A Safer Home

Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, B-Shift was out in the community on Saturday, as part of our Safety In Our Community program, conducting a home safety evaluation for interested families. After surveying the interior of one home, crews noticed they did not have any working smoke alarms. They also had gas appliances in the home but no carbon monoxide (CO) detector.

The crew ended up installing two smoke alarms and one CO detector. The family was so grateful for this service that they insisted the crew join them for a meal.

A great opportunity to get to know those we serve while also ensuring one home is a lot safer then when we found it.

A Safer Home



Lightning Strike Starts House Fire


On Friday, August 11, at approximately 7 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire located in the 9600 block of Ceralene Court in the Fairfax section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home and observed fire showing from the roof area. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

No occupants were in the home at the time of the fire. An off duty Fairfax County firefighter, Lieutenant Allan Burchell, was driving in the area and noticed a column of smoke. Upon investigation, he discovered the house on fire and called 911. Lieutenant Burchell grabbed a garden hose and proceeded to contain some of the fire until fire units arrived.

Three adults and two juveniles were displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. There were smoke alarms in the home, however, they did not activate because the fire was located in the exterior and attic space of the home.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature. It started on the exterior of the home and spread into the attic. The fire was the result of a lightning strike.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $26,000.

Free Training In Basic Disaster Response Skills

Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Free Training In Basic Disaster Response SkillsCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program administered through the auspices of the county fire and rescue department. The training prepares residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, residents can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.

At this time, the next available CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 30 at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays that run until September 27. The class is 28 hours in length, plus the final practical exercise.

CERT training is free of charge and basic gear is provided. The minimum requirements to participate in CERT training at any level is that residents be 16 years of age or older, and either be a Fairfax County resident, or work in the county.

To learn more about CERT, please go here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cert/cert.htm

To sign up, please go here: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid={08B9A8A1-1824-46FA-888B-D9DCE9408E84}&t=CERT-130-at-the-Fire-and-Rescue-Academy

Move Over Virginia

The local roads are very dangerous for us and our public safety partners Fairfax County Police and the Virginia State Police. Take a moment to watch the below video and learn more about a law designed to try and make the roadways safer for public safety personnel.

Move Over, it is the law!

Please help to protect those who protect you.

Fire and Rescue To Conduct Training Exercise In Reston Area Friday

Training ExerciseOn Friday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be conducting a training exercise at Terraset Elementary School, 11411Ridge Heights Road in Reston.

A number of fire and rescue department and police vehicles will be taking part in the training exercise. Emergency vehicles will also be staged at Langston Hughes Intermediate School next door. Manikins will be used to simulate patients for fire and rescue personnel to evacuate to local hospitals.

Fairfax County and the Town of Vienna Police Department’s will be supporting this training exercise.

Recruit School 142 Raises Money For Injured DC Firefighter

Recruit School 142 Raises Money For Injured DC Firefighter

Recruit School 142 presents money raised to lead instructor Lt. Corbin.


This morning, members of Recruit School 142 took the initiative to reach into their pockets to raise money for injured DC Fire and EMS Firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. Firefighter Smothers was severely injured last week on the scene of a house fire. 

The recruits raised a total of $250 which will be donated to the Go Fund Me page that has been established for Firefighter Smothers and his family.

Our thoughts are with Firefighter Smothers and his family.