And The Open House Winners Are………

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

 

Firefighters Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

Free Training In Basic Disaster Response Skills

Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Free Training In Basic Disaster Response SkillsCommunity 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, November 6 at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., that run until December 6. 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={B0D469CD-8A15-4DD8-8A6B-531D33C7024B}&t=CERT-132-at-the-Fire-and-Rescue-Academy

 

Fire Prevention Week Starts Sunday! “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Fire Prevention Week Banner

Fire Prevention Week starts this Sunday, October 8 and runs through Saturday, October 14. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

If there was a fire in your home, would you know what to do? Your smoke alarm is sounding – now what?

In a fire, every second counts! It is important that everyone plans, and practices, a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room. Being prepared and knowing what to do will increase your chances of getting out safely should your home experience a fire.

Please take the time to develop a home fire escape plan. Below are links to two documents that will provide a template and all of the information you need!

Escape Planning – Activity Fun Sheet for Adults and Children

Home Escape Planning

If you want some feedback on your plan, consider going to one of our fire stations for Open House on Saturday, October 14, and asking the firefighters for feedback. More information here: All Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations To Host Open House

Two Cats Rescued From Reston Townhouse Fire

 

On Monday, October 2, at approximately 10:57 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority Fire and Rescue Department responded to a reported townhouse fire in the 11500 block of Hearthstone Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.   

Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in the basement of the townhouse. Firefighters rescued two cats from the home and reunited them with their owners. 

Two adult occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered when the occupants investigated an explosive sounding noise in the home and found the house filling with smoke. The occupants safely evacuated and called 9-1-1. A smoke alarm in the basement did activate. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The fire was caused by an incandescent lamp too close to combustible materials. 

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Two adults and three teenage children were displaced as a result of the fire.  

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $90,000.

 

New South County Fire Marshal’s Office Open

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.

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Overloaded Electrical Outlet Causes Rose Hill House Fire

On Monday, September 18, at approximately 11:49 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4100 block of Ivanhoe Lane in the Rose Hill section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene with smoke showing from the front of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly found and extinguished a fire in the garage. 

Five occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants was alerted by the sound of the garage door opening. Upon investigating the noise, he discovered a fire in the garage and used a fire extinguisher to extinguish part of the fire. Another occupant used a garden hose to assist with containing the fire. 

There was one smoke alarm in the house and that did not activate. Firefighters installed three smoke alarms in the home prior to leaving.  

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The cause of the fire was an overloaded electrical outlet. 

There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. 

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $12,000.