Want to learn more about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department? Want to participate in an interesting, fun-filled, eight-week program that will show you what firefighters and paramedics do every day?
You can now apply to the Community Fire and Rescue Academy (CFRA)! The CFRA is open to persons 18 and older who live in Fairfax County. Each session will cover different aspects of the organization, providing an in-depth overview of the department and its uniformed and civilian workforce. Program topics include: fire suppression, emergency medical services, training, recruitment, special operations, and other interesting topics.
CFRA Application will be accepted until September 13, 2019. The Academy will begin September 26, 2019, and will meet for eight consecutive Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ending on November 14, 2019.
To learn more about the program and to sign up, please go here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/cfra
BY: Lieutenant Angel Medina
Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department
Station 24, Woodlawn. C-Shift
Recently, members from Station 24, Woodlawn and Station 9, Mount Vernon, C-Shift met at Station 24 to conduct training related to rescuing a downed firefighter in a hazardous environment.
The training started with a review of the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Rescue Pack. Each component of the RIT pack was explained along with when and how to use it. For those who do not know, a RIT is established at structure fires in which a crew from a unit is assigned to be ready to enter a fire to save any firefighters who may require rescue during the incident.
Crews then put full gear on and prepared for the practical component of the training. The scenario was a firefighter who called a mayday and needed to be rescued. Their objective was to assess the situation, force entry into the building, use either the hose or search rope (will help guide them back to safety), and locate the downed firefighter.
Firefighters had to force entry into the building using our forceable entry prop that is very realistic. Each firefighter had to place one of their protective hoods (a part of firefighter gear that covers neck, ears, hair) over their face piece so they could not see – which is usually the case in fires. They then had to locate the downed firefighter, utilize the RIT pack and remove the firefighter from the hazardous environment to safety.
Members of both stations did an outstanding job performing the assigned task. Training together like this is important as both stations frequently respond and work together on structure fires. We hope we never have to use this training in an actual fire. However, we will be ready to save one of our own if it occurs.
The 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 145 at the Fire and Rescue Academy, Monday and Wednesday – March 27, 29, April 1, 3, 8, 10, 22, 24
In addition, a class is being held on Fort Belvoir but is open to all. Arrangements can be made with a background check for access to Fort Belvoir for those who do not have routine access:
CERT 147 at Ft. Belvoir, Thursdays – March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
You can now view the Fairfax County Fire And Rescue Department’s Fiscal Year 17 and 18 Annual Report on line. Learn more about your fire and rescue department! Click on the cover below to view.
On Sunday, November 4, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel participated in a full-scale regional Metro Training Exercise hosted by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The training exercise was held at the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station.
Learn more about it in the video.
All fire and rescue personnel from across the region are invited to join us for our Monday Lecture Series – Hand Trauma Cases and Care from the Region.
This interactive lecture series will cover local orthopedic and hand trauma concerns for the pre-hospital provider. We will also review case studies and procedures from some of the nation’s top specialists in reconstructive, hand, and plastic surgery. The topics and cases will range from grafts and flaps to microvascular reconstruction and re-implantation of body parts. All are encouraged to attend.
Registration: Click Here to Register
This course is for all in-hospital and pre-hospital providers.
4 NCCR Category 1 hours:
ALS Area #18
BLS Area #13
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is excited to announce its Girls Fire and Rescue Academy summer camp, which will take place July 9 – 13, 2018. The Academy is open to female students who will be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Participants must be a Fairfax County resident.
Academy participants will take part in a five day program full of fun-filled experiences, physical training, classes and Fire/EMS simulations. They will also have an opportunity to visit a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station to experience the everyday life of a Firefighter/EMT. Campers will have a chance to interact, ask questions and eat dinner with the on-duty crew.
The program is completely free of charge. The Academy will be limited to 24 applicants, so apply today! To apply, please click on the link below and follow the instructions.
All applications must be received by close of business on Friday, April 20, 2018.
For more information, and to register, please see below.
Girls Fire & Rescue Academy 2018 Application Packet
Girls Fire & Rescue Academy 2018 Flyer