Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School This Saturday

Through the great work of the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation, there will be FREE on-site heart screenings this Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Westfield High School. They are provided for students ages 12-26. The results are reviewed on site by local cardiologists. Several of your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department members will be on hand as well.

To learn more about the event, please go here: Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School

To learn more about the foundation, please go here: Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

Did You Know: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes in the US. The best way to detect these heart conditions is through a heart screening using an EKG (Electrocardiogram). An EKG screening analyzes the electrical signals of the heart and is not typically provided at a youth’s annual physical.*

Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School This Saturday

Courtesy of the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation


*via the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

A Practical Field Trip For High School Firefighters

On Monday, May 1, the High School Firefighter Program went on a field trip to Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center.

The main purpose of the field trip was to practice Hazardous Material (HazMat) decontamination procedures. What better place to practice than the fire station that houses the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department HazMat Team!

In addition, the class got a tour of the station as well as all of the equipment by members of C-Shift. For the last several weeks, the high school firefighters have been learning about all things HazMat that will eventually lead to a certification in Haz Mat.

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!

Know Two Ways Out

Did you know that fire can double in size approximately every 60 seconds? When fire strikes, deadly smoke can fill your home within minutes. That’s why Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants you to plan and practice home fire drills. Watch this 30 second video, from our partners in safety at the United States Fire Administration, for life-saving tips on how to make a home fire escape plan.

Get more information, as well as a planning grid, here: Home Escape Planning

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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A Tip Of The Fire Helmet

We love receiving emails from those we serve highlighting exceptional efforts by our fire and rescue personnel. Below is one received this past week with photo as well!

A tip of the fire helmet, and well done, to Master Technician Holland!

Good Morning, Chief Bowers and Captain Geffen:

Our school would like to take this opportunity to thank Master Technician Holland for visiting our school.  Our students who are members of the Willow Springs Girl Scout Troop 3604 were earning their First Aid badge.  Our school health aide taught the troop about asthma treatments, allergic reactions, and when to call 911.  Technician Holland followed up by talking about the role of a first responder and about the steps EMTs and firefighters take before, during, and after receiving a call of need from our school or school community. 

We would like for you to know how much we appreciate Technician Holland taking his personal time to do outreach for our students.  It certainly speaks to the fine character of Technician Holland

A tip of the fire helmet

Phyllis R. Wheeler
Willow Springs Elementary School
Educational Office Assistant

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.