During This Holiday Season, Don’t Drink And Drive! Get A Free Ride Home!

Planning on attending a few holiday parties where adult beverages will be served over the next few weeks? Don’t have a designated driver and you end up having one too many?

One thing you do NOT want to do is drink and drive! Thanks to our friends at the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, you can call for a FREE ride home via their SoberRide Program.

Check out below and make sure you keep the number handy if you will be out drinking during this holiday season. The Holiday SoberRide program will be offered nightly between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. from Friday, December 15, 2017 until Monday, January 1, 2018. The program ends at 4:00 a.m. on January 1.

Holiday Sober Ride

Improper Disposal Of Cigarettes Cause Herndon Apartment Fire

At approximately 10:51 p.m. on Monday, December 11 units responded for a reported garden apartment fire in the 13400 block of Farmcrest Court in the Herndon section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a three-story, garden style apartment with fire evident from the second floor balcony. Crews rapidly extinguished the fire and prevented further extension.

The fire was discovered on the second floor balcony by a neighbor who called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present in the apartment but did not alert the occupant because of the fire’s location.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the second floor balcony and was accidental in nature. The fire was caused by the improper disposal of cigarettes.

A total of three adult occupants from two apartments were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. One civilian was treated and transported to an area hospital for evaluation. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Damages as a result of the fire is approximately $25,000.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents who smoke to keep in mind the below safety tips as it relates to the proper disposal of smoking materials:

  • Never dispose of cigarette butts in potted planting soil. The soil, when it gets too dry, can become highly flammable.
  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.




A Chill Is In The Air! Please Heat Home Safely!

The days and nights are starting to get a little colder! All of us will be seeking ways to keep our homes warm. Please make sure you do so safely. Take a moment to watch a brief video below from our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association.

Additionally, feel free to click on the below links for more specific safety information:

Electric Blanket Safety

Turning Up The Heat? Use Space Heaters Safely!

Fireplace & Fireplace Ashes Safety


ATTENTION MEDIA: Firefighters To Host Toy and Winter Coat Distribution

On Tuesday, December 12, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel will be hosting a toy and winter coat distribution event for local kids in need from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, 6624 Hulvey Terrace in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. Firefighters hope to distribute over 3,000 toys, 700 new coats (on top of the 2,500 we provided in October), and 100 bikes for deserving children. The winter coats will be provided, in partnership with Operation Warm. Santa will be on hand to help out!

Our public safety partners, Fairfax County Police Department and Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, will be joining in the fun. In addition, Caring Angels Therapy Dogs will be on hand to lend a helping paw.

Photos below from 2016 event.




No Snow Day Off For Training

Snow did not prevent several units from the 6th Battalion to meet at Fire Station 19, Lorton, on Saturday to conduct a multi-unit drill (MUD). The MUD drill focused on advancing and flowing water from a variety of fire hose, forcible entry as well as large area search and rescue scenario in blacked out conditions.

The upstairs at Fire Station 19 was used to create a search and rescue scenario simulating a large commercial building search. Smoke machines from the Fire and Rescue Academy were borrowed to create zero visibility.

While everyone participated in the MUD, special focus and instruction were provided Probationary Firefighters Sebastian, Johnson and Salang. This type of training is very important as the Probationary Firefighters continue to learn and grow during their first year of service.

Photos courtesy of Technician Peterson.