Oakton House Fire Displaces Two

On Saturday, June 1, at approximately 7:13 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 11200 block of Timberline Drive in the Oakton area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single home to find two vehicles on fire inside of an attached garage. The fire extended from the garage to the house. Crews rapidly deployed multiple fire hose lines to halt the spread of fire to all levels of the home. The fire was quickly brought under control. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital with a minor injury.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. A passer-by saw flames coming from the garage and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present and did sound.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental and started in the engine compartment of a vehicle parked inside the attached garage.

Two occupants have been displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages because of the fire were approximately $120,400.

Promotions

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The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed promotions that are effective January 5, 2019.

The following individuals have been promoted to Assistant Chief:

  • Jenkins, Jason
  • Knerr, Joseph

The following individuals have been promoted to Deputy Chief:

  • Bailey, Willie
  • Zosh, Cheri

The following individuals have been promoted to Battalion Chief:

  • Burkhammer, Carlton
  • Svites, Jennifer

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain II:

  • Burroughs, Earl
  • Flint, Thomas
  • Murphy, Emily
  • Pittman, Christopher

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain I:

  • Abitz, Jason
  • Brantley, Amy
  • Ripley, Damian

The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Gummerson, Sage
  • Petty, Kevin

The following individuals have been promoted to Technician:

  • Castellanos, Robert
  • Washenko, Stephen

The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:

  • Ward, William

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

Radiant Heat Ignites Lincolnia Townhouse Fire

 

On Thursday, November 15 at approximately 8:22 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6500 block of Zoysia Court in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with fire showing from the rear of the home. The fire involved all three floors and was extending into the attic area. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms activated after the occupant discovered the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started within the fireplace chase at the terrace level. The fire was caused when radiant heat from the fire box ignited the structural components within the fireplace chase.

A total of two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.

Learn More About FCFRD Portion Of 2018 Public Safety Bond Referendum

Fairfax County voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on a $182 million public safety bond question in the November 6 general election.

For the Fire and Rescue Department, plans include $73 million to renovate or replace five aging fire stations: Mount Vernon (Fire Station 9), Fairview (Fire Station 32), Gunston (Fire Station 20), Seven Corners (Fire Station 28), and one station operated by volunteers.

These fire stations are between 37 and 49 years old and require building systems and infrastructure upgrades to replace equipment that is beyond the end of its life cycle. In addition, apparatus bays are undersized, living facilities for firefighters are inadequate, and space is needed to conduct field operations, management, and support functions. See video below to learn more.

 

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 Battalion Chief:

  • Bittinger, Randal

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain II:

  • Cerzullo, Keith
  • Cox, Matthew

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain I:

  • Carver, Thomas
  • Gundert, Richard
  • Schoppa, Kimberly
  • Smith, Jay

The following individual has been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Reakoff, Kurtis

The following individual has been promoted to Technician:

    • Cubbage, Charles

Civilian Promotion:

    • Aceto, William has been promoted to Engineer V

The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:

  • Defriest, Gary

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

Electrical Event Causes Great Falls House Fire

On Wednesday, May 30, at approximately 10:55 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a house fire in the 900 block of Holly Blossom Court in the Great Falls area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home with significant fire in an attached garage. The fire extended into the main house. Crews quickly used fire hose to extinguish the garage fire. Additional fire hose was advanced into the house to stop the fire from spreading further. A second alarm was requested to bring additional resources to the scene. One occupant was evaluated for a minor injury and declined transportation to a hospital. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries. One was treated on scene and two were transported and released from the hospital.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant saw smoke coming from the rear garage door. Upon investigation, a fire was discovered in the garage. Simultaneously, a neighbor saw fire coming from the garage and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The cause of the fire was an electrical event involving extension cords and a power strip.

A total of two adults have been displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $149,500.