Know The Symptoms Of Heat-Related Illness

It is going to be hot again today with temperatures expected in the 90’s and the Heat Index over 100! These conditions are potentially dangerous, and it is important that county residents know the warning signs and symptoms of heat illness and the appropriate responses.

Below is an info-graphic from our friends at the National Weather Service. An accessible version can be found HERE: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat-illness.shtml

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Keep Your Cool! Practice Heat Safety This Week!

Warmer temperatures are in store today and through this week. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities each year. However, heat related deaths are totally preventable.

Take a moment to learn how to practice heat safety wherever you are during the week. Also know the symptoms of Heat-Related Illness.

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Accessible information can be found HERE: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat

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:

  • Guillaume, Matthew

Civilian Promotion:

  • Barbour, Chinaka has been promoted to Management Analyst IV

The following individuals have achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:

  • Kosenko, Peter
  • Wainwright, Thomas

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

Smoke Alarm Alerts Occupants To Springfield House Fire

On Friday, August 16, at approximately 12:01 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6300 block of Pioneer Drive in the Springfield area of Fairfax County.

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

Seven occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm and called 9-1-1. The occupant then ensured everyone safely evacuated the home prior to fire department arrival.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the attic. The cause of the fire was a mechanical malfunction with the attic fan.

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

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Selected to Receive Community Risk Reduction Grant

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) was one of 25 departments selected to receive a grant from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as part of its pilot program to build a community risk assessment (CRA) tool. The tool will enable fire departments to make data-informed decisions around fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities. SMOKE ALARM

According to NFPA, the concept of community risk reduction – a process that identifies and prioritizes the risks specific to a particular location – has been gaining traction across North America for more than 20 years. New technology, access to data, and a shifting focus on prevention have resulted in new energy around this process. Reflecting that momentum, NFPA’s CRA tool is being designed to help fire departments aggregate and disseminate data that pinpoints where risks exist within a given community.

“Access to accurate data is critical to making informed decisions about where to focus efforts and resources,” said Karen Berard-Reed, community risk reduction strategist at NFPA. “While many fire departments have struggled to work with data sets, NFPA’s CRA tool will do the complex work behind the scenes allowing stakeholders to create effective community risk reduction plans within their jurisdictions.”

Berard-Reed notes that fire departments’ participation in CRA tool pilot program is critical to its success and impact. To date, more than 150 fire departments throughout the U.S. have applied to participate and a total of 50 grants will be selected in 2019. The initial 25 departments awarded grant funding were selected based on a variety of factors, including size, geography, region, experience with CRR activities, support from the community, as well as other indicators. Another 25 departments will be awarded in September.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant,” said Battalion Chief George Robbins, commander of FCFRD’s Community Risk Reduction section. “Not only will access to the tool give us invaluable information about our community’s needs, but it is rewarding to know that using the tool will increase its effectiveness and help other fire departments in the long run.”

Each grant includes access to a digital risk visualization dashboard powered by mySidewalk, an innovative community intelligence platform that employs local and national data to guide planning around fire and life safety initiatives. Grant recipients will have access to a personalized dashboard for their community through July 31, 2020. The grant covers the cost of the dashboard, training, and networking opportunities with other participating fire departments and is valued at more than $7,000.

The CRA dashboard will help participating departments identify local risks to life and property, highlight underlying conditions that may contribute to those risks, develop CRR data-informed plans, and share findings with stakeholders.

For more information about the NFPA Community Risk Reduction initiative, visit www.nfpa.org/crr.

Another Fire Caused By Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials

On Tuesday, August 13, at approximately 4:22 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6100 block of Joust Lane in the Kingstowne area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a three-story, end unit townhouse with fire showing from the rear of the home. Fire was on all three floors with extension to the attic and the townhouse next door. A second alarm was immediately requested bring units from the City of Alexandria Fire Department and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services. Crews quickly brought the fire under control. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered when an occupant smelled smoke and noticed fire on the deck. He immediately called 9-1-1. There were working smoke alarms in the home that sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck. The cause of the fire was the improper disposal of smoking materials.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. One occupant from the adjacent townhouse was also displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $153,750.

If you smoke, please take a moment to learn how to prevent starting a fire. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department urges all residents who smoke to “Sink It or Soak It!” and prevent careless fires!
Sink It PREVENT CARELESS FIRE

  • 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.

Learn more about some of the recent fires:

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Lake Barcroft House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Annandale House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Start Another Significant Fire

Franconia House Fire Caused By Improperly Discarded Smoking Material

Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Causes Dunn Loring House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Annandale Nursing Home Fire

Improperly Discarded Cigarettes Cause Rose Hill House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Springfield House Fire

Centreville Fire Caused By Unattended Citronella Candle

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On Saturday, August 3, at approximately 10:43 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 14800 block of Cranoke Sreet in the Centreville area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single-family house with fire showing from a shed and a recreational vehicle (RV) next to the home. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire. There was no extension into the home. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms did not activate due to location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in an outside shed. The cause of the fire was an unattended citronella candle.

No occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $25,000.