Manassas Park Fire and Rescue is heavily involved in the community.
You can find us at the high school home football games in the fall, exercising at the Parks & Recreation Community Center during the day, or training at Signal Hill Park on weather-friendly days. We have several programs that involve the young of our community. We are also collecting items throughout the winter and holiday season for the underprivileged families.
Open House: Our annual Open House is held mid-October and often coincides with Fire Prevention Week. Our annual event opens the door to the public to see our fire and rescue apparatus and visit with the Firefighters and Medics. We have fun events for the children and plenty of safety information for the entire family.
Fire Prevention Week/Month: October is Fire Prevention Month. Our crews have a very tight schedule as we visit the schools and daycare centers to talk about fire prevention and safety. We allow the children to climb on the apparatus, watch a firefighter dress in his/her protective gear one piece at a time, and there’s a lot of Stopping, Dropping, Covering your Face.. and Rolling!
Camp Four Alarm: This is a week-long daytime camp for selected teenagers to experience “a week in the life of a firefighter.” Fire training, team building and many more experiences are provided for these teenagers in this annual Camp!
Pinkin’ the Park: The Manassas Park Fire Department shows their support and helps spread awareness for the fight against breast cancer. In the years past, pink latex gloves were purchased and worn during October in support of the cause. In 2011, personalized t-shirts were worn by all fire personnel during the month, and extra shirts were purchased and sold to the public! Over $500 was raised in just t-shirt sales for breast cancer research.
Football Standby’s: Fire and Rescue units conduct football standby’s at Manassas Park High School during all of their home football games. While this is a recommendation by the sports league, the fire personnel enjoys getting out on Friday nights and cheering on their Cougars! In the event of a medical emergency, staff is readily available to treat patients.
Independence Day Standby’s: Fire and Rescue units provide specific coverage for the 4th of July/Independence Day event in Manassas Park. The fireworks event brings several thousand people to Manassas Park.
National Night Out: Fire and Rescue units bring personnel and apparatus to the annual National Night Out event — a partnership with the Manassas Park Police Department and many other public safety agencies in the region. Medical helicopters as well as Search and Rescue teams also participate.
Santa Run: Just weeks before the big night, Santa Claus makes his way to Manassas Park to ho-ho-ho his way through the community while riding on the fire truck. Santa often has helpers and gives candy to children along the route.
Light Parade: As if decorating the station for Christmas isn’t fun enough, Engine 509 gets lit up with Christmas lights and participates in the Manassas Park Light Parade that runs from General’s Ridge Golf Course to Manassas Park Public Works.
Station Tours: In addition to our Fire Safety Awareness month (October), Manassas Park Fire Department often gives tours for small organizations such as daycares, Brownie/Girl Scout and Cub/Boy Scout groups. Some groups can even earn a special First Aid badge by participating in training with the firefighters and medics.
Medic Student Ride-Alongs: We participate in partnership with several community colleges and federal agencies in allowing EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic students to conduct ride-alongs, or clinical time, at the Manassas Park Fire Department. This allows the students to participate in real medical emergencies and put their skills to the test before they become certified, while working under the certification of our current EMS providers.
L.I.T. (Leaders In Training): In partnership with our Parks and Recreation Department, the Fire Department assists with the L.I.T. program, which allows young leaders to expand their knowledge in the community.
C.E.R.T. (Citizens Emergency Response Team): Manassas Park works closely with the C.E.R.T. in training and community events. This group of individuals has received training and instruction on how to assist the Fire Department in the case of a local disaster.
Courtesy Home Fire Inspections: The Fire Marshal will conduct home fire inspections upon request.
Pre-Plans and Walk-Thru’s: The Department conducts ongoing pre-plans and walk-through’s of business and high occupancy residential buildings to prepare themselves in the case of an emergency at that location. Especially with businesses changing frequently, or upgrades being done on buildings, it is important that the Fire Department stays on top of these improvements to better serve and protect during emergencies.
Toys for Tots: In a partnership with the United States Marine Corps, collection boxes are placed at the firehouse to collect unused/new toys for underprivileged families. The toy drive is usually run between mid-November and mid-December.
Thanksgiving Food Drive: In a partnership with Prince William Hospital, Manassas City Fire and Rescue Department and Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department, canned food is collected at the fire station and other City facilities and donated to the local S.E.R.V.E. shelter
Fill-the-Boot (A national campaign with the International Association of Fire Fighters): A “boot drive” at Manassas Drive and Centreville Rd. is conducted for several days at the beginning of September. The Prince William County Firefighters Local also assists in this campaign. All of the money collected is donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for research and intervention.