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ENGINE AND TOWER FINDS TWO HOUSES WELL OFF ON ARRIVAL

September 23, 2010 – At 1509 hrs, Prince William County Fire Communications transmitted box alarm 81-01 for a house at 8355 Tillet Loop, bringing Engine and Tower 501 first due. On arrival, crews found two houses well off and requested a second alarm. With theses homes, built of lightweight construction and vinyl siding, and only feet apart, it was a matter of minutes before additional homes began to light off. The crew from Engine 501 swiftly placed an exposure line in service while Tower 501's crew set up the ladder pipe. As additional companies from the box alarm began to arrive, more exposure line were set up, though the close proximity of the homes to one another and the wind helped the fire to spread to a third and forth home. As the second alarm companies arrived on scene, a third alarm was transmitted. With all companies going to work wand dozens of handlines and 5 ladder pipes in service, the fire engulfed the third home. Finally though the tables turned and crews did an excellent job in extinguishing the forth home and protecting another 4 homes that were moments away from lighting off as the radiant heat began to ignite their vinyl siding. Additional Manassas Volunteers arrived at the station and responded with Foam Engine 501 as part of the second alarm. On scene the Foam Engine managed to find an additional hydrant and laid in to give Engine 501 a third water supply, as it was supplying all of its handlines and Truck 511's ladderpipe. The Foam Engine's crew manned a line protecting the D-2 exposure. Two additional Volunteer crews manned Engine 501B and Engine 501C, and Battalion 581 back at quarters. They answered numerous calls in the City and County during the fire. A total of 18 volunteers responded during this incident. Crews from The City of Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, and Fairfax County operated for an extended period of time before the fires were completely under control. All companies on the fireground did and excellent job containing this fire, and keeping it from consuming another 4 homes. We would also like to thank the Command staff for skillfully managing the large amount of resources needed to quickly contain these fires and the support staff and neighbors who provided food and drinks to the exhausted firefighters on scene.

TOWER CUTS OUT TWO ON SIGNAL HILL ROAD

September 14, 2010 – At 1400 hrs today, Prince William County Engine 16 witnessed a vehicle flip over on Signal Hill Road, near the intersection with Liberia Avenue, in the City of Manassas. They quickly radioed for the full assignment, bringing Tower 501, and Battalion 581. On arrival, the Tower's crew quickly stabilized the vehicle and removed the roof. They then assisted Medic 501B and Medic 501D with removing the two trapped victims. Tower 501 went ready within the hour.

DRUNK DRIVER CRASHES INTO POLE WITH INFANT IN THE VEHICLE

April 11, 2010 – I'll start this one off by saying that both victims were ok. That said, at 0312 hours the assignment for a personal injury accident with persons trapped was transmitted for the 9200 block of Centerville Road, the same block the firehouse is in, bringing the Foam Engine and Tower, and Battalion 581. Crews arrived to find one vehicle on its side, next to a sheered in half telephone pole and downed wires, with the driver still inside. As the Foam Engine deployed their bumper line, the Tower and Rescue Squad went to work stabilizing the car. Tower 501's crew removed the windshield, at which point the driver exited the vehicle. Both the driver and the infant, who had been handed out of the vehicle as units arrived on scene, were evaluated by the medic unit. The driver was transferred to the custody of MPD after failing the breathalyzer while the child was transferred to the care of another family member. Battalion 581 had the command.

FOAM ENGINE GOES OUT FOR BRUSH AND FINDS FIRE FROM MULTIPLE HOUSES

April 07, 2010 – At 1712 hours, the Foam Engine responded on a local alarm for brush to the rear of 8340 Shady Grove Circle. Battalion 581 (Holman), just around the corner, arrived quickly on scene to find fire spreading from a fence in the rear to other debris in the yard. At the same time, Chief 501 (Stern) received a supplement on his alphanumeric pager indicating multiple callers reporting a house fire in the same area. Chief 501 requested box 81-01 be filled out. By this time, the Foam Engine (Halman) was on the scene and quickly stretched their 250' of 2 1/2" to the fire, where they put both 1 1/2" high-rise bags in service off of the gated wye. In the rear, the Foam Engine found a large volume of fire completely involving one townhouse and extending to both exposures. Chief 501 arrived at the corrected address of 9299 Bayberry Avenue and, seeing heavy smoke pushing out from the eves of three town homes, requested a second alarm. The Foam Engine's crew did an excellent job of stopping the fire from spreading beyond the initial fire building. Wagon 509, second due, took side A and extinguished fire on all three levels of the town home while Tower 501's crew preformed a primary search, laddered the roof, and opened up. In addition, the Tower and Wagon 509 found fire in the cockloft, which they quickly extinguished. Chief 501 had the command. Most of the mutual aid companies were quickly returned while Company 1 units remained on scene overhauling till 2100 hours. Thanks to all the companies who responded on this box alarm for their assistance.

FOAM ENGINE FIRST IN ON COUNTY TRUCK FIRE

April 07, 2010 – At 1146 hours, Foam Engine 501 was requested second due on mutual box 16-20 for a truck on fire at 9401 Liberia Avenue, the Walmart. The Foam Engine arrived first to find a small fire in the back of a stake body truck. They held the assignment to themselves and quickly extinguished the fire. Upon arrival of the Fire Marshal, they went ready at 1233.

FOAM ENGINE SETS UP LZ ON COUNTY CRASH

April 03, 2010 – At 1720 hours, Foam Engine 501 was special called on mutual box 25-47 to assist on a serious accident with multiple persons trapped on the Prince William County Parkway at University Blvd. Foam Engine 501 and Engine 511 were tasked with setting up multiple landing zones for the three inbound medivacs. While they were doing that, Rescue Squad 501 and Tower Ladder 525 were busy extricating the victims from both vehicles involved. As a result of the high speed T-bone crash, the vehicles were over 150' apart from each other. The Foam Engine went ready at 1814 hours.

FOAM ENGINE AND TOWER GO TO WORK IN THE PARK

April 03, 2010 – At 1530 hours mutual box 89-03 was transmitted for a house fire at 237 Manassas Drive brining Foam Engine and Tower 501 second due. While units were responding, Manassas Park Fire Communications advised the cops were on scene reporting a working fire on the second floor. Engine 509 and Foam Engine 501 arrived together to find smoke and fire showing from the second floor of a 1 1/2 story cape cod. As the two engine companies stretched their lines, Quint 509 and Tower 501 laddered and opened up the building. Tower 501's crew made the roof and opened it up just as the engine companies began extinguishing the fire. With an "all clear" on the house, Tower and Rescue Squad 501 hooked the second floor as the Foam Engine checked for hot spots. Truck 511 also assisted with ladders and opening up. The Foam Engine and Tower Ladder headed back to the City at 1630 hours.

DOOR POP IN THE FIRST DUE

March 27, 2010 – At 0800 hours this morning, companies were alerted to a personal injury accident with persons trapped in the intersection of Sudley Road and Portner Avenue. Wagon and Tower 501, and Battalion 581 arrived to find a T-bone accident with the driver trapped in one of the vehicles. As crews were setting up for the extrication, a separate vehicle drove into the scene and stopped next to the Wagon. As the Wagon's crew approached the vehicle, they discovered that the driver was having an asthma attack. That patient was handed off to another unit on the scene and crews completed a door pop to remove the crash victim. Both patients were taken to the local hospital and units went ready within 15 minutes. Battalion 581 had the command. 

FIRST DUE VACANT BUILDING FIRE

March 14, 2010 – Shortly after 8 am this morning, box alarm 81-03 was transmitted for a building in the area of Center Street and Zebedee Street. As members raised the bay doors, smoke could be seen hanging in the street across from the firehouse. Without any delay, Wagon, Tower, and Assistant Chief 501 arrived together to find smoke showing from a large, two story, balloon frame dwelling. Though the building had been vacated years ago and was boarded up, it's well known that the house was frequently occupied by the homeless, or those looking for a place to lay low while getting their fix. As Wagon 501 stretched their line, Tower 501's crew went to work gaining access through the multiple sheets of plywood covering the front door. Once opened up, Wagon 501 swiftly located and made quick work of a fire on the first floor. As we all know, the people who hangout in places like this are not the best housekeepers, yet despite size of the building, deteriorated conditions, and clutter, Tower 501 completed a rapid primary, which was negative. Being balloon frame, there was extension which required crews using hooks and saws to open up multiple areas throughout the basement, first and second floors, and the attic. All companies on the fireground did an excellent job placing multiple ground ladders, removing the 15 or so plywood window coverings for ventilation, and opening up the walls and ceilings to expose all the hidden fire. Assistant Chief 501 (Lausch) had the command and at 1017 hours, the Wagon and Tower went ready, leaving the scene with the Fire Marshal. 

EARLY MORNING AUTO FOR THE WAGON

March 06, 2010 – At 0105 hours, box alarm 81-13 was transmitted for a vehicle against a building at 9544 Tudor Oaks Drive. Battalion 581 arrived, reported it was only an auto, and cancelled the box. Wagon 501 arrived shortly thereafter and quickly extinguished the fire. Both units returned to service at 0131 hours.

HEAD-ON CRASH IN THE SOUTH

March 05, 2010 – At 2313 hours, Wagon 501 responded to Byrd Drive and Aspen Place, in Georgetown South, for a personal injury accident. They arrived to find a head on crash between two vehicles with damage to several parked vehicles. The Wagon assisted the transport units and took care of the fluid spills. Eventually three patients were taken to the hospital. The Wagon went ready at 2332.

JAILHOUSE SCUFFLE LEADS TO MEDIVAC FOR ONE

March 05, 2010 – At 1702 hours, the Wagon was dispatched to 9320 Lee Avenue, the Prince William County Adult Detention Center, for an unconscious patient. Rescue and Medic 501 arrived to find an inmate suffering from serious head trauma as the result of an assault. The Wagon was diverted to set up an LZ at 9305 Stonewall Road, the Pennington School. Aircare one landed without incident, and transported the patient to a local trauma center. Units cleared the LZ at 1750 hours.

ENGINE AND TRUCK FIRST IN ON COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

January 10, 2010 – At 0216 hours, mutual box 11-14 was transmitted for 8350 Irongate Way, bringing Engine and Truck 501 second due. The initial dispatch reported two houses fully involved with people trapped. Engine and Truck 501 arrived first in and reported fire showing from the rear of a two story row. The Engine Company quickly stretched a line to the first floor to protect the Truck as they searched the second floor for the trapped victims. With the search negative, the Engine Company, finding heavy fire in the rear, began extinguishment, assisted by Engine 511. A line was also deployed to the second floor, where the fire had extended. Crews did an excellent job holding the fire to the one unit. After some opening up and overhaul, the Engine and Truck headed home to the City at 0504 hours.

Photos courtesy of Co. 511. SJVFD.com

ONE INTO THE BUILDING ON CHURCH STREET

January 04, 2010 – At 1506, rescue local 81-08 was transmitted for a car into a building at 9200 Church Street, bringing Engine and Truck 501. Crews arrived to find a single vehicle parked in the lobby of the VFN Building. Crews checked for injuries and investigated the structural damage. The scene was left with FM582, and units went ready at 1537 hours.

PASSING OF ACTIVE FIREFIGHTER ZAGIMANTAS ZALYS

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of active Manassas firefighter Zagimantas Zalys. Z, just 32 years old, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by family and friends this past Thursday morning. Z was hired by the City in 2007 and had been a member of the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department since 2005.

The visitation for firefighter Zygimantas Zalys will is this afternoon at the Baker Post Funeral Home in the 10001 block of Va. 28 in Manassas from 2 to 4 p.m. and then again from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Road in Manassas. After the service there will be a reception for family and friends at the Greater Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad, 9322 Center St., until 4 p.m.

Z was a good friend, a dedicated public servant, and an outstanding brother to ride with. Though he will be truly missed, his memory will live on in our hearts forever. Rest well brother.

