Never Too Early To Learn First Aid

By: Lieutenant Jason Buttenshaw
EMS Training, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Training Academy

It’s never too early to learn first aid. Webelo Cub Scouts from Den 4, Pack 698 visited the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy to take a brief tour and then learn valuable First Aid skills.

The Pack saw where recruit firefighters practice fire training scenarios. They then proceeded to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training section where they learned the skill of Hands Only CPR. After this they were taught simple first aid for injuries they may encounter when going on camping trips or similar outings. To top things off, the group also learned how to create fake injuries so that the recruits or paramedic students can encounter realistic injuries during training.

After a fun afternoon all the kids went home with either a burn, laceration, or bruising – all fake thankfully, and hopefully a few imaginations were captured with the prospect that maybe, just maybe, they too can become a Firefighter/Paramedic one day.

Right Place, Right Time

By: Randal Bittinger, Captain II
Fire Station 39, North Point, B-Shift

On Saturday, April 15, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Technical Rescue team conducted training at Great Falls National Park on the Potomac River. During this training the Fairfax County 911 center alerted the team that an adult male had fallen approximately 40 feet down the rock face along the Potomac. Rescue crews immediately responded and provided emergency care for the injured man. The rescue crews transported the injured man by boat to the U.S. Park Police helicopter for transport to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

As the young man was being loaded onto the helicopter, the rescue team received another emergency call that there was a missing child on the park grounds. The park was extremely crowded on Saturday due to the nice weather and the free park admission weekend. An organized search was implemented by the fire department members and park rangers. The young girl was located by firefighters in less than 10 minutes along the trails of the park. She was safely reunited with her family.

While our crews were originally at the park for training, it turned out we were at the right place, at the right time, to provide assistance on two calls for help.

Right Place, Right Time

Video and Photos by Technician Herb Knerr

Two Vehicle Collision In Springfield

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, units from Fire Station 22, Springfield, and Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, were dispatched for a report of a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Old Keene Mill Road and Spring Road. Additional calls to 911 indicated that one vehicle was possibly over-turned.

Units arrived on scene to find one vehicle on fire and another over-turned. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. No occupants of either car were trapped. There was one patient with non-life threatening injuries who was treated and transported to an area hospital.

EMS Lecture Series

EMS lecture series announcement

Fairfax County Fire Rescue EMS Training and INOVA Fairfax Trauma Services are proud to present another EMS Lecture Series for area fire and rescue personnel.

If you are a member of an area fire and rescue department, please come join us for another Monday Lecture Series at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. This series will be on resuscitation and the utilization and types of blood products in trauma as well as a review of case studies taught by Dr. Mitchetti and Kristen Ray RN from INOVA’s Trauma Services.  This interactive lecture will utilize case studies to illustrate the importance of early recognition, appropriate treatment, and timely notification by prehospital providers. 

Class:                            Trauma Resuscitation and Blood Product Use/Trauma Case Studies    

Date:                              Monday, April 17, 2017                 

Time:                             0800 – 1130 hours                         

Location:                       Fire and Rescue Academy, Classroom 2
4600 West Ox Road

More information please go here:

Technical Rescue Team Required To Assist Injured Worker

On Saturday, April 1, at approximately 8:41 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a construction worker who had fallen approximately eight-feet from a ladder.

A medic unit from Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, arrived on scene and quickly learned that the patient was on the fifth floor with limited access. The crew requested assistance and the incident was upgraded to an above ground rescue with a Technical Rescue Operations Team (TROT) response. This brought additional crews from Fire Station 21, as well as Fire Station 18 (Jefferson) and Fire Station 40 (Fairfax Center).

Firefighters found the patient on a flat roof section of the fifth floor. It was determined that the patient had fallen more than 12-feet from the sixth floor roof. A rope rescue operation was needed to extract the patient safely. Once crews stabilized the patient, he was placed into a stokes basket and lowered down a ladder to the fourth floor. The building had no interior stairs so crews transferred the patient from a fourth floor balcony to the bucket of Fire Station 40’s Tower Truck and lowered him to the ground.

The patient was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Technical Rescue Team Required To Assist Injured Worker

Tip Of The Fire Helmet

We love receiving letters from those we serve highlighting exceptional efforts by our fire and rescue personnel.

A tip of the fire helmet to personnel from Fire Station 5, Franconia, and Fire Station 37, Kingstowne, B-Shift for their quick recognition, and treatment, of a significant medical emergency back in September. Below is a letter of appreciation recently sent by the patient.

Job well done Firefighter Ray and Technician Bartman (Medic 37) as well as Firefighter Smith, Firefighter Perreault, Tech Vogtembing, Paramedic Firefighter Coppersmith and Captain Curriden (Engine 5).

A tip of the fire helmet

Training To Rescue Our Own

A great morning to train! Right now, at Fire Station 39, North Point, firefighters are conducting Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) training.

When your Fairfax County Firefighters are fighting structure fires, a group of firefighters are designated as the RIT. The RIT crew then stands by outside at the ready to go into the burning structure if a firefighter becomes incapacitated or trapped. Basically, the RIT are the firefighters who may have to rescue their fellow firefighters.

As you can see in the photos below, the firefighters are training for a variety of situations they could potentially encounter when rescuing a downed firefighter.