Wednesday, February 20th, 20:20hrs:
Duty Crew 1 was alerted to a house fire off Oak Grove Road near the Herndon town limits. Dispatch reported that they were receiving multiple calls describing a well involved detached garage.
To make things interesting, the callers were reporting two near – but different – locations of the fire. Dispatch alerted a second structural assignment to respond to the second reported address in case there were indeed two separate fires. After units arrived on scene, it was determined that both reports and subsequent dispatches were for the same fire.
The initial dispatch included two command officers, Sterling Fire Deputy Chief 618 and Loudoun County Battalion Chief 601. When the second dispatch was sounded, the battalion chief was able to split off and manage the additional units. This proved to be a very important success point of this call as the greatest challenge was managing all of the incoming units.
Fairfax Engine 404 was the closest engine to the fire and arrived on scene first to make a quick knockdown. They were supported by units from Dulles Airport and additional engines from Fairfax County. Sterling Fire’s Engine 611 and Tower 611 rounded out the assignment. Even though the fire was located in Sterling’s first due, the long standing automatic mutual aid agreements in place put the closest engine on scene first and all units worked well to quickly extinguish the fire.