Santa Claus is Coming to Town!!

Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Santa RunsIt’s that time of year! Santa will be visiting the neighborhoods around Station 14 with Santa’s Trusty fire and rescue sleigh! We will be having 15 main Santa run’s this year starting December 1st.

We will also be at Whitehall Farms on November 29th from 11am to 2pm for a static Santa display with the engine! For more information on this event, please visit the Whitehall Farms Facebook page.

We have modified our routes this year in order to reduce the number of runs we perform and provide more efficiency in our movements. To help describe when, and where, Santa will visit atop Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s Engine 414B, the list of each Santa Run, with a description of neighborhoods being visited and a corresponding highlighted map showing a rough idea of the overall route, is below. If your street is not highlighted, please come to the next closest street in order to ensure you do not miss Santa!

Watch live on our website as Santa runs his route each night so that you can be guaranteed not to miss him! The Santa Tracker will have a “bread crumb” feature this year that lets you see where he has already been. Santa Tracker will be live starting with our first run on December 1st.

On weekdays Santa Runs will take place between 6:00 and 9:00 PM, and on weekends between 5:00 and 9:00 PM.

If Santa is unable to visit due to weather or other circumstances, makeup days will be announced. If makeup dates are used the affected boxes and neighborhoods will be listed on the BVFRD website and social media.

Please note that the driver must maintain the safety of Santa and the crew at all times. Unlike responding to an emergency or landing on a roof for the big show, Santa cannot be guaranteed to come down every street. Parked cars, power lines, low branches, and tight roads with limited radius for turn around are the main reasons for bypassing an area. Please keep this in mind as we begin our holiday runs. We will do our best to visit every area but must balance that with safety and time constraints.

Please email if you have any questions or concerns about the Santa Runs.

November 29, 2015, Santa PreRunSanta and crew will be out at Whitehall Farms from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

December 1, Santa Run 1: Santa will visit the neighborhoods of “Lake Braddock’ and “Greenfield Farm.” We will follow the highlighted route bordered by Guinea Road, Burke Road, Burke Lake Road and Lake Braddock Secondary School. Map

December 3, Santa Run 2: Santa will visit the neighborhoods of “Cardinal Estates” and “Heritage Square” Streets and neighborhoods directly off Burke Road or near Burke Road between Burke Lake Road and the Rolling Road VRE, as well as Packard Way and Burke Manor. Santa will also be visiting those neighborhoods off of Burke Road east of the fire station. Map

December 4, Santa Run 3: Santa will be visiting the neighborhoods bordered by Burke Lake and Rolling Road north of the railroad tracks. Map

December 5, Santa Run 4: Santa will be visiting the neighborhoods off of Shiplett Boulevard, Glenbard Court, and Covered Bridge Road, as well as the streets along Burke Lake Road between Burning Branch and Shiplett Boulevard to the west. Map

December 6, Santa Run 5: Santa will visit the neighborhoods of “Surrey Square,” “Maywood Terrace,” “Briarwood,” Vertain Park” and “Twinbrook.” Also the neighborhoods and streets on or off of Twinbrook Road north of Braddock Road, on or off Pickett Road south of Old Forge Park, plus Braddock Green Court, the neighborhoods of “Queens Gate” and “Kings Grove,” as well as areas south of Braddock Road, north of Guinea and East of Twinbrook. Map

December 10, Santa Run 6: Santa will visit the neighborhood of “Kings Park West.” Neighborhoods south/southeast and directly east of Laurel Ridge Elementary School off, or near to, Gainesborough Drive up to Wyncliff Lane. Map

December 11, Santa Run 7: – Santa will visit the neighborhoods and streets off of or near Wards Grove Road and Coffer Woods Road from Burke Lake Road through Canvasback Road. Also those streets off of School House Woods Court. Map

December 12, Santa Run 8: Santa will be making a morning visit to the Orange Hunt Square subdivision around 10:00 am.

December 13, Santa Run 9: Santa will visit the neighborhoods of “Bradfield,” “Red Fox Forest” and “Stone Haven.” Neighborhoods north of Braddock Road but south of Long Branch Stream Valley Park, east of Wakefield Chapel Road and west of Red Fox Drive. Also homes on Bradfield Drive. and King David Boulevard (north of Braddock but south of Colt Lane) and streets directly connected to the two. Map

December 15, Santa Run 10: Santa will visit the neighborhoods and streets surrounded by Burke Centre Parkway to the east, Burke Lake Road to the south, Belleair Road to the west and Winnepeg Drive to the north. Also, those homes and streets on or connected to Wheaton Dive, as well as the neighborhoods of “Edge Water,” “Avon Forest” and Kilarney.” Neighborhoods directly north and south of Burke Lake Road between the Fairfax County Parkway and Kilkenny Lane, including Thode Lane and Deckhand Drive. Map

December 17, Santa Run 11: Santa will visit the neighborhood of “Glen Cove the Village Park.” Neighborhoods and streets north of Guinea Road, off of or near Zion Drive and Falmead Road but south of the sharp turn at the top of the hill on Zion Drive. Also “Lakepointe.” Neighborhoods and streets between Pommeroy Drive, Commonwealth Boulevard and Guinea Road, including Chatsworth Court and Lakepointe Drive.  South of Guinea Road, including neighborhoods and streets off of Pierpont Drive and Lakepointe Drive. Map

