Arlington County Fire Department

Arlington County Fire Department The official page of the Arlington County Fire Department. View our Online Public Participation policy: ht.ly/2ezu30l9F1Y Arlington County is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country and has a population that is racially, ethically and culturally diverse.
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With over 300 uniformed employees and 10 full-time fire stations, the Arlington County Fire Department serves an urban community of 26 square miles of residential, commercial business, highway, Metrorail and military facilities including the Pentagon. We respond to over 23,000 emergency incidents annually. All of our fire engines and medic units are staffed with a paramedic or intermediate capable of providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency medical care. We maintain a Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue Team, Bomb Team response and Tactical Medics for ACPD SWAT. Due to our fire protection services, Arlington County has an Insurance Service Office Class 2 Rating, the highest rating in Virginia, which lowers insurance costs for residents and businesses.

Operating as usual

Earlier this morning units responded to a vehicle fire on NB GW Parkway near the Key Bridge. When crews arrived the vehi...
04/15/2021

Earlier this morning units responded to a vehicle fire on NB GW Parkway near the Key Bridge. When crews arrived the vehicle was fully involved. Crews used firefighting foam and water to extinguish the flames. HAZMAT units were called to assist with foam cleanup as a precaution.

04/14/2021

Our water rescue team is out on the Potomac today surveying access points and potential trouble spots. These preplanning missions assist the team with rapidly deploying if needed. #boating #summeriscoming☀️

This week we recognize our incredible team of Emergency Communication Technicians for keeping our crews and community sa...
04/12/2021

This week we recognize our incredible team of Emergency Communication Technicians for keeping our crews and community safe. Our 9-1-1 dispatchers are the "first first" responders and we couldn't do our job without them. Thank you Ready Arlington!

This week we recognize our incredible team of Emergency Communication Technicians for keeping our crews and community safe. Our 9-1-1 dispatchers are the "first first" responders and we couldn't do our job without them. Thank you Ready Arlington!

Please join us in congratulating three of our newly promoted members, effective Sunday, April 11:Captain II Glenn SmithC...
04/09/2021

Please join us in congratulating three of our newly promoted members, effective Sunday, April 11:

Captain II Glenn Smith
Captain I Cheryl Long
Lieutenant Jason Updyke

Today marks the end of a great 20-year career for Firefighter/EMT Mike Kriskovich. Firefighter Kriskovich spent the latt...
04/09/2021

Today marks the end of a great 20-year career for Firefighter/EMT Mike Kriskovich. Firefighter Kriskovich spent the latter portion of his career at Fire Station 5 in Crystal City before moving to our logistics branch. His hard work greatly assisted the department's efforts with responding to increased material and delivery demands necessitated by COVID-19. Congratulations Mike, we wish you the best in retirement!

Today marks the end of a great 20-year career for Firefighter/EMT Mike Kriskovich. Firefighter Kriskovich spent the latter portion of his career at Fire Station 5 in Crystal City before moving to our logistics branch. His hard work greatly assisted the department's efforts with responding to increased material and delivery demands necessitated by COVID-19. Congratulations Mike, we wish you the best in retirement!

Live Fire Training (4/4) - After each scenario, the recruits meet with their squad leaders to discuss actions taken and ...
04/09/2021

Live Fire Training (4/4) - After each scenario, the recruits meet with their squad leaders to discuss actions taken and any improvements that could be made. Often called a "hot wash," these post-incident critiques are essential to learning and high performance.

Virginia Hospital Center recently recognized the heroic efforts taken by Captain Matt Dreher after he administered whole...
04/08/2021
VHC Trauma Con 2021 Award Presentation

Virginia Hospital Center recently recognized the heroic efforts taken by Captain Matt Dreher after he administered whole blood to save the life of a young trauma victim. Members of the trauma team presented him with the Award of Excellence in Trauma Care. Congratulations Captain on your award!

04/08/2021

Live Fire Training (3/4) - Training on proper decontamination procedures after working a fire is a top priority for every recruit that walks through our academy doors. Fire contains carcinogens, but post-fire decontamination procedures greatly reduce risks to our health.

Congratulations to Battalion Chief Tony Battaglini, retiring after more than 30 years of service to Arlington County. Ea...
04/07/2021

Congratulations to Battalion Chief Tony Battaglini, retiring after more than 30 years of service to Arlington County. Earlier today, Chief Battaglini recalled how the job has become more complex since the early 90s, with the catalyst being the September 11th attacks. The Chief is known within the department as a great mentor and leader with efforts to improve the health and fitness of our members. Congratulations and we wish you the best in retirement!

