Support H.E.R.O.E.S. By Playing Golf

HEROES Inc. Golf TournamentH.E.R.O.E.S. (Honor Every Responsible Officer’s Eternal Sacrifice) Inc., is a non-profit, charitable organization serving the Washington metropolitan area. HEROES, Inc. provides financial aid and professional counsel to the surviving family members of law enforcement officers and firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty.

For the 47th year, HEROES, Inc., will sponsor a golf tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The 2017 tournament will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 13th and 14th. All proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the HEROES, Inc. educational scholarship fund.

You do not have to be a firefighter or police officer to participate in the tournament. Corporate Sponsors are also welcome!

For more information please go here: HEROES, Inc., Golf Tournament

Giving Back By Adopting-A-Hydrant

By: Thomas Johnson, Captain I
Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift

Recently firefighters from Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift presented a local resident with a certificate for adopting a fire hydrant in her neighborhood. The citizen/recipient, Ms. Anna, shared with us her impetus for getting involved in the program.Giving Back By Adopting-A-Hydrant

The following briefly tells her story: On September 2, 1994, Ms. Anna was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident. She suffered a number of very horrific injuries, and our department responded to the accident. Ms. Anna suffered multi-system trauma, and was flown by helicopter to a local trauma center for treatment.

Hospital staff later told her that the Firefighters/EMTs/Paramedics saved her life with the pre-hospital emergency care they provided. Ms. Anna stated that from that point on she has “loved” the fire department and wholeheartedly supported our agency.

Ms. Anna was thrilled to be presented her certificate, and is committed to doing her small part to make our jobs easier, and the community a little safer.

To learn more about the Adopt a Hydrant program, please click here: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Launches Adopt-a-Hydrant Program

Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Causes Springfield Fire


On Sunday, April 16, at approximately 3:59 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 7300 block of Lamar Drive in the Springfield section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the rear of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters found a deck to the rear of the home on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire.

At the time of the fire, the home was occupied by four adults. There were no smoke alarms in the house. A passerby discovered the fire and alerted the occupants. All occupants self-evacuated the home prior to the arrival of the fire department units.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the wooden deck to the rear of the home. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature, due to the improper disposal of smoking materials.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. A total of four occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.

The fire department installed two new smoke alarms in the home prior to leaving the scene. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $15,000.

Centreville Mulch Fire

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has been working a mulch fire in the 15700 block of Lee Highway in the Centreville area of Fairfax since early this morning. The fire is under control, however units will remain on scene throughout the day. 

There is visible smoke in the area. If you suffer from any respiratory problems or are sensitive to smoke, please take all necessary precautions if you’re in the area.

EMS Lecture Series

EMS lecture series announcement

Fairfax County Fire Rescue EMS Training and INOVA Fairfax Trauma Services are proud to present another EMS Lecture Series for area fire and rescue personnel.

If you are a member of an area fire and rescue department, please come join us for another Monday Lecture Series at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. This series will be on resuscitation and the utilization and types of blood products in trauma as well as a review of case studies taught by Dr. Mitchetti and Kristen Ray RN from INOVA’s Trauma Services.  This interactive lecture will utilize case studies to illustrate the importance of early recognition, appropriate treatment, and timely notification by prehospital providers. 

Class:                            Trauma Resuscitation and Blood Product Use/Trauma Case Studies    

Date:                              Monday, April 17, 2017                 

Time:                             0800 – 1130 hours                         

Location:                       Fire and Rescue Academy, Classroom 2
4600 West Ox Road

More information please go here:

Half Century of Commitment for FRD’s Turner

photo of Doug TurnerThe below article appears in the latest edition of Team Fairfax Insider. It is posted to this blog with permission.

When Doug Turner joined the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, protests against the Vietnam War were growing, Elvis Presley got married, the world’s first heart transplant took place and the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album reached number one on the charts.

Fairfax County had evolved from a farming community to one growing exponentially as the federal government created programs and jobs, and many of those employees settled in the surrounding suburbs. This put demands on the county to provide services to accommodate the public safety needs of the rapidly developing county, which provided many job opportunities.

With 10 years’ experience as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force and at National Airport, Turner, at age 31, was hired by the Fire and Rescue Department and given badge #239, meaning he was the 239th firefighter hired. Back then, firefighters (all male until the county’s first female firefighter was hired in 1979) drove open-air fire engines and trucks, exposed to the elements and noise. “When a call came in,” Turner recalls, “firefighters put their helmets and boots on, grabbed their turnout coats, then jumped on the tailboard of the apparatus, hanging on for dear life. We put our coats on while flying down the street.” The phrase “catch the hydrant” was when the pumper would slow down slightly, but not stop, as it passed a fire hydrant near the fire. “The firefighters had to jump off the moving vehicle, grab the hose with a hydrant wrench wrapped inside and throw it toward the hydrant where they would anchor it with a foot as the pumper continued down the street stretching the hose toward the fire,” Turner explains.

In his career, Turner witnessed tremendous changes in training, protective clothing and equipment, as well as tactics and specialties such as emergency medical services, hazardous materials and technical rescue. There were no national standards at the time so they had to develop their own.

Looking back on his career, he described being promoted to sergeant at the Fire and Rescue Training Academy, where he worked from 1974 to 1982, as one of his most rewarding experiences. “Normally that assignment would be for a couple of years to get your ticket punched for future promotions,” he says. But he fell in love with training and stayed nearly eight years. He was part of a team of eight trained in emergency medical services, including CPR, by some Fairfax Hospital doctors so they could then train others in the department. The training was so rigorous that only four of the eight made it through.

Acknowledging the physical demands of the job and characterizing it as for the young, Turner strongly believed 55 was the age to hang up his helmet and stop riding apparatus, which he did in 1990. However, fire service was in his blood and he wanted to continue contributing, using his knowledge and many years of experience to return the next work day as a civilian inspector in the Fire Prevention Division where he has worked since.

What would he tell a new employee just starting out? “Consider carefully if it is something you want to do for the rest of your career,” Turner counsels. “If you don’t like your job, you won’t excel at it.” He added it’s important to “put your nose in the books and learn all you can in order to do the best job possible.”

Some go into firefighting because they think it will be nonstop excitement, Turner acknowledges. And while there is the thrill of saving people and property, there are also many hours of training, maintaining equipment and otherwise preparing for the calls that make up a smaller part of the actual job. Now with perspective in his 50th year, he looks back: “I have truly enjoyed my career.”