On Friday, February 17, at approximately 3:17 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a report of an apartment fire in the 4900 block of Beauregard Street in the Lincolnia section of Fairfax County.
Firefighters from Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, arrived first on scene to find smoke showing from a second floor unit in a three-level, garden style apartment. A second alarm was quickly called for bringing additional crews from Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Arlington County Fire Departments.
The fire quickly spread into the attic and a third alarm was called for shortly thereafter. Due to firefighter efforts, the extent of the fire was limited to the one apartment and the attic area above.
The fire was discovered by three Fairfax County police officers patrolling the area. The officers notified dispatch then proceeded to knock on doors in the building in an effort to evacuate residents.
Two civilians sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. One firefighter from Alexandria suffered a minor injury. A total of approximately 90 firefighters responded to the scene.
Two apartments were deemed unsafe to occupy. Red Cross was called to the scene and is assisting a total of four adults and one infant.
Fire Investigators determined the fire started in a bedroom of the apartment. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated at approximately $167,500.
Video below courtesy of Daniel Perez.
By: Captain II Bill Lynch
Station Commander – Fire Station 13, Dunn Loring
Over the weekend, firefighters from Fire Station 13, Dunn Loring, went to a very special birthday party. What made this party a little more special than most was the fact that Jim was able to attend his daughters first birthday! On October 21st, Jim went into cardiac arrest. 911 was called and Engine and Medic 13 responded. For over 25 minutes he remained pulse-less, eventually responding to cardio pulmonary treatments.
Thanks to the training and efforts of the firefighters and paramedics on B-Shift, Jim was able to celebrate his daughters first birthday.
Jim was presented with a Fire Station 13 challenge coin and Charlotte was given a Fire Station 13 uniform patch for her baby book. 13 is definitely a lucky number for this family!
Happy Birthday Charlotte and we wish you both many more. This is why we do what we do.
Did you know that fire can double in size approximately every 60 seconds? When fire strikes, deadly smoke can fill your home within minutes. That’s why Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants you to plan and practice home fire drills. Watch this 30 second video, from our partners in safety at the United States Fire Administration, for life-saving tips on how to make a home fire escape plan.
Get more information, as well as a planning grid, here: Home Escape Planning
Earlier today, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire (video below) in the 800 block of Turkey Run Road.
Smoke alarms alerted the family to the fire and they were able to escape unharmed. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants to remind all residents that working smoke alarms and a home escape plan can save lives in the event of fire!
How to develop a home escape plan
More about smoke alarms
The fire is currently under investigation and more information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Video courtesy of Mr.Jack Huffard.
On the latest edition of Employee Spotlight, meet Captain II Francis Mensah who heads up our recruiting section.
Today, the High School Firefighter students learned about fire behavior first hand by going into a live training fire.
The students were divided into two groups. One group donned their full protective gear and were required to have an instructor check to make sure the gear was correctly put on. Once that was done, the students were led inside the burn building where a safety briefing was conducted prior to the fire being lit. The second group stayed outside while another instructor explained to them what they should look for and why it is important. The groups then switched after the fire was put out.
Students inside the burn building saw how the fire can grow, how the heat builds, how the smoke can rise and bank down and travel in a building.
The first portion of the training was captured live on our Facebook page. More photos below.
By: Master Technician Chris Morgan
Fire Station,11, Penn Daw, B-Shift
Earlier today Fire Station11, Penn Daw, B-Shift had the opportunity to get some hands on training in a building that used to house the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police near the Huntington Metro Station. The building was obtained via the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Departments acquired structure program that allows our firefighters to utilize donated buildings, slated to be torn down, for training purposes.
Firefighters conducted several training evaluations this morning at this acquired structure. Some of the tasks were forcible entry through roll down doors, creating doors out of windows to rescue downed/trapped firefighters, and forcible entry on exterior metal doors.
This training was very beneficial to all Fire Station 11 firefighters as these were situations that we rarely get to practice in such a realistic environment.