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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-14
Date: February 16, 2011

130th Recruit Firefighter Graduation


130th Recruit School Graduation Ceremony


Fairfax County Government Center Auditorium
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia


Friday, February 18, 2011, 7 p.m.

Since October, 15 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 15 are Advanced Life Support Providers.

Willie G. Shelton, Jr., Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) will be the keynote speaker. In 2006, Willie G. Shelton, Jr. was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to serve as Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. He is responsible for the strategic planning, coordination of statewide training and education programs, and a $32 million budget.

Shelton started with VDFP in September 2000, serving as VDFP’s Branch Chief for Training and Technical Services, managing the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Virginia Fire Marshal Academy, Heavy Tactical Rescue, National Interagency Incident Management System, Logistics, and Quality Assurance programs. Before coming to work at VDFP, he served as Fire Chief at Fort Belvoir, and worked in the Fire Prevention and Protection Division for 30 years.

He graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree in Business Administration, and is enrolled in a Master’s Program (MBA). He also holds three Associate and Applied Science degrees: Fire Administration, Fire Management, and Fire Investigation from Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia.

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
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.
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Fairfax, VA 22030

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