STABBING LEADS TO LZ IN THE FIRST DUE

May 28, 2009 – At 1611, Foam Engine 501 responded to 9185 Yarrow Lane for a stabbing. The crew assisted the medic and then responded to 9601 Prince William Street to set up an LZ. Medstar 2 landed without incident. The Engine cleared at 1710 hours.

FIRE IN A FIRST DUE VACANT

May 27, 2009 – At 1839 hours, box alarm 81-06 was sounded for a house at 9064 McClellan Court. Foam Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 arrived to find smoke showing from a vacant two story row. Crews forced entry and found a room on the second floor. The fire was quickly extinguished and units went ready 1945 hours.

FOAM ENGINE FINDS BRUSH BURNING IN A TRAILER

May 24, 2009 – Just after 1830 hours, the Foam Engine responded to 8561 Sudley Road for a vehicle fire. On arrival, they found brush burning in a trailer. The fire was extinguish and the the FM was notified. They went ready at 1917 hours.

FOAM ENGINE FINDS AN APARTMENT IN THE COUNTY

May 24, 2009 – At 0933 hours, mutual box 11-23 was transmitted for an apartment at 7612 Cass Place bringing Foam Engine 501 as the second due engine company. After getting a corrected address, the Foam Engine took the first due position. The crew ran the 300' and found a small fire in the living room which they quickly extinguish. The Foam Engine went ready at 1012 hours.

FUEL SPILL ON LIBERIA AVENUE

May 22, 2009 – At 0645 hours this morning, Foam Engine and Hazmat 501 responded on the local for a fuel spill at 9056 Liberia Avenue. Crews arrived to find a fuel tanker that lost approximately 20 gallons on fuel. Crews placed 150 lbs of absorbent and multiple pads down. The scene was transferred to the Fire Marshal and units went ready shortly thereafter.

TOWER FINDS A HOUSE IN LAKE JACKSON

May 20, 2009 – At 1413 hours, mutual box 07-59 was transmitted for a house bringing Tower 501 as the first due truck company. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from the home. In the basement, crews found fire burning around the electrical panel with a large amount of extension into the basement ceiling and walls of the first floor. Tower 501's crew performed a search of the home and went to work opening up using hooks and saws. With all of the fire extinguished, the Tower's crew ventilated the structure and completed overhaul. They went ready at 1504.

GAS MAIN STRUCK ON SIGNAL HILL ROAD

May 12, 2009 – About a half of an hour after clearing the fireground, Foam Engine and Tower 501 responded to the 8500 block of Signal Hill Road for an outside gas leak. Crews arrived to find a four inch main had been hit. Crews evacuated the surrounding houses and took readings throughout the neighborhood for the duration of the incident. Columbia Gas secured the leak and units went ready, four hours later.

SMALL KITCHEN FIRE IN THE FIRST DUE

May 12, 2009 – At 1132 hours, Foam Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 responded first due for a house at 9378 Cloudberry Way. Companies arrived to find light smoke coming from the front door. Inside the engine company located a small fire in the kitchen which was quickly extinguished. Units overhauled the cabinet area and vented the building. Company 1 units went ready at 1209 hours.

SECOND BOX ALARM AND SECOND OVERTURNED OF THE DAY

May 09, 2009 – The night was just as busy as the day for the Engine and Tower Ladder. At 2212, local alarm 81-06 was sounded for a dumpster to the rear of 9378 Forestwood Lane. The Foam Engine arrived to find someone had lit the dumpster off. As they were clearing from that, mutual box 11-27 was transmitted for fire in an occupied dwelling at 8085 Community Drive. Foam Engine 501 arrived second and Tower 501 took the first due truck position. Inside crews found a burned up refrigerator. The Tower's crew vented the building and both units returned to the City within an hour. Around midnight the Engine took in a medical local and at 0152 hours, Foam Engine, Tower, and the Battalion were alerted to a personal injury accident with one overturned in the 8500 block of Sudley. Companies arrived to find the single occupant out of the vehicle. They checked for hazards and went ready shortly thereafter. One more AFA for the Engine and it was finally time to get some rest.

FATAL CRASH: TOWER CUTS TWO OUT

May 09, 2009 – At 1906, as the Tower Ladder was returning from the fireground in the county, Manassas City Fire Communications transmitted a personal injury accident with victims trapped, overturned, and on fire in the 8600 block of Quarry Road. Wagon 508, filling in at Company 1 arrived on scene and reported just that, with a small fire in the engine compartment. As Wagon 508's crew extinguished the fire, Wagon 501's crew arrived and began patient care. Tower 501 arrived and and began the extrication. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene while the other occupant was removed and flown to a local trauma center. Operation 582 (Chief Rohs) had the command. Units went ready at 2029 hours.

FOAM ENGINE, TOWER, AND CHIEF FIND A BARN WELL OFF

May 09, 2009 – At 1539, Foam Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 responded on the mutual box to assist Prince William County with a building fire at 12705 Brookfield Road. Companies arrived to find a fully involved barn with exposures. The Tower placed their ladder pipe in service while the Foam Engine manned handlines. Chief 501 (Ward) had the command. Midway through this incident, units from Company 1, and Wagon 509 were called to standby as MPD investigated a meth lab in the first due. No fire department service was needed.

LARGE GAS LEAK CREATES PROBLEMS IN THE CITY

May 05, 2009 – At 1117 hours today a local alarm was transmitted for an outside gas leak near the intersection of South Grant Avenue and Meadow View Drive. Foam Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 arrived to find a 4 inch main line had been struck. An evacuation of the surrounding homes was ordered and crews remained on scene for a lengthy time until the leak was controlled. They went ready at 1606 hours.

CREWS FIND A SMALL FIRE IN THE FIRST DUE

April 30, 2009 – Around 2114 hours, the box was transmitted for 10124 Candy Court bringing  Foam Engine, Tower, and Chief 501. Companies arrived to find a small fire involving clothing and shelving, with minor extension to the wall, inside the garage. Units went ready at 2141 hours.

WAGON ON 2 ALARM APARTMENT FIRE IN THE COUNTY

April 24, 2009 – Around 0350 hours, calls began pouring into the Prince William County Fire Communications Center reporting a fire in the Sudley section of the county. At 0351 hours, mutual box 11-27 was transmitted for an apartment building at 11035 Edgepark Circle, bringing Wagon and Chief 501. (Tower 501 was OOS with a broken aerial) Wagon 511 arrived on scene to find heavy fire through the roof and to the rear of the wood frame building, and requested a second alarm. Wagon 501 arrived and placed several lines in service on side C, and supplied Tower 525. They went ready at 0759 hours.

Photos courtesy of Co. 511.

WAGON AND TOWER FIND A SHED FIRE IN THE COUNTY

April 17, 2009 – At 1401 hours, mutual box 07-08 was transmitted for a building fire at 11508 Summit Ridge Court, bringing Wagon, Tower, and Chief 501. Companies arrived to find a shed on fire. Crews from the City assisted with extinguishment and went ready at 1448 hours.

CHIEF "SHORTY" VETTER LAID TO REST WITH 77 YEARS OF SERVICE

April 16, 2009 – Today members of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company laid to rest past Fire Chief "Shorty" Vetter. Chief Vetter gave an astounding 77 years of service to the Fire Company. Nearly 20 uniformed members were present to pay their respects. Our deepest sympathy and respect go out to his family. Chief, we appreciate all you did for the company and your memory will live on here forever.

CREWS FIND ONE OVERTURNED ON CHURCH STREET

April 014, 2009 – At 1512 hours, Foam Engine 501 responded to the intersection of Church Street and Grant Avenue for a personal injury accident. They arrived to find one on its side and one in the bushes, with three patients. No extrication was required so the crew assisted with patient care. They went ready at 1538 hours.

SMALL AUTO FIRE FOR THE FOAM ENGINE

April 07, 2009 – At 0557 hours, the crew from the Foam Engine awoke to the bells going off for an auto fire at 8654 Bruton Parish Circle. Foam Engine found fire in the passenger compartment and quickly knocked it down. After waiting for the FM to arrive, they went ready at 0710 hours

ONE FLOWN AFTER GETTING TOSSED FROM LOCAL BAR

April 04, 2009 – At 2339 hours, as Ambo and Rescue 501 were packaging a patient with head trauma at KC's Bar, Engine 501 was requested to set up an LZ. It appears that the victim was forcefully removed from the bar after being asked nicely to leave for bad behavior. Unfortunately, during the process of being tossed out, his head came into contact with something causing serious head trauma. The crew from Engine 501 landed Aircare 1 without incident and the patient was transported to a local trauma center. The Engine went ready at  0014 hours.

SCHOOL BUS FIRE AT PUBLIC WORKS

April 03, 2009 – At 1103 hours, Foam Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 were alerted to a truck fire at 8500 Public Works Drive. The Foam Engine arrived to find smoke and fire showing from a school bus. The fire was quickly knocked down and units went ready at 1146 hours.

WAGON FINDS AN AUTO ON ASHTON AVENUE

March 28, 2009 – At 1844 hours, Wagon 501 responded to Ashton Avenue and Godwin Drive for an auto. They found a passenger van fully involved. The fire was quickly knocked down and the crew remained on the scene for the FM untill 1938 hours.

ENGINE FINDS ONE OVERTURNED ON WELLINGTON ROAD

March 27, 2009 – At 0107 hours, Engine 501 was sent out for a fuel spill at 9914 Wellington Road. They arrived to find a single vehicle that had flipped over and smashed into a fence. The uninjured driver was already out of the vehicle and was demonstrating his ability to walk in a straight line for the cops across the street. The Engine's crew put down a little bit of absorbent where gas was leaking from the gas cap. They went ready at 0121 hours.

WAGON HEADS BACK OUT TO THE AIRPORT FOR A PLANE CRASH

March 18, 2009 – At 1245 hours today, another alert 1 was transmitted for a plane crash at the Manassas Regional Airport. Wagon 501 arrived to find a plane on its belly, on the runway, with both occupants already out. Apparently high winds caused a sort of rough landing during which, one of the planes landing gear collapsed. The Wagon's crew used oil dry to contain a small fuel leak and remained on scene until the arrival of the FAA. They went ready at 1445 hours.

FOAM ENGINE FINDS A PLANE FIRE AT THE AIRPORT

March 14, 2009 – At 1028 hours, an alert 1 was transmitted for a plane on fire on the taxiway at the Manassas Regional Airport. With the fire out, the Foam Engine overhauled the plane and went ready at 1109 hours.

CREWS GO BACK TO THE PARK FOR ANOTHER HOUSE FIRE

March 11, 2009 – At 1335 hours, Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 responded to 105 Runyon Court in Manassas Park for a house fire. With fire showing on arrival, crews placed several lines in service and made quick work of the fire. The Truck searched and vented. Units went ready at 1430 hours.

DISLODGED MANHOLE CAUSES CAR TO FLIP OVER

March 10, 2009 – At 1446, Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 responded to 9305 Stonewall Road for a personal injury accident with one overturned. Companies arrived to find a car on its side with no injuries. The vehicle with a manhole cover which had been dislodged by rising water run-off, causing the vehicle to flip over. Units went ready within 10 minutes.

FOUR CREWS ON MANASSAS PARK HOUSE FIRE

March 04, 2009 – Just after 2000 hours, mutual box 89-03 was sounded for a house at 194 Cabbel Drive bringing Engine 501, Engine 501A, Foam Engine, Truck, and Chief 501. On arrival crews found a 1 1/2 story occupied dwelling with fire on both floors. Units from Company 501 assisted with fire attack, search, ventilation, salvage, and overhaul. Units from the City went ready at 2120 hours.

ENGINE AND TRUCK FIND A HOUSE IN YORKSHIRE

March 04, 2009 – At 0409 hours, mutual box 08-13 was transmitted for a house fire at 8917 June Street brining Engine, Truck, and Chief 501. On arrival, companies encountered heavy fire conditions in a single story dwelling. Engine 501 stretched a line and assisted with the fire attack while the Truck vented and searched. Both crews assisted with overhaul and then went ready at 0653 hours.

