Firefighters Complete Extrication Rescue Training

By: Technician Jason Peterson
Fire Station 19, Lorton, B-Shift

Recently, approximately thirty Technical Rescue school personnel and thirty Hazardous Material team members completed two weeks of extrication rescue training. This also served as the first module of the Technical Rescue school class.

The class consisted of two modules of auto extrication, with the second module comprised of heavy extrication training on tractor trailers, cars in limited access scenarios, as well as transit and school buses, all offering a high degree of challenge and teamwork.

This New Year’s Eve Don’t Drink And Drive! Get A Free Ride Home!

Plan on attending a few New Year’s Eve events where adult beverages will be served this weekend? Don’t have a designated driver and you end up having one too many?

One thing you do NOT want to do is drink and drive! Thanks to our friends at the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, you can call for a FREE ride home via their SoberRide Program.

Check out below and make sure you keep the number handy if you will be out drinking this weekend. The Holiday SoberRide program will be available now until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017.

This Holiday Season Don’t Drink And Drive! Get A Free Ride Home!

Driving In Fog

A little foggy out there this morning! Our firefighters do not want to meet you by “accident” this morning.

If you must drive this morning, please keep the following driving in fog safety tips, from the National Weather Service, in mind:

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
  • Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
  • To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
  • In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
Driving in Fog

Photo via the National Weather Service Website