Fairfax County records no fire deaths in 2011 — a first

There were no deaths from fires in Fairfax County in 2011 — the first time in the 62-year history of the county’s fire department that it has gone a year without recording a fatality, officials announced.

Officials credited a “multi-pronged effort” that included fire safety education, fire inspections, a program to distribute smoke alarms for free and quick responses to blazes, and other factors.

The county, which has a population of more than 1 million residents, averaged more than seven fire deaths a year between 2000 and 2010, according to the fire department.

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