Friday, April 26, 2013
Drop off your expired, used, or unwanted prescription drugs in Falls Church.
Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and Station 6 (6950 Little Falls Road in Arlington), which houses the Falls Church Volunteer and Arlington County Fire departments, will serve as a drop-off point. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is meant to help residents dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs, according to the DEA. Since 2010, law enforcement officials and the DEA have taken in more than 2 million pounds of expired prescription drugs, according to a press release from the administration.
Monday, November 19, 2012
After Super Storm Sandy, Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department gives vehicle Monday to another volunteer fire department on Long Island that lost nearly everything.
The Island Park Volunteer Fire Department in New York lost just about all of their fire apparatus during Super Storm Sandy. But Monday, the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department in Virginia began to help its brethren volunteer fire department on Long Island put their firehouse back together. The volunteer fire company in Falls Church is taking a 2002 Freightliner/Medic Master reserve ambulance that had been up for sale and instead giving it to the company in Long Island. had a different idea. “It was the day after Sandy went through and I saw on a fire blog that several fire departments on Long Island lost apparatus,” Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Frank Bellavia said. “I knew this was for sale, so I said, 'Why not …
Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department will donate a vehicle to another volunteer department in New York affected by Super Storm Sandy.
1- City Council will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room inside City Hall. 2- The Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department is donating its 2002 Freightliner/Medic Master reserve ambulance to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department in Island Park, N.Y. so that they can continue to serve the public by providing basic emergency medical services. The crew will leave at 8 a.m. to deliver the vehicle. 3- Christmas trees will arrive for sale at the Merrifield Garden Center today. 4- The Recreation and Parks Department for the City of Falls Church will hold their annual Holiday Craft Show on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Falls Church Community …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Homeowners should have their trees evaluated every five-years or after a big weather event.
When the Derecho blew through Falls Church in late June, it knocked down power lines and uprooted or snapped trees in its path. Frank Bellavia, spokesman for the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department, said that storm cleared out some of the weaker trees. Bellavia didn’t have the exact numbers available, but said there were fewer calls for trees on homes and in the roadways. “I think that storm was powerful and so quick that all the weak ones went,” said Bellavia who said the volunteer department responded to 50 calls during Hurricane Sandy, mostly for downed wires and trees. “That’s why we didn’t have too many calls for downed trees this time around.” As Hurricane Sandy moved through Northern Virginia, the storm dumped heavy rains and …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Residents and emergency responders have plans to combat what the storm brings.
As Northern Virginia prepares for whatever weather Hurricane Sandy will bring to the area, people in the Falls Church area are rushing to gas stations and supermarkets to make sure they have what they need. Doris Simpkins, 68, of Falls Church, said she wouldn’t be without anything this time. During the Derecho in June, Simpkins didn’t have a lot of food and couldn’t cook it anyway because her electric stove was affected by a mass power outage. Saturday at the Giant Food on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church, Simpkins loaded up on lunchmeat and juice. “At least I won’t have to worry about cooking this time,” Simpkins said. “It was bad for that Derecho. I told myself then if this happened again, I would not be hung out to dry.” Dubbed “…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Fire Station No. 6, which houses Falls Church volunteer firefighters and Arlington County career firefighters, hosted an open house to celebrate Fire Prevention Week.
Sam Shaw doesn’t have to make a decision on his career path for quite some time, but the 4-year-old Arlington resident has already started looking. With his mother, Katie, looking on, Sam manned a fire hose with the help of a firefighter and shot water into a makeshift fire where a cat awaited rescue. The toddler didn’t miss a beat and saved the day. “We love the firemen and he loves to watch the fire trucks,” Katie said. “This could possibly be a career for him. He likes to do things with his hands.” On the border of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, Fire Station No. 6 hosted an open house Saturday to celebrate the end of Fire Prevention Week. Families got to meet both groups that man the station – Falls Church Volunteer Fire…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department will buy 1,200 in new hoses with grant funds.
The Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department received a gift last week that will help them buy more than 1,000 feet of new fire hoses. The $5,000 grant, through Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, was presented Thursday at the firehouse. The volunteer department will replace large diameter hoses for their front line engine. “These funds, in essence, are going to greatly enhance our department’s ability to provide an effective water supply to our crews battling various types of fires,” Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Paul Schomburg said in a written statement. “Our current hose is old and outdated while the new hose is stronger and more reliable. This brings safety…