Electric Tool Causes Dunn Loring Townhouse Fire

news update graphicOn Wednesday, July 18, at approximately 11:56 p.m., units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Arlington County Fire Department responded to a reported townhouse fire in the 2200 block of Journet Drive in the Dunn Loring section of Fairfax County.  

Units arrived on the scene of a three-story, end of the row townhouse with fire showing from the front on the first floor. Crews quickly located and extinguished the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. 

The townhouse was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Smoke alarms in an adjacent townhouse alerted a neighbor to the fire. The neighbor called 9-1-1.  

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the first floor. The fire was accidental in nature and involved an electric hardwood floor sander. 

No one was living in the townhouse at the time of the fire. No occupants were displaced and Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $93,750.

20 Years of Dedication

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to recognize and congratulate the following firefighters and paramedics who have completed 20 years as Advanced Life Support providers.

  • Battalion Chief Keith M. Ludeman
  • Battalion Chief David L. Warner
  • Captain II Kimberly A. Hood
  • Captain I Kenneth L. Coffelt
  • Lieutenant Walter A. Deihl
  • Lieutenant Barbara R. Silva
  • Lieutenant Dwan D. Starks
  • Technician Rony E. Avalos
  • Technician Christopher H. Kempton
  • Technician Andre D. Peterson
  • Technician Glenn M. Snyder

Thank you for all your hard work serving the community!

Promotions

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

The following individual has been promoted to Captain I:

  • Phillips, Matthew

The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Peverill, Laurie
  • Wood, Brian

The following individual has been promoted to Technician:

  • Dussia, Ryan

The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:

  • Reakoff, Kurtis

Civilian Promotion:

  • Kim, Yong has been promoted to Internet/Intranet Architect III

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

 

Unattended Cooking Appliance Causes Huntington Condo Fire

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On Sunday, July 15 at approximately 2:33 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported high-rise fire in the 5000 block of Mount Eagle Drive in the Huntington area of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on the scene of a fifteen-story, condo type building with no sign of smoke or fire. Upon further investigation, a fire was discovered in the kitchen area of one unit. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the kitchen area. One occupant was transported an area hospital for a check-up. There were no firefighter injuries. 

There was one occupant home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a security guard on duty who called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present but did not sound.  

Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen area. The cause of the fire was an unattended hot plate left on a rear burner, on top of the stove. 

One occupant was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $25,000.

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy Camp: The Week in Photos

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By Kendall Warner, PIO Intern

Last week, 18 girls from high schools around the area participated in the second Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Girls Fire and Rescue Academy Camp. Throughout the week, the girls participated in a range of activities such as learning how to perform a tracheotomy, extinguish a car fire, exercise like a firefighter, and search and rescue tactics to name just a few. They not only learned important skills but also team building and life-lessons they can carry with them through whatever career path they choose to take.

Last week could not have been possible without the wonderful staff and volunteers that took time out of their own lives to teach the girls. Women from different fire and rescue stations throughout the county led the camp and spent every day with the girls. Crews from various stations took time out of their day to come to the fire and rescue training academy and teach as well.

I was able to spend time each day last week at the fire and rescue academy with the girls documenting their week. Above is a slideshow of the week in photos.