Saturday, October 14 was a fantastic day in all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue fire stations as we held our annual Open House event. Many County residents stopped by their local fire station to meet the firefighters that serve them, get an up close look at the fire trucks and equipment, learn about fire safety, and just generally have a fun time!
As part of Open House, there is a competition among all the fire stations to win the “Best Open House” award. The award is given to a fire station in each of our seven battalions that best highlights this year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme along with being creative and making sure all visitors had a really good time.
Each Battalion Chief was responsible for judging the fire stations in their battalion. The competition was tough as each station did a fantastic job putting on a great open house for those we serve. However, one station in each battalion had to win and here are the stations that won:
Battalion One: Fire Station 39 – North Point
Battalion Two: Fire Station 2 – Vienna
Battalion Three: Fire Station 17 – Centreville
Battalion Four: Fire Station 8 – Annandale
Battalion Five: Fire Station 5 – Franconia
Battalion Six: Fire Station 11 – Penn Daw
Battalion Seven: Fire Station 14 – Burke
This October marks the 33rd annual Breast Cancer Awareness month. In an effort to heighten awareness in the fight against breast cancer, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) employees have been authorized to wear FRD issued pink t-shirts while on duty from October 9 through October 23.
The shirts are worn as a symbol of support and recognition for all those who have been touched by breast cancer.
On Wednesday, September 20 an open house was held at the recently opened South County Office of the Fire Marshal facility. The office is located at 8333 Richmond Highway in the old Mount Vernon High School building.
This satellite location will allow customers, located in that area of the county, easier access to services that are housed at the main Fairfax office location. As well, personnel assigned to that area will now work out of that office thus cutting down greatly on travel time. Supervisors McKay and Storck were on hand to welcome staff and visitors to the new facility.
By: Master Technician Joel Kobersteen
Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, B-Shift
Coordinator – Fairfax County Fill the Boot Campaign
Labor Day Weekend is almost here which means that Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) personnel will once again be conducting the Fill the Boot campaign benefiting the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). This Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4, please watch out for uniformed firefighters with fire apparatus on display at controlled intersections all over Fairfax County and help us Fill the Boot! Last year we led the United States and Canada collecting $521,509!
Your Fairfax County Firefighters will be hosting an official campaign Kick Off on Thursday, August 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station 5 – Franconia.
Every Labor Day Weekend for over 35 years, firefighters have been at controlled intersections all over Fairfax County asking motorists and pedestrians to Fill the Boot. 100% of the donations collected go directly to the Greater Washington MDA that assist families in the Washington, D.C. area living with some of the 43 neuromuscular diseases. Thanks to the generous donations of the citizens and visitors, the personnel of FCFRD, Department of Public Safety Communications and IAFF Local 2068 have been honored to be the highest collecting municipality in the United States and Canada for eight of the last ten years. We also could not do this without the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Retirement Association and Fairfax County Police Department who provide important support behind the scenes.
Greater Washington MDA uses these donations to help fund such items as:
- The annual week long MDA Children’s Summer Camp where kids from 6 to 17 years old can have a “typical” camp experience with their peers. They enjoy swimming, boating, zip line, crafts, a talent show and many other activities all tailored to their specific disability. This week also provides a respite for the families from the sometimes 24 hour a day job of caring for a special needs child. This camp is provided free of charge for the families.
- The MDA clinic at Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center. This “one stop shop” allows those with neuromuscular disease to see all of their specialists, such as their cardiologist, neurologist, pulmonologist, occupational therapist and many others in one location. This alleviates the need to make appointments and travel throughout the Washington, D.C. area to the many medical professionals that they see on a regular basis.
- Research at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, so, one day, we will not need to Fill the Boot again!
- Programs designed to help people with neuromuscular disease live, go to school and work independently.
Recently, the winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards were honored at a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Tim Fleming, Chair of the Volunteer Fire Commission, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Reggie Johnson, and Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Board of Supervisors presented the awards to the recipients. The recipients were recognized for their outstanding fire, emergency medical, and administrative service to the county during 2016.
Thanks to all recipients for their service and dedication to the residents of Fairfax County!
Winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards:
- Volunteer Firefighter of the Year – Payton Smith, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
- Volunteer Operational Officer of the Year – John Hootman, McLean Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer EMS Provider of the Year – Barry Brown, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
- Volunteer BLS Provider of the Year – Katie Myers, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer ALS Provider of the Year – Lynn Clancy, McLean Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer Rookie of the Year – Sean Smith, Centreville Volunteer Fire Department
- Administrative Member of the Year – Wanda Nelson, Franconia Volunteer Fire Department
- Administrative Officer of the Year – Keith Edgemon, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
- Canteen Member of the Year – Anthony Ruth, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department
- Special Recognition Award – Gerry Strider, Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department for 35 Years of service on the Volunteer Fire Commission
- Special Recognition Award – Homer Johns, Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50 Years of Volunteer Service
- Special Recognition Award – Clyde Clark, McLean Volunteer Fire Department for 55 Years of Volunteer Service
- Special Recognition Award – Harry Chelpon, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Volunteer Chaplain
The latest edition of the Fire and Rescue Digest.
Members of Recruit School 142 have spent this week learning everything there is to know about a vital piece of a firefighter’s equipment – the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
On Wednesday (6/28/17), the recruits spent all day getting familiar with their SCBA via various training exercises. Watch below as the recruits go through some of the exercises. Lieutenant Ty Corbin explains what an SCBA is, what the recruits are doing and why on the video that was first broadcast live on Facebook.