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.

Five years ago, many members from Firehouse 21 were preparing for deployment to assist with the earthquake in Nepal.
04/26/2020

Five years ago, many members from Firehouse 21 were preparing for deployment to assist with the earthquake in Nepal.

Five years ago today, a M7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Within hours, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to lead the U.S. Government’s 🇺🇸 response, provide critical humanitarian assistance, and search for survivors. As we remember all who were affected, take a look back at how our response saved lives:

🔹 USAID - US Agency for International Development airlifted 324 tons of plastic sheeting to provide emergency shelter, plus enough emergency medical supplies to help 40,000 people
🔹Urban search and rescue teams from Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue & Los Angeles County Fire Department searched an area of more than 15 square miles and saved the lives of two people trapped in rubble
🔹 The U.S. military - U.S. Indo-Pacific Command - delivered >114 tons of emergency relief supplies + transported more than 530 humanitarian personnel, to hard-to-reach villages.

In the years since, USAID supported recovery efforts and resumed our decades-long work with Nepalese communities to reduce the impact of future disasters. Today we remain committed to supporting Nepal on it's Journey to Self-Reliance.

Earlier this morning, Rescue Squad 421 was dispatched for an auto accident with entrapment on Route 123 over Interstate ...
04/23/2020

Earlier this morning, Rescue Squad 421 was dispatched for an auto accident with entrapment on Route 123 over Interstate 66. Engine 434, Oakton, and Truck 430, Merrifield, arrived on scene and confirmed one patient trapped. Rescue Squad 421 arrived and removed the driver’s side to free the driver. The driver, single occupant, was transported to a local trauma center with critical non life threatening injuries. Battalion 443, Fairfax City, held command.

Early morning extrication for 3rd Battalion units. Rescue Squad, Engine, Medic 21 and Battalion Chief 3 responded from F...
04/21/2020

Early morning extrication for 3rd Battalion units. Rescue Squad, Engine, Medic 21 and Battalion Chief 3 responded from Firehouse 21.

This morning at 12:05 a.m., units were dispatched to Route 50 / Centreville Rd for a crash involving three vehicles with significant damage. One car on its roof with one patient trapped inside. Second patient was trapped in a separate car. Both extricated simultaneously. Three transported to hospital- one minor and two with significant, non-life-threatening injuries. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty #news

Several members of Firehouse 21 were part of the USAR deployment. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, our br...
04/19/2020

Several members of Firehouse 21 were part of the USAR deployment. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, our brothers from Oklahoma, and everyone effected by this tragic day!

25 years ago today, at 9:02 am, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma was rocked by an act of domestic terrorism. All of City of Oklahoma City - Government, Oklahoma City Fire Department, and Oklahoma City Police Department immediately responded to the scene.

As the entire country followed, FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency sent VA-TF1 along with many other teams from the National US&R Response System system.

Today as then, though we are apart we all stand together.

#NeverForget

We would like to thank Nothing Bundt Cakes for dropping some sweet treats off today at Fairfax Firehouse 21! Thank you s...
04/04/2020

We would like to thank Nothing Bundt Cakes for dropping some sweet treats off today at Fairfax Firehouse 21! Thank you so much!

We look forward to seeing all the various groups that typically stop by Firehouse 21 after concerns regarding virus spre...
03/27/2020

We look forward to seeing all the various groups that typically stop by Firehouse 21 after concerns regarding virus spread calm down!

FCFRD Fire Stations Closed To Public

In order to protect the health of our firefighters and medics, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is closing all fire stations to the public, effective Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m. These closures are in coordination with Fairfax County government’s decision to close county government buildings to the public.

Notices will be posted to the front door of each station directing visitors to call the station for any inquiries. Exceptions will be made for any emergency that would require members of the public to enter the station for treatment. We will miss interacting with our communities at our fire stations but feel this is a necessary step to ensure our personnel stay healthy and able to serve the residents of Fairfax County.

#FCFRD #FairfaxCounty #FFXCOVID

03/26/2020
Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics
03/23/2020

Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR COMMUNITIES ***

Please help us help you! Unless it is a case of severe difficulty breathing or illness: there is very little, if anything we can do as far as treatment for flu symptoms. We also have NO way to determine what kind of virus someone might have.

If you are feeling sick, please do not visit a fire station for evaluation. Please utilize the 911 system only in the event of severe difficulty breathing or illness if it is flu related.

Emergency rooms will not see you faster just because you are brought in by an ambulance.

There are numerous first responders across the nation who have been quarantined due to exposures to COVID-19. As we try to maintain our current levels of staffing for fire and EMS responses we cannot afford to have firefighters unable to work.

If our citizens utilize the 911 system in an informed and responsible manner, our members can remain on fire engines and ambulances where they can do the most good and continue to protect our communities.

Fairfax County Government
03/21/2020

Fairfax County Government

A summary of recent news about COVID-19 for March 20, 2020:

LATEST DATA
☑️ March 20 New Positive Cases: 0 (as of noon)
☑️ Total Positive Cases: 16
(Health District includes Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church and towns within the county)

RECENT HEADLINES
➡️ Fairfax County Health Department Announces Positive Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Involving Church in Bailey’s Crossroads
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/health-department-announces-positive-case-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-involving-church-in-baileys-crossroads/

➡️ Mental Health — Take Care Both Physically and Emotionally During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/mental-health-take-care-both-physically-and-emotionally-during-coronavirus-covid-19/

➡️ Neighbor 2 Neighbor Program: Another Way to Help Out in Your Community
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/neighbor-2-neighbor-program-another-way-to-help-out-in-your-community/

➡️ Health Director and County Executive Provide Updates About Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Special Edition of Connect with County Leaders
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/health-director-and-county-executive-provide-updates-about-coronavirus-covid-19-on-special-edition-of-connect-with-county-leaders/

➡️ Park (Indoor), Library and Other Community Facilities to Remain Closed Until Further Notice
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/park-indoor-library-and-other-community-facilities-to-remain-closed-until-further-notice/

➡️ How to Support Local Businesses During COVID-19
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/how-to-support-local-businesses-during-covid-19/

➡️ Tools for Local Business Leaders to Navigate COVID-19; Webinar Set for March 23
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/tools-for-local-business-leaders-to-navigate-covid-19-webinar-set-for-march-23/

➡️ Ways to Volunteer During COVID-19
https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/ways-to-volunteer-during-covid-19/

Full update to share: https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/20/march-20-coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update/

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.

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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! 🍻
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