FCFRD To Host Virtual Open House, Activities And Events For Fire Prevention Week! Deadline To Register Friday!

Every October for the past few decades we have invited community members into our fire and rescue stations for Open House events during Fire Prevention Week (FPW). Unfortunately, this year it is safer for the Fairfax County community and members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) if we do not offer a traditional Open House at our fire and rescue stations.

Instead, FCFRD will be hosting several fun, interactive activities, and virtual events throughout FPW beginning on Monday, October 5. This year’s FPW theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” This focus on cooking fire safety comes in response to home cooking fires representing the leading cause of U.S. home fires, with nearly half (49 percent) of all home fires involving cooking equipment; unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires.

A virtual open house will highlight the week and occur throughout the day on Saturday, October 10 on FCFRD social and digital platforms.

Join us for a fun-filled week of fire safety, special activities and “Behind-the-Scenes” features! Please register online to be eligible for prizes and to enjoy our specially prepared weekly selections! Deadline to register is this Friday, September 25! Register here: Virtual Fire Prevention Week 2020  

Once registered you will be sent a packet containing related safety materials and special items including FCFRD “Exclusive Items”! You do not need to register to participate in the week’s events but registering allows you to be eligible for prizes!

To see just a few of the scheduled events, go here: Fire Prevention Week 2020 “Serving Up Fire Safety” Schedule of Events

Electrical Event Cause Of Reston House Fire

On Saturday, September 19, at 5:17 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 11500 block of Greenwich Point Road, in the Reston area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with fire showing from the roof. Crews worked quickly to initially control the fire from the exterior of the home. Firefighters then transitioned to the interior to extinguish the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. A neighbor observed flames on the roof and alerted the occupants who self-evacuated. Smoke alarms did not activate due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the interior wall of a second-floor bedroom. The cause of the fire was an electrical event.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $65,500.

Fire Damages Two Kingstowne Townhomes

On Sunday, September 13, at approximately 3:14 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, the City of Alexandria Fire Department, and the Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6000 block of Wescott Hills Way in the Kingstowne area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with significant fire visible to the rear of the home. A second alarm was immediately requested as the fire was spreading to adjacent townhomes. Crews rapidly deployed multiple handlines to confine and extinguish the well-involved and fast-moving fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. A neighbor observed fire on the rear deck and alerted the occupant. The occupant quickly self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Multiple 9-1-1 calls were received. Smoke alarms did not activate due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature. The fire started in the grill and extended to the structures.

Seven occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $250,000. The number of occupants displaced, and the damage total are from two townhouses.

Several photos showing fire courtesy of resident C. Carrier.

Bailey’s Crossroads House Fire Caused By Electrical Event

On Sunday, September 20 at 2:48 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, the Arlington County Fire Department, and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4000 block of David Lane in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one-story, single-family home with smoke and fire showing from the roof. Crews worked quickly to extinguish a fire in the attic. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. The occupants were alerted by a neighbor who observed fire from the roof. Both occupants both self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Smoke alarms did not sound due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the attic. The cause of the fire was an electrical event involving the household wiring.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $60,000.

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SEPTEMBER 21: COVID-19 Update for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Personnel

Every week the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) will be posting information regarding COVID-19 impacts to personnel. The following information is up-to-date as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 20:

TESTING:

This includes those who have received testing at the site designated for first responders and those who have shared their results from testing conducted at a private physician.

• Known FCFRD personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19: 57

• FCFRD personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered: 45

Twelve personnel are currently COVID-19 positive. Forty-five of the 57 COVID-19 positive personnel have fully recovered.

All personnel are closely monitored by a nurse at Fairfax County’s Occupational Health Center.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue works with the Fairfax County Health Department to notify the public or any applicable persons if there is any concern of exposure.

QUARANTINE:

• FCFRD members currently in quarantine: 11

This number is in addition to the personnel who tested positive for COVID-19.

FCFRD continues to fully staff all stations and apparatus.

