Thursday, July 19, 2012
Master Technician Robert 'Bob' Upchurch received the department's highest award Wednesday.
Master Technician Robert Upchurch, a Burke resident and 25-year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire Department, was honored Wednesday as 2012 Career Firefighter of the Year in a ceremony in Fairfax. "Firefighter of the Year is the most prestigious honor this department bestows," said Battalion Chief Tyrone Harrington. "It honors outstanding service and selfless dedication," he said. The Public Safety Center conference room in the Massey Building was filled with colleagues, family and friends gathered to honor Upchurch. "You are the example we measure firefighters by," said Battalion Chief Brian Rooney to Upchurch. "Being a firefighter is not something you do, it is who you are," he said. "To quote Carly Simon: 'Nobody does it better'." …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The incident was reported Tuesday afternoon.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department was called to Burke Lake Park Tuesday afternoon to contain a propane tank leak. The 1,000-gallon tank was reportedly leaking just before 1 p.m. Crews were able to contain the leak within the half hour, according to fire department spokeswoman Renee Stilwell. The usage for the tank was unclear.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Dump truck driver's quick action may have prevented a larger spill.
Updated 5 p.m. A dump truck from All American Trucking & Excavating began to leak fuel this afternoon on Clydesdale Road between Easton Lane and Harrow Way in the Kings Park neighborhood. The truck was working at a construction site at Kings Park School when it may have struck some construction debris that popped a hole in the truck's fuel tank, according to Fairfax County Fire Department Capt. Bryan Nix. The driver said a colleague driving behind him noticed he was losing fuel, and radioed him. The driver stopped the truck and stuffed a rag into the hole in the fuel tank to stem the leak. Some fuel did go down a local storm drain, but fire and hazardous materials officials do not think much entered the drain system thanks to the driver's…
Friday, April 6, 2012
Intersection permanently closing as of Tuesday, April 10.
The intersection of Donegal Lane and the Fairfax County Parkway will permanently close on April 10. Virginia Department of Transportation officials said an overpass will instead carry the new alignment of Rolling Road over the parkway. (See this map for details.) Multiple lane closures will begin starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Drivers may also run into temporary traffic stoppages between 10 a.m. and noon that day so crews may remove traffic signals. Once the roadwork is complete, drivers will not be able to access Donegal Lane from the Fairfax County Parkway. Instead, they will have to take Rolling Road or take the Barta Road exit ramp. Emergency Response Changes According to Donegal Lane resident Neal Schiff, community members are concerned …
Monday, March 12, 2012
The accident happened around 7:45 p.m. Monday.
Two people were injured in a two-car accident at the intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway and Rolling Road on Monday evening. The accident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were at the scene and had the first victim on the way to the hospital by 8 p.m. Their injuries were not life threatening. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Fire officials believe strong winds felled tree.
UPDATE Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Neighbors gathered to watch the clean-up, as crews began removing the tree which demolished a home in the West Kings Park subdivision early Sunday morning. Two residents of the home were trapped inside. It took rescue personnel almost two hours to free them. The woman was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Neighbors did not know yet of any community assistance collections being taken for the family. SUNDAY, Feb. 12, 2012 at 6 p.m. A 70-foot tree fell onto a home in Kings Park West about 1 a.m. Sunday, trapping two residents and moving the house slightly off its foundation. Fairfax Fire Department Captain Will Bailey told 9NEWS, "the tree tore through the …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Chimney fire leads to more than $100K damage.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Thursday, Feb. 9, at approximately 1:25 a.m. in West Springfield. When they arrived at the single-family home at 8804 Moverly Court, firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from a collapsing chimney on the left side of the home. Additionally, most of the attic and roof were fully involved. Firefighters fought the blaze from both the interior and exterior. It took about 40 minutes to knock the fire down, and more than an hour to bring the fire under control. Extensive overhaul and salvage was performed by fire crews, ensuring there were no hidden fire hotspots. Two adults were home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed; a neighbor knocked on the …