster-booklet

Take a few minutes to refresh your memory or learn a new skill.
Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow
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Contact Us

Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Inc.
104 Lakeview Parkway
Locust Grove, VA 22508-2025

Fire Department: 540-972-7510
Rescue Squad: 540-972-7480
Emergency: 911