Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

February is Heart Health Month.

Unfortunately, heart attacks do happen. It is important that you and your loved ones know and recognize the warning signs of a heart attack as every second counts! Please take a moment to review the below tips from our friends at the American Heart Association.

If you think you or a loved one are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 as soon as possible!

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Common heart attack signs

Paramedic Students Take Part In Live Exercise

On Thursday, January 5, paramedic students took part in a live exercise designed to practice their trauma assessment skills. This skill set is an important one to develop and refine for any student aspiring to attain paramedic certification.

Watch below to learn more about one small piece of the ten month training our firefighters receive to become paramedic certified. The video below was originally broadcast live on Facebook.


South Korean Students Take Field Trip To Vienna Fire Station

Last week a group of nursing students from South Korea visited the career and volunteer staff at Fire Station 2, Vienna, to learn more about pre-hospital emergency medical care in Fairfax County. They also wanted to learn about the variety of experiences the career staff and members of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department have had in the fire and rescue service.

The students also had an opportunity to tour the vehicles, check out the equipment, try on the gear firefighters wear and learn how to use a fire hose.