Recent Calls
Wed. Jul 22nd 2015
Tractor/baler fire brings out Co. 2, Farmville VFD, and Darlington Heights VFD

Co. 2 dispatched to a tractor/bailer fire July 22 @ 15:30.  Thanks to Virginia Dept of Forestry personnel, Farmville FD,...

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Tue. Jul 30th 2013
Bomb Threat at Prince Edward County Courthouse

On July 30th, 2013, Farmville Communications received a call that there was a bomb in Prince Edward County Courthouse, and ga...

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Mon. Jul 29th 2013
Motor Vehicle Crash at Kingsville Road and Abilene Road

On July 29th 2013 at approximately 2:20am, Hampden-Sydney Fire was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash with no in...

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Wed. Feb 15th 2017
Burn Law in Effect

Notification from the Virginia Department of Forestry

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Wed. Oct 5th 2016
Upcoming Firefighter Training in Prince Edward County

Firefighter I is scheduled to begin Oct. 18 and will run until Feb. 2017.  Please check the files section on the left fo...

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Wed. Jul 23rd 2014

Hampden-Sydney Fire and EMS are in need of volunteers! If you are interested in joining our department, please fill out an on...

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Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos in the Home

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, was widely used in a variety of building components. The use of asbestos was fitted in nearly every home built before 1978 (asbestos was still used in construction after this date, just in smaller quantities). Generally, asbestos does not cause health problems unless its fibers are released into the air, so many homes built before the ’80s still contain asbestos. Evidence has proven that inhaling small asbestos fibers can lead to a variety of health issues, including a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma

Persons of any age can develop malignant mesothelioma, but most newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients are quite old. A person with a developing case of mesothelioma may live for decades without symptoms or other obvious signs of serious illness, because of the long latency period of the disease. By the time a person with mesothelioma begins to show symptoms of the disease, they might be in their 70s or 80s and already living with a disease in its latest stages of development. Mesothelioma treatment can include surgery, radiation therapy, anticancer drugs, chemotherapy. Several treatments are still being tested in mesothelioma clinical trials.   

Where You May Find Asbestos

Asbestos was used in many types of building materials. Because it is fireproof and features insulating properties, asbestos can be found in a number of products, including:

• Floor and Ceiling Tiles           

• Insulation

• Roofing Shingles

• Pipe Covering

• Drywall

• Cement

More than 3,000 products were made with asbestos, much of these being manufactured before the 1980s. Products that contain asbestos are not easy to identify on sight, and it is generally understood that if your home was built prior to 1978, you should assume that it contains asbestos building materials to some degree.

If you are concerned that your home contains asbestos building materials, you can hire an experienced licensed contractor or home inspector for an assessment. Depending on the material, they may be able to tell by visual inspection whether a building product contains asbestos. This, however, is not a foolproof method. The only sure way to know if your home contains asbestos is to have professionals collect samples of the building materials. The samples are sent to a laboratory where testing will verify asbestos contamination.

Hire A Professional

There are a variety of professionals available for asbestos abatement in the home. Whether you want to remove the asbestos-containing materials completely, or choose to cover them in some way, a licensed professional offers safety and security, as removing asbestos on your own is exceptionally hazardous. Hiring a licensed contractor provides peace of mind and may protect you and your family from exposure to the deadly microscopic asbestos fibers. Professionals can perform air quality tests before, during, and after the remediation process—both in the contaminated part of the home as well as other areas. Air monitoring can be particularly reassuring if your family is living in the home during abatement.

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