Safety In Our Community initiative began 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 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the department and all 38 fire and rescue stations cordially invites the general public to participate in a community open house, spotlighting fire prevention. The theme for 2014 is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!" 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 28, 2014, at 11 a.m., firefighters will distribute backpacks and school supplies for children throughout Fairfax County. Partnering with Nationwide Credit Corporation, Modern Tech Solutions, Inc., the Keith Burns Foundation, Cardinal Plaza Shell, Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, SEIUVA-512, Kids R First, Centreville Moose Lodge #2160, Arlington/Fairfax Elks Lodge #2188, Aluminum Cans for Burned Children, and the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner they will distribute hundreds of backpacks and 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 distribute new winter coats and sneakers for children and youths through high school age, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 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 Fifteenth Annual Firefighters Holiday Rescuers Toy Drive, and will distribute toys Thursday, December 11, 2014, 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, October 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. for the new Baileys Crossroads Fire and Rescue Station. Following the ceremony there will refreshments, and tours of the station and apparatus. The public is cordially invited to attend.