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WELCOME TO THE FALLS CHURCH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

The mission of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department (FCVFD) is to aid in the preservation of life and property. This mission is completed in cooperation with the City of Falls Church government and the Arlington County Fire Department. Throughout the year, our volunteers participate and contribute to a myriad of functions related to the public safety of the citizens of the greater Falls Church community. We invite you to explore this site to learn more about our organization. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.

 
FCVFD NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS AND CALL REPORTS
 
LA106 RESPONDS TO 3RD ALARM APARTMENT FIRE IN ARLINGTON
Posted - Monday, January 6th, 2014
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Yesterday at approximately 9:30am, members of the FCVFD with Light and Air 106, along with other ACFD crews (including Engine 106 and Truck 106) responded to a 3rd alarm apartment fire on S. Greenbrier Street in Arlington. Crews encountered heavy fire and smoke on the 2nd floor of the complex. FCVFD members assisted crews on the scene to evacuate residents and with rehab and overhaul.

See the following coverage of the fire from USA9.

 
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MAKE A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TO SERVE - BECOME A VOLUNTEER - JOIN US!
Posted - Monday, December, 30th, 2013
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The Start off the New Year with a resolution to serve your community! Become a member of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department. The FCVFD is looking for dedicated individuals interested in becoming an operational or administrative member of our department. No experience is necessary. All training provided free. Make a difference - Volunteer today!

Please visit our Membership page to learn more....

 
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FCVFD ANNOUNCES SANTAMOBILE 2013
Posted - Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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Santamobile 2013 is sponsored by
Don Beyer Volvo and Beyer Kia

Each year the volunteers of the Falls Church Fire Department decorate the reserve pumper and escort Santa Claus through the streets of the Greater Falls Church area between 6:30 and 9:30 PM. The first five nights, December 15th through 19th, are dedicated to specific areas within the City of Falls Church proper, with the 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd reserved for make-up nights and excursions into neighboring Arlington and Fairfax Counties. The weather conditions make our schedule subject to change. Santa's helpers will be handing out candy canes and fire safety literature during Santa's rounds.

For More information, please visit the Santa page of our website.

For evening links to Santa Mobile "Santa-Tracker", please visit the FCVFD Facebook or Twitter page. Santa-Tracker will go live every evening at 6:00pm.

 
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SUPPORT THE FCVFD WHEN MAKING PURCHASES ON AMAZON
Posted - Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department

This holiday season consider supporting the FCVFD through Amazon Smile. Anytime you make a purchase on Amazon, visit this link and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase to the FCVFD. No additional costs or fees will be added to your purchase.

We hope you will use this link for your holiday shopping this year or share this with friends and family when they do the same.

We thank you for your continued support amd wish you Happy Holidays!

 
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FCVFD MEMBER AUTHORS IMPORTANT TRAINING TEXT FOR FIRE COMPANY OFFICERS
Posted - Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
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FCVFD Member Michael Ward, along with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recently completed the Third Edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice". This textbook teaches important skills to fire company officers and leaders of departments across the country. It includes The latest developments in crew resource management, fire fighter safety and health issues, fireground accountability and rapid intervention practices.

The FCVFD would like to congratulate Firefighter Ward on a job well done!

 

 
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CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS - CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES!
Posted - Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
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CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS - CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES - THIS WEEKEND!

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps.

 
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FIRESAFE VA - A NEW FIRE SAFETY MOBILE APPLICATION FROM VDFP
Posted - Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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The Virginia Department of Fire Programs is hoping to prevent fires with a simple device: an iphone. The department recently released its new fire safety app, FireSafe Family VA, for iphone, ipad, and android devices.

FireSafe Family VA includes fire safety games, push notifications for fire safety reminders, a customizable safety plan, custom home mapping for planning emergency situations, information on fires, and a safety meter that shows how your current readiness.

Visit - http://vdfp.virginia.gov/ for details or to download the app.

 
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JOIN US FOR THE 2013 FIRE STATION 6 OPEN HOUSE!
Posted - Sunday, September 15th, 2013
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Did you ever wonder what it's like to use a fire hose, sit in the driver's seat of a fire truck or have questions on how to protect your family from fire?

Join us at our annual Open House on Saturday, October 12 as we conclude Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12). Firefighters from the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department and the Arlington County Fire Department will conduct fire and emergency medical demonstrations, lead activities for those young and old, provide tours of our station, fire apparatus, tools, equipment and much more! There will also be invaluable fire safety and prevention information available to take home.

