Fairfax County Fire And Rescue One Of The Busiest In The Country

Each year, Firehouse Magazine compiles a list of the busiest fire and rescue stations and various units in the nation. Your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has placed in the Top 50 in several categories for 2016.fire house

You might be interested to learn that:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is the 31st busiest fire and rescue department in the country responding to 100,712 calls for assistance.

Fairfax County Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, is the 36th busiest fire and rescue station in the country responding to 11,256 calls for assistance.

Rescue Squad 426 (Edsall Road) is the 41st busiest Heavy Rescue unit in the country responding to 1,744 calls for assistance.

HazMat 440 (Fairfax Center) is the 19th busiest Hazardous Materials unit in the country responding to 541 calls for assistance.

EMS Officer 404 is the 39th busiest unit in the country responding to 1,808 emergency medical calls for assistance.

2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards

Recently, the winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards were honored at a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting.   

Tim Fleming, Chair of the Volunteer Fire Commission, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Reggie Johnson, and Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Board of Supervisors presented the awards to the recipients. The recipients were recognized for their outstanding fire, emergency medical, and administrative service to the county during 2016. 

Thanks to all recipients for their service and dedication to the residents of Fairfax County!

Winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards: 

  • Volunteer Firefighter of the Year – Payton Smith, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 
  • Volunteer Operational Officer of the Year – John Hootman, McLean Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Volunteer EMS Provider of the Year – Barry Brown, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 
  • Volunteer BLS Provider of the Year – Katie Myers, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Volunteer ALS Provider of the Year – Lynn Clancy, McLean Volunteer Fire Department              
  • Volunteer Rookie of the Year – Sean Smith, Centreville Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Administrative Member of the Year – Wanda Nelson, Franconia Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Administrative Officer of the Year – Keith Edgemon, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 
  • Canteen Member of the Year – Anthony Ruth, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Special Recognition Award – Gerry Strider, Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department for 35 Years of service on the Volunteer Fire Commission 
  • Special Recognition Award – Homer Johns, Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50 Years of Volunteer Service 
  • Special Recognition Award – Clyde Clark, McLean Volunteer Fire Department for 55 Years of Volunteer Service 
  • Special Recognition Award – Harry Chelpon, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Volunteer Chaplain

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Stop The Bleed

By: Lieutenant Bruce Stark
Fire Station 19, Lorton, A-Shift

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. A person can die from severe uncontrolled bleeding in as little as five minutes.

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 version is available by clicking here https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

Stop The Bleed

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy Students Off To A Great Start!

By: Captain I Tracey Reed
Fairfax County Fire and RescueGirls Fire and Rescue Academy

The first session of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Girls Fire and Rescue Academy is off to a great start!

Six girls, ages 14 and 15, are attending camp Monday through Friday this week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The purpose of the Academy is to build the girl’s confidence in their unique abilities, push them beyond their comfort zone, and to learn the value of supporting others rather than putting them down.

Fire Chief Richard Bowers kicked off the Academy on Monday, personally welcoming each student and offering a few remarks. Monday also included a field trip to the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center to learn what happens when a person calls 911. They met, and spoke with, the people who answer and process those calls.

Students then toured the Wellness and Fitness Center where the importance of fitness and proper body mechanics were taught by the center staff. The girls watched Technician Black complete the work performance evaluation that all Fairfax County firefighters complete annually. They went through the Candidate Physical Abilities Test which is one step in the process to become a firefighter. Their favorite part of the test was the maze!

We finished the day by learning how to put on our firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE).

Tuesday, and for the rest of the week, the girls started the day with physical training. On this day the workout involved a Tabata Circuit and walking the stairs while wearing PPE. Staff and students talked about motivation and worked on developing a playlist of motivational music for Wednesday’s workout! The rest of the morning was spent learning CPR. Our afternoon session consisted of learning how to stop bleeding with tourniquets, using EpiPen’s, inserting intravenous and intraosseous catheters, learning how to intubate, and teaching students how to apply moulage for realistic emergency medical training.

Today (Wednesday) students will be engaged in engine and truck company operations evolutions, including fire hose lines, the maze trailer, ladders, tools, and forcible entry.

On Thursday, students will be learning more about the Fire Marshall’s Office and our Urban Search and Rescue Team. The girls will run through technical rescue operations evolutions – ropes and knots, lowering systems, and vehicle extrication.

Friday will consist of hazardous materials operations evolutions, a firefighter’s role in community outreach, and opportunities to continue learning through the High School Firefighter Program, the Explorer Program, and volunteering in the community. The week will conclude with the girls and their families having dinner at a fire station.

We appreciate all the support we have received from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department members and leadership, Local 2068 Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, Fairfax County Professional Fire and Rescue Officers Association, Fairfax Hispanic Firefighters Association, Apple Federal Credit Union, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Women’s Employee Group and the Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County.

Most of all THANK YOU to the girls for going outside their comfort zone and trying something new!

Know The Symptoms Of Heat-Related Illness

It is going to be HOT today and through the rest of this work week. 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.

If possible, when temperatures soar, stay indoors!

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


Girls Fire and Rescue Academy Registration Opens Monday

Girls Fire and Rescue AcademyThe 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/