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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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Winter Weather Advice and Contact Information

From the Office of Martin Nohe, Coles District Supervisor As you are probably aware, portions of Virginia including the Northern Virginia area are expecting periods of heavy snow and sustained winds today and into this evening.  While details of how the storm will affect our area are always uncertain, it looks like we may receive anywhere from 5 to 9 …

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Snow Removal and Winter Safety Tips

From the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue. In the instance of a fire, firefighters need to be able to quickly locate the fire hydrant, or lives and property could be lost. Fire Marshal’s Office urges all residents and community groups to do the following to help keep their neighbors safe during inclement weather: Make sure the hydrant …

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Frozen Pipes Displace Residents of Senior Housing Complex

Contributed by PWC Department of Fire & Rescue On Saturday, January 4th, at approximately 12:30 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a fire alarm sounding at the River Run Apartments, 13910 Hedgewood Drive in Woodbridge. Units arrived on the scene to find a broken sprinkler pipe that caused significant water damage to multiple floors in one wing of the …

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Are Your Kids Safe in Your Car?

Contributed by Prince William County Last year, the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue checked 1,452 car seats and found that about 80 percent of them were installed incorrectly. “Out of 1,452 only 300 and change were right,” said Bob Wall, a public education coordinator for the Department of Fire and Rescue. While it’s clear that people are …

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Candle Safety During the Holidays and Throughout the Year

Candles are a beautiful addition to any holiday decor, but if not properly used, they can be deadly. Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the winter holidays than any other time throughout the year. The top 3 holidays for candle fires (2006 – 2010) were Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with the month …

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Fire & Rescue Assist Toys for Tots Drive

The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue has begun collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. The toy collection began on November 22nd and will run through December 17, 2013. Please drop off toys to any Prince William County, City of Manassas Park and Manassas City fire station, Prince William County Public Safety …

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Christmas Trees Fires More Deadly Than Typical Home Fires

Contributed by Over the Fence Post It’s that time of the year when families are preparing for the Christmas Holiday. Vendors selling live trees are readily available throughout the county and many families have purchased and decorated their Christmas trees beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Although beautiful, live trees can be dangerous and downright deadly if not properly cared for …

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OWL VFD Urges You to be On Alert While Cooking this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving remains the leading day for cooking fires, with three times as many cooking fires as an average day. That’s according to statistics by the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, which also found that cooking equipment fires are still the leading cause of U.S. home fires and fire injuries, and the third leading cause of fire deaths. “On Thanksgiving day, …

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