Sparky the fire dog is anxiously awaiting this exciting event!

Join us on Saturday, October 12th from 10am to 4pm at Falls Church Fire Station #6 - 555 N Washington Street.
 
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FALL FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Posted - Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
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As summer turns to fall, homes are switching from air conditioning to heat. In the home, heating (and cooking) equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide.

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely.

Follow some of these steps to protect your home. Click here for more information.

 

 
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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH!
Posted - Sunday, September 1st, 2013
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The FCVFD would like to remind you that September is National Preparedness Month. Now in its tenth year, National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

To help our community prepare for an emergency, the FCVFD is encouraging residents to visit Ready.gov to ensure you and your family is prepared for any and all disasters. Ready.gov provides information on how to put together an emergency supply kit, develop a disaster plan and stay informed about emergency plans that have been established in our area by the state and local government.

For More information, please visit Ready.gov or contact the FCVFD for more information.

 
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SUMMER FIRE SAFETY
Posted - Thursday, August, 1st, 2013
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House fires can start from simple, everyday household activities, especially during the summer months when barbecues and fire pits are lit up every night, causing millions of dollars in insured losses.

Fire pits need to be handled with caution, especially since they’re often used in social settings where it’s easy to neglect taking care of the flames. Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) recommends keeping the glow confined by:

  • keeping these fireplaces at least 10 feet from any structure or flammable items.
  • Placing the unit on a solid surface, in an open area, away from overhanging trees or rooflines.
  • Never leaving the fireplace unattended. Keep a fire extinguisher close at hand, avoid using lighter fluid to start or restart the fire and ensure any embers are completely extinguished before going inside.

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments in the U.S. respond to an average of 8,200 grilling-related fires per year. Five out of six grill fires involved gas grills. Outdoor chefs, keep these tips in mind:

  • Position the grill outside, at a safe distance from the house. Never grill inside a garage or enclosed porch or under a breezeway, awning, carport or overhang that might catch fire.
  • Check the grill's propane hoses for cracks and brittleness then trickle soapy water over the hoses and fittings. Look for bubbles that would indicate a propane leak, and address the problem before using the grill again.
  • Never light a gas grill with the lid closed. Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy to suppress flare-ups and a fire extinguisher close by for emergencies.
 
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FCVFD AND MEMORIAL DAY
Posted - Sunday, May, 26th, 2013
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This Memorial Day, the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department asks that you please remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives for our freedom, who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America as well as all of those currently serving around the world. Our Department will be marching in the Falls Church Parade tomorrow in their honor.

We hope to see you, your family and friends at the parade cheering us on and celebrating what Memorial Day is truly about!

 
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FCVFD GRADUATES 6 NEW RECRUITS
Posted - Tuesday, May, 21st, 2013
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The 2013 Spring Recruit Class graduated on Saturday during a ceremony held at Station 6 that included speeches by FCVFD Assistant Chief Joe Lowry, FCVFD President Ian Weston and Recruit Jennifer Faust, a certificate and gear presentation, and a video recap of the Recruit School. Members of the FCVFD and recruits' family and friends were on hand to celebrate. Click here to see more photos from the event.

 
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FCVFD HONORED BY ISLAND PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR AMBULANCE DONATION
Posted - Monday, May, 13th, 2013
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On Saturday, May 11th, the FCVFD was honored by the Island Park Fire Department at their annual installation dinner in Island Park, NY. FCVFD Chief Paul Schomburg and President Ian Weston were in attendance at the event and were recognized for the FCVFD's donation of former Ambulance 106 after IPFD lost their apparatus in Hurricane Sandy. Now serving as Ambulance 222A, the unit is responding to calls around the Island Park and surrounding townships. Click here to see more photos from the event.

 
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FCVFD DEPUTY CHIEF SISLER RECIEVES AWARD FROM FC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Posted - Monday, April, 22nd, 2013
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Congratulations to FCVFD Deputy Chief Steve Sisler for being awarded the Carrol V. Shreve Award for Meritorious Service by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce this past Saturday at their Annual Awards Dinner. Deputy Chief Sisler was honored for his continued contributions to the 'well-being and prosperity of the residents of Falls Church and Northern, VA.'