SEPTEMBER 14: COVID-19 Update for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Personnel

Every week the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) will be posting information regarding COVID-19 impacts to personnel. The following information is up-to-date as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 13

TESTING:  

This includes those who have received testing at the site designated for first responders and those who have shared their results from testing conducted at a private physician. 

Sixteen personnel are currently COVID-19 positive. Thirty-six of the 52 COVID-19 positive personnel have fully recovered.

All personnel are closely monitored by a nurse at Fairfax County’s Occupational Health Center.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue works with the Fairfax County Health Department to notify the public or any applicable persons if there is any concern of exposure.

QUARANTINE:  

This number is in addition to the personnel who tested positive for COVID-19.

FCFRD continues to fully staff all stations and apparatus.

Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Cause Merrifield Condo Fire

On Sunday, September 6 at approximately 1:32 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported condominium fire in the 8000 block of Gatehouse Road in the Merrifield section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a four-story, condominium building with fire showing from a third-floor deck. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the exterior of the condo. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. A neighbor observed the fire and called 9-1-1. There were smoke alarms in the condo, but they did not sound due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the balcony of condo. The cause of this fire was improper disposal of smoking material in a plastic flowerpot.

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $16,000.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department urges all residents who smoke to “Sink It or Sink It PREVENT CARELESS FIRESoak It!” and prevent careless fires! Please 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.
  • Never flick cigarettes into mulch or shrubbery. Dispose of them in a suitable ashtray or bucket with sand. Ensure designated outside smoking areas have an appropriate fireproof container, ashtray or bucket.
  • 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.

A Virtual Reunion For Patient And FCFRD Crew

On December 15, 2019 units were dispatched for a 68-year-old male in cardiac arrest with CPR in progress. Rae Cronmiller, an avid swimmer, collapsed in the locker room at Sport & Health after a one-mile swim. A physician, also in the locker room, initiated CPR. The crew from Engine 429, Tysons Corner, B-Shift was already at Sport & Health for physical fitness training and were able to respond quickly. Mr. Cronmiller was defibrillated six times by personnel and regained a pulse in the Emergency Department. Ultimately, Mr. Cronmiller made a neurologically intact recovery and was discharged back home to be with his family on Christmas Eve.

The great news is Rae survived! He is alive today thanks to all the great work by the links in the Chain of Survival – a by-stander who initiated CPR, 9-1-1 call takers, FCFRD personnel and the medical team at the hospital.

Recently, the Cronmiller family had a reunion with the FCFRD crew via Zoom. The shift was thrilled as it is not often that FCFRD personnel hear back from survivors. Watch video below.

FCFRD To Host Virtual Open House, Activities And Events For Fire Prevention Week! Register Now For Prizes And Other Perks!

Every October for the past few decades we have invited community members into our fire and rescue stations for Open House events during Fire Prevention Week (FPW). Unfortunately, this year it is safer for the Fairfax County community and members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) if we do not offer a traditional Open House at our fire and rescue stations.

Instead, FCFRD will be hosting several fun, interactive activities, and virtual events throughout FPW beginning on Monday, October 5. This year’s FPW theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” This focus on cooking fire safety comes in response to home cooking fires representing the leading cause of U.S. home fires, with nearly half (49 percent) of all home fires involving cooking equipment; unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires.

A virtual open house will highlight the week and occur throughout the day on Saturday, October 10 on FCFRD social and digital platforms.

Join us for a fun-filled week of fire safety, special activities and “Behind-the-Scenes” features! Please register online to be eligible for prizes and to enjoy our specially prepared weekly selections! Register here: Virtual Fire Prevention Week 2020  

Once registered you will be sent a packet containing related safety materials and special items including FCFRD “Exclusive Items”! You do not need to register to participate in the week’s events but registering allows you to be eligible for prizes!

To see just a few of the scheduled events, go here: Fire Prevention Week 2020 “Serving Up Fire Safety” Schedule of Events