Take It Slow When Shoveling Snow

Your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department encourages you to take safety precautions if you are going to shovel snow.

It is important to consider your physical limitations. Wear weather appropriate gear to keep you warm. Only shovel snow if you are physically able to do so. This snow is a wet and heavy type of snow. Remember to take it slow when shoveling snow!

Tips via our friends at the National Weather Service.

Take It Slow When Shoveling Snow

Fire Investigators Ask for Public’s Help Identifying Person of Interest in Richmond Highway Fire

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a person of interest in a fire that occurred on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. At 1:13 p.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded for reports of a fire in a bathroom at the Mega Mart located at 8228 Richmond Highway in the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County. The fire was extinguished by a fire sprinkler system prior to fire and rescue department arrival. The fire is under investigation.

The person of interest is described as African American and was last seen wearing a blue knit hat, light blue jacket, dark pants, and black backpack. Fire investigators would like to speak with this individual regarding their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lieutenant S. Khan at (703) 246-4738 or salman.khan@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

February is Heart Health Month.

Unfortunately, heart attacks do happen. It is important that you and your loved ones know and recognize the warning signs of a heart attack as every second counts! Please take a moment to review the below tips from our friends at the American Heart Association.

If you think you or a loved one are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 as soon as possible!

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Common heart attack signs

Apply Now For Citizens Fire And Rescue Academy

Want to learn more about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department? Want to participate in an interesting, fun-filled, eight-week program that will show you what firefighters and paramedics do every day?

You can now apply to the Citizens Fire & Rescue Academy (CFRA)! The CFRA is open to persons 18 and older who live in Fairfax County. Each session will cover different aspects of the organization, providing an in-depth overview of the department and its uniformed and civilian workforce. Program topics include: fire suppression, emergency medical services, training, recruitment, special operations, and other interesting topics.

CFRA Application will be accepted until March 8, 2019. The Academy will begin March 21, 2019 , and will meet for eight consecutive Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ending on May 09, 2019.

To learn more about the program and to sign up, please go here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/cfra


Recognize The Signs Of Stroke – And F-A-S-T!

February is Heart Health Month.

Unfortunately, strokes do happen. It is important that you and your loved ones know and recognize the warning signs of a stroke as every second counts! Please take a moment to review the below tips from our friends at the American Heart Association.

If you think you or a loved one are experiencing a stroke, call 911 as soon as possible! Our paramedics and firefighters will be there to assist you promptly.


Sometimes other symptoms appear, separately, in combination or with F.A.S.T. signs. They are:

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg. Especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If someone shows any of these symptoms, call your Fairfax County Paramedics and Firefighter at 9-1-1 immediately!

Herndon Townhouse Fire Caused By Electrical Malfunction In Furnace

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On Thursday, February 14, at approximately 4:02 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Loudoun Fire and Rescue, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 2100 block of Oram Place in the Herndon area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, end-unit townhouse with smoke showing. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in the basement. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. They were alerted to the fire by an odor of smoke. The occupants evacuated the home and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms sounded shortly after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the basement and was accidental in nature. The fire was caused by an electrical event involving the furnace.

Two occupants were displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $115,000.

Be A Sweetheart: Do Not Allow Your Romantic Evening To Go Up In Smoke!

a-gift-that-shows-themCooking dinner for that special valentine this evening? Lighting candles to add to the atmosphere? Getting ready to start a fire in the fire place?

If so, take a moment to review some safety tips from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association before you get started. Do not allow your romantic evening to go up in smoke!

When cooking for that special valentine:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue recommends that you use flameless candles in your home. Many of these candles look and smell like real candles. If you insist on using real candles, please make sure you:

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

When using the fireplace, please make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

As always, check your smoke alarms to ensure they are working and make sure you know two ways out of your home in case of fire!

Have a Safe and Happy Valentine’s Day!