TRUCK COMPANY GOES TO WORK IN COLES

February 26, 2009 – At 0849 mutual box 06-07 was transmitted for a house at 8129 Sinclair Mill Road bringing Engine, Truck, and Chief 501. Engine 501 was ordered to the fill site while the Truck was ordered to vent and search. Truck 501 cleared the fireground at 1102.

ENGINE AND TRUCK ON YORKSHIRE APARTMENT FIRE

February 22, 2009 – At 1855 hours, mutual box 08-12 was transmitted for fire in an apartment at 7498 Prince Charles Court. Engine 501 arrived second due to find fire in terrace level apartment. They stretched their line to floors above, forced entry and searched. Truck 501 laddered the building and assisted with search of fire room, opened up, vented. They went ready within an hour.

UNITS GO FIRST DUE ON PRINCE WILLIAM STREET

February 16, 2009 – At 1329 hours, first due box alarm 81-12 was transmitted for a house fire in the area of Prince William Street and Grant Avenue. Engine, Wagon, and Chief 501 arrived to find fire involving the roof of a single family dwelling. The crews quickly placed three lines in service and made quick work of the fire. The cause was accidental in origin. Units cleared the fireground at 1451 hours.

BACK TO BACK FIRES FOR THE ENGINE AND WAGON

February 09, 2009 – Just before 0700 hours, while returning from a box alarm in the County for fire in a crawl space where Engine and Wagon 501 were first and second in, a first due box alarm was transmitted for fire in a house at 9313 Maple street. Engine and Wagon 501 arrived together to find smoke showing from the house. They stretched a line inside and found fire in a second floor bathroom. Quick work was made of the fire and units went ready at 0801 hours.

THANKS TO CO. 514 AND THE COUNTY FOR USE OF THEIR TRUCKS

February 03, 2009 – Well, the Tower is broke again, no surprise there. However, apparently the materials need to fix it don't exist in this galaxy so while we wait for that issue to change, the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department and the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue have stepped up to help us out. Truck 514 and Quint 504 spent a combined month running as Truck 501. The Manassas Volunteer Fire Company is very appreciative of both departments' generosity which enabled us to keep a ladder company in the City while the repairs were ongoing.

ENGINE LANDS TWO HELICOPTERS ON THE BY-PASS

February 01, 2009 – At 0400 hours, Engine 501 was special called to set up an LZ, as companies from Prince William County were operating on a serious accident with people trapped on the Prince William County Parkway at Balls Ford Road. Crews already on the scene found a a single-car into a pole. The engine from the vehicle was found 30-40' from the crash scene. Crews removed the rear passenger from the vehicle and quickly transferred them to an awaiting helicopter for transport to the trauma center. The crews then worked to remove the trapped driver while the front passenger was pronounced dead. The driver was also flown out. Speed and alcohol were reported to be a factor in the crash. Engine 501 went ready at 0506 hours.

Photos courtesy of Co. 511.

ENGINE FINDS ANOTHER AUTO ON SUDLEY ROAD

January 28, 2009 – At 1928 hours, Engine 501 went out for an auto in front of 8699 Sudley Road. They arrived to find fire in the engine compartment. The fire was quickly extinguished and they remained on the scene until the FM showed up at 2029 hours.

ONE OVERTURNED ON HASTINGS ROAD

January 24, 2009 – At 0848 hours, Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 went out for an overturned vehicle in the intersection of Godwin Drive and Hastings Drive. They arrived to find the driver suffering from BLS injuries. They began patient care and handled the hazards. They went ready at 0854 hours.

FATAL CRASH: TWO TRAPPED AND ONE EJECTED IN THE FIRST DUE

January 24, 2009 – At 0209 hours, Wagon, Tower, and Chief 501 were alerted to a personal injury accident with a person trapped in the area of Quarry Road and Liberia Avenue. They arrived to find a single pickup truck into telephone pole with one ejected and two trapped. Tower and Rescue 501 immediately began extrication while other crews attended to the victim who was ejected. Wagon 509 set up an LZ and landed two helicopters. The third patient was transported by ground. All were ALS transports. The victim who was ejected was pronounced dead at the hospital. Chief 501 had the command. Units cleared the scene at 0330 hours.

Action photos courtesy of Nate from Mutual Box Media.

TOWER RELEASES TRAPPED VICTIM FROM SAFE DOOR

January 22, 2009 – At 1049 hours, Wagon and Tower 501 responded for an entrapment at 8660 Devonshire Court, apartment 102. Crews found a patient who had their hand stuck in a safe door. The Tower  used the hydro-ram, a bar, and a pedal cutter to release the victim. Units went ready at 1105 hours.

51 RUNS FOR THE WEEKEND INCLUDING AN ACCIDENT WITH 2 TRAPPED

January 17, 2009 – At 0156 hours, mutual box 11-12 was transmitted for a personal injury accident with people trapped in the 9800 block of Fairmont Avenue. Crews arrived to find two people trapped. The Foam Engine assisted with the extrication. Hazmat 501 was special called for fluid control. Units cleared the run at 0318 hours.

FOAM ENGINE ASSISTS ON COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

January 14, 2009 – At 1024 hours, Foam Engine 501 was dispatched third due for a house at 7570 Helmsdale Place. Engine 511, quartered a couple blocks away arrived and reported a working fire on first floor with extremely cluttered conditions. Truck 511 located and assisted a single occupant with mobility issues out of the home. Foam Engine 501 was assigned the RIT and later assisted with overhaul. They went ready at 1108 hours.

FOAM ENGINE AND TOWER FIND HEAVY FIRE IN LAKE JACKSON

January 10, 2009 – At 1951 hours this evening, mutual box alarm 07-08 was transmitted for a house in the area of the 12000 block of Linda Place, bringing Foam Engine and Tower Ladder 501. Crews arrived to find an approximately 35 x 35 building well off. Companies were initially ordered to start a defensive attack only. The Foam Engine placed their line in service and assisted with the complete extinguishment of the dwelling. Tower 501 assisted with opening up and overhaul. Both units cleared the fireground at 2241 hours.

Photos courtesy of Co. 503 and Co. 508

4 CAR CRASH WITH ONE INTO A BUILDING

January 08, 2009 – At 2014, Foam Engine 501 was sent out for a traffic accident in front of 9350 Main Street. They arrived to find a four car crash, with one into building, but no entrapment. Crews evaluated the patients, two were transported, and with no significant structural damage and the hazards contained, the Foam Engine went ready at 2044 hours.

ENGINE COMPANY RUNS A THIRD FIRE IN THE 11-41 BOX

December 26, 2008 – At 0851, Engine 501 responded second due to 11002 Sentry Ridge Road for a house fire. Engine 511 arrived and reported fire on the second floor. Engine 501 arrived quickly and ran the 300, assisting with wetting down the room and opening up. They went ready at 0934 hours.

ENGINE BACK OUT TO PURDUE COURT FOR ANOTHER FIRE

December 23, 2008 – At 0248, Engine and Chief 501 responded on mutual box 11-41 to 7511 Purdue Court. The Engine arrived second with 511's hydrant, and pulled a back-up line. 511 found a fire to the rear of the address. Engine 501 was ordered to check both exposures for extension. Chief 501 had the command. The Engine went ready at 0342 hours.

Photos courtesy of Co. 511.

ENGINE AND CHIEF ON SMALL HOUSE FIRE IN THE COUNTY

December 21, 2008 – At 1514 hours, mutual box 11-41 was transmitted for a house fire at 7535 Purdue court. Engine 511 arrived and reported a working fire in second floor bedroom. Engine 501 arrived quickly thereafter, picked up 511's hydrant, and pulled a back-up line. Engine 511 made quick work of the fire. We assisted with opening up and went ready within the hour. Chief 501 had division C.

ENGINE FINDS ONE SHOT ON CONFEDERATE TRAIL

December 18, 2008 – At 0146 hours, Engine 501 went out for a shooting in the intersection of Confederate Trail and Burnside Road. The Engine assisted with patient care and then cut loose to set up an LZ. Aircare 1 landed at 9810 Cockrel Road without incident. They went ready at 0220 hours.

ENGINE ARRIVES FIRST AGAIN IN THE COUNTY

December 17, 2008 – At 2230, Engine, Wagon, and Chief 501, responded on mutual box 25-37 for an apartment fire at 9937 Shallow Creek Loop. Engine 501 arrived and took the first due position. They stretched the 400' and found a small fire in the laundry room of apt 101. Wagon 501 arrived and backed up the Engine. The fire was quickly extinguished. Chief 501 had command. Both units returned to the City at 2313 hours.

ENGINE FIRST IN ON SMALL COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

December 16, 2008 – At 1022 hours, mutual box 11-17 was transmitted for 9904 King George Drive. Engine 501 arrived and took the first due position, reporting a small fire on outside of house, side B, second floor. The lineman quickly stretched inside to the second floor but found no fire. The Engine repositioned their line outside, climbed a ladder to the top of the garage, and extinguished the fire a small fire that was inside the wall. They went ready at 1105 hours.

FOAM ENGINE ASSISTS THE COUNTY ON MULTIPLE ALARM BRUSH FIRE

December 07, 2008 – At 1335, Foam Engine 501 was dispatched mutual box 04-34 at 5945 Wellington Road. Once there they assisted Prince William County units with an extremely large brush fire that had extended to several buildings. They went ready at 1453 hours.

ENGINE FINDS AN AUTO ON SUDLEY ROAD

December 05, 2008 – At 1834 hours the Engine went out for an auto in the 8700 block of Sudley Road. They arrived to find a civilian trying to extinguish the fire with a drychem. The crew used the booster line to knock down what was left of the fire and went ready at 1908.

CAR INTO A POLE AT LOCAL STRIP MALL

December 05, 2008 – At 0853 engine 501 responded to 8906 Mathis Avenue for a traffic accident. They arrived to find a car into pole. With no injuries they took care of a small fluid leak and went ready at 0858 hours.

ENGINE RUNS AN AUTO ON BUTTERNUT CIRCLE

December 03, 2008 – At 0808 Engine 501 went out for an auto in front of 10357 Butternut Circle. They arrived to find the engine compartment fully involved. The fire was quickly extinguished. They went ready at 0913.

FUEL SPILL AT THE AIRPORT

November 30, 2008 – At 1236 hours, the Wagon and Foam Engine went out the Manassas Regional Airport at 10605 Observation Road for a aircraft off the runway with a fuel spill. Crews arrived to find a US Navy T-34C Turbo-Mentor leaking fuel. The leak was contained and units went ready within the hour.

ENGINE, TOWER, AND CHIEF: BACK TO WORK IN THE 11 BOX

November 28, 2008 – At 1706 , mutual box 11-13 was transmitted for fire in a home at 10189 Farragut Court bringing Wagon, Tower, and Chief 501. Engine 511 arrived and reported fire showing from the roof. Wagon 501 picked up the hydrant and pulled a second line. Crews found active fire in the basement and on the third floor. Wagon 501 took a line to the basement while Engine 511 took a line to the third floor. All crews made quick work of the fire. Tower 501 opened up the roof and hooked the basement and the third floor. Chief 501 (Ward) had the command. Units headed back to the City at 1842 hours.

CAR SMASHES INTO GEORGETOWN SOUTH HOME

November 22, 2008 – At 2119 hours, units from the 81st Battalion were alerted to a vehicle into a building in the 81-13 box, bringing Wagon and Tower 501 and Battalion 581. Companies arrived to find the typical Georgetown South car into a house scenario; a few smashed parked cars, one partially into a house with minor shoring needed, and thankfully no injuries. The driver of the demolition derby car did bail after the crash, go figure. Units completed shoring the home and went ready at 2220 hours.

