Recruits Train On A Vital Piece Of Equipment

Members of Recruit School 142 have spent this week learning everything there is to know about a vital piece of a firefighter’s equipment – the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

On Wednesday (6/28/17), the recruits spent all day getting familiar with their SCBA via various training exercises. Watch below as the recruits go through some of the exercises. Lieutenant Ty Corbin explains what an SCBA is, what the recruits are doing and why on the video that was first broadcast live on Facebook.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy Blood Drive

Be a super blood donor

Be a Hero! Donate Blood.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
The Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be located in the bays.

For Appointments and Directions:

Visit, Click on Schedule a Donation,
then click on Donate Blood, and use Sponsor Code 8184, or contact
Lt. Vernon (Ty) Corbin Jr. @ (571) 585-2203,or
or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372)

Your blood type is

Choose a donation type that matches up with your blood type from the chart above in order to make a maximum impact in your community.

Please remember:

– Photo ID required. Allow one hour for your blood donation.

– Donation type appointments availability may vary.

– Double your Donation. Donate your RED CELLS on Alyx!


High School Firefighter Program Students Adapt And Overcome

On Friday, March 3, the High School Firefighter Program students were provided practical training exercises on how to extinguish auto fires.

In one scenario, the students were presented with a little twist that required them to problem solve. The twist involved the fire engine access being blocked so they could not get closer to the auto on fire.

As you can see below, they did a good job finding a solution!

High School Firefighter Students Learn About Fire Behavior Firsthand

Today, the High School Firefighter students learned about fire behavior first hand by going into a live training fire.

The students were divided into two groups. One group donned their full protective gear and were required to have an instructor check to make sure the gear was correctly put on. Once that was done, the students were led inside the burn building where a safety briefing was conducted prior to the fire being lit. The second group stayed outside while another instructor explained to them what they should look for and why it is important. The groups then switched after the fire was put out.

Students inside the burn building saw how the fire can grow, how the heat builds, how the smoke can rise and bank down and travel in a building. 


The first portion of the training was captured live on our Facebook page. More photos below.

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Recruit School 141 In The Community

Community Outreach is an important part of a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department firefighter’s duties.

Recruit School 141 learned that on Sunday by taking time to volunteer at the regional Special Olympics basketball tournament. They assisted with set-up and then cheered the athletes on. Below are some photos from the day.

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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.