On Sunday, August 20 at approximately 7:51 a.m., units were dispatched for a fire alarm going off in a high rise building in the 12000 block of Sunset Hills Road in the Reston section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene with no smoke or fire evident from the outside of a twelve story, commercial high rise building. Crews proceeded to the 11th floor where they discovered a significant amount of smoke. A second alarm was requested immediately.
Firefighters quickly discovered the fire which had been mostly extinguished by one operating fire sprinkler head. The remaining fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the 11th floor. Crews went to work to clear the smoke conditions on the 11th floor as well as light smoke conditions on the 12th floor.
The building was occupied by approximately 20 employees at the time of the fire. All occupants safely evacuated the building.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the 11th floor at a set of four clustered cubicle workspaces. The cause of the fire was electrical in nature involving a junction box that routed power to the four workstations. The nature of the failure is not known at this time.
There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Red Cross assistance was not needed.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $40,000.
On August 16-17, a delegation from the National Firefighters of Colombia visited Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Virginia Task Force 1 in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The purpose of the meeting was to exchange best practices.
As a thank you for hosting, Fire Chief Richard Bowers was presented with Colombian Coffee as a gift by the Firefighters of Colombia.
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.
On Friday, August 11, at approximately 7 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire located in the 9600 block of Ceralene Court in the Fairfax section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home and observed fire showing from the roof area. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.
No occupants were in the home at the time of the fire. An off duty Fairfax County firefighter, Lieutenant Allan Burchell, was driving in the area and noticed a column of smoke. Upon investigation, he discovered the house on fire and called 911. Lieutenant Burchell grabbed a garden hose and proceeded to contain some of the fire until fire units arrived.
Three adults and two juveniles were displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. There were smoke alarms in the home, however, they did not activate because the fire was located in the exterior and attic space of the home.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature. It started on the exterior of the home and spread into the attic. The fire was the result of a lightning strike.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $26,000.
On Friday, August 4, at approximately 8:14 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3900 block of Fairfax Parkway in the Lincolnia section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the front of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a fire in the kitchen area of the home.
The fire was discovered by an occupant of the home when she was awakened by the smell of smoke. One smoke alarm was located in the basement but it did not have a battery installed. All occupants evacuated prior to fire department arrival. One of the adults suffered a minor injury after leaving the house. He was treated on scene and was not transported to a medical facility. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the kitchen. The cause of the fire was lightweight combustible items left on a stovetop. The day before the fire, the stovetop had been in use when the house lost electricity due to a storm. The burner was not turned off before the occupants of the home went to sleep. Electricity was restored while the occupants were asleep and the burner began heating the combustible materials.
Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted.
Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $62,500.
Recently, the winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards were honored at a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Tim Fleming, Chair of the Volunteer Fire Commission, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Reggie Johnson, and Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Board of Supervisors presented the awards to the recipients. The recipients were recognized for their outstanding fire, emergency medical, and administrative service to the county during 2016.
Thanks to all recipients for their service and dedication to the residents of Fairfax County!
Winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards:
- Volunteer Firefighter of the Year – Payton Smith, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
- Volunteer Operational Officer of the Year – John Hootman, McLean Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer EMS Provider of the Year – Barry Brown, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
- Volunteer BLS Provider of the Year – Katie Myers, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer ALS Provider of the Year – Lynn Clancy, McLean Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer Rookie of the Year – Sean Smith, Centreville Volunteer Fire Department
- Administrative Member of the Year – Wanda Nelson, Franconia Volunteer Fire Department
- Administrative Officer of the Year – Keith Edgemon, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
- Canteen Member of the Year – Anthony Ruth, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department
- Special Recognition Award – Gerry Strider, Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department for 35 Years of service on the Volunteer Fire Commission
- Special Recognition Award – Homer Johns, Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50 Years of Volunteer Service
- Special Recognition Award – Clyde Clark, McLean Volunteer Fire Department for 55 Years of Volunteer Service
- Special Recognition Award – Harry Chelpon, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Volunteer Chaplain
By: Master Technician John Wehr
Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, C-Shift
A beautiful non-July like day this past weekend saw the personnel from Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, conduct outdoor training exercises. Station 11 units took advantage of a recently closed grocery store to go over a variety of fire scenarios that may occur in a strip type shopping center.
Many facets of fire ground operations were discussed and practiced. Crews performed various engine company operations, ladder truck placement, roof operations, forcible entry and search techniques.
Training doesn’t take the weekend off. Your Fairfax County fire and rescue personnel train everyday so they are prepared for any emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.