December 18, Santa Run 12: – Santa will visit the neighborhoods of “Edge Water” and “Spring Lake Farms.” Neighborhoods and streets off of Lake Meadow excluding Burke Woods. Also, neighborhoods and streets off of Spring Lake Drive and Fallingbrook Drive between Burke Lake Road and Westwood Manor Court, and Summers Day Court, Wilmington Drive south of Burke Lake Road and Walthorne Court. Map

December 19, Santa Run 13: Santa will visit the neighborhoods of “Pepper Tree,” Orange Hill West,” Cherry Run” and “Burke Lake Meadow.” Neighborhoods just north and south of Old Keene Mill Road, neighborhoods just north and south of Iron Master Drive to Lee Chapel Road. Also, the neighborhoods just east of Lee Chapel Road through Onion Patch Drive. “Pepper Tree,” Orange Hill West,” Cherry Run” and “Burke Lake Meadow.”  Neighborhoods just north and south of Old Keene Mill Road, neighborhoods just north and south of Iron Master Drive to Lee Chapel Road. Also, the neighborhoods just east of Lee Chapel Road through Onion Patch Drive. Map

December 20, Santa Run 14: Middleridge Subdivision

December 21, Santa Run 15: Fairfax Station

December 24, Santa Run 16: Christmas Eve Run!


BVFRD Open House 2015

In conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, we will hold our annual open house on Saturday, October 10, from 10am to 4pm!

Come join us for a family friendly day full of fire prevention fun! This year, we will have a driving simulator, featuring our very own fire engine, a stuffed animal clinic, kid’s firefighter course, safety house, and more! Fire trucks and ambulances will be around and Sparky the Dog may even come out to play!

Please contact for more information, and be sure to check out our Facebook page for more updates. We hope to see you there!

Open House



Check Your Mailbox!

2015-Fall-Fund-Drive.jpgThe Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Fall Fund Drive is here! Learn more about Station 414 and how you can get involved. BVFRD is a nonprofit organization and relies on community contributions - thank you for your support!


BVFRD Annual Officer Installation

The Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department held its Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 14. 2015 marks the 67th anniversary of BVFRD’s incorporation.

2015 Officers

After the installation of this year’s officers, the department honored the following members for their service and leadership:

  • Rookies of the Year: Barry Brown, Megan Bush and Caitlin Curran
  • Firefighter of the Year: Peter Hamilton
  • EMS Provider of the Year: James Reyes
  • Officer of the Year: Tina Godfrey
  • Administrative Member of the Year: Becky Dobbs
  • Career Members of the Year: Tim Barb, David “Happy” Gilmore
  • Team of the Year: Training Team (Melissa Ashby, Shaun Kurry, Kevin Grottle)
  • Chief’s Award: Shaun Kurry
  • President’s Award: Charlene Murphy and Nancy Stone
  • Founder’s Award: John Hudak

Many thanks to the businesses who donated door prizes for the event, the alumni who joined us for dinner, and to our friends and families who support our service all year round.


A Commemoration 150 Years in the Making

Historical Marker DedicationWhile visitors may flock to famous battlefields in nearby Manassas and Antietam, Burke residents can discover a piece of Civil War history right in their own backyard.

An appreciative crowd of 100 gathered at the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (BVFRD) on Saturday, Feb. 14, to honor the Wood Cutters and the Teamsters who came to Burke to aid the Union Army. The event culminated in the unveiling of a plaque at the entrance to Fire Station 14 dedicated to the freed and escaped slaves who risked their lives for the cause of freedom.

Years of research and planning went into the creation of the marker, a process that was not lost on John Powers, BVFRD vice president. “This is a very unique place, and the marker needs to reflect the values of this department and the men and women who volunteer here,” he said.

Debbie Robison, Fairfax County History Commission member (Sully District), explained who the Wood Cutters were and their contribution to the war effort. Thousands of slaves made their way north and settled into camps in Burke to help the Union Army cut trees used for fuel, railroad ties and bridge tresses, up to 1,000 cords per month. Because they were outside Union lines, the Army did provide soldiers for protection, but the men knew they were risking their freedom. In fact, some were captured by the Confederate Calvary, and returned to the South. To sidestep having to return the men as part of the Fugitive Slave Act, the Army classified the Wood Cutters as “contrabands.”

Robison then told the story of a wagon master, several contrabands and 25 mules, who were captured on Oct. 28, 1863, by Confederate “guerillas” and were forced to lead their captors back to the station guard. One of the contrabands managed to escape and warn the Union garrison that they were soon to be under attack, and the Army was able not only to repeal the Confederates, but also recover the wagon master, contrabands and mules, who were left behind in retreat.

The current Burke fire station stands where the Orange and Alexandria Railroad served as a major Federal timber transportation center. The dual significance of the property was not lost on Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova and Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers. “It’s a long-standing tradition in the fire service to honor those who have shown acts of courage and valor,” said Chairman Bulova. “That is so demonstrated by the people we are honoring today.” Added Bowers: “This is a great opportunity for Fairfax County, [Burke] Station 14, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and our brothers and sisters to honor the past and pave the way for the future.”

Captain Charles Pullen, president of the Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, closed the event noting the courage, heroism and sacrifice of the Wood Cutters and Teamsters. “It took a lot of courage for those men to do what they did. I think that this marker is fitting that it’s here at the fire station, where we have co-workers, both career and volunteer.”

The Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department wishes to thank the Rev. Dr. James T. Murphy, Jr., and the Male Choir of the Greater Little Zion Baptist Church for providing the Invocation and inspirational music for the ceremony, and Virginia Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) and Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) for attending.

The marker is on permanent public display at the entrance to the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road, in Burke.