Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


On Nov. 4, 2014, a mother trying to save her daughter died in a house fire along with the child, family members told NBC News4. Mary Barkes rushed back into the burning home after calling 911. The father managed to rescue another daughter from the blaze in the 1100-block of South Emerson St. by climbing a ladder.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Firefighters from Arlington County and Fort Myer participate in drill with Black Hawk helicopter on Jan. 19, 2012.

Thursday, September 18, 2014



On May 19, 1972, the Weather Underground terrorist group planted a bomb in a women’s lavatory in the Air Force wing of  the Pentagon to mark the 82nd anniversary of the birth of Vienamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh. The act was in retaliation for the aerial bombardment of Hanoi during the Vietnam War. The Weather Underground also bombed the U.S. Capitol on March 1, 1971. There were no serious inuries in either crime.

U.S. CAPITOL - 1930

On Jan. 3, 1930, fire broke out at the U.S. Capitol.
Flames were confined to the attic studio of resident artist Carl Moberly.

"The fire illuminated the cold night sky," according to the House of Representatives website. "More than 27 fire crews from around the region responded."
Damage, however, was limited.

Moberly was rescued by a member of the Capitol staff and revived by a Navy physician

The blaze followed an electrical fire at the White House on Christmas Eve 1929.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Photo: Falls Church Volunteer Fire Dept.
Truck 74 (Clarendon)
Photo: Falls Church Volunteer Fire Dept.
Stream from portable monitor atop church visible to far right of Truck 74

Photo: Falls Church Volunteer Fire Dept.
Truck 76 (Falls Church) and Tower 28 (Seven Corners) in fireground

Fairfax Drive & Utah Street
Late 1986 or Early 1987

   "This fire took place on a cold Sunday evening in the heart of Ballston. The fire involved wood formings holding freshly poured concrete. Additionally, propane cylinders in place as warming devices for the concrete fueled the fire. The fire required the response of numerous aerial ladders and special calls for tower ladders from Fairfax County."
Commentary from website of Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department  


Photo: Falls Church Volunteer Fire Dept.
Ice weighs down power lines during salvage and overhaul operations at  house fire in January 1982