ONE FLOWN AFTER SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT

November 20, 2008 – At 0245 hours, Wagon 501 was dispatched on mutual box 07-25 for an overturned vehicle in the area of Brentsville Road and Lakeway Drive. Initial reports indicated that the driver was out of the vehicle and had walked from the scene to his home, a short distance away. Wagon 501 arrived at the crash scene to find no victim meanwhile, Attack and Medic 507 arrived at the callers home to find a patient suffering from traumatic head injuries and a partially de-gloved extremity. As the Wagon was clearing the accident scene, they were requested to set up an LZ at Bennett Elementary School. They landed the helo without incident and the patient was flown to a local trauma center. the Wagon cleared the LZ 0411 hours.

ENGINE COMPANY GOES SECOND DUE AGAIN

November 18, 2008 – At 1024 hours, mutual box 11-12 was transmitted for a house fire at 9527 Damascus Drive, bringing Wagon 501 as the second due company. Truck 511 arrived and reported fire showing from two windows with all residents accounted for. With that report, the Battalion Chief responding to the scene ordered a defensive attack. Engine 501 arrived and completed Engine 511's layout. They were then ordered to take a line to sides B and C where they assisted with extinguishment of the fire on the first floor and the second floor via a ground ladder to a window on side B. The Wagon went ready at 1400 hours. Chief 501 (Ward) was also on scene.

SECOND FIRE OF THE DAY FOR THE ENGINE

November 14, 2008 – At 0351 hours, Engine 501 responded second due on mutual box 11-17 for a building fire at 9418 Abingdon Court. Engine 511 arrived and reported a working fire on the first floor. As their crew was pushing in, the crew from Engine 501 ran a second to the floor above, extinguishing fire and completing a primary search as they went along. They vented hydraulically and assisted with overhauling the building. Engine 501's Wagon Driver, after completing Engine 511's layout, laddered the entire building. The Engine cleared the fireground at 0557 hour. Battalion 581 (Capt. Ellis) had the command. 

TWO CREWS FROM THE CITY FIND A HOUSE WELL OFF IN THE COUNTY

November 13, 2008 – No, this was not a training burn, we think Dave just needed a picture for match.com. At 1045 hours, units from the 81st Battalion responded on mutual box 16-02 for a house, bringing Engine 501 second due and Foam Engine 501 third due (the Tower was out of service for PM), to 10401 Lowery Court. Wagon 516 arrived and reported a house well off. The Engine and the Foam Engine quickly arrived behind 16 and immediately placed two 2 1/2's in service. Both crews sprayed water and roasted some marshmallows for about a half an hour before the majority of the fire was knocked down. The Foam Engine was released at 1157 hours while the Engine sat on the plug till 1400 hours.

TWO SMALL KITCHEN FIRES IN AS MANY DAYS IN THE FIRST DUE

November 10, 2008 – At 0034 hours, box alarm 81-12 was transmitted for an apartment at 8393 Buttress Lane. Engine and Tower 501 arrived to find a small fire in the kitchen of apartment 201. As the Tower Ladder removed the stove hood and cabinets in search of extension, the assignment was held with Company 1 only. The Tower Ladder cleared at 0112 while the Engine Company remained on scene for the FM until 0229 hours.

The second fire occurred on the 11th at 1243 hours. This time units were dispatched on box 81-01 to 9072 Silver Maple Court. Engine and Tower 501 arrived to find another small kitchen fire involving the stove, range hood, and surrounding cabinets. This fire also put off a little more heat than the first, melting the window shades in adjacent rooms. Units went ready within the hour. Battalion Fire Chief 581 (Higgins) had the command.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND FLOWN OUT IN THE FIRST DUE

November 08, 2008 – At 0847 hours, units from the 81st Battalion were alerted to a personal injury accident involving a pedestrian in the intersection of Liberia Avenue and Wellington Road, bringing Engine, Tower, and Chief 501. Tower 501 arrived to find the injured pedestrian lying in the middle of the roadway. The crew from the Tower Ladder began patient care while the Engine Company diverted to setup a LZ. Airecare 3 landed and lifted off without incident, taking the patient to a local trauma center. Units went ready at 0930 hours.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY LINE OF DUTY DEATH

November 08, 2008 – Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cecilia Turnbough, and the members of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department. Cecilia had been a volunteer emergency medical technician with the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department for eight years until she tragically passed away Sunday afternoon during a training exercise at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center. The Manassas Journal Messenger reported that EMT Turnbough collapsed inside the maze – a dark room with no smoke or fire – designed to simulate what it is like to maneuver through a building on fire. She was rescued by on scene personnel and transported to the hospital but regrettably never recovered. EMT Turnbough leaves behind her husband, a lieutenant with the DCVFC, and three children, a son and daughter under the age of 13, and a 19-year-old son who is currently serving abroad in the Navy.

WAGON SECOND IN ON NOKESVILLE HOUSE FIRE

November 02, 2008 – At 1500 hours today, mutual box 25-31 was transmitted for a building fire at 10100 Piper Lane, bringing the Wagon second due. Engine 525 and Wagon 501 arrived together to find heavy fire showing from side A. As the Wagon's crew began stretching their line, Command announced that this would be an exterior operation only. Wagon 501 assisted with the exterior attack and went ready at 1731 hours.

First photo courtesy of Yorkshire VFD, Co. 508

WAGON FINDS AN AUTO ON CENTREVILLE ROAD

October 29, 2008 – At 1612 hours, Wagon 501 responded on a local alarm to 8780 Centreville Road for an auto. They arrived to find the car burning in the BB&T parking lot and had the fire quickly knocked down. They went ready in 10 minuets.

ANOTHER SMALL FIRE FOR THE WAGON AND TOWER

October 26, 2008 – At 0610 hours Sunday morning, mutual box 11-51 was transmitted for a house fire at 8890 Golden Oak Drive, bringing Wagon 501 second due and the Tower Ladder. As Engine 511’s crew stretched their line, the Wagon arrived and took the hydrant. Inside 511’s crew found a small fire in the kitchen cabinets. The crew from Tower 501 assisted with removing the cabinets and checking for extension. With no other service required, both units picked up and were on the way home within a half an hour.

Photos courtesy of Stonewall Jackson VFD, Co. 511.

TWO MORE SMALL FIRES FOR THE WAGON AND TOWER

October 25, 2008 – As the Wagon, Tower, and Chief were on the way home from a small fire in the 25 box where they assisted with ventilation and overhaul, they were dispatched on another box alarm for a house at 11331 Aden Road, in the 05 box. Wagon 505 arrived and reported an outside fire with extension into a room and the cockloft. Wagon 501 arrived 2nd and pulled a second line, assisting with extinguishment inside the home. The Tower crew opened the roof and the voids, exposing the remaining fire. Both units assisted with overhaul and went ready within an hour.

CREWS START WITH A CHIMNEY AND FINISH ON A SECOND ALARM

October 22, 2008 – At 1227 hours, Tower 501 responded on mutual box 05-17 for a chimney fire at 12101 Colvin Way. Engine 505 went on scene with smoke showing from side A and requested the box be filled, bringing Wagon 501 3rd due. The Tower arrived and assisted both on the roof and inside the home. The box was cancelled as the fire was was contained to the firebox and chimney. Our Snuffer was utilized to extinguish the fire in the chimney. Simultaneously, mutual box 04-40 was transmitted for a house at 14013 Conklin Way, bringing the Wagon, again, 3rd due. As the first units began to arrive on scene to find heavy fire conditions, a second alarm was requested. PWC Fire Communications called Tower 501 on scene of the chimney fire and requested them to respond as the truck company on the second alarm. Wagon 501 arrived to find the fire steadily growing and were assigned the RIT. High winds blew the fire quickly to the attached exposure and debris started many small spot fires throughout the neighborhood. As many lines were being deployed to the fire building and attached exposure, an additional line was placed in service to protect the adjacent row of homes that were beginning to melt due to the intense heat. Tower 501 arrived and positioned at the unburned end of the row to put a stop on the fire spreading down the row however, the initial actions of County units on the scene had the majority of the fire knocked down. The Tower's crew were put to work opening up in the Bravo-1 exposure, which still had active fire in several voids. After being rehabbed, the Tower's crew was ordered to man a 2 1/2 in the rear wetting down the fire building which continued to flare up but was inaccessible due to structural collapse. Both units cleared the fireground at 1615 hours.

First photo courtesy of an unknown photographer, next photo courtesy of Nate from Mutual Box Media.

MULTIPLE CREWS ON THE TRASH TRUCK FIRE

October 21, 2008 – At 1445 hours, Wagon 501 was sent on on the local for a truck fire at 10370 Central Park Drive. While the Wagon was responding, Communications advised this was for the contents of a trash truck on fire. The Foam Engine added on to the run and both units arrived to the contents out of the truck and burning on the ground. The fire was quickly extinguished and both units went ready within a half an hour.

UNITS RUN A PLANE CRASH AT THE AIRPORT

October 06, 2008 – At 1644 hours, an Alert 3 was transmitted for a plane crash at the Manassas Regional Airport. Foam Engine, Engine, and Chief 501 arrived to find a single engine plane down on the runway. The pilot was unable to get his landing gear down and made a safe landing on his belly. Crews checked the pilot for injuries and the plane for hazards. With none found, units went ready at 1710 hours.

ONE FLOWN AFTER SHOOTING IN THE CITY

October 04, 2008 – At 1949 hours, in the middle of a busy day, the Foam Engine was sent to 8589 Plantation Lane for a shooting. As they were approaching the scene, the medic unit requested an immediate LZ, which the Foam Engine diverted to setup. Aircare 1 landed without incident and the Foam Engine went ready shortly thereafter.

NOTHING BETTER TO DO DURING A SLOW MONTH

September 29, 2008 – Well September came and went with very little in the way of noteworthy calls. The Fire Company stayed busy with the usual assortment runs however, even those seemed fewer than normal. As you might expect this lead to a lot of downtime which inevitably leads to some sort of mischief. Today the objective was to remove a hornets nest from a second floor window in the rear of the firehouse. Normally this would be accomplished with a hoseline or we might even let it go since no one is ever back there but no, with nothing else going on, it was time for a lesson in Class A PPE for the rookie. I'm glad to report that the nest was successfully removed and other than needing a shower, the rookie came away unscathed.

ENGINE AND TRUCK FIND ONE OVERTURNED ON CENTREVILLE ROAD

September 04, 2008 – At 1842 hours, City Fire Communications transmitted a personal injury accident with one overturned in the 8800 block of Centreville Road, bringing Engine and Truck 501, and Battalion 581. On scene they found just that, but no one trapped. Crews evaluated two patients and managed the hazards. Units cleared in about 15 minutes.

DRIVER BAILS AFTER CRASHING CAR INTO HOUSE

September 02, 2008 – At 0923, Engine, Truck, and Chief 501 were called to 8805 Fort Drive for a vehicle into a building. Crews arrived to find a single car which crashed at speed, in reverse, into a house. The driver had already bailed so there were no injuries and minimal damage to the brick home. Apparently the driver was backing out of the driveway across the street and just kept on going till he hit something. Units went ready at 0935 hours.

ONE STABBED TO DEATH IN GEORGETOWN SOUTH

August 31, 2008 – At 0013 hours, the Engine Company was sent out to the Georgetown South shopping center to assist with an assault. Crews arrived to find a 24 year old male who had been stabbed multiple times, including across the neck, unconscious in the parking lot. Crews immediately started CPR but discontinued it as the victims injuries were incompatible with life. The Engine cleared the scene at 0029. They were later called back for a washdown.

ENGINE COMPANY FINDS SOME MORE WORK IN THE 11 BOX

August 30, 2008 – A few minutes after returning from the LZ, Prince William County Fire Communications transmitted mutual box 11-55 for a commercial building fire at 7619 Doane Drive, bringing Engine 501 as the third due engine company. Wagon 511 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing. Engine 504 and Engine 501 arrived together. While command had Engine 504 assist Wagon 511 with getting their line in service, Engine 501 was ordered to the rear of the building and told to place a line in service. Because of the size of the building and large pieces of equipment to work around, 511's line was barely able to reach the fire, which was burning in a hefty piece of machinery called a stacker. In quick time, Engine 501, running their 600, made it to the fire and was assigned the attack position by Wagon 511. They knocked down what they could and stood by as Rescue 504 cut open the machinery with heavy saws. Eventually they were able to knock down the rest of the visible fire. Truck 511 and Wagon 507 were able to flow water down from the roof through the machines' vent stack, extinguishing what Engine 501 couldn't reach. With the fire out and contained to the machine, Engine 501 went ready at 1849 hours.

