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4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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News Release 09-55
Date: July 27, 2009

127th Recruit Firefighter Graduation


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department


127th Recruit Firefighter Graduation


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy
4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030


Friday, July 31, 2009, 1 p.m.

Since early November 2008, nine recruit firefighters from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department have been training to respond to hazardous materials incidents, emergency vehicle extrications, swift water rescue, confined space rescue, fire suppression, and emergency medical incidents. Firefighter recruits will officially become professional firefighters upon graduation, and all nine are Advanced Life Support Providers.

Mark W. Light, executive director, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), will be the graduation speaker. Previously, he served as Deputy Executive Director of the IAFC. Prior to coming to the IAFC, he served as Fire Chief, Henrico County, Virginia for six years.

The IAFC represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation.

Light has a Masters of Public Administration, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration, Mary Baldwin College, and an Associates Degree in Business Administration, Virginia Western Community College. Additionally, he has earned the Executive Fire Officer accreditation from the National Fire Academy, and completed a fire service Fellowship at Harvard University at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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