Fairfax Firehouse 21

Fairfax Firehouse 21 We are a world-class firehouse located within the Fair Oaks neighborhood of Fairfax County.
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We staff an Engine Company, Medic Unit, Heavy Technical Rescue Company 24/7/365. Many of our members are also on Virginia Task Force 1, an elite Federal Search and Rescue Team that routinely responds to disasters both domestically and internationally.

We are glad our brothers and sisters are all ok. Remember the move over laws! We use the large fire apparatus to block a...
01/18/2020

We are glad our brothers and sisters are all ok. Remember the move over laws! We use the large fire apparatus to block and protect the vehicles involved in a crash and US!

Everyone has seen the roadside signs that state "bridges freeze before roads". The science behind that explains bridges have no ground under them to act as an insulator, therefore the road surfaces paved on top of them are subject to freeze before road surfaces on regular ground. When we combine bridges with automobiles, rain, and temperatures at or around 32°F, things can get a little wild.
At 6:29 this morning January 18, 2020 Henrico Engine 1, Engine 21, and Fire Medic 1 were dispatched to interstate 295 northbound in the area of the interstate 95 interchange for a motor vehicle wreck. Engine 1 arrived on scene to find Hanover County Engine 406 already on scene as they were dispatched to the same call. Engine 1 took a position behind Engine 406 to help protect the area for the firefighters that were operating on scene. Engine 1's crew exited the rig and were headed to assist Hanover 406's crew when they heard a loud crash behind them. They turned to see that a vehicle had made impact at the back corner of Engine 1 with enough force to move the rig forward about three feet. The crew went to assess and help the driver of the vehicle that made impact. The driver was triaged as a yellow patient and was transported to the hospital by Fire Medic 1. Engine 21 arrived during this time and took a blocking position behind Engine 1 to protect the new scene. Two more minor collisions happened behind Engine 21 during the whole incident. None of the crews operating on the scene were injured, and Engine 1 did a phenomenal job protecting the scene.
A combination of rain, freezing temperatures, a vehicle traveling at highway speed, and slippery conditions on the bridge over the Chickahominy Swamp definitely played a role in all of these incidents. We can't stress enough for drivers to MOVE OVER, and SLOW DOWN. The shoulders/medians are full of disabled vehicles and emergency, or recovery vehicles these days. This is why you may see fire engines blocking entire lanes on interstate calls. The incidents are sometimes minor in nature, but we need these rigs to protect US. It's crystal clear that without Engine 1 on scene this morning, the crews of Henrico Engine 1 and Hanover Engine 406 may have suffered another devastating blow just a little over a year since the incident on the same highway involving Hanover Engine 406 that took the life of our friend Lt. Brad Clark.
Long story short - slow down for weather and don't get distracted. Slow down for US. If you see blinking lights of ANY color, SLOW DOWN, and MOVE OVER. We want to be there for people that need us, but we all want to make it home to our families at the end of our shifts as well.
As for the vehicle that struck the engine, we don't know how it happened. We don't know what lane the vehicle was in before it struck Engine 1. The only thing we know is that the bridge located a little way behind the engine was slick. Please keep that in mind when looking to blame someone for the incident. We don't know all the facts, and we're of course wishing a speedy recovery to the driver.

Sidenote: Engine 1 is at the shop now, and we're awaiting word on the extent of the damage to the unit. We'll make another post as we find out more information.

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Our prayers are with our brothers and sisters City of Fairfax Police Department! Please keep all the Officers in your pr...
01/01/2020

Our prayers are with our brothers and sisters City of Fairfax Police Department! Please keep all the Officers in your prayers during this difficult time!

It is with great sadness that we mourn the unexpected loss of Sergeant George Moskowitz. Sgt Moskowitz suffered from a medical emergency while on duty yesterday. Sgt Moskowitz was an 8 year vet with our dept after he retired from a distinguished career with Fairfax County PD.

01/01/2020
A Shift’s entrapment yesterday afternoon. Strong work by all companies on scene!
12/03/2019

A Shift’s entrapment yesterday afternoon. Strong work by all companies on scene!

