Fire Station 26 Fire Caused by Electrical Event

On Sunday, May 14, at approximately 12:45 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a report of a fire at Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, located at 5316 Carolina Place in the Springfield section of Fairfax County.

Twelve firefighters were awoken by the fire alarm. Further investigation revealed the rescue squad vehicle was on fire in one of the station’s apparatus bays. The station Captain evacuated the station and notified 911. He then coordinated removal of the foam unit, fire engine, and medic unit. Crews began an exterior attack on the fire as the apparatus bay suffered a partial collapse. A second alarm was called bringing additional assistance from the Arlington County Fire Department. Approximately 60 firefighters responded to the scene. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

The fire was contained to the apparatus bay area and did not extend further into the fire station.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the left front cab of the rescue squad vehicle. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature as a result of an electrical event. The exact source could not be determined.

UPDATE: Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, Damaged by Fire

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wishes to thank the residents of Fairfax County for the outpouring of support following the fire at Fire Station 26, 5316 Carolina Place, early Sunday morning. At this time Fire Station 26 is uninhabitable. It is anticipated that firefighters will be able to work 24-hour shifts at that station again within the next week or so. 

We want to assure residents that there will not be any impact to the efficiency or quality of services provided by the department. The Fire and Rescue Department has created an action plan to ensure there are no delays or interruptions to the fire and emergency medical services provided to the residents of Fairfax County as we repair our fire station. We again want to thank all residents for the outpouring of support. 

Reserve Rescue Squad 26

Reserve Rescue Squad 26 outside Fire Station 26 this morning (5/15/17).

Lorton Townhouse Fire A Total Loss

On Friday, May 12, at approximately 1:42 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 8500 block of Koluder Court in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. Lorton Townhouse Fire A Total Loss

Units from Fire Station 35, Pohick, arrived on scene and observed fire showing from all floors on the rear of a middle unit, three-story townhouse. A second alarm was requested. Firefighters quickly advanced fire hose to the rear and front of the home to begin extinguishing the fire. There was minor fire extension into the attic of an adjacent townhome. The bulk of the fire was contained to the townhouse where the fire originated. There were no reported civilian or fire department injuries.

There was no one home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered and reported by a neighbor. It is unknown if there were working smoke alarms in the home. Two occupants of adjacent townhomes are receiving Red Cross assistance.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $219,400. This estimate does not include minor damage to an adjacent townhome estimated at $5,000.

 

Bailey’s Crossroads Store Fire Goes To Two Alarms

On Friday, May 5, at approximately 4:24 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Arlington County Fire Department, and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported fire at a store in the 5900 block of Leesburg Pike in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and observed smoke showing from the roof and rear of a middle of the row store. A second alarm was immediately requested in order to bring adequate resources to the scene. Firefighters conducted an aggressive attack to bring the fire under control. The fire was confined to the store.

Four people were in the store at the time of the fire. The store was not equipped with smoke alarms or a fire sprinkler system. The fire was discovered by an employee who called 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the back of the store. The fire was accidental in nature and the result of combustible materials located too close to a heat source.

There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was not required. A Health Department representative was requested to inspect adjoining restaurants prior to reopening.

Total damages as a result of the fire are approximately $1,363,146.  

Medical Students Introduction to Emergency Medical Services

Recently, firefighters and paramedics from Fire Station 18, Jefferson, and Fire Station 30, Merrifield, C-Shift had an opportunity to teach the INOVA/Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) third year medical students about the principles and capabilities of pre-hospital medical and trauma care. The crews also demonstrated a variety of equipment and the capabilities of each. This is part of the “Introduction to Emergency Medical Services (EMS)” portion of the VCU School of Medicine medical student orientation.

While most of these student physicians will go into fields other than Emergency Medicine or EMS, all of them left with their eyes open to the role of EMS in the continuum of care!

Hazardous Materials Team Conducts Technical Training

By: Battalion Chief Martin Ranck
Hazardous Materials Response Team Program Manager
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

On April 25, 26 and 27 members of the Fairfax County Hazardous Materials Response Team attended technical training on radiation detection equipment and operational techniques for using the equipment. The training involved both classroom study and instruction as well as hands on practical applications.

Several scenarios were set up for groups to work together with multiple detection capabilities. Students were evaluated and provided feedback by the instructors on how to improve their skills and techniques.

The training was very beneficial and helped to improve the hazmat teams overall knowledge, skills and abilities in the event they respond to an incident involving radiation.