A Very Special First Birthday

By: Captain II Bill Lynch
Station Commander – Fire Station 13, Dunn Loring

Over the weekend, firefighters from Fire Station 13, Dunn Loring, went to a very special birthday party. What made this party a little more special than most was the fact that Jim was able to attend his daughters first birthday! On October 21st, Jim went into cardiac arrest. 911 was called and Engine and Medic 13 responded. For over 25 minutes he remained pulse-less, eventually responding to cardio pulmonary treatments.

Thanks to the training and efforts of the firefighters and paramedics on B-Shift, Jim was able to celebrate his daughters first birthday.

Jim was presented with a Fire Station 13 challenge coin and Charlotte was given a Fire Station 13 uniform patch for her baby book. 13 is definitely a lucky number for this family!

Happy Birthday Charlotte and we wish you both many more. This is why we do what we do.

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

February is Heart Health Month.

Unfortunately, heart attacks do happen. It is important that you and your loved ones know and recognize the warning signs of a heart attack as every second counts! Please take a moment to review the below tips from our friends at the American Heart Association.

If you think you or a loved one are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 as soon as possible!

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Common heart attack signs


PromotionsFairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed promotions.

The following individual has been promoted to Captain II:

  • John Streeter III

The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Jason Buttenshaw
  • Sally Kraut
  • Christopher Zach

The following individual has been promoted to Technician:

  • Bryant Wiggins

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

Not Your Average High School Day

Today, members of the High School Firefighter program learned how to respond to a bad car crash in which the driver is trapped. The students learned how to stabilize the vehicle prior to using various tools, to include the “jaws of life”, to remove any trapped occupants.

Firefighters from Fire Station 1, McLean, B-Shift were kind enough to come out to teach and guide the students in performing this newly learned skill set.

High School Firefighter Program

Know a rising high school senior (Fall 2017) who might be interested in a career in the fire service?

If so, consider looking into the High School Firefighter Program that is a partnership between Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Fairfax County Public Schools. The course, introduced this year, focuses on skills development and concentrates on teaching the students to perform safely and effectively as firefighters.

You can learn more about the program here: Firefighter Program Introduced at Chantilly Academy

An open house was held this past week for perspective students and their parents at the Fire and Rescue training academy. There will be another open house sometime this spring. Fire Chief Bowers stopped by and spoke to the group about the program.

In addition, NBC4 Washington also produced a fantastic piece on the program that aired this past week. Go here to see that: Saving Lives Added To Curriculum For Some Fairfax County Students

What did your high school student do last week? See what students in the High School Firefighter Program did earlier this week.

Paramedic Students Train In Unique Learning Environment

By: Lieutenant Christopher Kroboth
EMS Training Section

The classrooms we all grew up in ranged from desk mounted chairs arranged grid style to stadium style arenas with 100-200 students. No matter how they were setup, they all revolved around a single instructor lecturing “AT” us. This lecture style and mode ofParamedic Students Train In Unique Learning Environment teaching has minimal retention by the student. Research by the National Training Laboratory (World Bank, n.d.) shows that the amount of new information learners retain depends on how the information is presented. Here are retention rates for seven common ways of teaching new information:

  • Lecture 5%
  • Reading 10%
  • Audio-Visual 20%
  • Demonstration 30%
  • Discussion 50%
  • Practice by doing 75%
  • Teaching others 90%

It is for this reason we use round tables in our classroom to have students sitting group style to help the facilitation of discussion and interaction. We have the groups take certain topics and “teach-back” the material to their classmates after doing research and designing the learning tools and examples. This follows the “see one, do one, teach one” path and helps them close the loop.

Innately, the profession of Paramedicine is filled with skills and hands-on practices which we parallel our learning topics with. We always close a topic with a full scenario that is designed to mimic that topic in a real life emergency. Toward that end, one group of students portray the patient and act out the disease or emergency while we have another group of students “run” or respond to the scenario. Our goal is to try and maximize the relatability and relevance of each topic to an experience. We try to harbor the group and team mentality to better forge the learning process as well as the social and safety aspects of the paramedic profession. In another article we will discuss other components of a classroom that can help set the stage for optimal learning.



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Paramedic Students Take Part In Live Exercise

On Thursday, January 5, paramedic students took part in a live exercise designed to practice their trauma assessment skills. This skill set is an important one to develop and refine for any student aspiring to attain paramedic certification.

Watch below to learn more about one small piece of the ten month training our firefighters receive to become paramedic certified. The video below was originally broadcast live on Facebook.