Around 3:30 pm, units were dispatched for auto crash w/entrapment on Fairfax County Pkwy and Braddock Rd. Units arrived to find 2 car crash with one driver trapped. Rescue Squad 421, Fair Oaks, quickly freed driver and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Recently, Firehouse 21’s kitchen table was upgraded. C Shift’s Chauffeurs, Johnathan MacQuilliam and Mike Kovach, custom...
12/01/2019

Recently, Firehouse 21’s kitchen table was upgraded. C Shift’s Chauffeurs, Johnathan MacQuilliam and Mike Kovach, custom built our new table. The frame work was welded and fabricated from scratch and the tabletop was carefully burned for a unique look. Traditionally, the kitchen table is the center piece for a firehouse and now we have an awesome table to be proud of! Thank you Johnathan and Mike!

Our thoughts and prayers are with our DCFD Brothers from E21 as they mourn the loss of one of their own.
10/28/2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with our DCFD Brothers from E21 as they mourn the loss of one of their own.

The officers and members of E22/T11 offer our deepest condolences & prayers to the family of Technician Alex Graham of Engine company 21, number 4 platoon. Technician Graham suffered a serious medical emergency at the training academy 10/24, he was quickly treated and transported and received excellent care and extensive surgery. Tragically he succumb to his injuries today. Our collective hearts are broken losing brother Graham.

Good luck to the Washington Nationals tonight from all of us at Firehouse 21!
10/27/2019

Good luck to the Washington Nationals tonight from all of us at Firehouse 21!

Yesterday was my official last day as Captain Burns, Station Commander of Firehouse 21 having been promoted to Battalion...
09/14/2019

Yesterday was my official last day as Captain Burns, Station Commander of Firehouse 21 having been promoted to Battalion Chief I am headed to a new area. Firehouse 21 welcomes the new Station Commander Tim Barb who will take over the great duties of commanding the best firehouse in the county.

Yesterday members from Firehouse 21/C participated in our monthly TROT CEU which  consisted of SABA air line management ...
09/11/2019

Yesterday members from Firehouse 21/C participated in our monthly TROT CEU which consisted of SABA air line management fundamentals. A little follow-the-tagline scenario that resulted in an air emergency gave members a chance to go back to basics.

Members from all four of the TROT stations across all three shifts conducted these drills over a three day period honing the basics.

Honor the fallen so we never forget the sacrifices.
09/11/2019

Honor the fallen so we never forget the sacrifices.

09/06/2019

Members of Firehouse 21 were out in support of the Fill the Boot campaign this past weekend. This event is not about the firefighters in Fairfax but all about the kids we work hard to help with muscular dystrophy. Occasionally we like to have some friendly competition with those around as noted by Technician Willis competing in the "who can spin the sign/boot the best". As long as it's about the kids, we don't care who wins in the long run.

If you believe dragons don't exist, guess again. Harry the Happy Dragon is very busy greeting people at our local Harris...
08/23/2019

If you believe dragons don't exist, guess again. Harry the Happy Dragon is very busy greeting people at our local Harris Teeter today. #firehouse21

The Rescue Company is topping the charts in the US.
08/13/2019

The Rescue Company is topping the charts in the US.

#FCFRD took part in the Firehouse.com run survey for 2018. 248 fire departments took part in survey, representing 45 states, and DC. We rank nationally in Top 50:
27th busiest department in total calls: 105,297
28th busiest fire station is (11 - Penn Daw): 12,027
8th busiest Haz Mat unit (HM440 -Fairfax Center): 671
33rd busiest Rescue Squad (R421 -Fair Oaks): 1,983
More: https://www.firehouse.com/run-surveys

#FairfaxCounty

Rescue 421 responded yesterday to this fire. The Rescue was heading to Reston Hospital when the call came in. Crews pref...
08/01/2019
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

Rescue 421 responded yesterday to this fire. The Rescue was heading to Reston Hospital when the call came in. Crews preformed initial searches and controlled utilities before being released by command.

Herndon House Fire Caused By Electrical Event In Ceiling Fan

On Tuesday, July 30, at approximately 4:59 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 600 block of Pemberton Court in the Town of Herndon.

Units arrived on the scene of two-story, single family home to find heavy fire showing from a rear enclosed deck.

More: https://ffxfirerescue.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/herndon-house-fire-caused-by-electrical-event-in-ceiling-fan/ #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

RIP brother Andy!
07/30/2019

RIP brother Andy!

The Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Program is deeply saddened to report the untimely death of Technician Andy Hubert (Ret.), a founding member of VA-TF1.

