Recipe For Thanksgiving Success

The women and men of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue want your Thanksgiving to be a Cooking Fire Safetysafe and happy celebration.

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? Please help us to help you prevent an unexpected visit to your home from our firefighters on Thanksgiving Day!

Please take a moment to review the below Cooking And Kitchen Safety Tips so that you can come up with a recipe for Thanksgiving success!

  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Wear short or tight fitting sleeves when cooking. Long loose sleeves are more likely to catch on fire or get caught on pot handles.
  • Keep things that can catch fire such as dish towels, curtains, or paper, at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Turn pot handles inward, facing the wall to prevent burns caused by overturning or spills.
  • Pot holders or oven mitts prevent burns when handling hot dishes.
  • Regularly clean your cooking equipment so that there are no cooking materials, food items or grease accumulation.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Have the oven serviced before you use it again.

Make sure the smoke alarms in your home are working. Test them by pushing the test button. Also make sure you have a home fire escape plan in case of fire.

Fry The Turkey And NOT Your House

Using a Turkey Fryer this year to cook your Thanksgiving Dinner? Please make sure you fry the turkey and NOT your home!

If you must fry your turkey, please gobble up these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Use turkey fryers outside only and away from your home.
  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch.
  • Completely thaw and dry turkey before cooking
  • Do not overfill the oil in the turkey fryer.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply OFF.
  • Never leave the turkey fryer unattended.




The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed and civilian promotions.Promotions

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain II:

  • Colden, Derrick
  • Sampl, Christopher

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain I:

  • Bonkoski, Steven
  • Marshall, Haywood
  • Palmer, Timothy

The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Bailey, Jon
  • Killion, Mark

The following individual has been promoted to Technician:

  • Malvoso, Vincenzo

Civilian Promotions

  • Ferrufino, Giovani has been promoted to Inspector I

Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.


Citizens Fire And Rescue Academy Graduation

Citizens Fire And Rescue Academy Graduation

Members of the Fall 2017 Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy graduated after spending eight weeks learning more about their Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

The class was treated to a firehouse dinner at Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, by members of A-Shift. Several class members also provided a variety of yummy deserts for everyone. Fire Chief Richard Bowers also stopped by to congratulate, and thank, everyone for their participation.

After dinner, firefighters presented members of the Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy certificates of completion along with a challenge coin.

The next Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy is tentatively scheduled for the Spring of 2018. Look for an announcement on details in early 2018.

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Dancing With A Firefighter

Recently, Technician Arthur Bruck from Fire Station 4, Herndon, B-Shift participated in the Dancing With A Service Member charity event in Herndon. Technician Bruck participated along with members of the Fairfax County Police Department, Herndon Police Department, and active service members from the Army, Navy, and Air Force.  

All proceeds from the event went to The Pink Fund, Fraternal Order of Police and The Police Unity Tour.

Each contestant was paired with a certified Fred Astaire dance instructor and worked with the instructor to learn a dance routine for judges to score. Technician Bruck and all of the competitors spent weeks practicing their routines while raising additional money for the causes on their own. 

We are proud and pleased to report that Technician Bruck, who is also a member of the Army National Guard, placed second in the competition! Great Job! 

Thank you Technician Bruck for giving back to our community while also serving Fairfax County and our Country!

Fairfax County Fire And Rescue Participating In TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign

Toys For Tots logoThe Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2017 TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to “bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children.” Stations will accept donations beginning on Monday, November 20.

Please help us to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Last year, thanks to the generosity of those who live and work in Fairfax County, the Fire and Rescue Department collected over 11,000 toys.

Children who are served by this campaign include toddlers and youths through age 17. The campaign will only accept new unwrapped toys and you can drop them off at any of our Fire and Rescue Stations. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons (i.e., toy guns or knives of any kind) will not be accepted. Checks or money orders for donations must be made payable to TOYS FOR TOTS.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will accept donations through Monday, December 18. Toys will not be accepted after this date.