Safety In Our Community initiative begins Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 2 - 4 p.m., countywide. With the overarching goal of "preventing the 911 call," firefighters will be canvassing homes in neighborhoods checking for working smoke alarms and providing important seasonal fire and life safety messages. If residents are not home, firefighters will leave a door hanger that provides information on smoke alarms and seasonal safety information. Firefighters will continue to be in neighborhoods every Saturday afternoon, during the summer, fall, and spring seasons.
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the department and all 37 fire and rescue stations cordially invites the general public to participate in a community open house, spotlighting fire prevention. The theme for 2012 is "Have Two Ways Out!" It serves to remind us all of the simple actions we can take to stay safe from fire year round. Every firehouse will host activities, provide tours, and have available fire prevention educational materials. For more information, call your community fire station (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/deptinfo/stations.htm) or Public Affairs and Life Safety Education, 703-246-3801.
On Thursday, August 30, 2012, at 11 a.m., firefighters will distribute backpacks and school supplies for children throughout Fairfax County. Partnering with Nationwide Credit Corporation, Promax Management, Inc., Aluminum Cans for Burned Children, Inc., Rotary Club of Tysons Corner, Progress Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., and the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, Local 2068, they will distribute approximately 2,000 backpacks, with supplies to school administrators, teachers, and local shelters for children in need.
Fairfax County firefighters, in cooperation with Operation Warm, Coats for Kids Foundation, Apple Federal Credit Union, Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., and the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, will collect and distribute new winter coats for children and youths through high school age, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 11 a.m., at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.
Partnering with private corporations and local businesses, Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics are sponsoring the Fourteenth Annual Firefighters Holiday Rescuers Toy Drive, and will distribute toys Tuesday, December 18, 2012, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host a grand opening and a "hose uncoupling" ceremony, Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. for the new Great Falls Fire and Rescue Station. Following the ceremony there will refreshments, and tours of the station and apparatus. The new station was opened in mid-November and was built to LEED standards. The public is cordially invited to attend.