Saturday, April 6, 2013
Take a look back at this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
Each week, Patch brings you the top headlines from the Route 1 corridor. Huntley Meadows Park Wetlands Restoration Begins April 17 The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin restoring the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park on April 17, after more than 20 years of site monitoring and project planning. The $3 million reconstruction project is funded by the Fairfax County Park bond and some grants, said Park Manager Kevin Munroe. The hemi-marsh consists of 50 percent open water and 50 percent vegetated water. During the 1980s, silt and debris that got into the park due to redevelopment projects in the area reduced the water depth and wildlife, Munroe explained. Mount Vernon Commercial Building Fire Deemed Accidental The fire that broke out …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Firefighters observed fire coming from the roof of a home when they arrived on scene.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a report of a house fire around 7:35 p.m. Monday in the 3000 block of Marl Pat Drive. The department arrived on scene around 7:41 p.m., according to the Fire and Rescue Public Information Office. When firefighters arrived on scene, they observed fire coming from the roof of the home. The fire department determined that the fire started in the washing machine area, and the fire briefly rekindled at about 8:26 p.m. when the machine fell over, according to the public information office. Firefighters were able to stabilize the situation at about 8:28 p.m., and no injuries were reported. The public information office said a citizen made the call and no one was in the home at the time of…
Thursday, February 14, 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…
Monday, January 21, 2013
Fire and rescue personnel were called to the scene of a residential fire Monday night.
UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: A male occupant of the home was reportedly displaced by the fire and accepted Red Cross assistance. --- Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews responded to a call about a fire at a Groveton residence on Monday evening. The fire was reported on the 3200 block of Clayborne Avenue Monday around 7:45 p.m. According to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Captain William Moreland, crews arrived on the scene to find a “heavy fire” displaying from the structure. “They used an aggressive exterior tack to fight the fire from the outside,” Moreland said. No one was home at the time, and no one was injured, according to Moreland. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Fairfax County firefighters and local sponsors donate clothes and toys to school children.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department along with local sponsors distributed toys and necessities to school children in the county Tuesday. Patch stopped by Tuesday at the donation ceremony, where participants and organizers were gathered at Penn Daw Station 11 at 6624 Hulvey Terrace off of Richmond Highway. Because of donations and support from businesses and civic organizations including Operation Warm/Coats for Kids, PROMAX Realtors, Apple Federal Credit Union, Nationwide Creditors, the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner and Service Employees International Union-512, firefighters were able to donate thousands of toys and coats to local kids. Coldwell Banker also donated $1,000 to the cause and members of the Redskins cheerleading squad…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
A family of four was displaced. Fire may have started outside the home.
(UPDATE 4:35 p.m.): Firefighters say the fire that engulfed a home on Fielding Street in Mount Vernon Thursday afternoon may have started outside. "I don't want to speculate, but it was around the time school buses were dropping kids off and parents weren't around," said Andrew Duke, deputy chief, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. "A bystander on a cell phone called and said that a fire started outside the building and then spread to the inside," Duke told Patch. Fire investigators are on the scene. The two adults and two children are being helped by the Red Cross to find shelter. "That fire was huge," said neighbor Alan Smolins. "Luckily the siding of my house was not damaged." Firefighters had the fire under control within about 4 to 5 …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The restaurant's ventilation system suffered minimal damage.
A fire broke out at Jerry's Subs and Pizza on Richmond Highway on Thursday afternoon. The small fire broke out in the ventilation system, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Capt. Keith Ludeman said. According to Ludeman, firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly and the ventilation system and restaurant sustained minimal damage. A Jerry's Subs employee told Patch the restaurant will remain open for business Thursday.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Technician Robert E. Pickel, Jr. and Lieutenant Thomas L. Flint, III received the Silver Medal of Valor at Wednesday's 2012 Valor Awards
Technician Robert E. Pickel, Jr. and Lieutenant Thomas L. Flint, III, responded with the rest of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue 411 to the flooding in lower Huntington on Sept. 8, 2011, and rescued two women attempting to evacuate on Arlington Terrace. One woman was eight months pregnant, and the other had a two-week-old newborn with her. Pickel placed the baby in a car seat as the group waded through the moving water. Before they could get out of the water, the water surged; Flint and the two women were swept off their feet. "As one of the females was being washed past, [Flint] was able to grab her and have her hold on to the sign," a program accompanying the event read. "As the other female came past, Lieutenant Flint used his legs to …
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 …