By: Battalion Chief Keith Ludeman
Battalion 407, C-Shift
Personnel from Fire Station 16, Clifton, and Battalion Chief 407, C-Shift test a recently installed dry hydrant on Wyckland Drive in the Clifton area of Fairfax County.
A dry hydrant allows for quick access when utilizing a static water source, such as a pond, in areas of the county with no domestic water supply systems. This dry hydrant was recently installed thanks to a grant approved by the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Thanks to Captain Mohler (A-Shift) for coordinating all the necessary efforts.
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.
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
Click here to Adopt a Hydrant
Fairfax County firefighters need your help to potentially save lives and property. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is introducing its Adopt-a-Hydrant program to combat hazardous conditions created by snow, ice, and winter weather that could impact access to a fire hydrant in an emergency. This program allows residents and business owners to adopt a fire hydrant close to their home or business. Participants are asked to maintain the area around the fire hydrant keeping it accessible and free of snow and ice in the winter and weeds, leaves, and shrubbery in warmer weather.
It is vital that firefighters be able to quickly access a hydrant in the event of a fire. Immediate access to a water supply helps to swiftly extinguish the fire and prevent loss of life and property. In the event of winter weather, participants are asked to clear a three-foot area around the hydrant and ensure there is a path to the roadway so the hydrant is visible and easily accessible.
To participate in the Adopt-a-Hydrant program, simply fill out and submit an online application.
Go here to fill out the short application: Adopt-a-Hydrant
After registering, a crew from the participant’s closest fire station will deliver an “Adoption Certificate” identifying their hydrant. Participants are encouraged to take pictures with their hydrants and share them to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #FCFRDHydrant. Participants can also tag the fire and rescue department at @ffxfirerescue on Twitter and @fairfaxcountyfirerescue on Facebook.
The goal of the Adopt-a-Hydrant program is to ensure that a fire hydrant is accessible in case of an emergency. Fire hydrants are the property of the Fairfax Water Authority and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department asks that participants refrain from painting, personalizing or changing the appearance of the fire hydrant.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Public Affairs and Life Safety Education Section at 703.246.3801.