City of Fairfax Fire Department

City of Fairfax Fire Department An accredited and ISO Class 1 rating fire department serving the City of Fairfax, Virginia.
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The City of Fairfax Fire Department, cooperatively with the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, provides primary fire protection and emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of the City of Fairfax, George Mason University's Fairfax Campus, and certain areas of Fairfax County immediately surrounding the City limits.

Mission: Save lives, preserve property and the environment, and ensure the health and safety of ourselves and the community.

Operating as usual

It was merely a few hours that we were able to have all three of our #RescueEngines together. Our new rescue engine was ...
09/01/2020

It was merely a few hours that we were able to have all three of our #RescueEngines together. Our new rescue engine was picked up on Saturday afternoon and we said goodbye to our third rescue engine as it drove off to its new home, Lick Hill Fire Hall.

The first photo was taken at Fire Station 33 (under construction) and the second at Fairfax High School. At Station 33, from L to R, 2004, 2012, and 2020. At the high school they are reversed.

Our new rescue engine is a Pierce Velocity PUC Pumper.

Pierce Mfg Atlantic Emergency Solutions LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects Whitener & Jackson, Inc. City of Fairfax Government City of Fairfax Schools

Congratulations to Steve "Higgy" Higginbotham on his 20 (almost 21) years with the City of Fairfax Fire Department Offic...
08/31/2020

Congratulations to Steve "Higgy" Higginbotham on his 20 (almost 21) years with the City of Fairfax Fire Department Office of Code Administration. While Higgy's title may be Senior Inspector, he is most well known for his public education activities. Higgy is "the guy"... We always here things like: Higgy is the guy who came to my son's school, Higgy is the guy that gave us the station tour, Higgy is the guy who was at the puppet show.

Congratulations Higgy! Enjoy your retirement, thank you for your service, and I'm sure we will see you around! (p.s. on a personal note: now who is going to tell the kids on station tours that I'm the most important person in the fire department because I make sure you all get paid? I feel my status downgrading as I type!). LOL

City of Fairfax Government #RetirementCongrats #Congratulations #Higgy #puppeteer #theguy #RetirementRocks #ThankYou

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
08/29/2020

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Do you know who to call?

📱 2-1-1
24/7, statewide trained professionals who listen to your situation and offer sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. Visit www.211virginia.org for more information.

📱 3-1-1
In select localities throughout the Commonwealth, 3-1-1 connects callers to their local government, non-emergency, citizen services including information, services, key contacts and programs.

📱 5-1-1
“Know Before You Go” offers real-time traffic information throughout the Commonwealth. Anytime you need it, anywhere you are. For more information, visit www.511virginia.org.

📱 7-1-1
A 24/7 free public service, Virginia Relay enables people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, sign language users, Spanish-speaking users or those have difficulty speaking to communicate with standard telephone users. The conversation is relayed between the two by a specially trained Virginia Relay Communication Assistant (CA).

📱 8-1-1
"Call Before You Dig - It's the Law" is a free Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners and those planning any kind of excavation or digging. When recovering from a disaster, an individual or business may plan to excavate. Before any digging, call 8-1-1, where participating utilities will locate and mark their underground facilities and lines in advance to prevent a possible injury, damage or monetary fine.

📱 9-1-1
For emergencies only, including fire, medical, reporting accidents, crimes in progress and suspicious individuals or events. 9-1-1 is not to be used for traffic or weather updates and information request, please keep the lines clear for those seeking emergency support.

#GetReadyVa #HurricaneSeason2020 #HurricanePrep #Laura

Assistant Fire Marshal Murry being sworn in. Congratulations on your promotion!
08/25/2020

Assistant Fire Marshal Murry being sworn in. Congratulations on your promotion!

A huge thank you for the generosity of Giant Food (9400 Fairfax Boulevard) at Scout on the Circle for their donation to ...
08/21/2020

A huge thank you for the generosity of Giant Food (9400 Fairfax Boulevard) at Scout on the Circle for their donation to our fire department. We wish you the best of luck at your grand opening today, the store looks amazing! City of Fairfax Government #giantfood #thankyou #alwaysready

George Mason University Police Department
08/20/2020

George Mason University Police Department

Mason Police and the City of Fairfax Fire Department conducted training on an active violence incident with fire. The training is a combined response between the fire fighters and police officers.

George Mason University
City of Fairfax Government
Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department
Elkhart Brass
High Threat Response

Every morning at the start of their 24 hour shift, your City of Fairfax Firefighters and Paramedics conduct a comprehens...
08/18/2020

Every morning at the start of their 24 hour shift, your City of Fairfax Firefighters and Paramedics conduct a comprehensive check of the apparatus and equipment. This ensures everything is accounted for, working properly, and ready for the next emergency. It's important that the equipment, just like the men and women who staff it, are ready to respond when you call - anytime, day or night. #beprepared #amchecks #readytogo City of Fairfax Government

City of Fairfax Government
08/18/2020

City of Fairfax Government

VDEM Monitoring Heavy Rain & Flooding Across the Commonwealth
08/16/2020
VDEM Monitoring Heavy Rain & Flooding Across the Commonwealth

VDEM Monitoring Heavy Rain & Flooding Across the Commonwealth

August 15, 2020 by Nathan RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is currently monitoring the ongoing flooding across the Commonwealth and remains in communication with state and local officials that are responding to calls for service. As of Saturday afternoon, more tha...