Congratulations to Battalion Chief Tony Battaglini, retiring after more than 30 years of service to Arlington County. Earlier today, Chief Battaglini recalled how the job has become more complex since the early 90s, with the catalyst being the September 11th attacks. The Chief is known within the department as a great mentor and leader with efforts to improve the health and fitness of our members. Congratulations and we wish you the best in retirement!

04/07/2021

Live Fire Training (2/4) - Ladders are essential to providing access and evacuation points from a building on fire. Our recruits train with multiple types of ladders that vary in length and use. Pictured here is the 35' extension ladder. #upwego #climbingangle

04/06/2021

Live Fire Training (1/4)- All this week we'll be featuring highlights from Recruit Class 79's live fire training burns. This is a major step for the recruits in order to graduate from the academy and become probationary firefighters. #practicemakesprogress

Sending our condolences to the United States Capitol Police and the family of fallen Officer Billy Evans as a result of ...
04/03/2021

Sending our condolences to the United States Capitol Police and the family of fallen Officer Billy Evans as a result of yesterdays attack.

Sending our condolences to the United States Capitol Police and the family of fallen Officer Billy Evans as a result of yesterdays attack.

SIGNIFICANT INCIDENT - 4/1/2021, 1630hrsCrews responded to the 500blk of Roosevelt Blvd in Falls Church for reports of f...
04/02/2021

SIGNIFICANT INCIDENT - 4/1/2021, 1630hrs

Crews responded to the 500blk of Roosevelt Blvd in Falls Church for reports of fire shooting from a sewer drain. The incident was upgraded and the nearby apartment building was evacuated as a precaution. The source was determined to be a faulty underground electrical vault. No injuries were sustained to civilians or firefighters. Many thanks to our regional partners for helping to bring a safe conclusion to this incident.

Do you have a son or daughter aged 15-18 that is interested in becoming a firefighter, learning lifesaving skills or mak...
03/29/2021

Do you have a son or daughter aged 15-18 that is interested in becoming a firefighter, learning lifesaving skills or making new friends? Our upcoming Camp Heat is the ticket! Applications close May 1, check out our website out for more details: https://fire.arlingtonva.us/camp-heat/

Members of Recruit Class 79 are being introduced to car fires today. 🔥🛻
03/25/2021

Members of Recruit Class 79 are being introduced to car fires today. 🔥🛻

Members of Recruit Class 79 are being introduced to car fires today. 🔥🛻

Station 2 personnel found a parakeet in distress while training at the Fire Training Academy earlier today. This is the ...
03/23/2021

Station 2 personnel found a parakeet in distress while training at the Fire Training Academy earlier today. This is the second "bird rescue" so far this month. The parakeet was transferred safely to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. 🐦🐦

After more than 24 years of service, Captain II Don Watkins is retiring effective March 19. Captain Watkins served in ma...
03/18/2021

After more than 24 years of service, Captain II Don Watkins is retiring effective March 19. Captain Watkins served in many roles during his career and made great strides with our health and safety team. Congrats and enjoy your retirement!

After more than 24 years of service, Captain II Don Watkins is retiring effective March 19. Captain Watkins served in many roles during his career and made great strides with our health and safety team. Congrats and enjoy your retirement!

Happy #stpatricksday 2021! If you plan to party, make sure you have a #SoberRide lined up to take you to the pot of gold...
03/17/2021

Happy #stpatricksday 2021! If you plan to party, make sure you have a #SoberRide lined up to take you to the pot of gold (or better yet, your home)!🍀

Happy #stpatricksday 2021! If you plan to party, make sure you have a #SoberRide lined up to take you to the pot of gold (or better yet, your home)!🍀

We are excited to announce the following promotions, effective March 14:Captain II Sarah Marchegiani Captain I Gus Alvar...
03/17/2021

We are excited to announce the following promotions, effective March 14:

Captain II Sarah Marchegiani
Captain I Gus Alvarez
Lieutenant Mike Harris

Congratulations!

After 29 years of service, Captain II Geoff Mayer is retiring. At his shadowbox presentation held earlier in the day, Ca...
03/16/2021

After 29 years of service, Captain II Geoff Mayer is retiring. At his shadowbox presentation held earlier in the day, Captain Mayer recalled the highlights of his career as he moved up the ranks and his (eventual) travel plans in retirement. Congratulations Captain Mayer!

