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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Recruits Train On A Vital Piece Of Equipment

Members of Recruit School 142 have spent this week learning everything there is to know about a vital piece of a firefighter’s equipment – the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

On Wednesday (6/28/17), the recruits spent all day getting familiar with their SCBA via various training exercises. Watch below as the recruits go through some of the exercises. Lieutenant Ty Corbin explains what an SCBA is, what the recruits are doing and why on the video that was first broadcast live on Facebook.

Our (Young) Hero

Ava, age 8, is a cancer survivor. Recently, she and her family ran their 5th Annual Team Ava – Alex’s Lemonade Stand! This effort is dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for children battling cancer.

To help the cause of this inspirational young lady Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, B-Shift Lieutenant Ray Johnson organized a mini-parade in the community to help draw attention to Ava’s lemonade stand. Several units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department attended in force.

They also purchased some delicious lemonade and gave tours of the fire trucks to the community! It was a great event! Ava’s mom reports the stand raised over $800!

Ava is an inspiration and our hero!

Photos courtesy of Ava’s mom Jeannie


The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed and civilian promotions.

The following individual has been promoted to Deputy Chief:

  • Daniel Shaw

The following individual has been promoted to Battalion Chief:Promotions

  • James Masiello

The following individual has been promoted to Captain I:

  • Thomas Nevin

The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Adam Slivers
  • Andrew Snell

The following individual has been promoted to Technician:

  • Richard Dawley

Civilian Promotion

Kristen Angilletta has been promoted to Administrative Assistant V.

Acting Capacity Promotions

The following individuals have been promoted (acting) to Technician:

  • Robert Broughan
  • Arthur Bruck
  • Thomas Baldwin
  • Paul Beasley
  • Richard Beatty
  • David Bulman
  • Matthew Buschur
  • Trevor Butler
  • Sally Dickinson
  • Cody Henson
  • Gregory Knowles
  • Chuk Li
  • Danny Lintot
  • Timothy Moore
  • Garret Woo

Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.

A Special Reunion

By: Lieutenant (ret) Karrie Leigh Boswell
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

You run many calls in a fire service career. You meet many families. Some you never ever forget. I was so happy I got to spend time recently with one of those families, along with the firefighters, at Fire Station 1 in McLean.

Five years ago, nearly to the day, a then three year old Ms. Delaney Saslav fell into a pool. She stopped breathing, and her heart stopped beating. Firefighters and paramedics from Fire Station 1 were sent to help bring her back. Thankfully, the crew working that day was able to do just that.

Mom and Dad, Jill and Andy, always tell us we are their heroes. The opposite is true for us. Delaney and her family are our heroes. To see this little girl running, laughing, and playing with her little brother Ian in the fire house this day was a heartfelt and humbling experience.

Several of the firefighters who were on that call five years ago, including this retiree, were in attendance. We were all so glad we got to see Delaney and her family before they leave for another part of the country. You inspire us every day Delaney, and you always remind us of how precious life is. Since Delaney will always have our hearts, the crew presented her with a little heart necklace to wear around her neck as a reminder of that. She was also presented other mementos to remember us by. 

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy Blood Drive

Be a super blood donor

Be a Hero! Donate Blood.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
The Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be located in the bays.

For Appointments and Directions:

Visit inova.org/donateblood, Click on Schedule a Donation,
then click on Donate Blood, and use Sponsor Code 8184, or contact
Lt. Vernon (Ty) Corbin Jr. @ (571) 585-2203,or Vernon.Corbin2@fairfaxcounty.gov
or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372)

Your blood type is

Choose a donation type that matches up with your blood type from the chart above in order to make a maximum impact in your community.

Please remember:

– Photo ID required. Allow one hour for your blood donation.

– Donation type appointments availability may vary.

– Double your Donation. Donate your RED CELLS on Alyx!