The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, is excited to announce its Girls Fire and Rescue Academy summer camp, taking place from July 17 – 21, 2017. The Academy is open to female students that are Fairfax County residents (ages 14 to 15) and is completely free of charge to participants.
The Academy will provide a unique insight into life as a Firefighter/EMT to encourage young women to consider the fire service as a career, either after high school or college.
Registration opens during the morning of Monday, June 19 at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/
Sadly, there have been several near, and fatal, drownings across the metropolitan region recently. Please take a moment to review the helpful water safety tips below from our friends at the American Red Cross.
Our firefighters and paramedics do not want to meet you, or your loved ones, by “a preventable accident” today, tomorrow or ever.
Make Water Safety Your Priority
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
- Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
- Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
- Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
- Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
- Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
- If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
- Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
Maintain Constant Supervision
- Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
- Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
It is going to be HOT today and through next week. As we have not had days this hot in a long time, 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
Get a handle on hand injuries on this EMSCEP Radio Episode with Dr. Bruce Freedman, Chief of Plastic and Hand Surgery at HCA Reston Hospital.
Do you know CPR or how to use an AED? If not, you should as lives could be saved if more people knew CPR along with how to use an AED.
Learn more: National CPR and AED Awareness Week
In this special edition of EMSCEP Radio, host Ed Stern talks with Ms. Stephanie Tarbell about Penetrating Trauma. Stephanie is a Critical Care Trauma nurse in the Trauma Resuscitation Unit at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Recently, Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift, EMS401, Battalion Chief 401, and Battalion Chief 407 presented a Citizen Life Saving Award to local Reston resident, Jodi Rakoff, on behalf of Fire Chief Richard Bowers. Jodi performed CPR on a female patient who collapsed in front of her house while walking with a group of friends. Jodi’s quick actions, along with advanced life support care by the personnel from 25-C, resulted in the resuscitation of the patient.
Pictured with Jodi, and fire and rescue personnel, is her husband Simon and mother.