Please stay safe and use caution. #TurnAroundDontDrown
08/13/2020

Please stay safe and use caution. #TurnAroundDontDrown

Another flash flood watch is in effect for today. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms with heavy rain will be possible.

American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region
08/12/2020

American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region

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It is with great pride that we share with you the department has received formal recognition from the American Heart Ass...
08/11/2020

It is with great pride that we share with you the department has received formal recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) for the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition – Gold Plus Award. This award and recognition is provided to prehospital agencies that achieve and/or exceed industry best practices for cardiac care over a period of two-years. This is a collective and cooperative effort with our regional cardiac centers to ensure that our residents are achieving the very best care possible in their time of need and improve the likelihood of a positive patient outcome. #AHA #AmericanHeartAssociation American Heart Association City of Fairfax Government American Heart Association - Greater Washington Region

Congratulations to Captain Brian Orndoff for receiving the Regional EMS Outstanding EMS Leadership award. Brian was prom...
08/09/2020

Congratulations to Captain Brian Orndoff for receiving the Regional EMS Outstanding EMS Leadership award.

Brian was promoted to the department's EMS Program Manager 2018. In less than two years, Brian has made tremendous improvements in the department's EMS program and community risk reduction efforts. He has led the department from no status with the AHA to Silver Status and most recently to Gold Status. He has proved instrumental in improving the department's continuing medical education (CME) program by making the training more realistic and interactive, all while reducing the overall costs of the program.

He has instituted monthly shift training requirements for the department which has overall increased the number of hours committed to shift EMS training. One of Brian's most difficult challenges as a new captain has been working with six ALS lieutenants to make them one cohesive unit for the department.

On top of his other responsibilities, he is responsible for EMS billing as well as our patient care reporting software and hardware. While he was evaluating “at-hospital” times for the medic units, there were several key opportunities for improvement identified. One of them was the hardware the department was using was inefficient and routinely having issues. Brian was able to work with Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax IT Departments to switch all Toughbook ePCR software to iPads instantaneously improving the “at-hospital” times.

Brian is the department’s infection control and HIPAA officer which requires him to be on-call, just about 24-7, 365. Brian is truly invested in developing future leaders of the organization and in 2019 was instrumental in revising and updating the department’s officer development program, the acting officer manual, and the ALS internship training program. He recognized a deficiency in the quality assurance and improvement program and immediately went to work to improve it. He developed a committee approach and instituted procedures for the group to review incidents and the associated reports. Brian is a huge advocate for technology and recently implemented new apps for EMS use such as CPR Pro and Handtevy. Brian routinely speaks with the department operational medical director (OMD) and reviews significant incidents with him along with procedures for the OMD to provide feedback on these incidents.

Brian has been proactive in organizing hands-only CPR and stop the bleed training for not only City of Fairfax employees but also started classes for city residents and business owners.

Congratulations Captian Orndoff, we are so proud of you.

City of Fairfax Government Northern Virginia EMS Council #EMS #EMSCaptain #AwardWinner #SoProud #Congratulations

Congratulations to Master Fire Medic Chris Myer for receiving the Regional Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Hea...
08/08/2020

Congratulations to Master Fire Medic Chris Myer for receiving the Regional Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety.

Chris is known throughout the department as a hardworking and intelligent fire medic. He always accepts new responsibilities with a positive attitude and a professional energy that that many find contagious. Chris has been a key member of multiple programs this year. He did a tremendous amount of work in researching and presenting to command staff the options for exhaust removal and atmospheric control of the bays. His work with this program will insure the department can provide a safer working environment for our employees. In the fire service the rise of cancer and the effects of exhaust is just now coming to forefront. The hard work and leadership of Master Fire Medic Myer has helped the department make informed decisions on best practices and has led to the installation of station exhaust capture systems as well as on apparatus inline exhaust capture. These systems make the department a healthier place to work for our members. He has had to brief this program at the shift level and to the administration to justify funding and set a path moving forward.

When Chris is not working to improve the effectiveness of our organization or the safety of our members he keeps busy running calls. In the last year Chris has worked hard to achieve the title of Master Fire Medic. He did so when he successfully completed the department’s rigorous requirements to become a move up medic officer. Chris continued to grow within the organization when he completed the departments move up tower officer program. His ability to operate as an officer on both the medic and tower provides the department with the mission critical flexibility we need to insure our operational readiness

Congratulations MFM Myer, we are so proud of you.

City of Fairfax Government Northern Virginia EMS Council #SoProud #Congratulations #CancerPrevention #FireStationSafety

Congratulations to Master Firefighter Josh McCuin for receiving the Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to E...
08/07/2020

Congratulations to Master Firefighter Josh McCuin for receiving the Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Master Firefighter Josh McCuin was hired in February 2007 and has been an outstanding performer from the moment he came to work for the City of Fairfax Fire Department. He is dedicated to improving the Department and exceeds the requirements for Outstanding Contributions to EMS preparedness and Response.

