Fauquier County Department of Fire Rescue           & Emergency Management                                    

62 Culpeper Street                                                                                                                       Warrenton, Virginia 20186                                                                                                                    
Administration / Operations- 540-422- 8800
Training - 540-422-8820

 

Thank you for visiting the Fauquier County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Management website. Fauquier County is nestled in the heart of Virginia horse and wine country and is considered the beautiful bridge between the bustling Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, Northern Virginia and the tranquil foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our Volunteer fire companies, augmented by career personnel, protect and preserve this county and its citizens with Fire, Paramedic Emergency Medical, Rescue, Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Management services.


 

                                                                                             

          Darren Stevens, MPA, CFOD               Mark Ciarrocca, BS, CPM                    Thomas Marable

                       Fire Rescue Chief                             Assistant Fire Chief               Volunteer Association President

                darren.stevens@fauquiercounty.gov    mark.ciarrocca@fauquiercounty.gov        tom.marable@fauquiercounty.gov

   


DROUGHT WATCH

DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND RESCUE  

                  
Press Release

Warrenton, VA – May 4, 2017 –   The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a drought watch on March 22nd. According to the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force, the precipitation in April increased streamflow rates, but was not enough to offset dry conditions due to below-normal winter precipitation.

In accordance to the Fauquier County Comprehensive Drought Management and Emergency Preparedness Plan, when DEQ issues a drought watch, Fauquier County will implement voluntary water restrictions and provide public education on how to reduce water usage. A list of examples of water conservation practices is posted on the Fauquier County website as well as the Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management social media pages.

Regardless of drought level, residents, businesses, and communities in Fauquier County can, and should, evaluate and explore more efficient water conservation practices. If the drought level increases to warning or emergency, mandatory restrictions on water usage will be implemented.

The Fauquier County Drought Team consists of representatives from the Towns of Warrenton, Remington, and The Plains, Water and Sanitation Authority, John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Bureau, Fauquier County Departments of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, Administration, Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Sheriff’s Office, General Services, Environmental Health, Agricultural Extension, Public Schools, as well as the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and a private non-agricultural industrial water user that manages their own groundwater supply system. The primary responsibilities of the team are drought management, public communications, and drought education and public awareness.

The Fauquier County Comprehensive Drought Management and Emergency Preparedness Plan can be viewed at http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/home/showdocument?id=12951

For more information on hydrologic conditions where you live, visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/…/Drought/DroughtMonitoring.aspx.

Water and Sanitation Authority Drought Watch (Code Yellow) Notice https://www.fcwsa.org/news-detail?item_id=735

 

 

The following list of water conservation practices is not intended to be a complete or exhaustive list, but rather to provide some examples of what can be done to conserve water, and that may show up as requirements or restrictions during the higher levels of drought emergencies:

 ·        Use dishwaters only when they are full.

 ·        Wash only full loads of laundry (adjust water level if possible).

 ·        Turn off faucets while brushing teeth, shaving, etc. (saves about five gallons per day).

 ·        Reduce water used per toilet flush by installing toilet tank displacement inserts.  A plastic jug may be used as an alternative.  [Note: do not use bricks.  They disintegrate when soaked and the resulting grit hinders closing of the flap value, causing leakage and subsequent water loss].

 ·        Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator, so as to limit the running of tap water to get cold water.

 ·        If you have a water meter, monitor it to evaluate how much water you use and the timing of this use, so as to better inform you of how you may create additional water savings.

 ·        Take shorter showers and baths (saves about 25 gallons per shower/bath).

 ·        Do not use a garbage disposal.

 ·        Do not use water to wash off driveways or sidewalks.

 ·        Water before 10:00 am to reduce evaporation during the hottest part of the day.  Watering in the morning is better than the evening, because the dampness and coolness of the evening may promote fungal growth.

 ·        When watering plants, use drip irrigation that directs water to the root system.  If you do not have drip irrigation capabilities, then closely monitor your watering to ensure that the water is turned off when sufficient water has been delivered.  Avoid run-off.

