On Tuesday, July 16, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored recipients of the 2018 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards.
These members are from various volunteer fire and rescue departments in Fairfax County and were commended for their contributions to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) and the communities they serve. Each of these individuals demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the FCFRD through hundreds of hours providing fire and emergency medical services or through other roles that support the goals of the FCFRD. Fire Chief John Butler was on hand to congratulate each award winner.
Congratulations to all of the following recipients of the 2018 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards:
- Volunteer Firefighter: Cody Collins, Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer Operational Officer: Michael Wendt, Centreville Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer EMS Provider: Richard McNally, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
- Volunteer ALS Provider: Lynn Clancy, McLean Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer BLS Provider: Robert Ferretti, Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteer Rookie: Neggin Assadi, Dunn Loring Volunteer and Rescue Department
- Administrative Member: Matthew Lannon, Centreville Volunteer Fire Department
- Administrative Officer: Reagan Clyne, Vienna Volunteer Fire Department
- CERT Member: James Sobecke, Braddock District
- Special Recognition Award: Sean Jolliff, Vienna Volunteer Fire Department
- Special Recognition Award: Gary Gaal, Franconia Volunteer Fire Department
- Fire Chief’s Award: Camilla Morrison, Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for today! Dangerous heat indices of 100-115 degrees are expected. It will be an extremely HOT weekend as well.
If possible, make sure to stay hydrated and in shaded or air-conditioned places. Also check on your friends and neighbors. Please see links below for more information.
Heat safety tips: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat
Seguridad del calor consejo: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat-espanol-calor
For the next several days temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90’s with Heat Index in the 100’s. With that in mind, everyone needs to remember a potential danger that can impact young children. Did you know that a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees in ten minutes? Or that the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees?
Needless to say, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle for even a minute is not acceptable. Unfortunately, every year, young children are left alone in a vehicle that quickly heats up with the end result being injury or even death. Some cases involve kids getting into unlocked vehicles unbeknownst to parents and quickly succumb to the heat. Make sure your car is locked when you are not in it so kids are not able to gain access.
Below are some important tips from kidsandcars.org. As well, please watch the very short video from noheatstroke.org showing how fast a car can heat up.
- “Look Before You Lock” ‐ Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind.
- Create a reminder to check the back seat. Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park.
- Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, place the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
- Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop‐off. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have not received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child.
- Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
- Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
- Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
- If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.
- Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur.
- Use drive‐thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.
If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
It is going to be hot over the next several days with temperatures expected in the 90’s and the Heat Index over 100! These conditions are potentially dangerous, and it is important that county residents know the warning signs and symptoms of heat illness and the appropriate responses.
Below is an info-graphic from our friends at the National Weather Service. An accessible version can be found HERE: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat-illness.shtml
Warmer temperatures are in store today and through this week. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities each year. However, heat related deaths are totally preventable.
Take a moment to learn how to practice heat safety wherever you are during the week. Also know the symptoms of Heat-Related Illness.
Accessible information can be found HERE: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat
Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day. Please take a moment to watch the below video as our therapy canine Wally reviews fire safety tips for your pet.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed promotions.
The following individual has been promoted to Captain I:
The following individuals have been promoted to Technician:
- Crabtree, Nicholas
- Pak, Gracie
The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:
Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.