The latest edition of Front Lines is now available. Front Lines is the newsletter of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Click on cover below to go to newsletter.
On this edition of Employee Spotlight we meet Fariha Williams, Administrative Assistant IV at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to introduce you to the newest resident at Fire Station 32, Wally. Wally is a fully trained and certified golden-doodle therapy dog. He was donated to the department by the Caring Angels Therapy Dogs, sponsored by Sit Means Sit. Wally comes Fire Station 32, Fairview, as part of a pilot program instituted by the Fire and Rescue Department that hopes to use a highly trained and certified therapy dog to benefit on-duty personnel at the fire station. The Department’s Behavioral Health Office is evaluating the use of these specially-trained dogs to reduce the cumulative stress firefighters experience witnessing traumas and tragedy throughout the course of their careers.
Wally has been specifically trained by Caring Angels, in collaboration with selected Fairfax County firefighters, for the fire station environment. He lives in the fire station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with shift personnel. Each shift has a designated, trained handler who is responsible for Wally’s daily care.
CARING ANGELS THERAPY DOGS
The Caring Angels Therapy Dogs organization primarily trains therapy dogs to assist military personnel and veterans that are battling the effects of traumatic exposures. For more information, visit www.caringangelstherapydogs.org
Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11)
Chairman Sharon Bulova
Opioid Panel Discussion and Roundtable
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Conference Rooms 9 & 10
Fairfax, VA 22035
Featuring Expert Guest Panelists including:
William A. Hazel, Jr., Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax County Director of Health
Ms. Lyn Tomlinson, Assistant Deputy Director, Community Services Board
Dr. Husam Alathari, CATS Program Medical Director, Inova
Maj. Amanda Lambert, Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Ctr.
We will also be joined by a local resident whose life has been impacted by addiction.
“This roundtable is an opportunity for our community to come together and bring the opioid epidemic out of the shadows. This is a crisis that’s impacting communities across Northern Virginia and our country. By bringing this panel of experts together, we hope people will know they aren’t alone in this fight and that there are resources available in our community to help with recovery.”
Congressman Gerry Connolly
RSVP’s requested but not required. This event is open to the public. Please contact Sharon Stark at 703-256-3071 or by email at: Sharon.Stark@mail.house.gov to RSVP or with questions.
Saturday, October 14 was a fantastic day in all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue fire stations as we held our annual Open House event. Many County residents stopped by their local fire station to meet the firefighters that serve them, get an up close look at the fire trucks and equipment, learn about fire safety, and just generally have a fun time!
As part of Open House, there is a competition among all the fire stations to win the “Best Open House” award. The award is given to a fire station in each of our seven battalions that best highlights this year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme along with being creative and making sure all visitors had a really good time.
Each Battalion Chief was responsible for judging the fire stations in their battalion. The competition was tough as each station did a fantastic job putting on a great open house for those we serve. However, one station in each battalion had to win and here are the stations that won:
Battalion One: Fire Station 39 – North Point
Battalion Two: Fire Station 2 – Vienna
Battalion Three: Fire Station 17 – Centreville
Battalion Four: Fire Station 8 – Annandale
Battalion Five: Fire Station 5 – Franconia
Battalion Six: Fire Station 11 – Penn Daw
Battalion Seven: Fire Station 14 – Burke
Week Four of the Citizen’s Fire and Rescue Academy found the group at the Lorton Training center for Virginia Task Force – 1 (VA-TF1). The group observed VA-TF1 K9 handler Lieutenant Bartlett and her canine partner Ivan demonstrate how they work to find any live victims’ that might be under rubble.
The group also observed a practical demonstration of a variety of technical rescue techniques. After dark, the group hit the classroom to hear from VA-TF1 members about the team and to ask any questions they may have.
In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will be hosting an Open House TODAY, October 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Stop by your local station today to meet your firefighters, see the fire trucks, join in the activities and learn about fire safety.
If you are taking photos/videos and posting to social media, please use #FxCoFPW17.