Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

February is Heart Health Month.

Unfortunately, heart attacks do happen. It is important that you and your loved ones know and recognize the warning signs of a heart attack as every second counts! Please take a moment to review the below tips from our friends at the American Heart Association.

If you think you or a loved one are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 as soon as possible!

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Common heart attack signs

Employee Spotlight

We are pleased to announce a new video series for our digital platforms called Employee Spotlight. The video series will introduce you to a new fire and rescue employee each week.

For our inaugural edition, we would like you to meet Mr. Luis Rosales, Network and Telecommunications Analyst II.

We hope you enjoy the new programming and delight in getting to know some of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue employees who serve you!

Merrifield Apartment Fire Extinguished By Sprinkler System

News Update with fire department logo

On Friday, December 9 at approximately 2:48 p.m., units responded to a reported apartment fire in the 2700 block of Merrilee Drive in the Merrifield area of Fairfax County.

Upon arrival on scene, units found a fire that was contained and extinguished by the building sprinkler system. The fire was located in an apartment on the 6th floor.

An occupant of the apartment discovered the fire when he returned home. The buildings sprinkler and alarm system activated simultaneously as the occupant notified 911.

There were no reported civilian injuries. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was treated and transported to a local hospital. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was Accidental in nature and was caused by a malfunction of a portable battery charger used for charging electronic devices. The device overheated and ignited ordinary combustibles in close proximity. Total damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $187,500.00

Investing In Our Future

On Wednesday, December 7, EMS Training and Field Training hosted the Falls Church Emergency Services Program class at the Fire and Rescue Training Academy. 38 students were in attendance.

The class was split into six groups in order to rotate them through skills stations. This allowed the EMS Training and Field Training staff to expose the students to a variety of firefighter and paramedic skills. In addition, the students were provided a tour of the Fire and Rescue Training Academy.

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Getting ready to put up a real, or artificial, Christmas tree in your home? Before you do, you need to pause a moment and review some important information from our friends at the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

Why ESFI? Did you know that 1/3 of all Christmas tree fires are a result of electrical failures or malfunctions? Many of these fires can potentially be prevented by following some of the simple steps outlined below.

Taking positive action today may help to ensure your Christmas is a safe and merry one.

Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas treeAccessible information can be found: http://www.esfi.org/resource/prevention-it-s-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-536