Turn Around – Don’t Drown

According to the National Weather Service, there is a potential for heavy rain, storms and flash flooding today and tomorrow. When heavy rain and flash flooding occur, you can assume there will be a few roadways in the area that will be impacted as well. Unfortunately, our firefighters can also assume there will be several calls for help as people attempt to drive their cars through flooded roadways only to stall and become trapped.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into flood water. Many people under estimate, and do not understand, the power and force of water.

Please take a moment to watch the below video, from our friends at the National Weather Service, which highlights the danger.

Be aware and be prepared.

Accessible information HERE

Don’t Wait – Check The Date!

Did you know that smoke alarms have a retirement date? They do and if your smoke alarms are ten years of age or older they need to be replaced.

Below is some great information from our partners in safety at the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association. Please take a moment to check the manufacture date on your smoke alarms TODAY!


Accessible information can be found here: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/smoke_alarms.html

Car Crashes Into Gas Pump Igniting Fire

On Sunday, July 23 at approximately 6:23 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported gas pump fire in the 8500 block of Richmond Highway in the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and found a car and gas pump engulfed in flames. The driver had safely evacuated the vehicle prior to fire department arrival. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the driver was pulling up to the gas pump to fuel up her vehicle. The individual tried to stop the vehicle when she accidentally stepped on the accelerator and knocked the fuel pump over. The vehicle’s impact with the fuel pump ignited the fire.

There were no firefighter injuries. The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $50,000.

 Video below courtesy of Virginia Delegate Paul Krizek.

Do You Have An Escape Plan To Go Along With That Working Smoke Alarm?

Having a working smoke alarm is just one important part of an overall plan to survive if your home catches fire. Another important part – a home fire escape plan.

Does your family have a home escape plan in case of fire? If not, you should.Home fire escape plan

Don’t know how to create a plan? We can help! Please take the time to go to our website to learn how to create a plan as well as use the worksheet provided to draw out your plan.

Go here: Family Home Fire Escape Plan

Once the plan is complete, take the time to test your plan by having a home fire drill. Also, please make sure you practice your plan at least twice a year.

Free Training In Basic Disaster Response Skills

Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Free Training In Basic Disaster Response SkillsCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program administered through the auspices of the county fire and rescue department. The training prepares residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, residents can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.

At this time, the next available CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 17. This class is scheduled primarily for Fort Belvoir residents and employees, and military retirees who have authorized ID card access to Fort Belvoir. Additionally, arrangements can be made for access for others with a background check. There is one session each week on Thursdays that run until October 5. The class is 28 hours in length, plus the final practical exercise.

CERT training is free of charge and basic gear is provided. The minimum requirements to participate in CERT training at any level is that residents be 16 years of age or older, and either be a Fairfax County resident, or work in the county.

To learn more about CERT, please go here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cert/cert.htm

To sign up, please go here: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid={D2756D5B-2820-42DA-A30B-1004D56653E3}&t=CERT-128-at-Ft.-Belvoir

Sepsis – New Prehospital Approach

Sepsis has a high mortality rate, so it is worth talking about it some more.  Today our expert enlightens us on some of the newer standards of care for screening and caring for suspected sepsis and septic shock patients.

She will discuss the newer qSOFA score system (check out: http://www.qsofa.org/), and newer thinking of resuscitation theory including newer thinking of fluids an drug therapy. Click below to listen.