Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Free Training In Basic Disaster Response Skills

Community 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 Free training in disaster response. CERT Trainingrescue, and disaster medical operations.

At this time, the next available CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 24 at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays that run until May 17. 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.

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Vienna Building Fire Goes To Two Alarms


On Wednesday, March 22, at approximately 5:34 p.m., units responded to a building fire in the 100 block of Maple Avenue West in the Town of Vienna.

The fire was first reported by personnel from Fire Station 2, Vienna, who saw smoke coming from the building when returning from a medical incident in the area. Crews found heavy fire in the ceiling of the kitchen area. A second alarm was requested bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen of the restaurant. The fire was accidental in nature and was the result of a grease fire from an unattended pot on the stove.

Damages are estimated to be approximately $175,000.



Unattended Space Heater Causes Vienna House Fire

On Wednesday, March 22 at 5:27 a.m., units responded to a reported house fire in the 9800 block of Bridleridge Court in the Vienna section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a large two-story single family home with significant fire showing from a one-story sun room above the garage. In addition, crews reported that the fire had already extended into the first and second floors and attic of the main house. Crews worked aggressively on the interior and exterior of the home to contain, and limit, the fire to the areas that they encountered upon arrival.

There were two occupants at home when the fire was discovered. One of the occupants discovered the fire after hearing something fall down in the sunroom. The occupant saw smoke coming from underneath the sunroom door. A neighbor initially called 911 and reported smoke coming from the house. The occupants of the home called 911 shortly thereafter to report their house was on fire and that everyone was safely out of the home.

There was one smoke alarm located in the hallway of the home. The smoke alarm did not alert the occupants to the fire because it had been disabled.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the sunroom. The fire was accidental in nature and was caused by an unattended space heater that ignited ordinary combustibles.

A total of two occupants were displaced due to the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. The two adult occupants were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One firefighter was also transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

Damages are estimated to be approximately $176,250.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents that working smoke alarms save lives as well as property.

In addition, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about the safe use of space heaters:

  1. Use only appliances that cut off automatically if tipped over.
  2. Use only models that have been approved by a nationally recognized testing agency (UL or Factory Mutual).
  3. Space heaters need space! Keep combustible materials at least three feet away from space heaters.
  4. If using an electric model, make sure the cord is not frayed or worn. Never use an extension cord with a portable heater.
  5. Keep children and pets away from portable heaters. It only takes a second for curiosity to lead to a serious burn.
  6. Turn heaters off when you leave home or go to bed.

Public Safety Preparedness Program

Be aware and be prepared! A great opportunity to learn more about preparing for natural and man-made disasters.

Preparing Your Family and Your Business for Emergencies

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
American Legion McLean Post 270
1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, Virginia 2210

Please direct inquiries to Patrick Smaldore at or (703) 528-3935

 Public Safety Preparedness Program

Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Causes Greenbriar Garage Fire

On Wednesday, March 15 at approximately 3:10 p.m., units were dispatched to a reported house fire in the 4200 block of Plaza Lane in the Greenbriar section of Fairfax County.

Units from Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, arrived on scene and found smoke showing from the garage of a two-story single family home. Crews entered the garage and found a fire which they quickly extinguished. As a result, fire damage was limited to the garage.

The home was occupied by three adults at the time of the fire. They were alerted to the fire when they saw smoke coming from the garage. There were smoke alarms present in the home but they did not activate as the smoke was contained to the garage area.

One civilian was evaluated on the scene for a minor, non-life threatening injury and refused transport to an area hospital. There were no firefighter injuries reported. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the garage area and was accidental in nature. The cause was determined to be the improper disposal of smoking materials that ignited ordinary combustibles.

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $87,500.