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.

Investing In Our Future

On Wednesday, December 7, EMS Training and Field Training hosted the Falls Church Emergency Services Program class at the Fire and Rescue Training Academy. 38 students were in attendance.

The class was split into six groups in order to rotate them through skills stations. This allowed the EMS Training and Field Training staff to expose the students to a variety of firefighter and paramedic skills. In addition, the students were provided a tour of the Fire and Rescue Training Academy.

Academy Staff Versus Recruits Toy Drive

It is said that a little competition never hurt anyone. In this instance it definitely will not as the Fire and Rescue Academy Staff takes on Recruit School 141 in a toy drive competition.

Now through December 8, Academy Staff and the Recruits will go head to head to see who can collect the most toys in an effort to bring joy to some Fairfax County children in need of a little holiday cheer! The toys must be new and unwrapped for kids ages 2 to 17.

The competition is expected to go down to the wire and updates will be provided here, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Academy Staff Verses Recruits Toy Drive

There are no losers in this competition and the ultimate winners will be the kids whose holidays may end up being a lot happier.