Move Over Virginia

The local roads are very dangerous for us and our public safety partners Fairfax County Police and the Virginia State Police. Take a moment to watch the below video and learn more about a law designed to try and make the roadways safer for public safety personnel.

Move Over, it is the law!

Please help to protect those who protect you.

Fairfax County Fire And Rescue One Of The Busiest In The Country

Each year, Firehouse Magazine compiles a list of the busiest fire and rescue stations and various units in the nation. Your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has placed in the Top 50 in several categories for 2016.fire house

You might be interested to learn that:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is the 31st busiest fire and rescue department in the country responding to 100,712 calls for assistance.

Fairfax County Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, is the 36th busiest fire and rescue station in the country responding to 11,256 calls for assistance.

Rescue Squad 426 (Edsall Road) is the 41st busiest Heavy Rescue unit in the country responding to 1,744 calls for assistance.

HazMat 440 (Fairfax Center) is the 19th busiest Hazardous Materials unit in the country responding to 541 calls for assistance.

EMS Officer 404 is the 39th busiest unit in the country responding to 1,808 emergency medical calls for assistance.

2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards

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

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Stop The Bleed

By: Lieutenant Bruce Stark
Fire Station 19, Lorton, A-Shift

When a traumatic bleeding emergency occurs in Fairfax County most often a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker or bystander is on scene immediately after the traumatic bleeding injury has occurred. A person can die from severe uncontrolled bleeding in as little as five minutes.

You have the power to learn some simple steps and effective bleeding control techniques that could preserve someone’s life until your Fairfax County firefighters/paramedics arrive. Below are steps you can take to help “stop the bleed.”

First call 9-1-1 to get Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units on the way. The sooner you call 911, the faster professional help will arrive.

Remember, your safety is the number one priority! You cannot help someone if you get injured. Be sure the area is safe before you decide to help.

Next expose the area that is bleeding and with a cloth or bandage use both hands to apply firm, steady pressure to the area that is bleeding. If you don’t have a bandage or cloth immediately available, apply firm and steady pressure with your hands. This will still help to slow or stop the bleeding.

If bleeding has not stopped, and there is one available, apply a commercially made tourniquet at least 2-3 inches above the injured area and tighten until bleeding has stopped. If bleeding has not stopped then place a second tourniquet above and next to the first tourniquet. Remember a tourniquet will not work if placed on top of a knee or elbow so be sure to avoid these areas.

If a commercially made tourniquet is not available, be very cautious in attempting to make an improvised tourniquet. Thin items such as phone chargers, extension cords, shoelaces, and rope are to narrow to be used as a tourniquet. In addition to not working, those items can cause severe damage to the nerves of the injured limb.

Below is an info-graphic from our friends at the Department of Homeland Security. A downloadable version is available by clicking here https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

Stop The Bleed

Training Does Not Take The Weekend Off

By: Master Technician John Wehr
Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, C-Shift

A beautiful non-July like day this past weekend saw the personnel from Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, conduct outdoor training exercises. Station 11 units took advantage of a recently closed grocery store to go over a variety of fire scenarios that may occur in a strip type shopping center.

Many facets of fire ground operations were discussed and practiced. Crews performed various engine company operations, ladder truck placement, roof operations, forcible entry and search techniques.

Training doesn’t take the weekend off. Your Fairfax County fire and rescue personnel train everyday so they are prepared for any emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

Springfield House Fire Electrical In Nature

On Sunday, July 30, at approximately 12:06 a.m., units responded to a report of a house fire in the 7000 block of Calamo Street in the Springfield area of Fairfax County.  

First arriving units reported fire showing from the roof of a one-story house toward the rear of the home. Firefighters rapidly found and extinguished a significant fire in the attic space. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. 

At the time of the fire, the home was occupied by one adult male. He discovered the fire after the entire house experienced a power failure. Several occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental and originated in the attic of the home. The cause of the fire was electrical in nature, the result of an “overcurrent” of a length of wire that was running through the attic space. 

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $61,000.

Photos courtesy of Ms. Debi Gerald.