The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire and Hazardous Materials Investigative Services (FHMIS) section is currently investigating a fire at 5424 Ox Road involving a church sign. The incident occurred on September 13, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.
Investigators believe numerous people may have driven by the fire and may have information to assist us in solving this case. FHMIS is asking anyone who may have observed the fire to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-246-4874.
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It is that wonderful time of year when there are many holiday celebrations occurring. Please take a moment to review the below facts and video about home holiday fires from our partners in safety at the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association.
•One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
•Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
•A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
•The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
•Candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires.
Over the last several years, deep frying a turkey has become a popular way to cook thanksgiving dinner. It has also become a very dangerous way to cook a thanksgiving meal!
Take a moment to watch the below Turkey Fryer Demonstration video from our partners in safety at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). As well, please review the Five Dangers Of Deep Frying A Turkey:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
- A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
- Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
- The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.
Recently, Technician Arthur Bruck from Fire Station 4, Herndon, B-Shift participated in the Dancing With A Service Member charity event in Herndon. Technician Bruck participated along with members of the Fairfax County Police Department, Herndon Police Department, and active service members from the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
All proceeds from the event went to The Pink Fund, Fraternal Order of Police and The Police Unity Tour.
Each contestant was paired with a certified Fred Astaire dance instructor and worked with the instructor to learn a dance routine for judges to score. Technician Bruck and all of the competitors spent weeks practicing their routines while raising additional money for the causes on their own.
We are proud and pleased to report that Technician Bruck, who is also a member of the Army National Guard, placed second in the competition! Great Job!
Thank you Technician Bruck for giving back to our community while also serving Fairfax County and our Country!
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2017 TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to “bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children.” Stations will accept donations beginning on Monday, November 20.
Please help us to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Last year, thanks to the generosity of those who live and work in Fairfax County, the Fire and Rescue Department collected over 11,000 toys.
Children who are served by this campaign include toddlers and youths through age 17. The campaign will only accept new unwrapped toys and you can drop them off at any of our Fire and Rescue Stations. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons (i.e., toy guns or knives of any kind) will not be accepted. Checks or money orders for donations must be made payable to TOYS FOR TOTS.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will accept donations through Monday, December 18. Toys will not be accepted after this date.
On Friday, October 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel will be participating in a free winter coat distribution event for local kids in need. They will be providing winter coats, as a part of Operation Warm, for deserving children. Firefighters will show off their fire trucks, hand out safety information, and provide other fun activities.
In partnership with Operation Warm, and other organizations such as Apple Federal Credit Union and Whole Foods, we will distribute approximately 3,000 coats to over 75 local schools and non-profit groups that will go to deserving kids. The children will also receive a brand new book.
Public safety partners Fairfax County Police Department and Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will also be participating. In addition, Caring Angels Therapy Dogs will be on hand to lend a helping paw.
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