ONE FLOWN AFTER HEAD-ON CRASH IN THE CITY

August 30, 2008 – At 1541 hours, Engine 501 went out for a personal injury accident in the 8800 Block of Liberia Avenue. They arrive to find a two vehicle crash with two patients, one of whom was not belted and subsequently went head first into their windshield. A medevac was quickly requested. The Engine assisted with patient care and then cut loose to set up an LZ. Aircare landed without incident. The Engine Company returned to service at 1618 hours.

ANOTHER 1ST DUE FIRE FOR THE BOYS, THIS TIME A BASEMENT

August 27, 2008 – At 1238 hours, units from the 81st Battalion were called to 8312 Felsted Lane for a reported fire in the basement. Engine 501 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the front door. Together with the Truck Company, they quickly advanced a line through heavy smoke conditions and located a small fire in the basement. As the Engine made quick work of the fire, the Truck completed a primary and began opening up. The assignment was quickly held to Company 1 only. Chief 501 (Ward) had the command. The Fire Marshall's Office concluded that an electric leaf blower which was being used to dry the basement carpet (for several days non-stop) caught fire, igniting other near by combustibles. Units from the City went ready at 1355 hours.

SECOND ALARM ON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY

August 18, 2008 – At 0152 hours, Manassas City Fire Communications transmitted the building assignment for 8670 Devonshire Court. With Tower 501 out of service because of a dead transmission, crews from the City responded with Engine and Wagon 501, Engine 501A, and Battalion 581. Wagon 501 arrived on scene and reported fire on the rear balcony and heavy fire through the roof of a three story garden apartment. A second alarm was immediately requested by the Wagon's Officer. Wagon and Engine 501 quickly stretched two lines to the fire floor, pushed in, and began making quick work of the large volume of fire that was in the attic and rear balcony area. Engine 501A arrived fourth and took the RIT assignment. With the fire out, crews had a large amount of overhaul to conduct. Battalion 581 (Ellis) had the command. Thanks to all the mutual box companies who assisted us. Units from Co.1 cleared the fireground at 0520 hours. The FM's Office determined that the fire started in a flower pot on the balcony that the resident also used as an ashtray.

WAGON FINDS AN AUTO ON THE WAY HOME FROM THE PARK

August 16, 2008 – As the Wagon was returning from a fire alarm in the Park, Wagon 507, out of service, came across an auto fire as the result of a traffic accident at Main Street and Azure Court in the City. Being just down the street, the Wagon responded to assist 507. They arrived to find the two men from 507, without gear, hitting the fire from a distance. The Wagon's crew took over extinguishment and overhaul. Luckily for the driver, 507 was in the area and was able to start extinguishment before the entire car became involved. The Wagon left the scene with the cops about 15 minuets later.

SECOND SMALL FIRE OF THE DAY FOR THE WAGON

August 15, 2008 – A few hours after responding to the building collapse and a small fire to the rear of a home in the 11 box, the Wagon was back on the street for another box alarm. At 1955, Prince William County Fire Communications transmitted box alarm 11-29 for a house at 7949 Blue Grey Circle, brining Wagon 501 third due. During an early evening thunderstorm, lightning struck the home creating a fire in the walls. Wagon 525 arrived and reported light smoke coming from the garage. Wagon 501 arrived third and was initially assigned the RIT. They threw several ladders and took out windows on side A of the building. Other crews began opening up, trying to locate the source. Smoke conditions continued to grow as crews continued to open up, trying to find the source which was finally located in the wall and floor between the first floor and the garage. The Wagon was then put to work, removing the garage ceiling and extinguishing remaining hotspots. Chief 501 (Ward) had the command. With the fire out, crews cleared the fireground around 2130 hours.

VEHICLE INTO THE COUNTY CREDIT UNION

August 15, 2008 – At 0911 hours, a first due collapse assignment was transmitted for a vehicle into a building at 8807 Sudley Road, The Prince William County Credit Union. Crews arrived to find a car which had struck the building. Crews evaluated the driver for injuries and checked the vehicle and structural components for hazards. Units left the scene with the City Building Engineers Office at 0930 hours.

HAZMAT LOCAL SOUNDED IN THE CITY

August 12, 2008 – At 1929 hours, Manassas City Fire Communications transmitted a Hazmat Local for 10204 Battlefield Drive, bringing Wagon and Hazmat 501. On the scene, crews discovered that several chemicals had been improperly mixed together inside of the home. The crew from the Hazmat Unit suited up and made level B entry to remove the chemicals and ventilate the residence. Units cleared the scene in just over an hour.

ONE FLOWN OUT AFTER OVERTURNED ACCIDENT

August 05, 2008 – At 1438 hours, Wagon and Chief 501 responded to 9900 Wellington Road for a personal injury accident with reported entrapment. Crews arrived to find one vehicle overturned with an ALS patient. A medivac was requested, bringing Engine 501 for the LZ at Metz Middle School. Aircare 1 landed without incident and units went ready at 1542 hours.

WAGON AND TOWER ON SHED FIRE IN THE COUNTY

July 26, 2008 – At 0136 hours, a first due box alarm was transmitted for a building fire in the area of Sudley Road and Rolling Road. Wagon and Tower 501 responded to find a 20 x 20 shed fully involved with Wagon and Truck 511 already on scene. With the fire actually being in the County, the Wagon picked up 511's line and put a second handline in service. Crews quickly had the fire knocked down and spent the remaining time overhauling. The Tower was cut loose shortly after the fire was under control while the Wagon remained on scene until around 0300 hours.

ONE FLOWN AFTER SHOOTING IN THE CITY

July 23, 2008 – At 1347 hours, Tower 501 responded to 8726 Richmond Avenue for a shooting. They arrived to find a frantic scene outside of the home. Inside they found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. As the Tower and Medics worked on the patient, the Engine responded to 9950 Wellington Road to setup an LZ. Aircare 1 landed without incident and the Engine and Tower went ready at 1446 hours. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.

ENGINE AND TOWER FIND A CAR INTO AN APARTMENT COMPLEX

July 22, 2008 – At 1808 hours, Prince William County Fire Communications transmitted a building collapse assignment for 11994 Coverstone Hill Circle. Engine and Tower 501 arrived to find a car that had crashed into a ground floor apartment. As the EMS units evaluated the driver, the Engine and Tower investigated the wreckage and controlled the hazards. Both companies returned home at 1835 hours.

MATT'S SURPRISE BIRTHDAY AND COWBOYS IN THE CITY?????

July 20, 2008 – Well, today the boys decided to surprise Matthew with a birthday cake, one they thought would reflect his charming and gentle personality. As the photo of Matthew depicts, he was pleasantly surprised. A little bit later in the day, as the Tower crew were on they're way to lunch, they stumbled upon a rather unusual site, a horse tied to a tree in the middle of the City. Needless to say, they had to check it out. Seems the owner of the pony had the same idea as the Tower crew, a little lunch at Tony's Pizzeria. However, with gas prices outlandishly high, this Cowboy found a little equine relief at the pump. Sad to say, if fuel costs continue to get wildly out of control, we might have to put the old Howe horse drawn pumper back in service.

THE ENGINE FINDS A COOKED SNAKE IN AN ELECTRICAL VAULT

July 19, 2008 – At 0751 hours, the Engine was sent out on a local for a smoking electrical vault in front of 9201 Center Street. On arrival, they requested City Electric. Once they arrived on the scene, crews found the reason for the short. A snake, slithering around inside the vault, crossed two of the breakers. The Engine went ready at 0804 hours.

ONE STABBED AND FLOWN OUT FROM LIBERIA AVE

July 19, 2008 – At 0031 hours, Engine 501 was dispatched to 9043 Liberia Avenue for a stabbing. Crews arrived to find one suffering from serious stab wounds. The Engine Company assisted with patient care and at 0053, cut loose to set up an LZ. Aircare 1 landed without incident. The Engine went ready just after 1 am.

ENGINE FINDS 4 AUTOS BURNING IN THE COUNTY

July 16, 2008 – At 1436 hours today, Engine 501 responded on the mutual box to 10100 Residency Road for the report of several autos on fire. Crews arrived to find four cars burning. The Engine assisted with extinguishment and went ready at 1521 hours. Thanks for the pics Travis.

ONE FLOWN OUT AFTER SMALL KITCHEN FIRE

July 14, 2008 – At 1506, Engine 501 responded second due on the county box assignment foe a house fire at 9406 Abingdon Court. As the Engine arrived on scene, Wagon 511 reported food on the stove with minor extension, level 1 in the line of approach. Soon thereafter a helicopter was requested for an occupant of the home with burn injuries. Engine 501 relocated down the street to Ben Lomond Park to set up an LZ. The helo landed without incident and the Engine went ready at 1617 hours.

SECOND FIRE OF A VERY BUSY DAY FOR THE ENGINE AND TOWER LADDER

July 13, 2008 – What was already a busy day got even busier as a severe storm blew through this evening. Lightning strikes are being considered as the cause for at least to fires on the west end of the county alone. At 2000 hours, Engine, Tower and Assistant Chief 501 responded on the mutual box to 10002 Burwell Drive. Crews arrived to find a 20x30 shed well involved. A quick knock on the fire was achieved by the crews from Wagon 525 and Engine 501. Crews from Tower 501 and Engine 607 (Loudoun County in on a transfer) opened up. Assistant Chief 501 (Higgins) had the command. Units from the City went ready at 2211 hours and were assigned to an inside gas leak, causing them to miss another fire at the same time, a few blocks away. With two jobs already and 15 runs in between, it wasn't the end of the world. Good job to all the companies on the west-end and thanks to the transfer companies from Loudoun and Fairfax who participated in the torrent of runs this evening.

THE DAY STARTS OFF WITH A SMALL JOB IN THE 11 BOX

July 13, 2008 – At 0743, the mutual box was transmitted for fire in a senior living facility at 10700 Crestwood Drive, bringing Engine 501 second due. As the first due arrived and reported a working fire, a second alarm was requested for evacuation purposes, bringing Tower 501. Engine 501 pulled a line off of Engine 511 and extinguished the small fire in a first floor apartment. Crews worked quick to remove the smoke from the building while others attended to those in respiratory distress. A great job was done by all companies considering the scale of the evacuation and medical needs at hand. The Engine and Tower went ready at 0923 hours.

FOURTH OF JULY IN THE CITY OF MANASSAS

July 04, 2008 – The seventh annual "Celebrate America" old-fashioned Fourth of July festival unfolded on the streets of Old Town Manassas this evening, complete with music, food, vendors, and rides. With crowds anticipated to be over 50,000, multiple crews from the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company were on hand. They spent most of the day displaying the apparatus, assisting citizens, and enjoying the festivities, in between handling several holiday related calls and the normal runs. Shortly after 5 p.m., a fierce but brief storm blew into Old Town, forcing crowds to run for cover. But as quick as the weather came, it left. As the conditions calmed down, the crowds once again began to pick up in anticipation of the fireworks show. The magnificent fireworks display went off without a hitch. Once the display was complete, at the request of the Fire Marshals Office, the Fire Company checked the tops of the downtown buildings as debris from the fireworks display landed on top of many of them. No hazards were found. Crews cleared at around 2200 hrs.

Photo courtesy of Steve Lessick, Engine Co. 501.

