Not What It Seems

Recruit School 142 members worked very hard on Friday! You might think the recruits were learning the finer points of using an axe. Actually, the main focus of this realistic work performance training was to help teach the recruits the importance of proper breathing technique to minimize draining all the air out of their air bottle too quickly.  

An important skill for a firefighter to learn!

Kitchen Fire Damages Fort Hunt Home

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On Wednesday, June 21, at approximately 3:58 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 8100 block of Carlyle Place in the Fort Hunt section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the front of a one-story, single family house. Firefighters located and quickly extinguished a fire in the kitchen. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

The fire was discovered by a neighbor who saw smoke and fire coming from the kitchen window. No one was home at the time of the fire. There was one smoke alarm in the house, which activated before units arrived.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen near the gas stove. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature as a result of combustible materials being too close to the ignited burner.  

Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $93,750.

 

Promotions

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed and civilian promotions.Promotions

The following individual has been promoted to Battalion Chief:

  • Matthew Lopez

The following individual has been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Brian Steele

The following individual has been promoted to Technician:

  • Nathan White

The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician – Haz Mat:

  • Brian McNew

Civilian Promotions

  • Benjamin Williams has been promoted to Engineer III.
  • Luis Rosales has been promoted to Network/Telecommunications Analyst III

Acting Capacity Promotions

The following individuals have been promoted (acting) to Technician:

  • William Corcoran
  • Anthony Karashowsky
  • Kelyn Lampkin
  • James Young
  • Mitchell Zumwalt

Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.

MEDIA: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Hosts Fireworks Safety Demonstration

FSD 2017Members of the media are invited to attend a fireworks safety demonstration hosted by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Firefighters and Fire Prevention personnel will be detonating live fireworks using props to show the dangers of illegal fireworks. Personnel will be available to answer questions and provide safety tips.

WHEN: Friday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

CONTACT: Ashley Hildebrandt, Public Information Officer, Public Affairs Office 703.246.3801

 

Forever Family

Technician Al Doughty (ret) sadly passed away approximately four months ago. Over the weekend his son, Darrius, was preparing to graduate from high school. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department members surprised Darrius by showing up to his graduation in his dad’s place to greet and support him.

Congratulations to Darrius on your graduation from high school! You will always be a part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department family.