The Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is comprised of both career staff and volunteers. Our volunteers are firefighters, aides, drivers, EMTs and administrative personnel, who give hundreds (in some cases, thousands) of hours each year for the benefit of Burke, Fairfax and Springfield residents. If you are interested in learning new skills, being part of a dynamic organization and giving back to the community, click here to receive an email inviting you to the next information session. These sessions, which are generally held the first Monday of the month, explain the commitment required to join Station 14. The video below, “Sparking Community,” was produced by member Alisha Sunde, explains why many members feel that Burke is the place for them!
It’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 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 here live as Santa runs his route each night so that you can be guaranteed not to miss him! As Santa moves through your neighborhood, the Santa icon will move along with him so there is no need to refresh this page. We know everyone wants to see Santa but we kindly ask that you do not call the fire station to find out where Santa is. The live tracker will provide the best estimate of where Santa and his fire and rescue sleigh are.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns about the Santa Runs.
Merry Christmas! We enjoyed visiting friends and neighbors as part of this year’s Santa Runs. Thanks for being flexible with our schedule changes while we made every effort to get to the more than 800 streets in our first due – sometimes Mother Nature had other plans! We look forward to serving the community and having another great year in Burke. Stay safe and happy holidays!
The full, original, schedule of Santa Runs is posted here. This page last updated Dec. 25 at 11:30 a.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and be sure to check out our Facebook page for more updates. We hope to see you there!
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.
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.
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.