BACK TO BACK FIRES FOR THE ENGINE COMPANY

July 03, 2008 – At 2124 hours, mutual box 11-12 was transmitted for a house at 9542 Damascus Drive bringing Engine 501 as the third due engine company (RIT assignment). Crews arrived to find a mattress on fire. As the Engine was clearing the run, mutual box 11-12 was transmitted for another house down the street at 7900 Norfolk Court, bringing the Engine second due and the Tower first due. Chief 525 arrived and reported smoke showing. Engine 501 arrived first and stretched a line to the second floor where they found a room off coming into the hallway. They made quick work of the fire. The Tower laddered the building, performed a primary search, vented and opened up. The Engine went ready at 2318 hours. The Tower cleared the fireground at 0020 hours, just as they and the Engine were dispatched first due for another house at 8491 Metcalf Blvd. The companies arrived to find light smoke showing from the rear. Crews found a chair and some trash burning in the back yard. Company 1 cleared the scene about 10 minutes later.

First photo courtesy of Stonewall Jackson VFD, Co. 511.

AIRPLANE FIRE SIMULATOR COMES TO MANASSAS

June 25, 2008 – Today Manassas Firemen took part in a Fire Tactics on Aircraft training class presented by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Crews practiced extinguishing fires in several different scenarios: Brake and tire fires, engine fires, and cabin fires. Crews also practiced proper stream and foam application techniques in a propane fed burn pit.

BOOM TRUCK TAKES OUT POWER LINES ON EUCLID AVE... OOPS!

June 17, 2008 – At 1139 hours, Wagon 501 was sent out for wires down in the 9000 block of Euclid Avenue. Upgraded to a traffic accident, the Wagon arrived to find quite a mess. Apparently, for whatever reason, the boom on a flat bed truck came loose while the vehicle was traveling down Euclid Avenue, taking out several cars and power lines, snapping the poles in three. The driver had to remain in the vehicle until City Power cut the juice. With no other hazards or injuries, the Wagon went ready at 1206 hours.

SPENDING SUMMER WITH DAD AT THE FIREHOUSE... PRICELESS

June 016, 2008 – It's that time of the year again; for the third year year in a row, Chris Shafer, son of Firefighter Kevin Shafer, has come up to Manassas for the first two weeks of his summer break. Chris, 15, is a Junior Firefighter with the Reservoir Fire Department in Mississippi, where his dad started his firefighting career. The junior program down there was actually started with Chris as the first member by Chief Scott Berry. With little money for the junior program, the Manassas Fire Company procured some old gear that would fit Chris from our friends at the OWL Vol. Fire Dept., so he can participate with his hometown department. Chris is an eager learner and was always willing to lend a helping hand. During his two weeks with us, he ran 124 runs including three working fires. The Department was glad to have him, as always, and looks forward to seeing him in the future. For his birthday, his father bought him a digital camera and Chris took hundreds of pictures and video during his two weeks. As a thank you for all the hard work he put in around the station, we decided to put together a little video for him. Special thanks to Mike Lesnick for putting together the video.

HAZMAT UNIT RESPONDS FOR A CHLORINE SPILL IN THE 14 BOX

June 014, 2008 – At 1609 hours, a Hazmat Taskforce was sounded for a chlorine spill at 12498 McIntire Drive, in Prince William County. First arriving companies reported that two unknown chemicals in tablet form had been mixed together and were reacting. The crew from the Hazmat Unit assisted with research and staffed the back up entry team. The hazard was mitigated and the building ventilated, and the Hazmat returned home at 1813 hours.

FUNERAL PROCESSION GETS OFF TO A BUMPY START

June 13, 2008 – At 1235 hours, the Foam Engine responded to 9609 Center Street, in front of Pierce Funeral Home, for a traffic accident. They arrived to find a minor T-bone crash involving a hearse which was on its way to the cemetery as part of a funeral procession. With no injuries found, the Foam Engine secured a small antifreeze leak and left the scene with the cops at 1242 hours.

RUN-AWAY TEEN CRASHES CAR INTO BUILDING

June 13, 2008 – At 1138 hours, Foam Engine and Tower 501 responded to the 9000 block of Center Street for a car into a building. Crews arrived to find a single vehicle which had struck a building and bounced off. Units evaluated the driver and building. Apparently, the driver, a teenager without a license, "borrowed" the family car and decided to hit the road but instead hit a giant building. The driver suffered minor injuries, as well did the building. Units cleared the scene at 1151 hours.

CHECK OUT THE LATEST MANASSAS FIRE COMPANY MOVIE

June 12, 2008 – Well, we know its been awhile coming. We've received a ton of emails wondering when the next video would be done, sorry we couldn't respond to all of them. Thanks again to Mike Lesnick for all of his hard work and great ideas which allows us to keep putting out these videos. So without any further delay, here it is. Thanks for your patience.

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TOWER CALLED DOWN TO THE EAST END FOR A ROWHOUSE FIRE

June 12, 2008 – At 2015 hours, mutual box 17-24 was sounded for smoke coming from the roof at 4654 Charlton Court. Usually the 5th due truck, Tower 501 responded first due. Battalion 505 arrived on the scene and reported smoke showing from the roof of a of a 2 story brick row. Inside the crew from Engine 512 found a small fire in the cockloft and made quick work of it. By the time we got there, Rescue 502 had opened the roof and had most of the work done. Since there was nothing left to do, it was time to cause some mischief. We found our favorite career Lt., Dave Halman, also a Rescue 502 volunteer, up on the roof. We heckled him for a minute about his vent hole and then repositioned the ladder leaving him stranded long enough to get his BP up. We also considered loading the back of the Squad up with our ground ladders since they thought they were a truck company, but decided we had caused enough trouble. It was good to see some faces who we don't get to see so often. With nothing else to do, we braved the 130 degree volcano heat coming out from underneath the engine housing in the back of the Tower and headed home.

BICYCLIST CRASHES THROUGH WINDOW OF TONY'S PIZZERIA

June 12, 2008 – As the Foam Engine and Tower were operating on the county box alarm, more craziness was going on back in the City. At 1742 hours, Engine 501 was sent out for a serious injury at 9108 Mathis Avenue, one of our favorite restaurants, Tony's Pizza. On arrival, they found one of our favorite drifters in need of serious medical attention. However it happened, he ended up riding his bicycle through one of the large plate glass windows in the front of the store, and was suffering from multiple, severe, deep tissue and muscle lacerations. The Engine cut loose to set up the LZ and the patient was flown to a local trauma center. The Engine went ready at 1819 hours.

FOAM ENGINE AND TOWER FIRST IN ON ANOTHER COUNTY BUILDING FIRE

June 12, 2008 – At 1520 hours, mutual box alarm 07-41 was sounded for a building fire to the rear of 10312 Godwin Drive. Battalion 504 arrived first and reported a 45x45 barn type garage fully involved with the exposure getting ready to go. Also reported were several drums of hazardous materials and pressurized fuel containers in the garage. Foam Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 arrived next with 11 men and quickly put 4 lines in service, one on the exposure which had already lost most of its siding, and three on the fire building. With the fire beginning to darken down and the rest of the box alarm beginning to arrive on scene, crews worked together to bring the fire under control without any further damage to the home or injures to members in the high heat.  The entire box alarm cleared the scene at 1839 hours.

All photos and video by Chris Shafer, future MVFC Fireman.

FOAM ENGINE AND TOWER ON AUTO NEXT TO BUILDING WITH EXTENSION

June 11, 2008 – At 1031 hours, Prince William County Fire Communications transmitted a box alarm for a building fire at 12422 Nokesville Road, bringing Foam Engine 501 as the third due engine company and Tower 501 as the first due truck. The Foam Engine arrived second, picking up the first due's line, and pulled a backup line. The Tower opened up, looking for extension while the Foam Engine hit some hot spots and assisted with overhaul. They both went ready at 1148 hours.

FOAM ENGINE FINDS AUTO OFF WITH FUEL SPILL

June 07, 2008 – At 1058 hours, Foam Engine 501 responded for an auto in front of 8989 Centreville Road. They found a station wagon with fire in the engine compartment. Because of a 20 gallon fuel leak, the Hazmat unit was requested for containment. Units went ready at 1203 hours.

FOAM ENGINE GETS THE FIRE IN THE 7 BOX

June 04, 2008 – At 1600 hours, just after a massive storm rolled through the area, Foam Engine and Tower 501 responded on mutual box 07-15 to Mollit Drive for a reported house fire. Tanker 506 arrived first and reported smoke showing. The Foam Engine arrived and had the first line in service off of Tanker 506. Inside they found heavy smoke in the home and fire in the void space between an old roof and an new roof. Tower 501 cut the roof and opened up and the remaining fire was extinguished. Both units went ready at 1939 hours.

MINI CELL CAUSES DESTRUCTION IN THE CITY

June 04, 2008 – At 1530 hours, Foam Engine, Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 went sent out to various addresses in the area of the 8800 block of Wesley Avenue for reports of wires and trees down in the area. Crews found a wide path of destruction including several trees down on cars and homes. The vehicles and occupancies were checked for victims and the hazards were taped off. Although the National Weather Service did not confirm any tornado landings in the area, winds did reach 60 mph. Winds also ripped off part of a roof at Jennie Dean Elementary School. Units cleared at 1559 hours.

WHICH TAROT CARD MEANS YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE

June 03, 2008 – At 1751 hours, Foam Engine 501 responded second due for a building fire at 8826 Wellington Road, on mutual box 11-62. The Foam Engine arrived first and found a small fire on the second floor of a home that belonged to a local psychic and palm reader. The Foam Engine made quick work of the fire and went ready at 1839 hours.

ONE SHOT AND KILLED IN FRONT OF GEORGETOWN SOUTH

May 31, 2008 – At 2100 hours, Wagon 501 responded to 9644 Grant Avenue for a reported shooting. The crew found a Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshots wounds. After a quick patient assessment, it was determined that the victim's injuries were incompatible with life and he was pronounced dead on the scene. According the the Manassas Journal Messenger, the victim, two brothers, and a cousin were walking to the Georgetown South Shopping Center to get something to eat when they encountered a group of about 10 Hispanic men. The victim recognized the group as the same individuals who had attacked him two weeks prior because of the clothing he was wearing. The victim, his brothers and cousin decided to leave and as they were walking back home, one of the men from the group pulled out a gun and shot at the victim several times, killing him. The shooters were arrested a week later in Connecticut. The Wagon remained on scene for about 25 minutes to assist the cops with lighting.

ENGINE FIRST IN ON COUNTY BUILDING FIRE

May 26, 2008 – At 1551, Wagon 501 responded second due on the mutual box for smoke coming from a house at 8699 Wellington Road. Wagon 501 arrived first to find smoke and fire showing from sides A and B of a one story Vacant. The crew forced through the front door and found fire in basement, in the walls of the first floor, and in the attic. The crew from Wagon 501, backed up by Engine 511, made quick work of the fire. The Wagon went ready at 1723 hours.

FLOODING KEEPS UNITS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY BUSY

May 11, 2008 – Heavy rains and fierce storms kept units throughout the City and County running non stop. The City of Manassas received more than three inches of rain on Sunday and more than five and a half inches since Thursday. Heavy flooding turned most of the area into a giant pond. Crews mainly encountered drivers stranded in high water or civilians trapped in their homes by rising waters. By the way, if you can't tell how deep the water is, the dumpster is sitting on top of a truck.

WAGON AND TOWER REMOVE TWO FROM OVERTURNED CAR

May 10, 2008 – At 0748 hours, Wagon and Tower 501 responded to the intersection of Center Street and Grant Avenue for a personal injury accident with reported entrapment. Both companies arrived to one vehicle on its side with two patients inside. The vehicle was stabilized and both occupants were removed. The Wagon and Tower went ready at 0832 hours.

ENGINE RUNS A TRUCK FIRE IN THE 25 BOX

May 05, 2008 – At 2259 hours, Engine 501 ran second due on the truck fire in the area of Nokesville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. Wagon 525 arrived and reported a dump truck on fire. Engine 501 arrived shortly thereafter and assisted with extinguishment. They went ready within the hour.

