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.
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
By: Lieutenant Christopher Zach, NREMT-P
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
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.
Yesterday (5/18/17) Deputy County Executive Rohrer and Fire Chief Bowers stopped by Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, A-Shift on the shifts first day back to work since the fire in their station.
Both Deputy County Executive Rohrer and Fire Chief Bowers expressed relief that everyone had escaped the fire unharmed. They also wanted to ensure that all of the crews needs were being met as the station continues to operate in temporary accommodations.
Captain Kuley conveyed to the Deputy County Executive and Fire Chief how proud he was of his crew for their actions during the early morning hours on Sunday, May 14 when they were alerted to a fire in the station. Everyone played a critical role in coordinating the safe removal of the remaining equipment and then transitioning immediately to firefighting operations.
Captain Menton, Station Commander, and Captain Kuley then took Deputy County Executive Rohrer and Fire Chief Bowers on a tour of the facility and provided an update on clean up and construction.
Captain II Mark Menton, Station Commander, provides a quick update regarding Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, which was damaged by fire on May 14.
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.
The Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office is looking for assistance in locating a person of interest regarding last week’s townhouse fire in the Lorton section of Fairfax County. Darren William Hinzman, 47, last seen on the evening of May 11, 2017, may have witnessed or have information regarding the incident. Interviews with family and friends indicate he may be headed to either Texas or Clearwater, Florida. He may be travelling with his girlfriend/wife, Donna Mae Metro Hinzman. If you have any information or if the subject is seen, please call Lieutenant Palmer, (571)221-1049.
On Sunday, May 14, at approximately 12:45 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a report of a fire at Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, located at 5316 Carolina Place in the Springfield section of Fairfax County.
Twelve firefighters were awoken by the fire alarm. Further investigation revealed the rescue squad vehicle was on fire in one of the station’s apparatus bays. The station Captain evacuated the station and notified 911. He then coordinated removal of the foam unit, fire engine, and medic unit. Crews began an exterior attack on the fire as the apparatus bay suffered a partial collapse. A second alarm was called bringing additional assistance from the Arlington County Fire Department. Approximately 60 firefighters responded to the scene. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
The fire was contained to the apparatus bay area and did not extend further into the fire station.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the left front cab of the rescue squad vehicle. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature as a result of an electrical event. The exact source could not be determined.