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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-280-0694
Media Information Line: 703-324-3000


Firefighters Participate in Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will partner with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), during the 2008 Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival week, June 22-28.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department members will view a video touting lessons learned from a close-call structure fire last year in the Franconia area. The 30-minute video will be shown June 23 through June 25 at 7 a.m. at all fire and rescue stations. The video highlights the importance of safety, training, physical fitness, and proper use of personal protective equipment. The video provides an up-close view of how difficult fighting a structure fire can be and the importance of safety by all concerned. First-person testimonials from firefighters who operated on the fire ground are included. Discussion by all is encouraged.

The theme for this year is Committed to Long-Term Results, encouraging long-term investments by chief officers, company officers, and firefighters to enhance their health and safety.

This year’s Safety Week recommends activities and materials that will incorporate three key areas where standard operating procedures, policies and initiatives – along with the training and enforcement that support them – can limit fire/EMS personnel’s risk of injury or death.

Additional education is offered by the IAFF which encourages all personnel to engage in this year’s awareness towards enhancing safety by reviewing the items listed below, engaging in conversation with each topic, and exercising good judgment. “The safety week is for members to reflect on the requirements of the profession and what each of us can do individually, and as a team—our goal is to help ensure everyone’s health and safety,” Battalion Chief Daniel Gray, Safety and Personnel Services, said.

  • Fully implement NFPA 1500, addressing Positive Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Fully implement the Wellness-Fitness initiative.
  • Maintain an emergency vehicle policy.

Focusing on these 2008 key safety areas from Sunday to Saturday provides maximum flexibility, allowing for all duty shifts—both career and volunteer—to participate in specific selected activities during Safety Week.

For more information on this year’s safety, health and survival week, please go to the following website:


For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Lieutenant Raúl G. Castillo, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.

Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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