During This Holiday Season, Don’t Drink And Drive! Get A Free Ride Home!

Planning on attending a few holiday parties where adult beverages will be served over the next few weeks? Don’t have a designated driver and you end up having one too many?

One thing you do NOT want to do is drink and drive! Thanks to our friends at the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, you can call for a FREE ride home via their SoberRide Program.

Check out below and make sure you keep the number handy if you will be out drinking during this holiday season. The Holiday SoberRide program will be offered nightly between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. from Friday, December 15, 2017 until Monday, January 1, 2018. The program ends at 4:00 a.m. on January 1.

Holiday Sober Ride

Fire Investigators Asking For Public’s Assistance

 

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire and Hazardous Materials Investigative Services (FHMIS) section is currently investigating a fire at 5424 Ox Road involving a church sign. The incident occurred on September 13, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

Investigators believe numerous people may have driven by the fire and may have information to assist us in solving this case. FHMIS is asking anyone who may have observed the fire to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-246-4874.

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Improper Disposal Of Cigarettes Cause Herndon Apartment Fire

At approximately 10:51 p.m. on Monday, December 11 units responded for a reported garden apartment fire in the 13400 block of Farmcrest Court in the Herndon section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a three-story, garden style apartment with fire evident from the second floor balcony. Crews rapidly extinguished the fire and prevented further extension.

The fire was discovered on the second floor balcony by a neighbor who called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present in the apartment but did not alert the occupant because of the fire’s location.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the second floor balcony and was accidental in nature. The fire was caused by the improper disposal of cigarettes.

A total of three adult occupants from two apartments were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. One civilian was treated and transported to an area hospital for evaluation. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Damages as a result of the fire is approximately $25,000.

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.

 

 

 

Tysons Elevator Rescue

On Wednesday, December 13 at approximately 6:37 p.m., units were dispatched for a person stuck in an elevator in the 1700 block of Tysons Boulevard in the Tysons Corner section of Fairfax County.

Units from Fire Station 29, Tysons Corner, arrived on scene, located the elevator and found it to be 35 feet below the 11th floor landing in a blind shaft. Contact was made with the occupant who reported no injuries. Power was controlled to the elevator and a Technical Rescue Operations Team (TROT) response was requested.

An elevator technician arrived and took control of surrounding elevator cars. A plan was devised to lower another elevator car down to the stalled car and remove the individual through the roof hatch. Several crew members went to the 12th floor and set up a lowering system for occupant removal. Two personnel went with the elevator technician to the stalled elevator car and made access to the individual through the roof hatch, secured him in a harness and safely moved him into the “rescue” elevator car.

The “rescue” car descended to the lobby where the occupant was assessed by EMS crews as a precaution.

 

 

 

A Chill Is In The Air! Please Heat Home Safely!

The days and nights are starting to get a little colder! All of us will be seeking ways to keep our homes warm. Please make sure you do so safely. Take a moment to watch a brief video below from our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association.

Additionally, feel free to click on the below links for more specific safety information:

Electric Blanket Safety

Turning Up The Heat? Use Space Heaters Safely!

Fireplace & Fireplace Ashes Safety