Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Statement on the Delivery of Its New Engine

On July 4, 2016, the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (BVFRD) learned that its new Pierce Velocity Engine was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Lebanon, Ind. The fire truck was being delivered from the Pierce factory in Appleton, Wis., to the local distributor, Atlantic Emergency Solutions (AES), in Manassas, Va. BVFRD has not yet taken possession of the vehicle.

“While stopping for fuel this afternoon, the fire engine purchased by Burke Company 414 rolled backwards into some brush and trees,” said BVFRD Chief Thomas K. Warnock. “We have been in touch with our representatives from AES, who are investigating the cause of the accident.” The vehicle has returned to Wisconsin for service, and will be assessed by Pierce, AES and BVFRD.

The Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the residents of Burke and the surrounding areas of Fairfax, Springfield and Annandale. BVFRD operates in partnership with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.


For further information, contact Tom Warnock at 703-239-3414.


Spring Cleaning at Station 14!

BVFRD Clean Up Volunteers

Thank you so much to our newest volunteers, students from Lake Braddock Secondary School, who joined forces with half a dozen BVFRD members to clean up the woods and Pohick Creek adjacent to the station in late April. Volunteers spent a Saturday morning picking up trash, pulling weeds, and spreading gravel to make the lot safer and more welcoming to all our visitors. The group posed with their discoveries after the clean-up, which included bins full of recyclable bottles and cans, scrap metal and tree stumps. Thanks to everyone who gave their time to make the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department sparkle!


Spring Fund Drive Appeal is Here

Spring16-Appeal-1.jpgThe Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Spring Fund Drive is here! 

Click on the image to the left to read our letter; or read stories about grateful community members and the various ways you can support us! We are raising funds to help pay for our new fire engine, which should arrive this summer. BVFRD is a nonprofit organization and relies on community contributions – please use the secure Paypal link to donate today. Thank you for your support!


Community Meeting Announcement

Concerning Proposed Financing of up to $680,000
By the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Inc.
For the purchase of a new 2016 Pierce Fire Engine

Please take Notice that the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Inc. (the “VFD”) will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, March 21, 2016. The hearing will be held in the Banquet Hall of the Burke Volunteer Fire Department, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015.

The purpose of the public hearing is to take public comments on a proposal for the VFD to finance $680,000 for the purchase of a new 2016 Pierce Velocity Class A Pumper. The VFD expects that the financed property will be located at the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed financing, the location or nature of the project or any other aspect of the proposed undertaking may appear at the public hearing. Interested persons may also submit written comments on the subject of the hearing or may obtain additional information on the subject of the hearing from Patrick Owens, President, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 8501 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015.


Resolve to Make a Difference in Your Community

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!


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 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 staffing@bvfrd.org 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.


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 public@bvfrd.org 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.