Firefighters Conduct Live Fire Training (Linear Heat Detector System to Be Tested)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-99
Date:  September 16, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department crews will conduct live fire training, Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 9 a.m., at 915 Frederick Street SW, Vienna, Virginia. Concurrently, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Virginia Sprinkler Corporation, Inc. will test a linear heat detector designed to alert occupants inside a structure to an impending outside fire.

Crews will use several scenarios in testing the linear heat detector. The detector will be placed underneath existing siding, then near the soffit and eaves of the structure, and finally in the attic area.

Fairfax County has recently had an increase in fires starting from the outside of a structure, and then quickly moving inside the structure with little or no warning. Oftentimes, occupants are unaware the fire has extended up the siding, into the attic, and then spreading to all sides, including downward. An outside alert system could provide early warning for occupants.

The Acquired Structure Program has been a staple training program for over 25 years, allowing firefighters to train in "real world" training scenarios and evolutions. The program is an agreement between the property owner and the department, allowing the structure to be used for training.

Personnel operate under the guidelines of National Fire Protection Association 1403 guidelines for live fire training, ensuring the safety of residents and firefighters.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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