CREWS FIND HEAVY FIRE SHOWING FROM NOKESVILLE HOUSE

May 03, 2008 – At 1948 hours Engine and Chief 501 responded on the mutual box to 11301 Morlay Lane, in the Nokesville section of the county, for a reported house fire. Crews arrived to find what had originally started as a garage fire quickly spreading to the rest of the lightweight constructed home. With heavy fire now showing, Engine 501 arrived and was initially assigned the RIT. They through several ground ladders and stood by until they were ordered to relieve crews inside. The Engine completed opening up and overhaul on second floor. They went ready at 2227 hours. Chief 501 (Ward) had Division C.

Photos courtesy of Lake Jackson VFD, Co. 507.

CREWS FIND SEVERAL RV'S OFF WITH EXPLODING PROPANE TANKS

April 26, 2008 – At 2231 hours, mutual box 11-23 was sounded bringing Engine 501 second due for a truck fire at 10850 Balls Ford Road. While units were responding, Communications advised they had received multiple calls stating that several large recreational vehicles were on fire in the rear of an RV dealership at that box location with explosions. Engine 511 arrived to find two fully involved RVs and multiple RVs exposed. He requested the box be filled out. Engine 501 arrived and completed 511’s split lay. As the crew from Engine 511 stretched a leader line and a high rise bag to begin knocking down the fire, a chemical tank on board one of the RVs exploded. In short time at least one onboard propane tank also vented, creating quite an impressive sight. Engine 501's crew put two lines in service and assisted Engine 511 with extinguishing the heavy fire. Chief 501 arrived and was assigned as the Safety Officer. Engine 501 cleared the scene at 0021 hours.

Photos courtesy of Stonewall Jackson VFD, Co. 511.

CREWS RESPOND FOR AN APARTMENT IN THE PARK

April 22, 2008 – At 2018 hours, mutual box 89-03 was transmitted for an apartment at 9441 Creekview Terrace, bringing Engine 501 second due, Tower and Chief 501. Crews found fire in a third floor apartment. Engine 501 backed up Wagon 509, who made quick work of the fire, while Tower 501 performed a primary and opened up. Chief 501 had division 3. Units cleared the box at 2101 hours.

ENGINE FINDS AN AUTO IN FRONT OF THE HOSPITAL

April 18, 2008 – At 1138 hours, Engine 501 went out for an auto in the 8700 block of Sudley Road. They arrived to find fire in the engine compartment and made quick work of it. They returned to service in about 15 minutes.

ANOTHER DECK FIRE EXTENDS INTO COUNTY HOUSE

April 16, 2008 – At 2240 hours, mutual box 25-07 was transmitted for a house fire at 12120 Tamar Court, bringing Engine 501 as the second due engine company. Wagon 525 arrived to find fire on the rear porch that had climbed up the vinyl siding and into the home. Engine 501 arrived next and established a second water supply. They stretched 200' of 1 1/2" to the second floor where they performed some minor extinguishment, opened up, and checked for extension. The Engine headed home at 0002 hours.

ONE REMOVED FROM OVERTURNED VEHICLE

April 15, 2008 – At 1237 hours, City Fire Communications transmitted a Rescue Local for a personal injury accident with one overturned and possible entrapment in the area of Nokesville Road and the Prince William County Parkway. Engine, Tower, and Chief 501 arrived to find a single vehicle on its side. The driver, suffering minor injuries, had to be removed through the windshield. Crews went ready at 1307 hours.

ENGINE FINDS FIRE SHOWING IN THE 16 BOX

April 14, 2008 – At 1905 hours, Engine and Battalion 501 responded second due on mutual box 16-11 for a house at 10831 Gladney Drive. Engines 516 and 501 found heavy smoke showing on side A and fire showing from the second floor on side C. Both companies swiftly put lines in service and made quick work of the fire. Engine 507 arrived shortly behind the first two companies and performed a primary, which was negative. The crew from Engine 501 assisted with opening up and overhaul, and went ready at 2020 hours.

ENGINE FINDS AN AUTO ON GRANT AVENUE

April 06, 2008 – At 1329 hours, communications sent the Engine out on the Local for an auto in the 9200 block of Grant Avenue. They arrived to find fire in the engine compartment and made quick work of it. The Engine returned to service in about 20 minutes.

CIVILIAN MOST CERTAINLY SAVES HIS OWN HOUSE

April 06, 2008 – At 0300 hours, Engine 501 responded third due on the mutual box for a reported house on fire at 7506 MacNichol Lane, in the Buckhall section of the County. Engine 516 and Engine 501 arrived together to find a smoldering fire on the front porch. Engine 501, taking the second due position, pulled a line off of Engine 516 and began knocking down all visible fire. Luckily for the residents, an occupant of the home was sleeping on the living room couch and woke up with a mouth full of smoke. He ran outside and, using the green line, knocked down most of the fire prior to calling 911. This fire was certainly only a minute or so away from burning through the vinyl portion of the underpinning, which was all that kept the fire out of the attic. The occupant who extinguished the fire suffered minor injuries while the rest were evaluated for smoke inhalation. The Engine went ready at 0338 hours.

THE MANASSAS VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY ENDS 30 YEARS OF BINGO

March 29, 2008 – On Saturday March 29th, the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company hosted its final bingo fundraiser. The fire company had been hosting a weekly bingo session every Saturday for over 3 decades. This had always been the primary fundraiser for the fire company in which the proceeds were used for purchasing equipment, apparatus, and personal protective gear for our members. The proceeds raised by our bingo game enabled our city leaders to direct monies that would have otherwise been necessary for the operation of the fire company to go towards other community services such as the roads, and parks and recreations. 

“A Little History” For many years the only requirement for our membership was to work a bingo session once every month. The membership was divided into 4 teams and a friendly rivalry existed among the teams as to who could raise the most money on a monthly basis.

On a typical Saturday night the membership would show up for its bingo duty at approximately 4pm, and would begin selling bingo games at 5pm. The games would usually last until 10:30pm with the membership cleaning the hall immediately thereafter and maybe were being relieved as early as 11pm. There were certain times in our history when the fire company would be in dyer need of new equipment and would play host to a double bingo session. This required resetting the bingo hall after the first session, reselling the bingo games, and then running the game as a normal evening would run. On those occasions the membership was lucky to be out by 3:30am!!!

Over the years the game matured quite a bit, from the use of cardboard bingo games with plastic dots to cover the numbers that were called.  To today’s bingo that is played on paper books and the even more modern electronic bingo game.  We once used to use a rotating cylinder to pull a wooden ball out and call the number; we now have the more modern bingo caller’s stand with plastic balls and electronic monitors throughout the hall so our players could follow the game with ease.

Over the years the fire company made many upgrades to our bingo hall in order to provide the best possible environment for our players. When smoking was permissible in public buildings, we once invested over $13,000 into a smoke removal system so that we could provide a better cleaner environment for our players. Last year as a matter of fact we invested over $20,000 in new cushioned chairs and a more modern callers stand in order to attract as many players as we could.
“Changes” over the past few years our revenue stream from bingo had decreased substantially. We would often be able to tell the conditions in our overall economy based on the weekly attendance we would have at our games. It was a sign of the times in that the changes in the expected level of emergency services we are expected to provide to the community; would require us to do away with a longstanding staple in the fire company, and in the community for that matter.
The fire company attempted to find replacement workers for our active members by establishing a new level of membership, that being the Associate Member. The Associate Member was one that would assist the fire company in fund raising only. We were able to enroll over 12 Associate Members in the past year, but not nearly enough to be able to alleviate the active membership from this fundraising requirement as it takes over 8 individuals on a team to have an effective presence at our games.
“Ultimate Decision” The fire company membership and board of director’s moved to end bingo in order to focus our efforts on our primary objective which is to provide the best possible fire and emergency services to the citizens of Manassas and the surrounding community.  As many are aware, after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the fire service was forever changed. The amount of time required by our volunteers for training and duty nights/weekends only made the fundraising aspect for our membership that much more cumbersome. The company now requires our members to pull duty nights in order to staff our apparatus on a consistent basis, as we rely less and less on home response to staff the units.

We would like to thank our Auxiliary for providing refreshments and food to our bingo players for as long as the game has existed. The money raised by the auxiliary from this service would be donated annually to the fire company and over the years went to purchase a Chief’s response vehicle, Automatic Electronic Deliberator, as well as, most recently a thermal imaging camera at a cost of $8,000. Well Done!!!

We would especially like to thank the women and men who for over 30 years have consistently supported the fire company by attending our weekly game. The membership of the fire company is incredibly appreciative of your support. Without you, much that we have been able to accomplish in our 116 year history would not have been possible.

TEAM 2 Captain Jason Lesnik

FIRST DUE WITH FIRE ON THE THIRD FLOOR

March 28, 2008 – At 2113 hours, units from the 81st Battalion hit the street as box alarm 81-01 was transmitted for fire in a home at 8490 Saddle Court. Wagon, Tower, and Chief 501 responded with 10 volunteers. Tower 501 went on the scene with smoke showing from the third floor. As they were making their way inside, bystanders reported that two children were possibly still not accounted for. As Wagon 501 deployed their line, the Tower began an aggressive search of the home. On the third floor, crews found a back bedroom off with heavy extension into the cockloft. The crew from Wagon 501 made quick work of the fire. Wagon 509 arrived, pulled a backup line, and assisted the Tower with the primary, which was negative. Truck 511 assisted the Tower with ventilation. Chief 501 had the command. The last unit from the City cleared the scene at 2308 hours. The missing children were located outside of the home. One occupant was transported with smoke inhalation.

Box Alarm: W501, W509, E508, W516, TW501, T511, R508, C501

WAGON RUNS SMALL CRAWL SPACE FIRE IN THE 11 BOX

March 26, 2008 – At 0006 hours, mutual box 11-39 was transmitted for fire reported to be underneath of a townhouse at 10838 Clover Court, bringing Wagon 501 as the third due engine company. Ambulance 511 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing and a glow in the crawl space. Wagon 501 arrived second, picked up the line, and found the crews from Engine and Truck 511 getting a line on the fire through a 6" x 12" vent hole located on the exterior wall. With smoke conditions increasing and the fire spreading under the floor along the floor joists, Wagon 501 was ordered to take a second line into the home and tear up the floor in the foyer closet. They made quick work of removing the carpet and chopping through the floor. Eventually Rescue 504 cut a second hole towards the stairs. The fire was quickly doused and the Wagon returned to the City at 0126 hours. Chief 501 had Division C.

Photos courtesy of Stonewall Jackson VFD, Co. 511.

CREWS FIND A ROOM IN THE FIRST DUE

March 16, 2008 – At 1946 hours, box alarm 81-03 was transmitted for fire in an unknown location inside of the East End Mobile Home Park at 9021 Centreville Road. Wagon, Truck and Chief 501 quickly arrived and began searching the area. Chief 501 reported smoke showing from a single wide at lot 59A. The Wagon's crew ran their line and found a room in the front of the trailer. They had the fire quickly knocked down, completed a primary search, and ventilated hydraulically. During the secondary, a dog was found, uninjured. Chief 501 quickly held the assignment to Company 1. The Wagon and Truck overhauled and remained on scene for the FM until 2100 hours.

BRILLIANCE RESULTS IN A HAZMAT LOCAL

March 06, 2008 – At 1443 hours, the Hazmat Local was sounded for a chemical spill at 9114 Euclid Avenue. Crews arrived to find workers who were cleaning concrete forms with hydrochloric acid and a power washer. The problem was, they had dug a ditch for the runoff that led directly to a storm drain. Crews from the Wagon and Hazmat Unit immediately dammed up the ditch, called for the Fire Marshall and a few other city officials, and took some readings. Crews left the scene with the officials at 1530 hours.

