All Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations To Host Open House

In celebration of Fire Prevention Week (October 6 – 12), all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Stop by your local station that day to meet your firefighters, see the fire trucks, join in the activities and learn about fire safety.

Find your Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department Fire Station

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™

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Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Awarded FEMA Grant

FCFRD is pleased to announce that the Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (FCVFRA) has been awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant totaling $367,000. The funding is through FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant and will be spread over three years.fcvfra

All 12-volunteer fire and rescue departments represented by the FCVFRA, part of the combination career-volunteer FCFRD system, will benefit from the grant. Recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel is the primary focus of the grant.

“This SAFER grant award will help the FCVFRA and its members to recruit and retain the volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel who are so critically needed in our community,” stated FCVFRA President Mike Wendt. “These funds will allow us to lean into the strategic plan that is being developed in partnership with the FCFRD that will enhance the combination career-volunteer system in Fairfax County.”

It is envisioned that the grant will enhance public awareness of the volunteer fire and rescue service and of opportunities to serve, improve processes and efficiency, and provide dynamic training opportunities to develop future leaders and increase retention of volunteers.

Promotions

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

The following individual has been promoted to Battalion Chief:

  • Burns, Matthew

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain I:

  • Fletcher, Ryan
  • Heath, Michael

The following individual has been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Breslin, Joseph

The following individuals have been promoted in an Acting capacity to Captain II:

  • Besong, Peter
  • Peterson, Easton

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

  • Ballinger, Kyle

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

S.T.E.P. Into Safety! Got To Smoke It? Sink It Or Soak It!

It is Week One of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s “S.T.E.P. (Safety Takes Every Person) Into Safety” campaign. The theme this week deals with an issue that is one of the leading causes of fire in Fairfax County: improperly discarded smoking materials!

So far in 2019, damages as a result improperly discarded smoking materials is approximately $2 Million! Sink It PREVENT CARELESS FIRE

The members of your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department want to help eliminate this totally preventable cause of fire and keep Fairfax County safe! If you smoke, or know someone who does, please take a moment to learn how to prevent starting a fire. Got To Smoke It? Sink It Or Soak It!

  • Never dispose of cigarette butts in potted planting soil. The soil, when it gets too dry, can become highly flammable.
  • Never flick cigarettes into mulch or shrubbery. Dispose of them in a suitable ashtray or bucket with sand. Ensure designated outside smoking areas have an appropriate fireproof container, ashtray or bucket.
  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.

You can follow the “S.T.E.P. Into Safety” campaign on our social media channels. The hashtag for the campaign is #SafeFairfax

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ffxfirerescue

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ffxfirerescue/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fairfaxcountyfirerescue/

Get in S.T.E.P. (Safety Takes Every Person) With FCFRD

Fire Chief John Butler is pleased to announce the launch of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s “S.T.E.P. (Safety Takes Every Person) Into Safety” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to promote a culture of safety for all Fairfax County residents.

A large proportion of fires and injuries are preventable. This eight-week campaign will focus on a different safety theme each week with a strong emphasis on ensuring all residents take an active role practicing and promoting safe behavior.

The Week One theme is improperly discarded smoking materials. This is one of the leading causes of fires in Fairfax County and it is totally PREVENTABLE! Today is a good day to “S.T.E.P. Into Safety” to learn how to prevent starting a fire. FCFRD firefighters and paramedics urge all residents who smoke to “Sink It or Soak It!” and prevent careless fires!

You can follow the “S.T.E.P. Into Safety” campaign on our social media channels. The hashtag for the campaign is #SafeFairfax

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ffxfirerescue

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ffxfirerescue/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fairfaxcountyfirerescue/

 

Summer Is Not Over Yet! Practice Heat Safety This Week!

Warmer temperatures are in store today and through this week. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities each year. However, heat related deaths are totally preventable.

Take a moment to learn how to practice heat safety wherever you are during the week. Also know the symptoms of Heat-Related Illness.

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Accessible information can be found HERE: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat