A Virtual Reunion For Patient And FCFRD Crew

On October 31, 2019, Derek Thompson was at work when he collapsed. Coworkers called 911 and started CPR. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department firefighters and paramedics arrived, treated, and defibrillated him. They then transported Derek to the hospital.

The great news is Derek survived! He is alive today thanks to all the great work by the links in the Chain of Survival – coworkers, 911 call takers, FCFRD personnel and the medical team at the hospital.

Recently, the Thompson 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.


Lightning Strike Cause Of Mount Vernon Hotel Fire

On Tuesday, July 7, at approximately 1:13 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched for a reported hotel fire in the 8600 block of Woodlawn Court in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find a four-story hotel with fire evident from the roof. A second alarm was requested. Crews worked simultaneously to evacuate the hotel and extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the roof. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

The hotel was occupied with approximately 108 occupants at the time of the fire. One occupant was outside when he noticed fire on the roof. He notified the manager on duty, who then called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present but did not sound due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was natural in nature and started on the parapet wall on the roof. The cause of the fire was a lightning strike.

108 occupants were displaced because of the fire. Hotel management was assisting all occupants with alternate accommodations. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $100,000.

JULY 6: 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, July 5:


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: 24

  • FCFRD personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered: 22

Two FCFRD personnel are currently COVID-19 positive. Twenty-two of the 24 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.


  • FCFRD members currently in quarantine: 3

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

FCFRD continues to fully staff all stations and apparatus.


Beware Of Child Heatstroke!

It is going to be hot and humid for the next several days. With that in mind, everyone needs to remember a potential danger that can impact young children. Did you know that a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees in ten minutes? Or that the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees?

Needless to say, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle for even a minute is not acceptable. Unfortunately, every year, young children are left alone in a vehicle that quickly heats up with the end result being injury or even death. Some cases involve kids getting into unlocked vehicles unbeknownst to parents and quickly succumb to the heat. Make sure your car is locked when you are not in it so kids are not able to gain access.

Below are some important tips from kidsandcars.org. As well, please watch the very short video from noheatstroke.org showing how fast a car can heat up.

  • “Look Before You Lock” ‐ Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind.
  • Create a reminder to check the back seat. Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, place the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
  • Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop‐off. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have not received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
  • Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.
  • Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur.
  • Use drive‐thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.

If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.


Happy Independence Day! Celebrate Safely!

Hoping everyone has a happy and safe Independence Day!

Each Fourth of July thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. It may surprise most people that Sparklers account for more than one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Did you know that Sparklers can burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit which is hot enough to cause third degree burns!

Learn more from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association.

How hot can a sparkler burn?

FCFRD Puppets Talk To Kids About Firework Safety

Many Fairfax County parents who have pre and elementary school age children more than likely are familiar with our school puppet shows. The puppets teach the kids about fire safety and injury prevention.

Most of the kids will recognize our boy puppet, Jerome. We would like to introduce everyone to Jerome’s older sister, Sierra. Check out this video, produced by the FCFRD Life Safety Educators, that talks to children about firework safety for the Fourth of July!


How To Ensure A Safe And Fun Fourth

The Fourth of July would not be the same without those breathtaking fireworks. However, tragedy can strike within seconds when fireworks are not properly and safely used. Thousands of people are injured each year in the United States due to fireworks.

In addition, improperly discarded used fireworks caused two significant house fires last year after Independence Day celebrations. This year, there have already been two house fires caused by improperly discarded fireworks! See below video for more information on these preventable fires.

Please watch video below as members of the FCFRD Fire and Hazardous Materials Investigative Services Section share tips on how to prevent this type of fire. In addition, they review the dangers of using fireworks and discuss how to use legal fireworks safely.

For more information visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/fire-marshal/fireworks-and-indoor-pyrotechnics


House Fires July 2019

Firework Sparklers Disposed Into Trash Cause McLean House Fire

Improper Disposal Of Used Fireworks Cause Annandale House Fire 

House Fires 2020

Improperly Discarded Fireworks Cause Franklin Farm House Fire

Improperly Discarded Fireworks Cause Centreville House Fire


71 Years And Counting!

Today, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) celebrates its 71st birthday!

On July 1, 1949, the first 10 career firefighters were hired at an annual salary of $2,500.00. The first to be hired was Samuel Redmond who was issued badge #1 and assigned to Station 1 (McLean). Career firefighters were called “paid men” and served primarily as daytime apparatus drivers. The various chiefs of the volunteer departments would choose the personnel who would be hired by the County and ultimately work for their departments. This practice would continue for many years. As members of their respective volunteer departments these firefighters responded to “after hours” calls from their homes.

The department has grown exponentially since its inception. Today, FCFRD is a career and volunteer organization providing fire suppression, emergency medical, technical rescue, hazardous materials, water rescue, life safety education, fire prevention, and arson investigation services. There are approximately 1,400 career firefighters, 170 civilians, and 370 operational volunteers making the FCFRD the largest fire department in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of the best in the nation. We continue the traditions of our past with a commitment to service excellence and a vision to protect the lives, property, and environment of our community.

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