CREWS GO OUT FOR THE BUILDING AND FIND A TRASH TRUCK

March 05, 2008 – At 1623 hours, units from the 81st Battalion were alerted to a building fire at 8620 Quarry Road. As Foam Engine, Wagon, and Truck were approaching the scene, a large column could be seen from the rear of the building. Crews arrived to find the body of a trash truck on fire. It seems that workers, who were making repairs to the unit, forgot to empty it before they started welding. The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down. The crews removed the refuse from the container, wetting down hot spots, and went ready at 1714 hours.

TRUCK REMOVES TWO FROM CRASH IN THE COUNTY

March 02, 2008 – At 0325 hours, two motorists came across an overturned vehicle on the Prince William County Parkway in the area of Longtree Road. As the two occupants got out to check on the driver of the overturned vehicle, who incidentally had fled the scene, their vehicle and one of the occupants was stuck by a third car. Truck 501 responded as the extrication unit. They arrived to find two people trapped in the third vehicle. As other companies aided the victim who had been struck and searched the area for the driver of the overturned car, the Truck crew began extricating the victims. Rescue 504 arrived and assisted with the extrication. Two helicopters were requested and both patients were flown to a local trauma center. The Truck went ready at 0438 hours.

TOWER 501 GOES OUT OF SERVICE, COUNTY STEPS IN TO HELP

March 01, 2008 – The members of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue for allowing us to borrow Truck 519 while our Tower is out for about a month for some repairs and general maintenance. Truck 519 is a reserved unit that is stationed at the County's Training Academy. Aside from being the county's only reserve ladder truck, it serves the training school full time. This is just another example of the County and City working together to better serve our communities.

OVERTURNED VEHICLE IN OLD TOWN WITH TWO TRAPPED

February 29, 2008 – At 2148 hours, units from the 81st Battalion hit the street for a personal injury accident with persons trapped in the intersection of Grant Ave and Church Street. The Foam Engine arrived to find a two vehicle crash with one on its side. They pulled a line and assisted with assessing patients while the Truck and the Crash stabilized the vehicle. The roof was quickly removed and both patients were packaged into awaiting ambulances. One patient was flown out by Medstar. The LZ was handled by Wagon 511. Chief 501 had the command. Units cleared at 2224 hours.

FATAL EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT ON SUDLEY ROAD

February 27, 2008 – At 0404 hours, City Fire Communications sent units out for a personal injury accident with reports of a trapped victim in the area of Sudley Road and Grant Avenue. The Foam Engine arrived to find a single vehicle that had struck a pole and an electrical box. Crews checked the vehicle to make sure it was not electrified and then quickly assessed the victim who was pronounce dead on the scene. The Foam engine went ready at 0636 hours, after the body had been removed. Chief 501 had the command.

FOAM ENGINE FINDS HEAVY FIRE IN MANASSAS PARK

February 26, 2008 – At 0359 hours, Foam Engine 501 responded third due on mutual box 89-01 for fire in a home at 213 Cabbel Drive, in the City of Manassas Park. Wagon 509 arrived and reported a working fire and that they were taking a line into the basement. Engine 508 and Foam Engine 501 arrived together. Engine 508 was ordered to conduct a primary on the first floor and the Foam Engine stretched a line in with them. Crews encountered heavy fire conditions throughout the home. As the fire attack was under way, the RIT group leader noted that even with three lines in operation, heavy fire was now venting out of all windows on Side A and B, and from the attic. At the same time Wagon 509 reported a large hole in the first floor and an evacuation was ordered. An exterior attack was initiated and once the bulk of fire was knocked down, crews had their hands full trying to get to several stubborn fires still burning within home and in the attic. Chief 501 assisted at the command post and the Foam Engine went ready at 0615 hours only to catch two more runs before returning to quarters an hour later.

Fire photos courtesy of Stonewall Jackson VFD, Co. 511.

FOAM ENGINE AND CHIEF ON COUNTY BUILDING FIRE

February 13, 2008 – At 0244 hours, mutual box 08-18 was sounded for a building fire at 7431 Boundary Avenue bringing Foam Engine 501. Engine 508 went on scene and reported fire throughout a 12x25 detached building that appeared to be a shed. The Foam Engine's crew pulled a line and assisted with the primary search and overhaul. The building was occupied but all residents made it out and were uninjured. The Foam Engine went ready at 0330 hours. Chief 501 had operations.

FOAM ENGINE SECOND DUE ON COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

February 11, 2008 – At 0919 hours, Foam Engine 501 responded second due on mutual box 11-17 for fire in a townhome at 7237 St. Lucia Court. Company 511 arrived and reported fire on the top floor. Foam Engine 501 arrived and established a secondary water supply. They advanced a second line and performed a search of the home and assisted opening up and ventilating. With the fire quickly contained, the Foam Engine went ready at 1003 hours.

MURDER BRINGS BUILDING COLLAPSE ASSIGNMENT IN THE FIRST DUE

February 08, 2008 – As crews from the Foam Engine and Tower were finishing cleaning up equipment from the house fire, City Fire Communications transmitted a rescue assignment for a building collapse at 9157 Laurelwood Court. Initial reports had this as a vehicle into a building though while on the way, communications advised that sounds of gun shots had been reported in the area. The Foam Engine pulled into the block to find the City police already on scene. Crews found a taxi cab which had crashed into the basement level of a townhome on side D. Inside the cab, crews found the body of the driver who was suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. While the victim was pronounced dead on the scene, crews evaluated the extensive damage to the building. The impact of the cab broke the foundation and shifted the main supporting I-beam. The home was evacuated and the City building official was called to the scene. The Tower cleared within 15 minutes while the Foam Engine remained to assist with the investigation for another hour.

ENGINE AND TOWER GO TO WORK ON COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

February 08, 2008 – Just as the Foam Engine was clearing a traffic accident, Prince William County Fire Communications transmitted a box alarm for 8014 Stillbrooke Road, bringing Foam Engine 501 as the fourth due engine company and Tower 501 as the first due truck. Battalion Chief 504 arrived first and reported fire to the rear of the home. By the time companies began arriving on the scene, the fire, fueled by the vinyl siding, had spread to the second floor of the home. The Foam Engine arrived as crews from 506 and 507 were placing their lines in service to the rear of the home. While the Foam Engine stretched their line inside, the Tower went to work laddering the building and opening up. All crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire before it spread to the roof. After extensive overhaul was complete the Foam Engine went ready at 2214 hours while the Tower remained on scene for about another hour. 

Some photos courtesy of Nathan Camfiord.

HONORING THE LIFE OF A BRAVE SOLDIER AND AN AMERICAN PATRIOT

January 27, 2008 – So, I know I've neglected my duties as webmaster over the last several months. In addition to the constant nagging of members Company 1 and other local departments, I have received well over 50 emails from firefighters across the country inquiring about the delay. I apologize for the lack of updates. I have posted the following story to explain my absence.

I took a few months off from the Fire Company to help my family care for my grandfather. Following a successful surgery in July to remove his cancer ridden pancreas, my father, two aunts, and I cared for him in 24 hours shifts – at his home, where we thought he would be most comfortable and peaceful. While still fully cognoscente, he slowly lost the ability to do the most minimal tasks. The same day that the Polish American Congress - the organization with which he was closely associated for more than 30 years - was holding a recognition ceremony where he was being awarded with the first-ever Polish American Congress Medal of Freedom, Colonel Casimir I. Lenard AUS (Ret.), my beloved grandfather, passed away. I wanted to pay tribute to the life and legacy of my grandfather by telling the story of his life, the life of a brave soldier and an American patriot, who also made a tremendous contribution to strengthening the friendship between the United States and Poland.
To read on and view other photos, please click on the 'more photos' button.

ENGINE FINDS HEAVY FIRE IN MANASSAS PARK

January 26, 2008 – At 0335 hours, Engine 501 responded second due on mutual box 89-01 to 199 Old Centreville Road, in the City of Manassas Park. The Engine arrived to find heavy fire throughout the home and a defensive attack was ordered due to holes in the floor. Engine 501 operated a 2 1/2 inch line on side A until the fire was under control. Crews worked hard to overhaul the building and the Engine went ready at 0626 hours.

Photos courtesy of Philip Layton, Stonewall Jackson VFD, Co. 511 Fireman.

ENGINE AND TOWER RUN SMALL APARTMENT FIRE IN THE COUNTY

January 25, 2008 – At 1614 hours, the box was transmitted for an apartment fire in Company 25's first due, at 9968 Shallow Creek Loop. Engine and Tower 501 arrived second to find light smoke showing. Inside, Wagon 525 found a small fire in a second floor bathroom. The Tower conducted a quick primary, laddered the building and secured the gas, ventilated and opened up. With no extension the Engine and Tower were headed home within 45 minutes.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER FIRE: ENGINE FIRST IN ON COUNTY HOUSE

January 19, 2008 – At 1128 hours, Prince William County Fire Communications transmitted a box alarm for a house fire at 8325 Highland Street, bringing Engine 501 as the second due engine company. Engine 501 arrived just ahead of Engine 511, taking the first due position, and reported a working fire. The Engine’s crew forced the front door and encountered heavy smoke conditions on the first floor. With no visibility and through increasing heat, they conducted a primary search of the first floor until they found a room off. While they made quick work of that, the crew from Engine 511 made the second floor and began to ventilate. When conditions on the second floor failed to improve, Engine and Truck 511 opened up the walls and ceiling and found fire in the attic too. As the roof was vented, Engine 511 knocked down the remaining fire. The speedy actions and team work of the first arriving companies contained the fire to a small portion of the home. Battalion 581 (Ellis) initially had the command and then switched over to operations upon arrival of Chief 508. Engine 501 cleared the fireground at 1422 hours.

ENGINE SECOND IN ON OCCUPIED DWELLING FIRE

January 18, 2008 – At 1836 hours, mutual box 89-00 was transmitted for fire in a home at 105 Jenkins Court, in the City of Manassas Park, bringing Engine, Tower, and Chief 501. The Engine arrived second to pick up 509's hydrant with fire showing from the second floor of a single family occupied dwelling. As the Engine was stretching a second line, the crew from Wagon 509 opened up their pipe and made quick work of a room on the second floor. The crew from Tower 501 laddered the building, secured the utilities, ventilated, and overhauled the building. Chief 501 had the command. Medic 509 treated one occupant for burn injuries. Company 1 units went ready at 1944 hours.

YOU DEFINITELY LOOK BETTER IN BLACK GEAR

January 14, 2008 – The volunteers of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company are proud to welcome Firefighter Kevin Frye to our family. Kevin is the latest addition to the career staff, who work Monday-Friday, 7am till 5pm. Firefighter Frye entered the fire service in 1981 when he joined the Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department as a volunteer. In 1989 he was hired by the Greater Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad as a Firefighter-EMT. During his career there he received his Paramedic and was in time promoted to Lieutenant in 2002. Kevin resigned his position there on January 7, 2008 to join the Fire Company.

FIRST FIRE OF THE NEW YEAR IS FIRST DUE IN THE SOUTH

January 12, 2008 – At 2152 hours, Manassas City Fire Communications transmitted a box alarm for 9902 Hampton Road, in Georgetown South. Engine 501A arrived at a two story brick row with smoke showing. The crew found a fire in a second floor bedroom and made quick work of it. Tower 501 laddered the building and, with the assistance of Truck 511, vented the building. There were no injuries and the fire was contained to the dispatched address. Units from Company 1 cleared the scene at 0008 hours.

FINALLY THE KITCHEN RENOVATIONS ARE COMPLETE

January 11, 2008 – Well the kitchen is finally done, and not too soon, eating meals on the tail board in the engine bay was getting old. The crews did an excellent job and the Company really appreciates the hard work and dedication that was put into fixing up the kitchen. The next project to tackle will be the day room and that will be starting soon... we hope.

THE KITCHEN IS DAYS AWAY FROM BEING FINISHED

January 07, 2008 – Crews are putting the final touches on the kitchen. All of the appliances are in, the trim is up, and most important, the plasma is back in place. Crews are working really hard to have this wrapped up by the end of the week.

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