For #InternationalWomensDay, we honor our progressive history while continuing our work as being a leader in equity and ...
03/08/2021

For #InternationalWomensDay, we honor our progressive history while continuing our work as being a leader in equity and equality initiatives in the fire service. Judy Brewer was the first professional female firefighter in the nation, hired right here in Arlington, VA in 1974. She retired in 1999 as the first female battalion chief in the country.

For #InternationalWomensDay, we honor our progressive history while continuing our work as being a leader in equity and equality initiatives in the fire service. Judy Brewer was the first professional female firefighter in the nation, hired right here in Arlington, VA in 1974. She retired in 1999 as the first female battalion chief in the country.

Ever wondered what the inside of a fire hydrant looks like? If so, look no further than our property yard. This display ...
03/07/2021

Ever wondered what the inside of a fire hydrant looks like? If so, look no further than our property yard. This display was built by our talented Department of Environmental Services staff on their own time. These decommissioned hydrants would have otherwise been scrapped, but are now a #masterpiece!

Did you know red-fronted macaws are originally from a small mountainous area in Bolivia? Well, the crew riding Truck 105...
03/04/2021

Did you know red-fronted macaws are originally from a small mountainous area in Bolivia? Well, the crew riding Truck 105 didn't have to travel that far to see one last night. After successfully rescuing "Ducky" from a tree, they returned him safe and sound to his owner.

We are excited to announce the return of Camp Heat!  Campers will partake in a thrilling 5-day fun-filled experience of ...
03/04/2021

We are excited to announce the return of Camp Heat! Campers will partake in a thrilling 5-day fun-filled experience of Fire/EMS simulations, classes, training, and mentoring. They will have the chance to interact and connect with other firefighters and campers while performing typical job-related tasks. For more information and to apply today visit: t.ly/aC34

We are excited to announce the return of Camp Heat! Campers will partake in a thrilling 5-day fun-filled experience of Fire/EMS simulations, classes, training, and mentoring. They will have the chance to interact and connect with other firefighters and campers while performing typical job-related tasks. For more information and to apply today visit: t.ly/aC34

#Heroism comes in many forms: On February 11, Deputy Chief Randall Shank of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue helped save t...
03/03/2021

#Heroism comes in many forms:

On February 11, Deputy Chief Randall Shank of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue helped save the life of a man in Arlington County without even leaving Leesburg. The patient had critical traumatic injuries that resulted in significant blood loss. Our paramedics quickly transfused the patient with whole blood, stabilizing him during transport to a local trauma center. The whole blood used was donated a week earlier by Chief Shank at a blood drive in Leesburg. To date, this is the 5th unit use of whole blood in the region and the first time a firefighter’s donation has had a direct impact on saving a life. Are you ready to do the same? Sign up to donate today with
Inova Blood Donor Services or contact them at 1-866-BLOODSAVES. #wholebloodbrigade

We are very happy to report that Penny the puppy has found a new home! Great job to our recruits and academy staff for t...
02/24/2021

We are very happy to report that Penny the puppy has found a new home! Great job to our recruits and academy staff for taking care of the pup until the Animal Welfare League of Arlington came to the rescue.

The units from Station 9C ran a three vehicle accident early this morning on 395NB. Upon arrival, they discovered a trap...
02/23/2021

The units from Station 9C ran a three vehicle accident early this morning on 395NB. Upon arrival, they discovered a trapped patient who was quickly extricated. Two patients were treated and transported with non-life threatening injuries.

02/18/2021

It has been a busy morning for crews running all sorts of weather ❄️ related emergencies! That has not stopped them from making sure the sidewalks around the station are shoveled and safe. #StayHome and off the roads if possible!

Retired Captain II Thomas Shamblin receiving his retirement shadow box from Assistant Chief Reshetar! Captain Shamblin r...
02/16/2021

Retired Captain II Thomas Shamblin receiving his retirement shadow box from Assistant Chief Reshetar! Captain Shamblin retired on January 7th, 2020 after serving the citizens of Arlington County for 33+ years! Thank you for your service and we hope retirement continues to treat you well. #ACFD #retirement #captain #fire #EMS

Retired Captain II Thomas Shamblin receiving his retirement shadow box from Assistant Chief Reshetar! Captain Shamblin retired on January 7th, 2020 after serving the citizens of Arlington County for 33+ years! Thank you for your service and we hope retirement continues to treat you well. #ACFD #retirement #captain #fire #EMS

We are pleased to announce the following promotions, effective March 14, 2021:Battalion Chief Matt CobbCaptain II Justin...
02/15/2021

We are pleased to announce the following promotions, effective March 14, 2021:

