Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program administered through the auspices of the county fire and rescue department. The training prepares residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, residents can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.
At this time, the next available CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 22 at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays that run until June 21. The class is 28 hours in length, plus the final practical exercise.
CERT training is free of charge and basic gear is provided. The minimum requirements to participate in CERT training at any level is that residents be 16 years of age or older, and either be a Fairfax County resident, or work in the county.
To learn more about CERT, please go here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cert/cert.htm
To sign up, please go here: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid=7D82617D-1474-4D20-AD47-FA0306D2FD42
H.E.R.O.E.S. (Honor Every Responsible Officer’s Eternal Sacrifice) Inc., is a non-profit, charitable organization serving the Washington metropolitan area. HEROES, Inc. provides financial aid and professional counsel to the surviving family members of law enforcement officers and firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty.
For the 47th year, HEROES, Inc., will sponsor a golf tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The 2017 tournament will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 13th and 14th. All proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the HEROES, Inc. educational scholarship fund.
You do not have to be a firefighter or police officer to participate in the tournament. Corporate Sponsors are also welcome!
For more information please go here: HEROES, Inc., Golf Tournament
On Wednesday, April 19, at approximately 8:38 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 2200 block of Marginella Drive in the Reston section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene to find fire showing from the rear of a two-story, single family house. Firefighters went to work extinguishing a large volume of fire in the back of the home. They were able to bring the fire under control approximately ten minutes after arrival.
There were two occupants in the house at the time of the fire. One occupant discovered the fire and called 911. The smoke alarms activated after the fire was discovered. Both residents self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the sunroom to the rear of the house. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature, involving a treadmill.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $237,466.
By: Thomas Johnson, Captain I
Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift
Recently firefighters from Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift presented a local resident with a certificate for adopting a fire hydrant in her neighborhood. The citizen/recipient, Ms. Anna, shared with us her impetus for getting involved in the program.
The following briefly tells her story: On September 2, 1994, Ms. Anna was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident. She suffered a number of very horrific injuries, and our department responded to the accident. Ms. Anna suffered multi-system trauma, and was flown by helicopter to a local trauma center for treatment.
Hospital staff later told her that the Firefighters/EMTs/Paramedics saved her life with the pre-hospital emergency care they provided. Ms. Anna stated that from that point on she has “loved” the fire department and wholeheartedly supported our agency.
Ms. Anna was thrilled to be presented her certificate, and is committed to doing her small part to make our jobs easier, and the community a little safer.
To learn more about the Adopt a Hydrant program, please click here: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Launches Adopt-a-Hydrant Program
By: Lieutenant Jason Buttenshaw
EMS Training, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Training Academy
It’s never too early to learn first aid. Webelo Cub Scouts from Den 4, Pack 698 visited the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy to take a brief tour and then learn valuable First Aid skills.
The Pack saw where recruit firefighters practice fire training scenarios. They then proceeded to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training section where they learned the skill of Hands Only CPR. After this they were taught simple first aid for injuries they may encounter when going on camping trips or similar outings. To top things off, the group also learned how to create fake injuries so that the recruits or paramedic students can encounter realistic injuries during training.
After a fun afternoon all the kids went home with either a burn, laceration, or bruising – all fake thankfully, and hopefully a few imaginations were captured with the prospect that maybe, just maybe, they too can become a Firefighter/Paramedic one day.
On Sunday, March 16, at approximately 12:01 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported fire in an apartment building in the 6600 block of Wakefield Drive in the Belle View section of Fairfax County.
Units from Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the roof area of a nine-story apartment building. A second alarm was immediately requested. Firefighters located and extinguished a fire on the building’s roof top wooden deck.
The building was occupied at the time of the fire. A resident discovered the fire on the roof top and alerted all occupants by activating the fire alarm. The occupants were in the process of self-evacuating when fire department units arrived.
No occupants were displaced due to the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the exterior roof top on a wooden deck and was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire was due to improper disposal of smoking materials. Damages are approximately $10,000.
This fire was the second fire on Sunday, April 16 that was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents who smoke to keep in mind the below safety tips as it relates to the proper disposal of smoking materials:
- 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.
On Sunday, April 16, at approximately 3:59 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 7300 block of Lamar Drive in the Springfield section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the rear of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters found a deck to the rear of the home on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire.
At the time of the fire, the home was occupied by four adults. There were no smoke alarms in the house. A passerby discovered the fire and alerted the occupants. All occupants self-evacuated the home prior to the arrival of the fire department units.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the wooden deck to the rear of the home. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature, due to the improper disposal of smoking materials.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. A total of four occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.
The fire department installed two new smoke alarms in the home prior to leaving the scene. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $15,000.