Want to learn more about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department? Want to participate in an interesting, fun-filled, eight-week program that will show you what firefighters and paramedics do every day?
You can now apply to the Community Fire and Rescue Academy (CFRA)! The CFRA is open to persons 18 and older who live in Fairfax County. Each session will cover different aspects of the organization, providing an in-depth overview of the department and its uniformed and civilian workforce. Program topics include: fire suppression, emergency medical services, training, recruitment, special operations, and other interesting topics.
CFRA Application will be accepted until September 13, 2019. The Academy will begin September 26, 2019, and will meet for eight consecutive Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ending on November 14, 2019.
To learn more about the program and to sign up, please go here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/cfra
On Friday, June 14, at approximately 2:30 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, City of Alexandria, and Arlington County Fire Departments were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6300 block of Columbia Pike in the Lake Barcroft area of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with fire showing from the front and roof of the home. Crews rapidly went to work to control and eventually extinguish the fire. A second alarm was requested shortly after arrival. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.
There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. A passerby saw smoke coming from the rear of the home, alerted the occupants inside, and called 9-1-1. The occupants self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Smoke alarms were present and sounded after the fire was discovered.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.
A total of four occupant were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $218,500.
On Saturday, June 1, at approximately 7:13 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 11200 block of Timberline Drive in the Oakton area of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single home to find two vehicles on fire inside of an attached garage. The fire extended from the garage to the house. Crews rapidly deployed multiple fire hose lines to halt the spread of fire to all levels of the home. The fire was quickly brought under control. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital with a minor injury.
No occupants were home at the time of the fire. A passer-by saw flames coming from the garage and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present and did sound.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental and started in the engine compartment of a vehicle parked inside the attached garage.
Two occupants have been displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages because of the fire were approximately $120,400.
Going to do a little cooking on the grill this Memorial Day Weekend? Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents about grilling safely. Here are some safety tips for a happy and safe cookout experience:
- Never leave your grill unattended or place combustibles too close to grill. These are the two leading causes for charcoal grill home fires.
- Use charcoal lighter fluid only before the fire is lit. If you try to make a fire bigger by adding more fluid, the heat from the coals may ignite the stream of fuel and burn back into the can, causing it to explode in your hands.
- Never use gasoline to start a fire – it is much too dangerous to use on grills.
- Try using a U.L. approved electrical starter in place of lighter fluid.
- Never use a grill on apartment or condominium balconies. This practice is one of the biggest dangers with grills. It is unsafe and against the law.
- Place grills away from structures so they will not tip over or ignite objects above them.
- Keep a garden hose or a portable fire extinguisher handy in case the fire gets out of control.
- Never bring a grill into the home. The carbon monoxide produced by burning charcoal can be dangerous, even deadly, in an enclosed space.
- Keep children and pets away from fires and grills. Declare a three foot “safe zone” around the grill. It only takes a second for curiosity to cause a serious burn.
- Though coals may appear to be cool, always soak them with water. Coals retain enough heat to reignite for days after the fire.
- Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
- If your bag of charcoal gets wet, leave it in a well ventilated area away from the house. During the drying process spontaneous ignition can occur in confined areas.
On Thursday, May 16, at approximately 8:57 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 5500 block of Sheldon Drive in the Springfield area of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with fire showing from an attached garage. The fire extended into the living area of the home. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant discovered the fire and self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. There were smoke alarms in the home, however, they did not work as they did not have batteries.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in a bedroom adjacent to the garage. The cause of the fire was an overloaded circuit which caused high resistant heating in the electrical wiring.
Four occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $73,750.
On Wednesday, May 15, at approximately 8:59 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3100 block of Dashiell Road in the Westlawn section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and reported fire and smoke showing from the rear of a two-story, single family home. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire, which was primarily on the outside of the house with some extension inside. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Sadly, two dogs were found perished inside the home.
No occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present, but it is unknown if they activated.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear covered deck. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction involving a refrigerator.
Two adults and two juveniles were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $143,750.
The below video was taken by a local resident but only AFTER 9-1-1 was called by the individual to report the fire.
Today is a good day to “Spring Into Safety” by checking to ensure your home has working smoke alarms. Properly installed, working smoke alarms can dramatically increase your chances of surviving a fire.
It is also important to check the date on your smoke alarm. If your smoke alarms are ten years of age or older they need to be replaced.
Need help checking or replacing your smoke alarms? Your FCFRD firefighters offer a FREE smoke alarm check, home safety evaluation, and installation of a new smoke alarm.
To schedule a smoke alarm installation, including a visual smoke alarm for deaf and hard of hearing persons, or a home safety evaluation, please contact Community Risk Reduction either via email at fire.ESW@fairfaxcounty.gov or phone at (703) 246-3801 (TTY 711).