Battalion Chief Matt Cobb
Captain II Justin Scott (not pictured)
Captain II Win Slauch
Captain I Anne Slabinski
Captain I Ned Waterfall
Lieutenant Chris Kamienski
Lieutenant Terry Owens

February is #BlackHistoryMonth, and today we are highlighting the Halls Hill Vol. Fire Department, now Fire Station 8 in...
02/10/2021

February is #BlackHistoryMonth, and today we are highlighting the Halls Hill Vol. Fire Department, now Fire Station 8 in north Arlington. During segregation, it was the only station staffed by African Americans in
Arlington County Virginia before converting to an ACFD station in the 1950s. Here's a link for more information about this great legacy in our county's history: https://library.arlingtonva.us/2015/08/04/legacy-halls-hill-vfd-and-station-no-8/

The smoke you might have noticed in the Shirlington area today was from our current recruit class #RC79 getting their fi...
02/09/2021

The smoke you might have noticed in the Shirlington area today was from our current recruit class #RC79 getting their first live fire experience during flashover training

CERT is now being offered in Spanish!  Check out Ready Arlington's post below for more information.
02/06/2021

CERT is now being offered in Spanish! Check out Ready Arlington's post below for more information.

Curso: Equipo Comunitario de Respuesta ante Emergencias “CERT” de Arlington

Inscripción: emergency.arlingtonva.us/cert (clic Translate, selecciona Spanish) o al WhatsApp: 571-572-9383.

✔️ Aprende técnicas de respuestas ante desastres
✔️ Socorre emergencias médicas
✔️ Prevé y extingue incendios
✔️ Salva vida en situaciones donde la seguridad, las personas y el ambiente están en peligro

#ArlCERT #preparate #emergencias #voluntarios

GRATIS. Patrocinado por @ready.arlington y @arlingtonvacert un programa del Dpto. de Comunicaciones de Seguridad Pública y Manejo de Emergencias (PSCEM).

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Hey ACFD, I’m missing the fire elf this year. Where’d that little fella go?
proud to have been an employee enjoyed every minute of it
Just a short out of thanks from this Arlington resident to all of you working on front lines during the Covid-19 crisis! The work you do, at such personal risk, is invaluable. Please know I'm mostly staying home, practicing good physical distance when I get out for just a little air & sunshine, and washing, washing, washing my hands!
Thomas Fleenor is a Paramedic and Volunteer Firefighter. He is doing his Individual Research Project for King University. It is a Study on Burnout in First Responders. Would you please take a few minutes and fill out the survey and share with any Firefighter, EMS and Police officers. Thank you for your participation. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNZGC2WZ2RPsGhfNXg2I0Or48OYXCZhOchADDr2qsW_RDFCA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Thank you to the Arlington Fire Department Station 5 for giving us a tour last tuesday. Special thanks to Stacey who took the time to show 2 year old Ari how stuff works and all the firetrucks and other rescue vehicles. Ari loved it !
Thank you to the Arlington Fire Department Station 5 for giving us a tour last tuesday. Special thanks to Stacey who took the time to show 2 year old Ari how stuff works and all the firetrucks and other rescue vehicles. Ari loved it !
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The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 left 343 New York firefighters dead. Retired FDNY Lieutenant James J. O’Donnell survived that horrific day but attended over 150 memorial services for those that passed. Now, he shares the lives of 10 heroes who perished in the attacks, as told by their parents in “Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith.” “The crashing of two planes into the Twin Towers not only dismantled the buildings but hundreds of families as well. Mothers and fathers were left in the rubble of these attacks, searching for husbands, brothers and sons. Some of them never received answers nor recovered the bodies,” O’Donnell said. “The parents’ spiritual and emotional journeys can serve as an example of faith rising over despair.” “Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith” serves as a memorial to the lives and careers of 10 first responders who perished on 9/11. O’Donnell presents a unique and personal look at how the parents of these heroes were consoled by the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the role that they played in helping them manage their grief in the aftermath of a national tragedy. In their own words, these faithful families share their sons' bravery and sacrifice so that it will never be forgotten. These parents not only recount the lives of their children but their own road to healing. O’Donnell takes a special look at the role faith played in the lives of those that perished and their families. “Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith is meant to help readers understand the stress, hardship and sometimes devastation that parents and families of first responders face,” O’Donnell said. “I also hope that readers realize the efforts and sacrifices of the FDNY and their families. Not only on that day but in the ensuing months and years.” Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press.
Former ACFD firefighter, Tim Keen, has been named Fire Chief of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue.