Monday, May 6, 2013
An adult and a child have been displaced from their home.
One adult and a child have been displaced after an unattended candle resulted in a house fire in Clifton. Fairfax County Firefighters were called to 5597 Cavalier Woods Lane at around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the first and second floor of the two-story single family home. It took 30 minutes to get the fire under control, and damage is estimated at $150,000. No one was home when the fire started. Candle Safety Tips Follow us on Facebook!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Richard Bowers Jr. is currently fire chief of Montgomery County, Md.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Richard Bowers Jr. the county’s new fire chief Tuesday afternoon at their board meeting at the Fairfax County Government Center. Bowers will come to Fairfax County from his current position in Montgomery County, Md., where he has served as fire chief since 2008. He has served for more than 35 years in the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Bowers will take over for Ronald Mastin, who plans to retire by May 7 from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Bowers’ appointment is effective April 29. After his appointment, Bowers told Patch one of his priorities would be community outreach and fire prevention. “I think the most important thing is that I’m their fire chief,” he said…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
No one was home when the fire started.
A two-alarm fire that destroyed a townhouse Thursday off of Roberts Road in Fairfax has sent one Fairfax County firefighter to the hospital with minor burns. At around 1:30 p.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were called to the 5400 block of Cheshire Meadows Way in Fairfax, and found the front and back of a townhouse engulfed in flames. Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes. "No one was home at the time of the incident," said Capt. William Moreland of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. The fire appears to have started in the basement and investigators are on the scene to determine the cause. It is not clear how many people were displaced because of the blaze, or if neighboring homes were damaged.
Monday, January 7, 2013
The accident occurred Monday afternoon, at around 2 p.m.
One woman is in the hospital Monday afternoon, after a two-car crash on Lorton Road and Gunston Cove Road. Police investigators are at the scene to determine who was at fault in the crash, which totaled a Toyota Sienna and a Toyota Corolla. A rescue team cut the female driver of the Toyota Corolla from her car at around 2:30 p.m.; she reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the minivan and his passenger were not hurt in the crash. Fairfax County Police, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Virginia State Police were at the scene. Lorton Road was reopened at around 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Partnering with local barbers and businesses, Fairfax County Firefighters provided free haircuts for back-to school.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department partnered with Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Apple Federal Credit Union, Gum Springs Community Center and local barbers to provide free back-to-school haircuts for kids. "When we're not running 911 emergencies, we're trying to find other ways to get out in the community," said Captain Willie Bailey. "There are places in the county where parents can't afford to take their kids to get a new haircut for school, so we just think it's the right thing to do to make sure they start off school just like everybody else," he said.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Ethan Ellert's project benefited the station and earned him his Eagle Scout rank.
W.T. Woodson senior Ethan Ellert received a Citizen Recognition Award from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 32 in Fairfax Station for his landscaping project. Battalion Fire Chief Larry Everett recently presented Ellert the award. "Ethan designed the garden, obtained funds for the plants and materials, recruited and organized 25 volunteers and completed the project prior to the 10 year anniversary of 9-11," said Station 32 Commander Captain Robert Konczal. "Ethan also provided and dedicated a memorial plaque and bench to the first responders who responded to the terrorist attacks that fateful day," he said. The project helped Ethan earn his Eagle Scout rank, the highest possible in boy scouts.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Master Technician Robert 'Bob' Upchurch received the department's highest award Wednesday.
Master Technician Robert Upchurch, a 25-year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire Department currently working at Station 41 - Crosspointe in Fairfax Station, was honored Wednesday as 2012 Career Firefighter of the Year in a ceremony in Fairfax. "Firefighter of the Year is the most prestigious honor this department bestows," said Battalion Chief Tyrone Harrington. "It honors outstanding service and selfless dedication," he said. The Public Safety Center conference room in the Massey Building was filled with colleagues, family and friends gathered to honor Upchurch. "You are the example we measure firefighters by," said Battalion Chief Brian Rooney to Upchurch. "Being a firefighter is not something you do, it is who you are," he said. "To …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The incident was reported Tuesday afternoon.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department was called to Burke Lake Park Tuesday afternoon to contain a propane tank leak. The 1,000-gallon tank was reportedly leaking just before 1 p.m. Crews were able to contain the leak within the half hour, according to fire department spokeswoman Renee Stilwell. The usage for the tank was unclear.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Awards honor local police, fire and rescue; proceeds from event fund scholarships.
More than 700 attendees honored the bravery of selfless heroes at the 33rd Annual Valor Awards on Monday at the McLean Hilton in Tysons. Proceeds from the event, which was hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, will benefit the Valor Scholarship Fund, which provides postsecondary educational scholarships to the children of Medal of Valor recipients. "The prosperity and quality of life that Fairfax County enjoys are due in no small measure to the selfless and courageous acts of our community's public safety and law enforcement employees," said L. Burwell Gunn, Valor Selection Committee Chairman for the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. The Awards Silver Medals of Valor Second Lieutenant Matthew Pifer -Fairfax County Police …