Monday, November 26, 2012
Food drive benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center starts Saturday.
Arlington County firefighters will collect food for the needy starting Saturday. “It’s a myth that no one in Arlington goes hungry,” Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz said in a news release. The Arlington County Fire Department along with the Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association is collecting food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, or AFAC. Every week, on average, AFAC serves 1,600 families in Arlington. The drive runs through Dec. 21. The items that are most needed are: Bring non-perishable donations to any fire station in Arlington or the city of Falls Church, or the Arlington County Government Center, Courthouse Plaza Lobby, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Find your Arlington fire station.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Arlington County Fire Department was called to investigate a 'suspicious substance' this morning.
Update (1:14 p.m.): The Arlington County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team tested the suspicious liquid at the Pentagon City Metro Station, and those tests came back negative, Capt. Gregg Karl told Patch. "Our HazMat team declared them as a non-hazardous substance, and then turned everything over to Metro PD" at about 11:15 a.m., Karl said. Metro spokesman Philip Stewart said the substance was still being tested as of 1:15 p.m. Metro service continued as usual through the incident. Only a portion of one platform was cordoned off when the liquid was found, Stewart said. Original story: The Arlington County Fire Department is investigating bottles of an unknown substance left outside the Pentagon City Metro Station. The incident …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Investigators aren't ready or able to call the incident storm-related.
An unidentified person died in a morning fire in South Arlington on Tuesday. The Arlington County Fire Department was called to 2922 S. Buchanan St. at approximately 7:25 a.m., Capt. Gregg Karl said. Firefighters arrived to find smoking coming from the top floor of a garden-style apartment building, he said. The fire chief requested a second alarm, he said. "As they were extinguishing the fire, they found one victim, a fatality," Karl said. Karl said he had not heard any reports of anyone else being in the apartment before or during the fire. He said he believed it was contained to a single apartment. The Fire Marshal's Office is working with police on this matter. Investigators aren't ready or able to say this death was related to …
No storm-related injuries or fatalities reported late Monday.
The winds may still be blowing, but Arlington County will wake to a relative standstill Tuesday with the federal government and county and schools facilities closed and public transit ground to a halt. Arlington County saw numerous trees and wires down, but no injuries or fatalities related to Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy were reported. "It's pretty horrible out there, and certainly there's been a lot of very strong messaging going out, not just from us, but from FEMA and NOAA and everybody else, that this storm is going to last a long time, and people need to stay safe — and staying safe means staying home," said Arlington County spokeswoman Mary Curtis at about 10:30 p.m. "And from what we're seeing, people are really taking that to heart…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
No injuries reported.
Traffic on eastbound Columbia Pike remains shut down between Walter Reed Drive and South Cleveland Street following a business fire. At about 2:30 p.m., the Arlington County Fire Department responded to a call at a carry-out restaurant in the 2500 block of Columbia Pike. The fire has been extinguished. Crews are checking the building to make sure it did not spread to adjacent businesses before the fire marshal's office begins its investigation into the cause, Capt. Gregg Karl said. The restaurant was open when the fire broke out, but no injuries have been reported, Karl said. Westbound traffic on Columbia Pike is unaffected, Karl said.
The event benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center takes place Wednesday in Rosslyn.
Fire chiefs will take on restaurant chefs at an event benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) Wednesday evening. “We wanted to do something new,” said Joy Myers, of AFAC. “A lot of events that nonprofits host are cocktail receptions and silent auctions…this was something different.” The organization wanted to go with something food-centric for the fall fundraiser, and had heard of other cooking challenges in the area, so the idea for “Chiefs Vs. Chefs” was born. The groups will compete for the Golden Eggplant award. All proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit food assistance center, which served 80,000 clients last year and distributed 1.9 million pounds of food to needy Arlingtonians. The chefs will hail from …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Fire Station No. 6, which houses Falls Church volunteer firefighters and Arlington County career firefighters, hosted an open house to celebrate Fire Prevention Week.
Sam Shaw doesn’t have to make a decision on his career path for quite some time, but the 4-year-old Arlington resident has already started looking. With his mother, Katie, looking on, Sam manned a fire hose with the help of a firefighter and shot water into a makeshift fire where a cat awaited rescue. The toddler didn’t miss a beat and saved the day. “We love the firemen and he loves to watch the fire trucks,” Katie said. “This could possibly be a career for him. He likes to do things with his hands.” On the border of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, Fire Station No. 6 hosted an open house Saturday to celebrate the end of Fire Prevention Week. Families got to meet both groups that man the station – Falls Church Volunteer Fire…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The open houses will take place Saturday as part of Fire Prevention Week.
Arlington County fire stations will host open houses this weekend. “There will be firefighters there to answer questions, giveaways for the kids and parents, and at some of the stations we have moon bounces and popcorn,” said Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Gregg Karl. “It brings everyone into the firehouses for Fire Prevention Week to raise awareness,” Karl added. Each year, Arlington County firefighters celebrate Fire Prevention Week with the open houses. Eight of 10 fire stations will be hosting open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. To see a full list of station locations, visit the ACFD website. Station No. 4 in Clarendon at 3121 10th Street N. and Station No. 2 at 4805 Wilson Blvd. in Ballston won’t be hosting …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Visiting the Pentagon Memorial, volunteering for a National Day of Service project or flying an American flag are just some of the things you can do to commemorate 9/11. For the 11th anniversary of the attacks that shook both the world and the rooftops in Arlington County, Patch is again presenting the "Deafening Quietness" video above that features interviews with Arlington County firefighters who responded to the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Below, you'll find links to extended 2011 interviews by Patch Editor Lauren Sausser with each firefighter. Click the following links to watch extended videos from each of the interviews. And thank you to our emergency responders.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Arlington firefighters responded to call Wednesday afternoon.
The Arlington County Fire Department responded to a blaze at a Fairlington townhouse Wednesday afternoon. No civilians or firefighters were injured. The townhouse, at 2911 S. Buchanan St., is currently unoccupied and undergoing renovations, Capt. Gregg Karl said. Deputy Fire Marshal Wan Kanthula said the fire began when two workers installing a new water heater in the basement experienced a malfunction with a small acetylene torch. Though the fire started in the basement, the first and second floors suffered extensive smoke and heat damage, Karl said.