Hampton Roads Fire Departments Calling for Safety Stand-Down

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It is not unusual for local fire departments to cross city lines to help neighboring agencies responding to a large fire. However, on Thursday, February 22nd, all of the fire departments across Hampton Roads are joining together to call for a "Safety Stand-Down" day to be held across the region on Saturday the 24th.  We are asking citizens to take the time to take a good look at their homes and habits to ensure they are taking the necessary precautions to prevent residential fires. 

Over the last three months there has been a dramatic increase in the number of residential fires, some of these have been fatal, some have resulted in injuries (to both citizens and firefighters) and these fires usually displace families from their homes.  Most importantly though, all of these fires could have been prevented.  Although the frigid temperatures have been a factor in the uptick in home fires, most of these residential fires were caused by heating equipment, cooking or careless smoking.

Please join us at the Fire and Rescue Conference being held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center at 1:30 Thursday afternoon inside the exhibit hall.  Representatives from all of Hampton Roads Fire Departments will hold a joint press conference to discuss the rise in residential fires and the measures citizens should be taking to avoid losing their life or property to a fire.