On September 10, the Swoope Volunteer Fire Company (SVFC) hosted a Strategic Highway Research Program, 2nd Edition (SHRP2) and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) courses at the station. These classes were taught by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Virginia State Police (VSP), and Fire Instructors.
SVFC opened courses up to neighboring companies and first responders. Although long recommended, the locality, Augusta County, has recently made this training mandated for any first responder, due to a recent struck-by incident on I-81 where a fire engine was struck by a car resulting in double fatalities for the driver and occupant of the car.
All Swoope Volunteers are required to attend this training in the next few months.