On Friday, February 16 at approximately 7:26 a.m., units responded to a reported house fire in the 10600 block of Timberidge Road in the Fairfax Station section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and observed smoke coming from the roof area of a two-story, single family house. A Tanker Task Force was immediately requested to bring additional water to the scene to support fire extinguishment. Crews quickly located a fire in the basement area of the home. A fire hose line was advanced into the basement to help extinguish the fire.
Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by one of the occupants who awoke to the smell of smoke. Both occupants exited the house prior to the arrival of the fire department. There were smoke alarms in the house that activated after the fire was discovered.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the basement. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Three occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. There were no reported civilian injuries. Two firefighters sustained injuries. One was transported to the hospital for evaluation and the other was treated on scene. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $25,000.
Congratulations Lieutenant Raymond Foster, Fire Station 29, Tysons Corner, C-Shift on being awarded the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), 2017 Fire Safety Commendation Medal for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Lieutenant Foster received the medal in a ceremony on Saturday, February 10 at the Virginia State Capitol building with his family on hand.
Lieutenant Foster, a 17 year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, currently serves as the officer of Tiller Truck 429. He was nominated for, and received, the Fire Safety Commendation Medal from the Fairfax chapter of the SAR in October of 2017. The local chapter then put his name forward for consideration at the state level.
Part of his nomination letter for the award read:
“In August of 2012 during an emergency response Lieutenant Foster was involved in a fire where firefighters required rescue. After this life threatening event Lieutenant Foster used his experience to train multiple jurisdictions’ firefighters and command officers in rapid intervention and self-rescue techniques. Recently Lieutenant Foster participated in the coordination of a Department-wide evaluation of new ventilation equipment and techniques. The techniques Lieutenant Foster helped develop for removing smoke from structures will be used County-wide and augment the safety of Fire and Rescue Department personnel as well as victims of fire. Lieutenant Foster remains one of the pinnacle leaders in our Fire and Rescue Department who strives for the best from both himself and his crew. His dedication to his work is invaluable and unwavering, much as his commitment to his department and the people it protects.”
Again, congratulations Lieutenant Raymond Foster!
Attention all area fire and rescue personnel. A fantastic FREE training next week at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy.
Riding The Seat: Fighting the Garden Apartment Fire:
For the company officer to make solid strategic and tactical decisions they need a strong foundation of knowledge, particularly when encountering multi-occupancy environments. Building construction features and styles integrated with sound engine/special service company tactics create choices that must be acted upon within seconds after arrival on the fire ground. Battalion Chief (retired) Tyrone Harrington brings a depth of knowledge on this topic that is unparalleled in the region. As a contributing author to the initial NOVA Garden Apartment manual, years of hard-won experience fighting these types of fires as a front line company and command officer, and service as a life-long learner and teacher, he is guaranteed to enhance your knowledge. February 20th or February 21st, snacks and drinks provided. Save the date and see you there!
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Fire Chief Richard Bowers announcing his retirement to HQ staff and to field personnel via conference call.
Earlier this afternoon, Fire Chief Richard Bowers announced his retirement to the men and women of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Following his announcement, he sent the following message to all personnel.
Good afternoon Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel!
I have proudly and honorably served in the Fire and Rescue profession for almost 41 years. Of those 41 years, 10 of those years have been as a Fire Chief for Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Departments.
I want all the men and women of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Service, career, volunteer and civilian staff to know you are outstanding people and I respect each and every one of you. You are hard workers and I am so proud of everyone and of this department! I thank you for the opportunity to be your Fire Chief and serve you and the residents of Fairfax County. We have built a strong foundation and achieved so much by working together.
I have informed County Executive Hill and Deputy County Executive Rohrer that effective April 30, 2018 I will retire as Fire Chief of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. I will be pursuing other personal and professional endeavors and opportunities.
I have made a commitment to County Executive Hill, Deputy County Executive Rohrer and Chairman Bulova that there will be a complete and thorough leadership transition between now and April 30, 2018. I need everyone to keep focused on the mission and in making sure we take care of each other and the residents who we serve. I need you to respond to the needs of our residents and in turn, I will always support and take care of everyone in the department.
We move forward! I will always stand up for and behind the men and women of this department!
Fire Chief Richie Bowers
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Marc Davidson, Training Academy, has been selected as recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Fire Service Award for Firefighter of the Year. The Governor’s Fire Service Awards were established as a formal recognition of excellence in Virginia’s Fire Services.
Lieutenant Davidson was recognized for his tireless efforts to enhance a number of certification courses and officer development training in the department. He has written curriculum for several courses and was the driving force behind a continuing education series entitled “Riding The Seat.” This series is so popular that fire and rescue personnel from across the region are requesting to attend.
Lieutenant Davidson was also instrumental in gaining delegated authority from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs which allows the department to deliver and certify all training courses delivered at the Academy.
The 2017 Governor’s Awards will be presented during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Virginia Fire-Rescue Conference on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The ceremonies will commence at 8:30 a.m.
Congratulations Lieutenant Marc Davidson!
L to R: Fire Chief Bowers, Battalion Chief (BC) Kelly, BC Williams, Lt. Davidson, Deputy Chief Duke, BC Hunter
On Tuesday, February 13 at approximately 3:12 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 8500 block of Jeffersonian Court in the Tysons section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from a second floor window to the rear of a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews found, and quickly extinguished, a fire in a second floor bedroom.
There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. Smoke alarms were present and sounded after the fire had been discovered by an occupant. Both occupants escaped and called 9-1-1.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a second floor bedroom and was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire is the improper disposal of smoking materials.
A total of five occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. There were no reports of firefighter or civilian injuries. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $93,750.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents who smoke to keep in mind the below safety tips as it relates to the proper disposal of smoking materials:
- Never dispose of cigarette butts in potted planting soil. The soil, when it gets too dry, can become highly flammable.
- 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.
On Saturday, February 10 at approximately 7:23 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 6100 block of Arlington Boulevard in the Seven Corners section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the first floor of a two-story, strip shopping center. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Damage was confined to one unit on the lower level.
No one was in the store when the fire started. A passer-by saw flames at the front door of the shop and called 9-1-1.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the front area of the store behind the counter and was accidental in nature. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.
There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. One firefighter was evaluated on the scene but returned to duty. Red Cross assistance was not required. Damage as a result of the fire is approximately $60,000.