Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Launches Adopt-a-Hydrant Program

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Fairfax County firefighters need your help to potentially save lives and property. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is introducing its Adopt-a-Hydrant program to combat hazardous conditions created by snow, ice, and winter weather that could impact access to a fire hydrant in an emergency. This program allows residents and business owners to adopt a fire hydrant close to their home or business. Participants are asked to maintain the area around the fire hydrant keeping it accessible and free of snow and ice in the winter and weeds, leaves, and shrubbery in warmer weather.

It is vital that firefighters be able to quickly access a hydrant in the event of a fire. Immediate access to a water supply helps to swiftly extinguish the fire and prevent loss of life and property. In the event of winter weather, participants are asked to clear a three-foot area around the hydrant and ensure there is a path to the roadway so the hydrant is visible and easily accessible.

To participate in the Adopt-a-Hydrant program, simply fill out and submit an online application.

Go here to fill out the short application: Adopt-a-Hydrant

After registering, a crew from the participant’s closest fire station will deliver an “Adoption Certificate” identifying their hydrant. Participants are encouraged to take pictures with their hydrants and share them to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #FCFRDHydrant. Participants can also tag the fire and rescue department at @ffxfirerescue on Twitter and @fairfaxcountyfirerescue on Facebook.

The goal of the Adopt-a-Hydrant program is to ensure that a fire hydrant is accessible in case of an emergency. Fire hydrants are the property of the Fairfax Water Authority and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department asks that participants refrain from painting, personalizing or changing the appearance of the fire hydrant.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Public Affairs and Life Safety Education Section at 703.246.3801.

Technical Rescue Monthly Training Drill

By: Captain Matthew Burns
Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, C-Shift

Recently, technical rescue team members from all three shifts, and all four technical rescue stations, spent time at the Lorton training site participating in the technical rescue monthly training drill. January’s structural drill focused on advanced torch work and crane operations/load rigging.

The torch work portion consisted of practicing with our cutting torches on steel I beams, 1 inch plate steel and steel cables. Our heavy rigging operations involved evaluating different types of material consisting of steel, concrete pipes, a car, a steel structural beam and estimating their weights prior to using a crane. The crane was then utilized to unstack and then restack the variety of materials in a new puzzle for the next crew.

It is important we keep our various skill sets sharp so that we are ready to respond locally, or afar, to a variety of unique emergency situations.

No Twitter? No Problem! You Can Still Get Our Twitter Updates!

Do not have a Twitter account but want to receive Fairfax County Fire and Rescue’s tweets? Not a problem as you can receive them via text.No twitter, no problem

A Twitter feature called Fast Follow makes it possible to get our tweets via a text message. Obviously, your plans text messaging rates apply.

Here’s how you do it:

Text “follow @ffxfirerescue” to 40404. You will get a text message back indicating you are now following @ffxfirerescue.  The text will also provide guidance on how to stop the text messages if you no longer wish to receive them.

If you follow, you can expect to receive all of the latest news, updates, and safety tips from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. As well, you can always go directly to our Twitter Page to review all tweets that have been sent.