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Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton VFD responds to Town House Fire

Contributed by Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department Woodbridge, VA April 13, 2014 10:06 a.m. – Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire at 3511 Covered Bridge Ln.  Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported smoke showing from the roof.   Upon entry firefighters encountered significant fire consuming part of the second floor and the entire attic. The fire was under control in less than …

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Remote Control Cool

Contributed by Firehouse Foodie I recently participated in a training exercise for first responders, not as a provider but as a mock victim. I was made up in moulage that consisted of red food coloring, water and corn syrup. Others participating were made up with shards of plastic molded into clay, and painted to look as flesh wounds, and other …

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National Window Safety Week

Contributed by Prince William Fire & Rescue April 7 – 11, 2014 Spring has sprung and as the weather becomes warmer, individuals are turning off their heat, placing screens in their doors and windows welcoming the season’s fresh air and cool breezes. During this time of the year, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (www.pwcgov.org/fire) would like to …

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City Employee Named Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional Award

Contributed by the City of Manassas City of Manassas, VA . . . Amelia Gagnon, Emergency Management Planner for the City of Manassas, has been named Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional for 2014 by the Virginia Emergency Management Association. The award recognizes an emergency management professional who at the time of the annual VEMA conference has served 24 months or less in their position …

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Ice Recreation – Area Waters Unsafe for Play

From the Office of Coles Supervisor Martin Nohe Although an attractive place to play, frozen ponds, lakes, rivers and streams present unusual risks to everyone, including the rescuers challenged with attempting to rescue them. The climatology in this area of the country rarely produces ice of the quality and thickness necessary for safe outdoor recreation. And there are also other unseen …

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Two City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Personnel Named Chief Fire Officers

Contributed by Manassas Fire and Rescue City of Manassas, VA . . . Two City of Manassas Fire and Rescue employees have earned the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Battalion Chief Todd Lupton and Fire Marshal and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Teevan were unanimously awarded this designation by the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) because of their …

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Save the date: March 11 is the Statewide Tornado Drill

From the Office of Coles Supervisor Martin Nohe Registration is now open for the March 11 Statewide Tornado Drill. Businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals can practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in this annual safety exercise, set for 9:45 a.m. During the past three years, 67 twisters struck Virginia. April 2011 was particularly dangerous …

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Eagle Rock Court Fire Incident

Contributed by Prince William County On Monday, January 27th at approximately 5:00 p.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire located in the 3600 block of Eagle Rock Court in Lake Ridge. Upon arriving on the scene, firefighters observed the fire had quickly spread from the basement of the home to the first floor. A second alarm …

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Fire and Rescue Practices Ice Rescue Techniques in Frigid Water

Contributed by Prince William County Prince William County’s Swift Water and Flood Rescue Team has a message for people in the community: stay off the ice because all ice in the area is dangerous. Team members from Prince William Department of Fire and Rescue stations 517 and 507 recently went to Lake Montclair on a frigid Tuesday morning to practice …

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Fire and Rescue Recruit School Graduation

Contributed by the Department of Fire and Rescue On Friday, January 24th at 10:00 a.m., the Department of Fire and Rescue will hold a graduation ceremony for Recruit Class 2013-2. The ceremony will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. Battalion Chief Jennie Collins will preside over the ceremony. Class 2013-2 consists of 29 Fire and Rescue …

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