Today, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue had the distinct pleasure of hosting Chief Officer Albert Gieling who is Head of Education, Training, and Research for the Brandweer Twente Fire Department in the Netherlands. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about how we train firefighters here in Fairfax County. As well, these visits also provide us an opportunity to learn more about methods and technology used in other countries.
The Chief met with our Fire Chief, Richard Bowers, as well as other members of the department management team. He then had an opportunity to visit our fire training academy and speak with staff there.
Everyone walked away feeling there was a fantastic exchange of ideas and learning. We also feel like a new friend was made and everyone will be keeping in touch.