135th Recruit School Graduation

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-116
Date:  October 23, 2013


  Event Details

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department


135th Recruit Graduation


Fairfax County Government Center Auditorium
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.

For approximately six months, 21 recruit firefighters have been undergoing training to respond to fires, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle crashes and extrications, swift water rescue, confined space rescue, and emergency medical incidents. These firefighter/EMT recruits will officially become professional firefighters in Fairfax County upon graduation.

Earnest Mitchell, Jr., the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administrator for the U. S. Fire Administration, will be the graduation keynote speaker. Appointed December 5, 2011, he is responsible for managing the U.S. Fire Administration and the programs and training activities at the National Emergency Training Center.

Chief Mitchell retired as Fire Chief and Assistant Director of Disaster Emergency Services for the City of Pasadena, California Fire Department after 33 years in the fire service. He was an active member and former officer of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). During his final year in Pasadena he was President of the IAFC. Prior to becoming Fire Chief in Pasadena, he served as Fire Chief and Deputy City Manager in the City of Monrovia, California for seven years.

Chief Mitchell has an associate's degree in Fire Science from Long Beach City College, a bachelor's in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and master's degree in Public Administration from California State University at Northridge. He is a past recipient of the IAFC President's Award for Service. Recently, he was inducted into the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements as a leader in fire safety at the local and national level and for his service as the nation's top fire chief.

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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