 ·        When watering plants, water infrequently but thoroughly, because water penetrating deeper in the soil will be retained longer and it will encourage plants to grow deeper roots.  Conversely, water from frequent light waterings often is lost due to evaporation, and it encourages plants to grow in the shallow soil zones that dry out quickly causing greater plant stress and the need for additional waterings.

 ·        Water lawns only when necessary [note: grass that springs back when stepped on does not need water].

 ·        Install automatic shut-off nozzles on outdoor water hoses.

 ·        Aerate lawns by punching small holes approximately six inches apart.  This will encourage water to soak into the soil rather than run off the surface.

 ·        Position manually-placed sprinklers so that they do not water pavement, gravel, buildings or other non-plant surfaces.

 ·        Know how to turn off an automatic irrigation system in case of rain.

 ·        Weed gardens so that more desirable plants do not have to compete for limited moisture.

 ·        Mulch garden beds to reduce evaporative water loss and weed growth, and cool the soil, which in turn creates less water-stress to plants.

 ·        During dry periods postpone new plantings, since new plantings often require a higher quantity of irrigation.

 

 

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Please note that the discounts and benefits may be discontinued or modified at anytime.

Questions?  Please contact Shirley Allen, 540-422-8808. 

 


 

Fire Safe

                                 

Governor McAuliffe Fire Prevention Week Message

 


                             


Request More Information About Volunteering

Check out the article in Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, "Enriching Lives  while Saving Them, Fauquier County Volunteer Firefighters and EMT’s"  by Shirley Allen

Warrenton Lifestyle Article


 

Fauquier County Upgrades Emergency Notification System

Fauquier County has upgraded its emergency notification system to Everbridge.

Everbridge is a web based service that enables the County to provide mass notification quickly and easily. Notifications may include evacuations, missing person alerts, hazardous materials incident, flooding, and other emergency incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety. Messages are delivered by phone call, text and email. Everbridge also provides notifications on weather warning specific to the address that is provided by a citizen during registration. Quiet times can be set so that citizens who wish to not be disturbed during certain times can specify those times. County officials can override the quiet mode in situations deemed "significant or life threatening" such as a tornado warning.

Please note that your caller ID will say Fauquier County and/or (540) 422-8830.

To ensure you receive emergency notifications signup by clicking on the link below.


         

“Close Call Incident”

 

        Below you will find the Final Report regarding the “Close Call Incident” that occurred on July 19, 2015 in The Plains, Virginia.  This report was discussed and distributed at the Fauquier Chief’s Meeting on 5/5/2016 and is now public and available for distribution.   It is our intent to make this report accessible to the public via our website by Friday, May 13th. 2016. 

         This report represents the work of the Significant Injury Investigate Team; representing a broad range of career and volunteer fire service professionals.  The Significant Injury Investigative Team was directed to investigate the events leading to the firefighter’s injuries, gather information, and validate the facts relevant in determining the direct cause and to make recommendations to prevent a similar occurrence.  In addition, the team was given the following tasks:

  • ·         Ensure findings are factual, credible and been validated by two means
  • ·         Focus on organizational process/policies
  • ·         Review all written statements
  • ·         Review the transcripts of the incidents communications
  • ·         Review all relevant procedures, manual, standing orders and pertinent documents for insight into the need for preventive action and/or procedural changes by the Fauquier Fire Rescue system
  • ·         Examine the equipment/gear involved to determine if procedural safeguards were in place and that it was serviceable and functional

        Above all, this report is designed to serve as a learning tool to prevent another near-tragedy from occurring within the fire service.  I ask each of you to read and learn from it.  A few of the recommendations within the report are already in place, while several more are either in progress or the final stages of the approval process.  The Fire Service is inherently dangerous work; and in recent years, new construction methods and flammable furnishings have increased those risks. We must train to stay ahead of the learning curve, please know that the safety of all of our responders is and will remain a top Priority. 

                       

                                        (Click on page above to open the report) 

 

 

 

 

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