Technical Rescue Monthly Training Drill

By: Captain Matthew Burns
Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, C-Shift

Recently, technical rescue team members from all three shifts, and all four technical rescue stations, spent time at the Lorton training site participating in the technical rescue monthly training drill. January’s structural drill focused on advanced torch work and crane operations/load rigging.

The torch work portion consisted of practicing with our cutting torches on steel I beams, 1 inch plate steel and steel cables. Our heavy rigging operations involved evaluating different types of material consisting of steel, concrete pipes, a car, a steel structural beam and estimating their weights prior to using a crane. The crane was then utilized to unstack and then restack the variety of materials in a new puzzle for the next crew.

It is important we keep our various skill sets sharp so that we are ready to respond locally, or afar, to a variety of unique emergency situations.

VA Task Force-1 K9 Training

By: Technician Trisha Danula
Fire Station 39, North Point, B-Shift

Recently, members of VA Task Force-1 journeyed to our Lorton training complex to conduct a training exercise with our K9 partners. To assist with the training, Rescue Squad 21, Fair Oaks, A-Shift came down to set up a pendulum rope system that was integral to the training session.

We train with our K9’s on rope to get them acclimated in case on a deployment we need to hoist them to do searches.

The photo below is Firefighter/Medic Sally Dickinson and K9 Jessie. Jessie is a Live Find Detection Dog. She is a black lab.

K9 training

The next photo is of Technician Trisha Danula and K9 Tuula who is a Human Remains Detection dog. Tuula is German Shepherd.
 K9 training