Meet The Medic: Lieutenant Evelyn Edwards

Day five of EMS Week! During the week, five days have a theme that represents the diverse nature of EMS. Today is EMS Save-A-Life-Day.

Meet Lieutenant Evelyn Edwards who works in the department’s EMS Training section. When not helping to provide continuing education training to EMT’s and Paramedics, Lieutenant Edwards educates the community on two techniques that can save a life. She teaches hands-only CPR as well as how to stop the bleed. Learn more about Lieutenant Edwards as well as CPR and Stop the Bleed.

National Stop The Bleed Day Today!

By: Captain Bruce Stark
Communications Section

Today, May 23, is the second annual National Stop the Bleed Day. Why is it important to learn how to Stop the Bleed? It is important as a person can die from severe uncontrolled bleeding in as little as five minutes.

When a traumatic bleeding emergency occurs in Fairfax County most often a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker or bystander is on scene immediately after the traumatic bleeding injury has occurred. You have the power to learn some simple steps and effective bleeding control techniques that could preserve someone’s life until your Fairfax County firefighters/paramedics arrive. Below are steps you can take to help “stop the bleed.”

First call 9-1-1 to get Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units on the way. The sooner you call 911, the faster professional help will arrive.

Remember, your safety is the number one priority! You cannot help someone if you get injured. Be sure the area is safe before you decide to help.

Next expose the area that is bleeding and with a cloth or bandage use both hands to apply firm, steady pressure to the area that is bleeding. If you don’t have a bandage or cloth immediately available, apply firm and steady pressure with your hands. This will still help to slow or stop the bleeding.

If bleeding has not stopped, and there is one available, apply a commercially made tourniquet at least 2-3 inches above the injured area and tighten until bleeding has stopped. If bleeding has not stopped then place a second tourniquet above and next to the first tourniquet. Remember a tourniquet will not work if placed on top of a knee or elbow so be sure to avoid these areas.

If a commercially made tourniquet is not available, be very cautious in attempting to make an improvised tourniquet. Thin items such as phone chargers, extension cords, shoelaces, and rope are to narrow to be used as a tourniquet. In addition to not working, those items can cause severe damage to the nerves of the injured limb.

Below is an info-graphic from our friends at the Department of Homeland Security. A downloadable and accessible version is available by clicking here https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

Stop The Bleed #StopTheBleed

Meet The Medic: Lieutenant Jon Bailey

This week, May 19 – 25, is the 45th annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week! All firefighters in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are EMS providers. Personnel possess certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at the minimum. As well, several hundred more have certification as a Paramedic.

Meet Lieutenant Jon Bailey, EMS Training, who is a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Paramedic. Lieutenant Bailey helps to train our personnel who are working toward becoming certified as a Paramedic.

 

Reduce Your Risk Of Dying In A Fire! Install Home Fire Sprinklers!

By: Jessica Cochrane, Intern
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

Along with National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) week, this week, May 19 – 25, is also National Home Fire Sprinkler Week!

This week brings up the question: Why should you install fire sprinklers in your home? The risk of dying in a fire in your home decreases by 80 percent when fire sprinklers are installed. The amount of time it takes to escape a modern house when on fire is three to five minutes. With the installation of fire sprinklers, you will have more time to escape. (Watch the video below to learn more about the timeline of a home fire).

The best time to get fire sprinklers is when you are building a new home. All existing homes should be able to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers although some are easier than others. Please keep in mind this is not a DIY project. To get fire sprinklers installed in your home, contact a certified fire sprinkler contractor. Learn more about Retrofitting a Home With Fire Sprinklers.

Meet The Medic: Captain Mark Kordalski

Day Three of EMS Week! During the week, five days have a theme that represents the diverse nature of EMS. Today is EMS Safety Day.

Captain Mark Kordalski is assigned as EMS Supervisor 401, on A-Shift. An EMS Supervisor oversees EMS functions in a Battalion area and has a myriad of responsibilities to include ensuring the safety of both the patient and EMS provider when on-scene. They also complete daily patient care report reviews to ensure adherence to established department protocols and standards of care, as well as to provide feedback to individual providers.

 

Meet The Medic: Captain Chris Kroboth

This year during EMS Week, five days have a theme that represents the diverse nature of EMS. Today is EMS Education Day.

With that in mind, please take a moment to meet Captain Chris Kroboth who works in the department’s EMS Training section. The section is responsible for providing educational classes and programming for both the basic (EMT) and advanced life support (Paramedic) providers in the department.

 

Celebrate National EMS Week!

EMS Week 2019 May 19 - 25

This week, May 19 – 25, is the 45th annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week! All firefighters in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are EMS providers. Personnel possess certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at the minimum. As well, several hundred more have certification as a Paramedic.

This year, five days of EMS Week have a theme.

  • Monday – EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday – Safety Tuesday
  • Wednesday – EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday – Stop the Bleed Day
  • Friday – EMS Recognition Day

Thank you to all our career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel for all you do in the world of emergency medicine!