Firefighters Complete Extrication Rescue Training

By: Technician Jason Peterson
Fire Station 19, Lorton, B-Shift

Recently, approximately thirty Technical Rescue school personnel and thirty Hazardous Material team members completed two weeks of extrication rescue training. This also served as the first module of the Technical Rescue school class.

The class consisted of two modules of auto extrication, with the second module comprised of heavy extrication training on tractor trailers, cars in limited access scenarios, as well as transit and school buses, all offering a high degree of challenge and teamwork.

Paramedic Students Given Unique Perspective on Aging

By:      Lieutenant Christopher Zach, NREMT-P
EMS Training
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

The VCU paramedic students have worked hard over the last few months to further their knowledge of many different types of disease processes. In addition to countless hours in the classroom, working shifts in the emergency department and various hospital rotations, the students are required to write and act out medical scenarios so that they can have a deeper appreciation of what it’s like to be the patient.

The students continue to progress through their program, and have recently completed the geriatric portion of the class. In order to give them a unique perspective of the lifestyle changes, impact from aging, and daily needs that an elderly patient may have, the students participated in a series of events called “The Geriatric Olympics.” Each event simulated daily activities that senior citizens would normally do with one catch; the students had to be “aged” to go through the activities. They were dressed and restricted in such a way that would emulate what it is like to have some of the more common diseases that the geriatric population may experience.

Students were required to wear gloves and Paramedic Students Given Unique Perspective on Agingshoes with beans in them to diminish their ability to sense where they step or how they feel an object in their hands, simulating neuropathy. They also had to wrap their knees, elbows, and finger joints to simulate arthritis. To top it off, the students wore lab goggles that were smeared with Vaseline and colored with black dots in the center to simulate a combination of both glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Once they were “aged to perfection”, the students had to go for walks and do simple exercises. Next, they had to pick up a phone and make a doctor’s appointment. Prior to the appointment, they had to read from a prescription Paramedic Students Given Unique Perspective on Agingbottle and take the correct amount of “medication”. Finally, they had to go to their “doctor’s appointment” (a staff member’s office), discuss medication dose changes, accept their new prescription, and sign a check for their co-pay. Upon leaving the appointment, the students needed to implement the new medication regimen accurately for the remainder of the exercise, stopping to take their “medication” when due. The students very quickly learned how difficult it can be to accomplish these routine daily tasks. By the end of the day, they were exhausted.

The next day, the students took a trip to a local nursing home in order to get to know the residents there and help out with activities and lunch. The VCU students sat and talked to some of the residents during lunch, and afterwards participated in a game of bingo. Students and residents had a great time as they learned from this very unique experience.

Paramedic Students Given Unique Perspective on Aging

Never Too Early To Learn First Aid

By: Lieutenant Jason Buttenshaw
EMS Training, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Training Academy

It’s never too early to learn first aid. Webelo Cub Scouts from Den 4, Pack 698 visited the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy to take a brief tour and then learn valuable First Aid skills.

The Pack saw where recruit firefighters practice fire training scenarios. They then proceeded to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training section where they learned the skill of Hands Only CPR. After this they were taught simple first aid for injuries they may encounter when going on camping trips or similar outings. To top things off, the group also learned how to create fake injuries so that the recruits or paramedic students can encounter realistic injuries during training.

After a fun afternoon all the kids went home with either a burn, laceration, or bruising – all fake thankfully, and hopefully a few imaginations were captured with the prospect that maybe, just maybe, they too can become a Firefighter/Paramedic one day.

EMS Lecture Series

EMS lecture series announcement

Fairfax County Fire Rescue EMS Training and INOVA Fairfax Trauma Services are proud to present another EMS Lecture Series for area fire and rescue personnel.

If you are a member of an area fire and rescue department, please come join us for another Monday Lecture Series at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. This series will be on resuscitation and the utilization and types of blood products in trauma as well as a review of case studies taught by Dr. Mitchetti and Kristen Ray RN from INOVA’s Trauma Services.  This interactive lecture will utilize case studies to illustrate the importance of early recognition, appropriate treatment, and timely notification by prehospital providers. 

Class:                            Trauma Resuscitation and Blood Product Use/Trauma Case Studies    

Date:                              Monday, April 17, 2017                 

Time:                             0800 – 1130 hours                         

Location:                       Fire and Rescue Academy, Classroom 2
4600 West Ox Road

More information please go here:

Tip Of The Fire Helmet

We love receiving letters from those we serve highlighting exceptional efforts by our fire and rescue personnel.

A tip of the fire helmet to personnel from Fire Station 5, Franconia, and Fire Station 37, Kingstowne, B-Shift for their quick recognition, and treatment, of a significant medical emergency back in September. Below is a letter of appreciation recently sent by the patient.

Job well done Firefighter Ray and Technician Bartman (Medic 37) as well as Firefighter Smith, Firefighter Perreault, Tech Vogtembing, Paramedic Firefighter Coppersmith and Captain Curriden (Engine 5).

A tip of the fire helmet

Paramedic Students Over Midway Point Of Ten Month Course

By: Lieutenant Christopher Kroboth
EMS Training Section

The paramedic students are over the midway point of their ten-month course. They recently finished up the Pediatric and Obstetrics section of their studies.

To help them close the loop on learning, and develop a deeper understanding of the diseases and conditions that occur, the students were tasked with creating training scenarios around one of those specific conditions/diseases. In addition, the students dress up and act out the role of patient, patient’s parent or caregiver as well as a bystander. This allows them to experience a variety of perspectives to include that of the patient’s.

During the scenarios the students must evaluate signs and symptoms and provide the appropriate treatment or intervention based on such. Students also need to understand and learn what would happen if an inappropriate action or treatment is given.

In the photos below, the VCU Paramedic students are seen running scenarios that were designed by them.

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