The three individuals who passed away in Tuesday’s fire on Popes Head Road have been identified as Robert Glen Edmanson Sr. (63), Sandralee Edmanson (61), and Christina J. Minton (56). The cause of the fire is still under investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
On Tuesday, May 22 at approximately 12:07 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported restaurant fire in the 1900 block of Chain Bridge Road in the Tysons Corner section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene of a one-story, restaurant and found a fire that had been extinguished by three fire sprinklers. No occupant or firefighter injuries were reported.
One employee was working in the restaurant after hours and discovered the fire. The employee attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher but was unable to do so. Three fire sprinkler heads activated and successfully extinguished the fire.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen area of the restaurant. The fire was caused by a plastic food storage cart too close to a stove burner.
The restaurant was closed pending a health department inspection. Red Cross services were not required. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $300.
Fire sprinklers save lives, property and businesses! See video below to learn more about how fire sprinklers work.
Each Memorial Day weekend, swimming pools around the area open for the summer season. Also, families head toward the ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes to vacation and participate in a variety of water activities. With that in mind, your Fairfax County Firefighters and Paramedics ask that you take a moment to review the helpful water safety tips below from our friends at the American Red Cross.
Our firefighters and paramedics do not want to meet you, or your loved ones, by “a preventable accident” today, tomorrow or ever.
Make Water Safety Your Priority
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
- Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
- Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
- Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
- Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
- Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
- If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
- Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
Maintain Constant Supervision
- Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
- Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed and civilian promotions.
Acting Capacity Promotions
- Caussin Jr., John has been promoted to Acting Fire Chief
- Roatch, Richard has been promoted to Acting Assistant Chief
The following individual has been promoted to Captain II:
The following individuals have been promoted to Captain I:
- Bartlett, Kristi
- Hurst, Stephen
- Ouellette, Christopher
The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:
- Bender, Brian
- Hiner, Jennifer
The following individual has been promoted to Technician:
The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:
- Bundy, Brian has been promoted to Instrument Technician II
Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.
This week, May 20 – 26, is the 44th annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week! All firefighters in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are EMS providers by virtue of all having certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at the minimum. As well, several hundred more have certification as a Paramedic.
Thank you to all of our career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel for all you do in the world of emergency medicine!
Attention all area fire and rescue personnel. A fantastic FREE training in June at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy. As always, ALL are invited…bucket firefighters, drivers, company and command officers.
Riding The Seat: Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires
June 12 or June 13 (pick one day) starting at 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
To learn more and register, please go here:
June 12: http://www.isfsi.org/e/in/eid=68
June 13: http://www.isfsi.org/e/in/eid=69
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has some good guidance for safe driving in the rain, like keeping extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Also, turn on your lights anytime it’s raining. Check out the video for more tips.