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Prohibition Against the Operation of Model Aircraft in Fairfax County

FAA advisory circular, AC 91-57A, issued September 3, effectively prohibits the operation of model aircraft within 30 nautical miles of Ronald Reagan National Airport.  This area includes all of Fairfax County.  The guidance below effectively states that all model aircraft and drone use in this area should cease immediately, unless the activity is specifically authorized by the FAA.  This includes AMA approved model aircraft flying areas. 

The FAA is currently creating a “small unmanned aircraft system rule” that is due to be released in early 2016, which is expected to ease some of the restrictions on UAS use in the area, and may well reinstate the authorization for model aircraft use at approved flying parks. 

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Wellness and Health Promotion staff that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives.

One in five Americans has a mental illness and many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family of someone who appears to be developing a mental illness can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment. Far too many (up to two-thirds) go without treatment or significantly delay seeking services.

Yet, just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone developing or experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Mental Health First Aid:

  • Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems,
  • Builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and
  • Most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants gain concrete tools and answers to key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” and a core five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.

Our certified instructors teach the program throughout Fairfax County and cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

In addition to courses that are available for individual enrollment, you can also request a customized group Mental Health First Aid course.

Mental Health First Aid training for adults is available in both English and Spanish, and the youth training is available in English.

For more information, visit the website:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Offered

Fairfax County will offer Community Response Team (CERT) training to residents over a two month period, during September and October 2014, at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA. Residents may choose from one of two sessions, either September 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 20, and 27, or September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 22, 29, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The Community Emergency Response Team training program is designed to prepare residents to help themselves, their families, and neighbors during a disaster in their community. Through the CERT training program, residents learn about disaster preparedness and receive low-impact training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, minimal search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. The training intends to provide immediate assistance and critical support before first responders arrive on scene.

The classroom instruction incorporates some hands-on skill development and experience in conducting a search and victim assessment. There is no cost for the program.

To sign up, go to the Fairfax County volunteer portal at and search for CERT. For more information, call Jeff Katz, at 703-246-3926.

Are You and Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?

 Do you have a family plan?  Do you have emergency supplies for your family and pets if the power is out and the roads are closed for a few days or longer?  What if you have to evacuate?  What if someone gets hurt and rescue crews cannot get to you right away?  These are all important questions and there are good answers.  

Fairfax County participates in a National Program that trains and prepares citizens for all kinds of disasters; THE TRAINING IS FREE!   Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is presented by certified instructors in 3 hour sessions, one evening a week for 8 weeks.  Training is informative; practical; hands on; challenging; and FREE!  Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Training includes:

  • Things you can do to prevent emergencies in your home and office; safety practices
  • Things you can do now to prepare for a disaster and reduce the impact when it happens
  • Things you can do during a disaster to protect yourself and your family
  • Things you can do after a disaster to help your family and your neighborhood recover if the professional responders are delayed or cannot get to you right away

Specific Classes include:

  • Personal and Family Preparedness
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic Fire Suppression
  • Medical Aid and Operations
  • CERT Team Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
  • Hazardous Materials

Classes are regularly scheduled at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy and, if there is sufficient interest, classes can be conducted at local venues (fire stations; community centers).

For more information, please check out: 

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Make an Impact Close to Home

RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older. In Northern Virginia, RSVP volunteers are responding to community needs in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. Individuals choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. 

Lead with a Lifetime of Experience:  RSVP volunteers bring 55+ years of skills and experience, and many of them want to explore new talents! RSVP offers a wide range of opportunities, including:

  • Mentoring children in classrooms 
  • Supporting veterans and military families 
  • Tax counseling for low-income families 
  • Working in local and national parks 
  • Enrich Your Life and the Lives of Others

Studies show that volunteering helps us to live longer, more meaningful lives. In addition to meeting friends who share the same passion for service, benefits to RSVP members include:

  • Free accident and liability insurance while serving 
  • Optional transportation reimbursement 
  • Social and recognition events 
  • Ongoing educational opportunities 

Complete information can be found here:

Boards, Authorities and Commissions

Supervisor Hyland needs dedicated community leaders to serve on important Boards, Authorities and Commissions for Fairfax County.  Click here to learn about vacancies and how to apply.

Emergency and Information Phone Numbers:

Non-emergency public safety - 703-691-2131

Fairfax County Government - 703-817-7771

Fairfax County Public Schools - 1-800-839- 3277

Fairfax Water - 703-698-5613

Storm Flooding - 703-323-1211

Wastewater Collection Division - 703-323-1211

Washington Gas - 703-750-1400

Columbia Gas - 1-800-544-5606

Dominion Virginia Power - 1-888-667-3000

NOVEC - 1-888-335-0500

Verizon - 703-954-6222

Cox Communications - 703-378-8422

Comcast of Virginia - 703-670-3500

American Red Cross - 703-805-2057

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