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Public Input Open House Scheduled for Fire and Rescue Chief Recruitment

Dec 10, 2018

The City will hold a public input open house on Monday, December 17 from 6:30-8:00 pm to solicit feedback from residents and community partners concerning the next Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief. City residents, organizations and business owners are invited and encouraged to attend.

Bellview Avenue fire leaves three displaced

Dec 07, 2018

On December 7, 2018 at approximately 9:21 a.m., the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) responded to a possible structure fire at 200 Bellview Avenue, where heavy smoke was seen exiting the eaves of the residence. Once on scene, firefighters discovered an active smoldering fire in the attic. The call was then upgraded to a structure fire.

Interim Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief Appointed

Dec 06, 2018

Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed former Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief, Frank Wright, as Interim Fire and Rescue Chief. Chief Wright will serve for approximately three months as the City completes the recruitment and hiring process for a permanent Chief.

The City has hired the recruiting firm, GovHR USA of Northbrook, IL, to manage the national recruitment process which will include the following:

Procession route and live stream announced for Officer Edwards funeral

Nov 28, 2018

The funeral for Winchester Police Officer Hunter Edwards who was killed in a single-car crash as he responded to a call on Saturday is scheduled for Friday, November 30 at 11 am. The funeral, to be held at the Winchester Church of God, is exclusive to the Edwards family, friends and acquaintances, law enforcement personnel, and authorized media representatives. Community members interested in showing their­ respects to Officer Edwards, his family and the Winchester Police Department are encouraged to do so on the procession route following the funeral.

Dryer fire causes damage at Shamrock Laundry

Nov 26, 2018

 On November 25, 2018 at approximately 3:10 p.m., the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) responded to Shamrock Laundry, 71 South Braddock Street, in order to battle a fire that originated in one of the laundromat’s dryers. 

During the incident, residents of the second floor living space were evacuated. There were no injuries to residents of the building, patrons and personnel of the business, or WFRD personnel. 

Winchester Police officer killed on duty in motor vehicle crash

Nov 25, 2018

On November 24, 2018 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Officer Hunter Edwards, 30, was involved in a single vehicle crash on West Jubal Drive in the City of Winchester that took his life. Officer Edwards was responding to a call of a fight just a few blocks away on S. Loudoun Street. Officer Edwards is survived by many family members including his wife, Tara Edwards, and stepson.

Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief resigns to pursue new opportunity

Nov 20, 2018

Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief Allen Baldwin has resigned effective December 14, 2018 to pursue a new opportunity in Stafford County, VA as their Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief of Operations. Chief Baldwin will begin his appointment at Stafford County on December 17.

Seventh annual Holly Jolly Celebration adds seasonal market

Nov 20, 2018

Celebrate the holidays in Old Town Winchester during the seventh annual Holly Jolly Celebration on Saturday, December 8. Enjoy the caroling groups, Santa’s Headquarters, shopping and dining specials all day, holiday window decorations, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and new this year, a Holly Jolly Market. The Holly Jolly Market will be held on the Loudoun Street Mall in front of the 1840 courthouse and feature a variety of locally-made goods including truffles, evergreen wreaths and swags, raw honey, hot sauces, sugar scrubs and more.