The evening of Wednesday, March 14 was one that the crew from Fire Station 39, North Point, B-Shift will remember for a long time. It was also a night to remember for a local family!
At approximately 10:50 p.m., the crew from 39-B helped to deliver a bouncing baby girl at a local home! The surprised parents were not planning to invite a bunch of paramedics and firefighters to share their big day. However, the healthy baby girl had other ideas and decided she was ready to meet Mom, Dad and big sister – right then and there!
After the birth, mother and baby were transported to an area hospital. 39-B worked the rest of the night and had Thursday off.
Today, the crew was back to work. They decided to visit the family at the maternity ward and brought along a card, gift card, balloon and baby (toy) bunny! Captain Randy Bittinger and crew took a goody bag for big sister as well!
Baby, Mom, Dad and big sister are enjoying this new day with a fun story to tell for years to come!
Congratulations and job well done: Master Technician Brian Roberts, Technician Sue Varholy Tomczak, Technician Israel Lopez, Firefighter/EMT Kyler Rodgers, Firefighter/Paramedic Nels Jorgenson and Captain Randy Bittinger!
Plan on attending a few St. Patrick’s Day parties where adult beverages will be served this weekend? 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 this weekend. The St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide program will be available from 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17 until 4:00 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Our paramedics and firefighters do not want to meet you “by accident” this weekend!
On Sunday, March 4, at approximately 7:19 a.m., units responded for a reported house fire in the 9500 block of Yardarm Lane in the Burke section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with heavy smoke showing from the garage area of the house. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants noticed smoke inside the house, alerted the others, and called 9-1-1. All occupants safely evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Smoke alarms in the home activated after the fire was discovered.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The cause of the fire was hot fireplace ashes that were placed inside a plastic container located in the garage.
Three occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $165,100.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents to be cautious and keep safety in mind when handling fireplace ashes. Following a few simple safety tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Do not discard your ashes into any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash can.
- Do not place ash containers on decks, porches, or in garages.
- Put ashes into a non-combustible metal container with a lid.
- Pour water into the container to make sure the ashes are cool.
- Keep your can OUTSIDE the home, away from your fireplace or stove and anything combustible.
- Teach all family members to be safe with ashes from your fireplace or wood stove.
Congratulations Captain I Cory Key, Uniformed Logistics Supervisor, on your recent promotion to Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Reserve!
Captain/Master Sergeant Key is a 17 year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and has served 15 years in the USMC Reserve. He has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006 and has been on shorter deployments throughout the world over the years. Currently, he is assigned to Quantico.
Captain/Master Sergeant Key was joined at the ceremony by members of his family. Also in attendance was Captain II Jared Goff, who represented the department to offer support and congratulate Captain Key on this impressive milestone.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is proud to support all paramedics and firefighters who are also serving our great nation as reservists!
On Wednesday, March 14, at approximately 12:54 a.m., units responded to a report of a house fire in the 2400 block of Gallows Road located in the Dunn Loring section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and found a motor vehicle crash had occurred in front of the house that took down the power lines and utility pole. Crews initially encountered fluids burning on the roadway as well as a fire under the deck of the two-story, single family house. Firefighters rapidly extinguished both. Upon further investigation, firefighters determined there were several small fires in the walls on all levels of the home. All fires were quickly extinguished.
Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. A neighbor saw fire under the deck of the home and called 9-1-1. The occupants were alerted to the fire and evacuated the home prior to fire department arrival.
The driver of the involved vehicle was not injured and was taken in to custody by Fairfax County Police. More information here: https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature. An arc started at the electric meter as a result of the power feed being pulled at the meter by the car crash. This caused multiple points throughout the home to be energized and fires occurred in the ceiling of the basement and the grass under the deck. Electrical arcs were also found throughout the structure.
There were no reported civilian injuries or firefighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of this incident are approximately $10,000.
On Friday, March 9, at approximately 3:30 p.m., units were dispatched to reported house fire in the 500 block of Highland Street NW, in the Town of Vienna.
Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home with smoke showing from the second floor. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a fire in a bedroom on the second floor. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
Two adults and one child were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by one of the occupants when he smelled smoke and saw flames in one of the bedrooms. Smoke alarms in the home sounded shortly after the fire was discovered. The homeowner attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher then evacuated with the other occupants and called 9-1-1.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a bedroom on the second floor. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Five occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $93,750.
On Sunday, March 11, at approximately 7:48 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services, and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 1900 block of Mallinson Way, located in the Fort Hunt section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a large, three-story single family home with a heavy volume of smoke showing from the front of the house. Crews quickly determined that there was a fire in the basement. The fire had extended upward through pipe chases and void spaces to the top floor and attic. Fire penetrated the roof in several places. A second alarm was requested due to the size of the home and the complexity of fire. Firefighters deployed multiple fire hose lines and eventually brought the fire under control. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.
Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. The occupants smelled smoke and safely exited the home prior to the activation of the smoke alarms. One occupant called 9-1-1.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement area. The cause of the fire was the result of an electrical failure within the wiring pertaining to the whole house humidifier.
Two adult occupants have been displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $280,000.