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!
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On Friday, July 7 at approximately 2:28 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3800 block of King Arthur Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.
Units from Fire Station 23, West Annandale, arrived on scene to find a three-story home with smoke showing from the roofline. Crews quickly deployed multiple lines of fire hose to confine and extinguish the fire which was concealed in the walls and attic space.
A sole occupant that was home was alerted to the fire when she smelled smoke. She safely evacuated and notified 9-1-1. The smoke alarms did not initially activate because of the location of the fire.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated within the void stud space on an exterior wall. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature, resulting from the use of a plumbing torch which ignited combustibles within the wall.
Two adults were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Damage to the house as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $60,000.
The latest edition of Front Lines is now available. Front Lines is the newsletter of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Click on cover below to go to newsletter.
On Monday, March 6, at approximately 5:44 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6400 block of Overcoat Lane in the Centreville section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a three-story, end unit townhouse and discovered a fire in a third floor bathroom. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the bathroom.
At the time of the fire, the townhouse was occupied by one adult. The occupant was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm. The occupant evacuated the townhouse and called 911 once safely outside.
There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. The occupant was able to re-occupy the townhouse. Red Cross assistance was offered but not needed.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in a hallway bathroom located on the third floor of the townhouse. The fire was ruled accidental in nature and was caused by an electrical event involving the exhaust fan.
Damages are estimated to be approximately $5,500. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents that working smoke alarms save lives as well as property.
Master Technician Raul Perla (14-C), on behalf of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, Virginia Task Force One, presented Fire Chief Bowers with a plaque thanking him for the support he provided to the families of deployed team members.
The Chief always makes sure to engage the families and keep them up to date on their loved ones activities while they are deployed.
L to R: MTech Raul Perla (14-C), Lt Robert Schoenberger (RLF7-C), Fire Chief Bowers, Tech Juan Ayala (14-B), and Capt-I Matthew Tamillow (10-C)
On Friday, January 6, at approximately 3:30 p.m., fire and rescue units responded to the 2500 block of Chase Wellesley Drive in the Herndon area of Fairfax County for a reported townhouse fire.
Units arrived on scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse and reported an outside fire on the rear deck that had spread to the attic and roof. The fire was quickly extinguished and confined to the townhouse of origin with some minor damage sustained to an adjacent unit. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. An occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke entering the home prior to the smoke alarm sounding. Both occupants safely exited prior to fire department arrival. A total of four adults and two children were displaced and Red Cross assistance was accepted.
The fire was ruled accidental in nature. It was determined to be caused by a propane cooking burner too close to combustible materials. Property damage is estimated at $91,000.
On January 5 at approximately 6:04 p.m., units from Fire Station 16, Clifton, were dispatched for a report of a train that had struck a vehicle. Units arrived on scene and were met by the occupant of the vehicle who reported no one was in the car. The car had apparently become stuck on the track and the driver had safely exited prior to the VRE train striking the car.
Firefighters assessed the car and contacted the conductor who stated no one was injured on the VRE train. Train traffic was stopped in the area as an assessment was made of the vehicle and train. There was only minor damage to the locomotive.
The scene was turned over to VRE and the tow company to handle clean-up operations.