Newington Building Fire

On September 23, at approximately 9:48 p.m. units responded to a reported building fire in the 7600 block of Fullerton Road in the Newington area of Fairfax County.

Firefighters from Fire Station 22, Springfield, arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the first floor of a two-story warehouse and office building. Shortly after arrival, a second alarm was requested. Crews worked diligently to extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to a first floor office space and had not extended upstairs or to the other units in the building.

A total of approximately 60 firefighters were on scene. There were no injuries reported.

A passerby called 9-1-1 to advise that there was a fire in the building.

The fire investigation revealed the fire originated in a first floor office space of the building. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage to the property is estimated at $50,000.00. 

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Fairfax County #1 In The U.S. And Canada For 2016 Fill The Boot Campaign

By: Master Technician Joel Kobersteen
Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, B-Shift

For over 30 years, during Labor Day Weekend, the men and women of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics – IAFF Local 2068 and the personnel in the Department of Public Safety Communications, have collected for the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the Fill the Boot Campaign.

The 2016 campaign was special in a number of ways, but, most notably the amount Firefighters collecting for MDA fill the bootcollected. Thanks to the generosity of the citizens, visitors and employees of Fairfax County, we were able to collect an astounding $521,509.05. One hundred percent of that money goes to the Greater Washington MDA, who uses it to fund such things as  neuromuscular research at Georgetown University and National Institutes of Health, a loaner closet of durable medical goods and the annual summer camp in southern Maryland where children affected with the 43 neuromuscular diseases that MDA serves can enjoy a week doing “normal” summer camp activities specially tailored to their particular disability and physical need – all at no cost to the families.

This year’s campaign was also remarkable because, after the typical Labor Day Weekend street side campaign was complete, firefighters noted that we were only $3,500 away from topping the Dallas, Texas Fire Department and claiming the crown for the highest raising Fill the Boot campaign in the United States and Canada for 2016. In a week long social media campaign, members of Local 2068 not only erased that deficit, but collected an additional $2,200 to secure Fairfax County as number one in North America!

Again, many thanks to the citizens, visitors and employees of Fairfax County!


Happy Trails After Over 39 Years

Yesterday, September 18, was Master Technician Mike Macario’s last day with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue after over 39 years serving the residents of Fairfax County.

Many shift mates past and present stopped by Fire Station 5, Franconia, to wish Mike all the best in retirement.

Some interesting tidbits about Mike:

  • Years of Service: 8/1/77 – 9/18/16 (39+ years)
  • 41st Recruit School
  • Last assignment: Driver of Engine 5
  • More time driving in reverse than most drivers have driven forward
  • More time in the department than most in the department have been alive
  • All around great guy

THANK YOU Master Technician Mike Macario for your many years of dedicated service to both the public we serve but also the members of this department. May your retirement be filled with great happiness and health.