 
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FCVFD UNITS RESPOND TO HOUSE FIRE ON N. DINWIDDIE STREET IN ARLINGTON
Posted - Tuesday, April, 16th, 2013
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On Tuesday at approximately 10:30am, Arlington County Emergency Communications (ECC) stuck an alarm for a house fire on N. Dinwiddie Street in North Arlington. ECC advised residents were still in the structure, trapped in the basement. The first units on the scene and advised ECC they had a full-involved house fire and began fire attack from the front and rear of the residence. Due to the concern of trapped residents, Battalion Chief 112 transmitted 2nd Alarm and a request for a Rapid Intervention Team to the scene. Crews entered the basement to find the trapped resident and brought the individual to safety. Crews from other units went to work on the fully engulfed 2 story house, stretching multiple hand-lines to fight the fire. Units brought the fire under control about 12:15pm. Twenty-five apparatus responded to the scene from Arlington, Falls Church and Fairfax Fire Departments, including Engine and Truck 106, Light and Air 106 and Canteen 106.

 
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SPRING FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Posted - Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

As spring approaches thoughts turn to cleaning up from the long winter, making repairs around the home and enjoying the outdoors. Keeping a few safety thoughts in mind will help you make your spring experience much more enjoyable.

Inside the Home

  • Check and clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords
  • Prepare for storm related outages (make sure your flashlights and portable radios have batteries and that other supplies, such as bottled water, are stocked and available)
  • Practice exit drills with your family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency

Outside and Around the Yard

  • Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street
  • Clean up yard debris. Cut back dead limbs and grasses
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances
  • Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage

In the Garage or Shed

  • Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals
  • Check fuel containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored
  • Have all power equipment cleaned, serviced and readied for use
 
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FCVFD UNITS RESPOND TO HOUSE FIRE IN FALLS CHURCH
Posted - Monday, February, 18th, 2013
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The At approximately 7:08am this morning, Arlington and Fairfax County Fire units were dispatched to Shadow Walk and Little Falls Street for a reported structure fire. Units arriving on scene found heavy fire and smoke coming from the roof of a two-story, single family home. Due to the heavy fire and freezing temperatures, ACFD Battalion Chief 112 transmitted a 2nd alarm which brought additional units including FCVFD Light and Air, Utility and Canteen 106. FCVFD personnel responded and assisted firefighters and apparatus on scene. Units on the scene included ACFD Engines 106, 102, 108, Truck 106, Tower 104, Medic 106, Ambulance Bus 100, EMS 111/112, Battalion Chiefs 111/112, Command Aid 114 and Fairfax Engines 410, 428, Truck 410, Rescue 418, Medic 428.

 
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MAKE A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TO PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY
Posted - Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

With the coming of the new year, the FCVFD encourages a few simple resolutions in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from fire. Eighty percent of fires are preventable and eighty percent of all fire deaths occur in the home. The fight against fire and fire deaths begins long before the first smell of smoke and the first visible flame. This is a battle that we can win through education and prevention.

  • Have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and, if possible, one inside or outside of every bedroom.
  • Teach your kids what to do when the alarm sounds, including “crawl low under smoke” and “get out and stay out.”
  • Replace smoke alarms that were installed before 2003 with new ones because many smoke alarms have a life expectancy of 10 years or less.
  • Develop an escape plan for you and your family including two ways out of each bedroom, and practice it often so that it becomes routine.
  • If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, talk with your contractor about residential sprinklers. A single residential sprinkler can extinguish or hold a fire at bay until your family can safely escape.
  • Never leave food cooking or candles burning when unattended.
  • Extinguish all smoking materials and do not smoke in bed.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of small children.
  • Don’t overload extension cords and do not run them under carpets and mattresses.
  • Keep combustible materials away from heaters and wood stoves.
 
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FCVFD ASSISTS NY FIRE DEPT WITH DONATION OF RESERVE AMBULANCE
Posted - Monday, November 19th, 2012

 

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The devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused along the East Coast is immeasurable. In addition to the countless homes and personal property that was lost, local municipalities, including fire departments are trying to cope with the loss of property and equipment while trying to do their basic job of helping the public.

On Monday, November 19th, FCVFD Chief Paul Schomburg and President Ian Weston traveled to Long Island, New York to donate one of our ambulances to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department. The Department sustained total loss of their apparatus and heavy damage to their facilities and is struggling to restore emergency services to their community. We are very happy to be able to assist our brothers and sisters in need.

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Station Address: 6950 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22213
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7014, Falls Church, VA 22040-7014
For Fire or Medical Emergency: 911 - FCVFD Phone: (703) 532-2672 - Fax: (703) 533-7203
 
 
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