Andy worked for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department providing emergency response to the citizens and visitors of Fairfax County from 1981 to 2011. As a founding member of our program, Andy spent over 20 years expanding his reach to a global level deploying to many significant domestic and international emergencies. Andy’s history with us predates our formal establishment as a team when he deployed to the Spitak, Armenia earthquake in 1988.

After his 30 years of service with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Andy joined the FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team program and provided critical logistical support to many domestic emergencies. For the last six years Andy worked with the FEMA US&R Branch and was involved in every Branch response, including deploying as the Search and Rescue Group Supervisor for the 2016 Louisiana flooding, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate, 2018 hurricanes Lane, Olivia and Florence, and most recently Hurricane Barry.

Andy also provided extensive work as the Chair of the FEMA Logistics Working Group and during his direct FEMA employment worked on logistics items at an even higher level. As aptly stated by the FEMA US&R Branch Chief, Andy “leaves us with a legacy of continual dedication and service to both the System and those in need.”

Beyond work Andy was a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, golfer, and motorcyclist…above all Andy was a friend whose absence is greatly felt.

Stories, memories, or thoughts can be posted for the family:

https://www.fairfaxmemorialfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Andrew-John--Hubert?obId=5531662#/obituaryInfo

Donations in memory of Andy can be made to:

Fairfax County FIRST Foundation
PO Box 3806
Fairfax, VA 22038

or

The International Association of Fire Fighters:
https://my.iaff.org/give

Please keep Andy and his family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Last night’s accident with entrapment Rescue Squad 421 responded to.
07/24/2019

Last night’s accident with entrapment Rescue Squad 421 responded to.

Last night at 7:30 pm, Units from Station’s 38 (West Centreville), 21 (Fair Oaks), and 15 (Chantilly) A-Shift responded to a two-car crash with one driver trapped at the intersection of Stone Road and Braddock Road in Centreville. Rescue Squad 421 quickly extricated the driver. Two people transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Firefighter Mica Bland this morning in a tragic accident. Mica was one o...
07/16/2019

We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Firefighter Mica Bland this morning in a tragic accident. Mica was one of the A-Shifters at Firehouse 21 just a few years ago and was a member of the TROT Team. RIP brother.

Today we mourn the untimely loss of one of our own - an active (off-duty) #FCFRD member. Please keep his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts during this difficult time. (Details may be released in the future, according to the family’s wishes.) #RIP

07/08/2019

Turn around, don't drown! There are numerous water rescues happening right now in the region. Please people, stay home, your life is worth it.

Firehouse 21 would like to congratulate the Women's USA Soccer Team on their successful season. Well done ladies!
07/07/2019

Firehouse 21 would like to congratulate the Women's USA Soccer Team on their successful season. Well done ladies!

Firehouse 21 representing at the City of Fairfax 4th of July parade. For two years in a row we have had the highest stat...
07/04/2019

Firehouse 21 representing at the City of Fairfax 4th of July parade. For two years in a row we have had the highest station/shift participating and are keeping the traveling trophy. 21/C showing strength, unity, and family.

Don't be surprised when you hear our air horn behind you!
06/29/2019

Don't be surprised when you hear our air horn behind you!

06/26/2019
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

Firehouse 21 at it again. It's been a busy few weeks between fires and technical rescue events.

Fair Oaks House Fire Caused By Electrical Event

On Tuesday, June 25, at approximately 3:30 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department responded to a reported house fire in the 11600 block of Valley Road in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax County.

More: https://ffxfirerescue.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/fair-oaks-house-fire-caused-by-electrical-event/ #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

Congratulations to Lt. Mark Plunkett! Thank you for all your years of service to Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and ...
06/25/2019

Congratulations to Lt. Mark Plunkett! Thank you for all your years of service to Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue

The Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Program bids a fond farewell to Lieutenant Mark Plunkett after 25 years working for the Fire and Rescue Department and 21 with US&R.

After serving the citizens of Fairfax County and deploying around the globe, Mark retired as the site supervisor for our training facility where he was instrumental in its development and maintenance.

The US&R family wishes him the best of luck as he relocates west to enjoy his retirement.

