Free Regional Fire-Rescue Training – Front Line Decision Making at Metro and Rail Events

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Another Riding the Seat training hosted by the Fairfax County Professional Fire and Rescue Officers Association is coming in October.

Throughout Northern Virginia and the DC Metropolitan region there are few run cards that don’t have you responding to a Metro or Rail event. Are you ready to show up first or second arriving for that incident? Are you confident that your first few actions on scene are going to make things better? If you aren’t sure, then you need to be in this class. The region’s subject matter experts are going to provide you with what you need to know to effectively work through these kinds of high-risk and low-frequency events.

Instructors for this session include:  Battalion Chief Russell Blinkhorn, Captain II Robert Konczal, Captain Richard Shupe, Steve Fruchtman with the Amtrak Emergency Management, and Matthew J. Morgan with the Maryland Transit Administration.  Together, they have a combined century of Metro, Rail, and Fire Service experience.  Company Officers will benefit from this training, but all ranks are invited.

Time:                                 0800 to 1200 hours

Dates and Location:       October 10 or 11, 2018
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy

For more information and to register, please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/riding-the-seat-front-line-decision-making-at-metro-rail-events-tickets-50334867945

Fairfax County Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems Training (FASST) Lab Open House

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On October 11, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will proudly celebrate the grand opening of its Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems Training Laboratory (FASST Lab) in the new Public Safety Headquarters. The laboratory came to fruition a few years ago, in a reclaimed modular classroom using donated materials and labor. It now provides, in a beautiful new setting, a multi-faceted community fire prevention education program.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will demonstrate how to effectively and affordably connect with community leaders, property owners and managers, building maintenance personnel, and fire protection system installers to collaboratively build and maintain a safer community. The minimal cost program is saving property owners and managers thousands of dollars annually, while significantly reducing faulty alarm responses. It is a win/win program for the community and the fire rescue service.

Join other recognized leaders of the national public safety community at this grand opening of the FASST Lab and learn the “tricks of the trade” that help property owners and managers save thousands of dollars annually while improving the reliability of their fire protection systems. At the grand opening, you will learn and sample the types of education programs that are effective for career and volunteer firefighters, fire marshals, equipment installers, property owners and managers, and building maintenance personnel.

To learn more and register, please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fairfax-county-fire-alarm-and-sprinkler-systems-training-lab-grand-opening-tickets-47950876362

Electrical Malfunction Causes Fox Mill House Fire

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On Wednesday, September 19, at approximately 3:52 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 2500 block of John Milton Drive in the Fox Mill area of Fairfax County.  

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home with light smoke showing. Crews quickly determined the source of the smoke was a small, extinguished fire in the basement. The fire was contained to the basement area. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. 

There were no occupants home at the time of the fire. An alarm company notified the owner when a smoke alarm in the basement activated. The owner returned home, discovered smoke coming from the basement, and called 9-1-1.  

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction involving the main electrical service panel.  

Two adults were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $25,000.

October Training Classes For Community Emergency Response Team

CERTThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. CERT trains county residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT training classes below follows the FEMA curriculum, tailored to local disasters and hazards. Educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Emphasis on hands-on skill development and Fairfax County protocols and procedures. Instructor will provide syllabus with class schedule at first session. This training does not require any special physical strength or agility.

For more information and to register for the next class at the Fire and Rescue Academy, please click on the link below:

CERT 141 at the Fire and Rescue Academy, Monday and Wednesday – October 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24

CERT 143 at the Fire and Rescue Academy, Monday and Wednesday – October 29, Nov 5, 7,14,26,28, Dec. 3, 5

Promotions

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The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed promotions.

The following individual has been promoted to Battalion Chief:

  • Alvaro, Rocco

The following individuals have been promoted to Technician:

  • Brady, Tyler
  • Davis, Daniel
  • Gregg, Kyle
  • Hartka, Jacob
  • Heck, Jeremy
  • Kelley, William
  • Langley, Jamie
  • Renslow, John
  • Winstead, John

Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.

Another Business Saved by Fire Sprinklers

On Monday, September 17, at approximately 2:44 a.m., units were dispatched to a report of a fire alarm sounding in the 11700 block of Baron Cameron Avenue in the Reston section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one-story, commercial building and found a fire sprinkler head flowing water. A fire had been extinguished by the fire sprinkler. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Crews requested a health inspector as the business is a restaurant. The restaurant was closed pending a health department inspection.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the ice maker. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction within the ice maker.

No one was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $1,100.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants you to know that fire sprinklers save lives, property and businesses! See video below to learn more about how fire sprinklers work.

 

Cardiac Resuscitation Symposium

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue EMS Division will be hosting a one day training EMS_Trainingsymposium open to all fire and rescue personnel throughout the region.

At this one day symposium, you will learn the latest innovations and discover actionable techniques for improving resuscitation survival rates in your system. From learning, how to integrate capnography and various CPR feedback tools to simple changes and strategies for improving team performance, you will also gain insights into how to effectively implement change in your organization.

Date:                             Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time:                            0800 to 1630 hours

Location:                      Fire and Rescue Training Academy
4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Registration:               Click Here to Register

Cost:                             Early registration: $99. After September 30, price goes up to $125.                            Promo Code: DC100 – 100% OFF

General Information: Cost includes continental breakfast, lunch, and CNE/CRCE/CEHs