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.
Ava, age 8, is a cancer survivor. Recently, she and her family ran their 5th Annual Team Ava – Alex’s Lemonade Stand! This effort is dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for children battling cancer.
To help the cause of this inspirational young lady Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, B-Shift Lieutenant Ray Johnson organized a mini-parade in the community to help draw attention to Ava’s lemonade stand. Several units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department attended in force.
They also purchased some delicious lemonade and gave tours of the fire trucks to the community! It was a great event! Ava’s mom reports the stand raised over $800!
Ava is an inspiration and our hero!
Photos courtesy of Ava’s mom Jeannie
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.