R421 and M421 along with E440 on the auto accident with fire this past Saturday. Strong work A-Shift! #fairfaxfirehouse2...
06/24/2019

R421 and M421 along with E440 on the auto accident with fire this past Saturday. Strong work A-Shift! #fairfaxfirehouse21

Over the weekend, units responded to Fair Lakes Parkway at Autumn Woods Way in Fair Lakes area for a two-vehicle crash with fire. Crews arrived and quickly extinguished the fire. Thankfully, there were no injuries. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

Firehouse 21 at it again, this one today on C-Shift.
06/24/2019

Firehouse 21 at it again, this one today on C-Shift.

Units on scene of above grade rescue in the 3200 block of Laneview Place in Franklin Farm area. 7 year old stuck in tree approximately 40 feet up. Not injured. Crews just successfully brought him down. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

Members of Firehouse 21 deployed the Technical Rescue assets to assist units on Route 1 with this incident.
06/23/2019

Members of Firehouse 21 deployed the Technical Rescue assets to assist units on Route 1 with this incident.

Around 11 AM, units responded to 4400 block Groombridge Way, Mt Vernon, for car into a building. One minor injury transported to hospital. Technical Rescue crews assessed building structural integrity and shoring was built to safe building for structural engineer. #FCFRD

The troops for Firehouse 21 at it again. Strong work B-Shift.
06/19/2019

The troops for Firehouse 21 at it again. Strong work B-Shift.

On Sunday afternoon, #FCFRD Technical Rescue units assisted the City of Fairfax Fire Department with a person who had fallen from an upper part of a large tree to a lower part. Person had become stuck and was injured. Person rescued and transported with non-life-threatening injury. #FairfaxCounty

06/16/2019
Your Firehouse 21 crews hard at work.
06/15/2019

Your Firehouse 21 crews hard at work.

Earlier today #FCFRD assisted the City of Fairfax Fire Department with a patient having a medical emergency in a crane approx 150’ in the air. Crews were able to successfully lower and transport to an area hospital. #FairfaxCounty

Units from Battalion 3 were dispatched to the 11000 block of Timberline Dr in Oakton for the house fire at 1913 last nig...
06/02/2019

Units from Battalion 3 were dispatched to the 11000 block of Timberline Dr in Oakton for the house fire at 1913 last night. Units arrived to heavy fire throughout the garage and extending up to the 2nd floor. No occupants were home at the time of the fire and the original 911 calls came via multiple neighbors. E421 was the second due engine, stretching the first line inside. Rescue 421 was the first arriving special services completing searches throughout. BC403 arrived as the first command officer. Additional resources included a RIT 1 assignment plus two additional engines. A total of five hoselines were pulled and four were actively used to keep the fire in check and bring it under control quickly.

As many know I have accepted several challenges in my career that have put me at risk for public humiliation for the sak...
05/05/2019

As many know I have accepted several challenges in my career that have put me at risk for public humiliation for the sake of a good cause. This one rings true to my heart and I would do anything for Ava and her family. Firehouse 21 collected a few dollars in a competition against Firehouse 40 with a pie in the face on the line. When the money shakes out we will see who won but I don't care, I accept whatever fate for this young lady who is a cancer survivor and for this great cause, Hopecam. Congrats Team Ava.

PS. Notice who brings a firetruck to the party.

PPS. Thanks to the troops at Firehouse 21 for supporting this mission with me.

B-Shift TROT drill at Great Falls Park this week. Great drill, lots of practical application of skillsets.
04/27/2019

B-Shift TROT drill at Great Falls Park this week. Great drill, lots of practical application of skillsets.

Yesterday, the #FCFRD Technical Rescue, Swift Water Team conducted swift water training at Great Falls Park . Boat Operations and Rescue Swimming were the focus of the training. Residents remember swimming/wading are strictly prohibited at the park! River currents are dangerous. We don't want to put our training to real life use! #FairfaxCounty

Happy Easter from the families of Firehouse 21!
04/21/2019

Happy Easter from the families of Firehouse 21!

R421-B getting some tool work in Reston yesterday. Strong work Bros.
03/30/2019

R421-B getting some tool work in Reston yesterday. Strong work Bros.

Yesterday, units responded to a car crash on Lawyers Road and Pegasus Lane in Reston area. Crews arrived to find two people trapped. Units were able to quickly work to free them. Both transported to area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

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Shout out to 21/A-Shift! Thank you so much for taking such great care of my Mom in her time of need. You all rock! Love you all! 🍻
Throwback Thursday. FF Richard Yuras 21-C.