FREE Training Classes For Community Emergency Response Team

CERTThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates residents about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. CERT trains county residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT training classes below follows the FEMA curriculum, tailored to local disasters and hazards. Educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Emphasis on hands-on skill development and Fairfax County protocols and procedures. Instructor will provide syllabus with class schedule at first session. This training does not require any special physical strength or agility.

For more information and to register for the next class at the Fire and Rescue Academy, please click on the link below:

CERT 144 at the Fire and Rescue Academy, Monday and Wednesday – Feb 25, 27, March 4, 6,11,13,18, 20

Promotions

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The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed promotions that are effective January 5, 2019.

The following individuals have been promoted to Assistant Chief:

  • Jenkins, Jason
  • Knerr, Joseph

The following individuals have been promoted to Deputy Chief:

  • Bailey, Willie
  • Zosh, Cheri

The following individuals have been promoted to Battalion Chief:

  • Burkhammer, Carlton
  • Svites, Jennifer

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain II:

  • Burroughs, Earl
  • Flint, Thomas
  • Murphy, Emily
  • Pittman, Christopher

The following individuals have been promoted to Captain I:

  • Abitz, Jason
  • Brantley, Amy
  • Ripley, Damian

The following individuals have been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Gummerson, Sage
  • Petty, Kevin

The following individuals have been promoted to Technician:

  • Castellanos, Robert
  • Washenko, Stephen

The following individual has achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician:

  • Ward, William

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

Firehouse Foods: Eggnog French Toast

By: Kendall Warner, Intern
Office of Public Affairs

On the latest edition of Firehouse Foods, newly promoted Battalion Chief Jenn Svites shows us how to make her Eggnog French Toast.

Battalion Chief Svites has been cooking since she was an eight-year-old. She received her first Betty Crocker Cookbook when she was 11. Since then she has perfected many family recipes, cooked for many shifts at different fire stations, and created her own spin on classic recipes like her Eggnog French Toast.

Recipe

All ingredients are based on taste preference, Chief Svites does not use exact measurements and encourages you to make the recipe your own!

Toast
Bread of your choosing (Chief Svites uses Brioche because it’s dense and absorbs the eggnog wash well)
Eggnog of your choosing (If you are lactose intolerant, try eggnog made with milk alternatives)
Nutmeg to preference
Cinnamon to preference
Eggs (Chief Svites uses 3 large eggs for half a gallon of eggnog)

Topping
Drizzle with caramel sauce
Powdered sugar
Strawberries

Try different toppings, sauces, fruits, and anything to make it your own!

Flood Watch Tonight Through Saturday Afternoon. Remember To Turn Around And Don’t Drown!

Rain is on the way! A Flash Flood Watch is in effect this evening (12-14-18) through Saturday afternoon. As a result, there is a potential for heavy rain and flash flooding. When heavy rain and flash flooding occur, you can assume there will be a few roadways in the area that will be impacted as well. Unfortunately, our firefighters and paramedics can also assume there will be several calls for help as people attempt to drive their cars through flooded roadways only to stall and become trapped.

This puts both the driver, any passengers AND our firefighters and paramedics in needless danger!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into flood water. Many people under estimate, and do not understand, the power and force of water.

Please take a moment to watch the below video, from our friends at the National Weather Service, which highlights the danger.

Be aware and be prepared. Our firefighters and paramedics do not want to meet you by (a preventable) “accident” this weekend!

Accessible information HERE

 

Fire Investigators Asking for Public’s Help Identifying Person of Interest

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a person of interest in a fire that occurred on Monday, November 5. At 11:05am, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded for reports of a building fire in the 6000 block of Richmond Highway in the Belle Haven section of Fairfax County. The fire is under investigation.

The person of interest is described as a male, 5’8” to 5’10”, 220 to 225 pounds. Fire investigators would like to speak with him regarding their investigation.

Anyone who can provide information for the person of interest is asked to call Captain Tim Palmer, Lead Investigator, at 703-246-4707.

Belle Haven Hotel Fire Currently Under Investigation