Malfunctioning Blender Sparks Newington Townhouse Fire

On Friday, October 20, at approximately 4:50 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to a reported townhouse fire in the 7700 block of Lemoyne Lane in the Newington section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene and reported a fire in the basement of a two-story, end unit townhouse. The fire had begun to spread up the side of the townhouse through a basement window. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the basement and prevented it from spreading to the other floors in the home.  

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by an occupant prior to the activation of the smoke alarms. He alerted the rest of the occupants who were able to safely evacuate prior to the fire department’s arrival.  

Fire Investigators determined that this fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The cause of the fire was determined to be a malfunctioning blender. 

A total of six occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries. 

Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $303,562.

 

 

 

 

 

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, November 6 at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., that run until December 6. 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: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cert/cert.htm

To sign up, please go here: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid={B0D469CD-8A15-4DD8-8A6B-531D33C7024B}&t=CERT-132-at-the-Fire-and-Rescue-Academy

 

Home Smoke Alarm Basics

It is not uncommon for our firefighters to get asked a variety of questions about smoke alarms. Often, people want to know what type of smoke alarm you need and where in the home they should be placed. Our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association produced an informative, and short, video that answers these, and many other, questions.

Please take two minutes to increase your fire safety knowledge. Who knows, it could save your, or a loved ones, life one day.

 

Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School This Saturday

Through the great work of the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation, there will be FREE on-site heart screenings this Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Westfield High School. They are provided for students ages 12-26. The results are reviewed on site by local cardiologists. Several of your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department members will be on hand as well.

To learn more about the event, please go here: Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School

To learn more about the foundation, please go here: Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

Did You Know: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes in the US. The best way to detect these heart conditions is through a heart screening using an EKG (Electrocardiogram). An EKG screening analyzes the electrical signals of the heart and is not typically provided at a youth’s annual physical.*

Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School This Saturday

Courtesy of the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

 

*via the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

“Fill The Boot” For MDA This Weekend. Campaign Kickoff Thursday

By: Master Technician Joel KobersteenFill the boot
Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, B-Shift
Coordinator – Fairfax County Fill the Boot Campaign

Labor Day Weekend is almost here which means that Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) personnel will once again be conducting the Fill the Boot campaign benefiting the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). This Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4, please watch out for uniformed firefighters with fire apparatus on display at controlled intersections all over Fairfax County and help us Fill the Boot! Last year we led the United States and Canada collecting $521,509!

Your Fairfax County Firefighters will be hosting an official campaign Kick Off on Thursday, August 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station 5 – Franconia.

Every Labor Day Weekend for over 35 years, firefighters have been at controlled intersections all over Fairfax County asking motorists and pedestrians to Fill the Boot. 100% of the donations collected go directly to the Greater Washington MDA that assist families in the Washington, D.C. area living with some of the 43 neuromuscular diseases. Thanks to the generous donations of the citizens and visitors, the personnel of FCFRD, Department of Public Safety Communications and IAFF Local 2068 have been honored to be the highest collecting municipality in the United States and Canada for eight of the last ten years. We also could not do this without the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Retirement Association and Fairfax County Police Department who provide important support behind the scenes.

Greater Washington MDA uses these donations to help fund such items as:

  • The annual week long MDA Children’s Summer Camp where kids from 6 to 17 years old can have a “typical” camp experience with their peers. They enjoy swimming, boating, zip line, crafts, a talent show and many other activities all tailored to their specific disability. This week also provides a respite for the families from the sometimes 24 hour a day job of caring for a special needs child. This camp is provided free of charge for the families.
  • The MDA clinic at Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center. This “one stop shop” allows those with neuromuscular disease to see all of their specialists, such as their cardiologist, neurologist, pulmonologist, occupational therapist and many others in one location. This alleviates the need to make appointments and travel throughout the Washington, D.C. area to the many medical professionals that they see on a regular basis.
  • Research at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, so, one day, we will not need to Fill the Boot again!
  • Programs designed to help people with neuromuscular disease live, go to school and work independently.

Annandale House Fire Caused By Overloaded Power Strip

On Thursday, August 17 at approximately 10:48 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3400 block of Annandale Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one and a half story house with smoke and fire showing in the rear of the home. Crews quickly doused the exterior fire and then advanced into the home to complete extinguishment of the fire. Simultaneously, other crews initiated a rapid search and confirmed all occupants had safely evacuated the home. The fire was contained to the rear area of the home.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 by another occupant that arrived at the front door and saw smoke. The one occupant home at the time of the fire woke to the smell of smoke and exited the home prior to the activation of the smoke alarms.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the one-story addition on the back of the home. The fire originated in a power strip and was most likely due to the overloading of the power strip.

There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was requested and utilized. A total of five occupants were displaced.

Damage as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $18,750.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about electrical safety for extension cords, power strips and surge protectors:

  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
  • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
  • Do not overload power strips.
  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection.