Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Start Seven Recent Fires Causing Over $231K In Damages! FCFRD Urge Residents Who Smoke To “Sink It Or Soak It!”

Improperly discarded smoking materials is one of the leading cause of fire in Fairfax County. So far in 2019, there have been seven fires caused by improperly discarded smoking materials! Monetary damages for the seven fires was approximately $231,425!

All seven fires were totally preventable! In two of the fires, the presence of fire sprinklers undoubtedly saved lives and property.  Another fire necessitated the rescue of an eleven-year-old child by firefighters which averted tragedy.

If you smoke, please take a moment to learn how to prevent starting a fire. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department urges all residents who smoke to “Sink It or Soak It!” and prevent careless fires!Sink It PREVENT CARELESS FIRE

  • Never dispose of cigarette butts in potted planting soil. The soil, when it gets too dry, can become highly flammable.
  • Never flick cigarettes into mulch or shrubbery. Dispose of them in a suitable ashtray or bucket with sand. Ensure designated outside smoking areas have an appropriate fireproof container, ashtray or bucket.
  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.

Learn more about some of the recent fires:

Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Causes Dunn Loring House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Annandale Nursing Home Fire

Improperly Discarded Cigarettes Cause Rose Hill House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Springfield House Fire

FREE Training Classes For Community Emergency Response Team

CERTThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates residents about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. CERT trains county residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT training classes below follows the FEMA curriculum, tailored to local disasters and hazards. Educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Emphasis on hands-on skill development and Fairfax County protocols and procedures. Instructor will provide syllabus with class schedule at first session. This training does not require any special physical strength or agility.

For more information and to register for the next class at the Fire and Rescue Academy, please click on the link below:
CERT 145 at the Fire and Rescue Academy, Monday and Wednesday – March 27, 29, April 1, 3, 8, 10, 22, 24

In addition, a class is being held on Fort Belvoir but is open to all. Arrangements can be made with a background check for access to Fort Belvoir for those who do not have routine access:
CERT 147 at Ft. Belvoir, Thursdays – March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

 

FREE Training Classes For Community Emergency Response Team

CERTThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates residents about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. CERT trains county residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT training classes below follows the FEMA curriculum, tailored to local disasters and hazards. Educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Emphasis on hands-on skill development and Fairfax County protocols and procedures. Instructor will provide syllabus with class schedule at first session. This training does not require any special physical strength or agility.

For more information and to register for the next class at the Fire and Rescue Academy, please click on the link below:

CERT 144 at the Fire and Rescue Academy, Monday and Wednesday – Feb 25, 27, March 4, 6,11,13,18, 20

Promotions

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The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed promotions that are effective January 5, 2019.

The following individuals have been promoted to Assistant Chief:

  • Jenkins, Jason
  • Knerr, Joseph

The following individuals have been promoted to Deputy Chief:

  • Bailey, Willie
  • Zosh, Cheri

The following individuals have been promoted to Battalion Chief:

  • Burkhammer, Carlton
  • Svites, Jennifer

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain II:

  • Burroughs, Earl
  • Flint, Thomas
  • Murphy, Emily
  • Pittman, Christopher

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain I:

  • Abitz, Jason
  • Brantley, Amy
  • Ripley, Damian

The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Gummerson, Sage
  • Petty, Kevin

The following individuals have been promoted to Technician:

  • Castellanos, Robert
  • Washenko, Stephen

The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:

  • Ward, William

Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.

Firehouse Foods: Eggnog French Toast

By: Kendall Warner, Intern
Office of Public Affairs

On the latest edition of Firehouse Foods, newly promoted Battalion Chief Jenn Svites shows us how to make her Eggnog French Toast.

Battalion Chief Svites has been cooking since she was an eight-year-old. She received her first Betty Crocker Cookbook when she was 11. Since then she has perfected many family recipes, cooked for many shifts at different fire stations, and created her own spin on classic recipes like her Eggnog French Toast.

Recipe

All ingredients are based on taste preference, Chief Svites does not use exact measurements and encourages you to make the recipe your own!

Toast
Bread of your choosing (Chief Svites uses Brioche because it’s dense and absorbs the eggnog wash well)
Eggnog of your choosing (If you are lactose intolerant, try eggnog made with milk alternatives)
Nutmeg to preference
Cinnamon to preference
Eggs (Chief Svites uses 3 large eggs for half a gallon of eggnog)

Topping
Drizzle with caramel sauce
Powdered sugar
Strawberries

Try different toppings, sauces, fruits, and anything to make it your own!

Flood Watch Tonight Through Saturday Afternoon. Remember To Turn Around And Don’t Drown!

Rain is on the way! A Flash Flood Watch is in effect this evening (12-14-18) through Saturday afternoon. As a result, there is a potential for heavy rain and flash flooding. When heavy rain and flash flooding occur, you can assume there will be a few roadways in the area that will be impacted as well. Unfortunately, our firefighters and paramedics can also assume there will be several calls for help as people attempt to drive their cars through flooded roadways only to stall and become trapped.

This puts both the driver, any passengers AND our firefighters and paramedics in needless danger!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into flood water. Many people under estimate, and do not understand, the power and force of water.

Please take a moment to watch the below video, from our friends at the National Weather Service, which highlights the danger.

Be aware and be prepared. Our firefighters and paramedics do not want to meet you by (a preventable) “accident” this weekend!

Accessible information HERE