Sons Of The American Revolution Honor Two Firefighters

The Sons of The American Revolution (SAR), Colonel William Grayson Chapter, recently presented their Public Safety Commendation awards to two members of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Mr. Bill Collier, SAR Public Safety Committee Chair, stopped by Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, to present Master Technician Joel Kobersteen (Fire Station 40/B-Shift) with the Fire Safety Commendation. He also presented Technician Eric Provow (Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, B-Shift) with the Emergency Medical Services Award.

Congratulations Master Technician Kobersteen and Technician Provow!

Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Free Training In Basic Disaster Response Skills

Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Free Training In Basic Disaster Response SkillsCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program administered through the auspices of the county fire and rescue department. The training prepares residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, residents can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.

At this time, the next available CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 22 at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays that run until June 21. The class is 28 hours in length, plus the final practical exercise.

CERT training is free of charge and basic gear is provided. The minimum requirements to participate in CERT training at any level is that residents be 16 years of age or older, and either be a Fairfax County resident, or work in the county.

To learn more about CERT, please go here:

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Giving Back By Adopting-A-Hydrant

By: Thomas Johnson, Captain I
Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift

Recently firefighters from Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift presented a local resident with a certificate for adopting a fire hydrant in her neighborhood. The citizen/recipient, Ms. Anna, shared with us her impetus for getting involved in the program.Giving Back By Adopting-A-Hydrant

The following briefly tells her story: On September 2, 1994, Ms. Anna was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident. She suffered a number of very horrific injuries, and our department responded to the accident. Ms. Anna suffered multi-system trauma, and was flown by helicopter to a local trauma center for treatment.

Hospital staff later told her that the Firefighters/EMTs/Paramedics saved her life with the pre-hospital emergency care they provided. Ms. Anna stated that from that point on she has “loved” the fire department and wholeheartedly supported our agency.

Ms. Anna was thrilled to be presented her certificate, and is committed to doing her small part to make our jobs easier, and the community a little safer.

To learn more about the Adopt a Hydrant program, please click here: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Launches Adopt-a-Hydrant Program

Malfunctioning Refrigerator Causes Burke Townhouse Fire

Malfunctioning Refrigerator Causes Burke Townhouse FireOn Thursday, April 13, at approximately 7:06 p.m., units were dispatched for a townhouse fire in the 5500 block of Hollins Lane in the Burke section of Fairfax County.

The fire was discovered by Rescue Squad 14 from Fire Station 14, Burke, as the crew was driving nearby when they noticed smoke in the area. Upon investigating they discovered fire visible from two floors of a middle of the row townhouse. The unit immediately notified the Fairfax County 911 center and additional fire and rescue units were dispatched.

Simultaneously, the occupants were returning home and discovered the fire when they opened the front entry door. Smoke alarms were installed and sounding. Firefighters entered the home and found most of the fire in the kitchen area. The fire was quickly extinguished with minor extension to the second floor and attic.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen area. The fire was accidental in nature and caused by a malfunctioning refrigerator.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $163,750.

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