Thanks For 20 Years Of Emergency Medical Care!

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to formally recognize and congratulate the following personnel who have completed 20 years of service as an authorized Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider (medic/paramedic). These providers have been approved to wear the ALS 20 Year Pin on their uniforms.

20 year EMS Pin

ALS 20 Year Pin

Thank you for providing emergency medical care to Fairfax County residents and visitors for the last 20 or more years!

  • Deputy Chief Andrew L. Duke
  • Deputy Chief William A. Garrett
  • Deputy Chief Daniel V. Gray
  • Battalion Chief James J. Masiello
  • Battalion Chief Michael C. Schaff
  • Battalion Chief Jerome I. Williams
  • Battalion Chief Cheri E. Zosh
  • Captain II Carlton G. Burkhammer
  • Captain II George O. Gonzalez, Jr.
  • Captain II Mark Guditus
  • Captain II Glenn D. Kaplan
  • Captain II Robert A. Konczal
  • Captain II Matthew M. Lopez
  • Captain II Natalie D. Robb
  • Captain II Wayne P. Wentzel
  • Captain I Cynthia L. Brown
  • Captain I Tim E. Fowler
  • Captain I James B. Johnson
  • Captain I Peter B. Masters
  • Captain I Jeffrey A. Tolle
  • Captain I Marcus D. Williams
  • Lieutenant Svenja E. Leyden
  • Lieutenant James T. Morris
  • Volunteer Joan M. Bliss

Paramedic Students Gearing Up For Final Exam

By: Lieutenant Christopher Zach, NREMT-P
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
EMS Training

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue’s VCU paramedic students are nearing the end of their initial education program. The foundation has been laid, now they are refining that knowledge by continually running real-time scenarios to prepare them for their field ride along with Richmond Ambulance Authority, and ultimately, the National Registry test. Up until this point, the students had practiced EMS scenarios in the comfort of the Fire Academy, but that was about to change.

Last week, the students were brought to one of Fairfax County’s offsite training facilities for two very unique training opportunities. The first of which took place in what is called “Practical Plaza,” where there are mock occupancies set up in order to run scenarios in a realistic environment. Some of the occupancies include a coffee shop, a convenience store, bar, bank, and even a pizza shop. Behind the mock store occupancies is even an alleyway. Students acting as patients were moulaged and acted as the live interactive patient, while others acted as bystanders or family members/coworkers who were intended to be both helpful and distracting to the call.

The students were also taken to another county training site, where they have a “maze house” that is laid out like an apartment building with tight corners that are difficult to maneuver a stretcher through. In addition to demonstrating proper EMS interventions, the students also had to figure out the best way to both arrive to, enter and exit a scene with their equipment and cot. They were able to respond to the location in an ambulance provided by the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department. They quickly learned how important unit position is, as well as how time consuming it may be to retrieve a piece of equipment that was not initially brought into the incident and located back on the ambulance.

The VCU students have been doing scenarios for a while now, but placing them in new and realistic training environments, as well as adding the logistical elements to the scenarios, greatly increased the complexity and learning experience. By the end of the week they had really learned how much more there is to successfully running an incident beyond just the patient care.

EMSCEP Radio: Medical Control At 35,000 Feet

Your host Ed Stern has a talk with Dr Alan Molk, an ER Physician with Medlink in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr Molk not only works as an Emergency Department Physician providing medical control for EMS in his area of Phoenix, he also provides a unique form of medical control. He and his Partners at Medlink, provide medical control for commercial vessels at sea and aircraft at 35,000 feet. We learn from him about the technology and medical equipment on some flights, how his providers work with flight crews and passengers who happen to be medical personnel so that people on the flights with a medical emergency have the best possible chance of making it off the plane in one piece. We know medical control on the ground is important, but at 35,000 feet and over an ocean… now that’s something different.

EMSCEP Radio: Medical Control At 35,000 Feet

UPDATE: Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, Damaged by Fire

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wishes to thank the residents of Fairfax County for the outpouring of support following the fire at Fire Station 26, 5316 Carolina Place, early Sunday morning. At this time Fire Station 26 is uninhabitable. It is anticipated that firefighters will be able to work 24-hour shifts at that station again within the next week or so. 

We want to assure residents that there will not be any impact to the efficiency or quality of services provided by the department. The Fire and Rescue Department has created an action plan to ensure there are no delays or interruptions to the fire and emergency medical services provided to the residents of Fairfax County as we repair our fire station. We again want to thank all residents for the outpouring of support. 

Reserve Rescue Squad 26

Reserve Rescue Squad 26 outside Fire Station 26 this morning (5/15/17).


EMSCEP (EMS Continuing Education Program) Radio, offers continuing medical education content for ALS and BLS Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Providers. The show is produced by the staff in our EMS Training Section. While geared toward fire and emergency medical services personnel, we invite anyone interested to listen in.

The topic for this show: EMS Care for Youth in Foster Care

May is National Foster Care Month. To celebrate this month, we take a look at some of the complexities of providing emergent care of a Youth (child) in Foster Care.

Click below to listen in!EMSRadio

Medical Students Introduction to Emergency Medical Services

Recently, firefighters and paramedics from Fire Station 18, Jefferson, and Fire Station 30, Merrifield, C-Shift had an opportunity to teach the INOVA/Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) third year medical students about the principles and capabilities of pre-hospital medical and trauma care. The crews also demonstrated a variety of equipment and the capabilities of each. This is part of the “Introduction to Emergency Medical Services (EMS)” portion of the VCU School of Medicine medical student orientation.

While most of these student physicians will go into fields other than Emergency Medicine or EMS, all of them left with their eyes open to the role of EMS in the continuum of care!

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.