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The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department is located in the City of Bedford, VA approximately 25 miles east of Roanoke and 20 miles west of Lynchburg. Organized in 1888, the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department was Bedford City and County’s only organized fire protection until 1952.

With a first due response area of 182 square miles; the largest first due response area in Bedford County, the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department remains the busiest fire department each year. The department operates nine pieces of apparatus and responds to an average of 1000 calls each year.


The need for organized fire protection in the then Town of Liberty became most evident on the morning of October 12, 1884, when a fire began in a store operated by J.N. Early on the southeast corner of Bridge Street and Railroad Avenue.

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