He serves on the department’s (unofficial) community outreach team. Taking time to visit Green Acres to interact and educate our senior community on the services of the fire department, fall prevention, and medication safety. Over the past couple months he has been working to obtain the funding to distribute pill containers and safety brochures through the city. The efforts he is taking in the area of community outreach require coordination of efforts through the EMS and Code Administration captains. It is a testament to Josh’s “can-do” attitude that we are making progress in this area.

Josh recognized another opportunity to improve the health and wellness of our city work force and provide a service to the community by stepping forward to teach the Hands Only CPR and Stop the Bleed. He was also an Emmy Award Winning actor for the city hall active of violence evacuation drill City of Fairfax Government.

Congratulations MFF McCuin, we are so proud to have you on our team.

City of Fairfax Government Northern Virginia EMS Council #EMSAwards #SoProud #Congratulations #publiceducation #publicsafety

Did you know? The City of Fairfax Fire Department is the regional expert on foam! Our department is one of the few who c...
08/07/2020

Did you know? The City of Fairfax Fire Department is the regional expert on foam! Our department is one of the few who can apply large quantities of foam to flammable liquid fires and spills. Here, the firefighters are utilizing some of our specialized nozzles to make foam. Your City of Fairfax firefighters train everyday for all types of emergencies! (Rainbows free of charge!)

City of Fairfax Government #FreeRainbows #FoamTraining #FireDepartmentTraining #DidYouKnow

Capital Weather Gang
08/04/2020

Capital Weather Gang

Wow...that was fast...storm pulling away from DC w/ brightening skies just after 11a Tuesday. Still raining hard in Baltimore but will taper there in about an hour. Storm is racing NNE at 35 mph.

What did you think of this storm? How much rain did you see? Did it underperform or overperform for you?

Latest update: https://wapo.st/30pm79C

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
08/04/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Here are the Key Messages regarding Tropical Storm Isaias, issued by NHC at 5 a.m. EDT Tuesday - www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
08/04/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

...ISAIAS REGAINS HURRICANE STRENGTH AND IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT WITH DANGEROUS WINDS AND STORM SURGE...
...STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL LIKELY FROM THE EASTERN CAROLINAS TO THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST TONIGHT AND TUESDAY...

--- A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North Carolina
--- A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Folly Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
* Oregon Inlet North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border
---- A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Cape Fear to Oregon Inlet North Carolina
--- A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina
* North of Surf City North Carolina to Stonington Maine
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
* Chesapeake Bay
* Tidal Potomac River
* Delaware Bay
* Long Island and Long Island Sound
* Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island
--- A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* North of Stonington to Eastport Maine

Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane
warning area in South and North Carolina this evening and tonight with tropical storm conditions spreading onshore in the next few hours. Widespread tropical-storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning area from coastal North Carolina to the mid-Atlantic states, including portions of the Chesapeake Bay region, tonight and Tuesday, with wind gusts to hurricane force possible. These winds could cause tree damage and power outages. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach southern New England Tuesday afternoon and northern New England Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded b rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water coul reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
- South Santee River SC to Cape Fear NC...3-5 ft
- Folly Beach SC to South Santee River SC...2-4 ft
- Cape Fear NC to the North Carolina/Virginia border including Pamlico Sound, Albemarle Sound, Neuse and Pamlico Rivers...2-4 ft
- Savannah River to Folly Beach SC...1-3 ft
- North of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Martha's Vineyard including the Chesapeake Bay, the Tidal Potomac River, Delaware Bay, Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard Sound...1-3 ft

At 8 p.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was located about 60 miles (100 km) east of Charleson, SC, and about 60 miles (100 km) south of Myrtle Beach, SC. It's moving toward the north-northeast near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion accompanied by a gradual increase in forward
speed is expected through tonight followed by a further increase in the forward speed on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will approach the coasts of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina within the hurricane warning area during the next few hours. The center will then move inland across eastern North Carolina early Tuesday morning, move along the coast of the
mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday, and continue across the northeastern United States Tuesday night.

Data from NOAA Doppler weather radars and the Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (40 km) from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center. NOAA buoy 41004 recently reported sustained winds of 60 mph (96 km/h), and a Weatherflow station at Winyah Bay, South Carolina recently reported sustained winds of 61 mph (98 km/h) and a wind gust of 69 mph (111 km/h). Some additional strengthening is possible before landfall. After landfall, only gradual weakening is anticipated after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the U.S. mid-Atlantic region tonight and Tuesday.

Heavy rainfall along the East Coast, near the path of Isaias, will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Wednesday. Widespread minor to moderate river flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic. Quick-responding rivers in Northeast will also be susceptible to minor river flooding.

A few tornadoes will be possible near northeastern South
Carolina coastal areas by early this evening, before spreading
across eastern North Carolina tonight into Tuesday morning. A couple of tornadoes will be possible on Tuesday from eastern Virginia northeastward into southern New England.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 11 p.m. EDT - www.hurricanes.gov

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