Fire Chief James E. Hicks and other Alexandria fire officials recently received a standing ovation in City Council chambers in acknowledgment of the department's "top 25" rating. The October issue of Firehouse Magazine calls the Alexandria Fire Department one of the top 25 fire departments in the United States, out of some 25,000 departments that were evaluated. Alexandria was ranked as superior in three of five selected areas of excellence, "decrease in firefighter injury, financial responsibility, and increase in performance standards." Ultimate Contest at T.C. Williams

Dave Skolnick, son of Harriet and Marvin Skolnick of Greshem Place, Alexandria, and a junior at T.C. Williams High School, has brought the National Ultimate Championship contest to the city high school. The top 10 men's teams and the top five women's teams will compete for the championship at the high school Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ultimate is a noncontact frisbee game, played with two competing teams of seven members each. Skolnick, who played with the District of Columbia Summer League, served on a committee to find a stadium for the competition and suggested the school because it has the right kind of field. Student Honored at Annapolis

Joe Sullivan, a 1982 T.C. Williams High School graduate and son of William and Bette Jo Sullivan of North Pelham Street, Alexandria, is currently commander of the Second Battalion at the U.S. Naval Academy. The second battalion is comprised of approximately 800 midshipmen. Sullivan is a senior physics major and hopes to serve on a surface nuclear ship after graduation. He was appointed to the Naval Academy by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.). Student Wins Universtiy Award

Craig Andrew Matticks, son of John and Linda Matticks of Richmond Lane, Alexandria, and a 1983 graduate of T.C. Williams High School, was recently awarded intermediate honors from the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. This is the highest award for academic achievement offered to third-year students. To receive the award, Matticks had to maintain a 3.5 grade point average over the past two years.