136th Recruit School Graduates 63 (Largest Graduation Class Ever)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 14-72
Date:  July 22, 2014


  Event Details

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department


136th Recruit Graduation


Oakton High School
2900 Sutton Road
Vienna, VA


Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5 p.m.

For approximately six months, 63 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 and paramedic recruits will officially become professional firefighters in Fairfax County upon graduation.

Harold A. Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), will be the graduation keynote speaker. He represents more than 300,000 professional firefighters and emergency medical personnel in the United States and Canada. He is the ninth president in the IAFF's 95-year history.

Schaitberger began his career as a professional firefighter in Fairfax County, Virginia, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He helped organize what was then a 500-member department as an IAFF affiliate. In 1970, he was elected the first president of Fairfax County Local 2068. In 1973, he was elected president of the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters.

Prior to elections General President in 2000, Schaitberger served as top advisor to three IAFF presidents. He came to the IAFF in 1976 to create national political and legislative programs. He played a key role in the creation of the Public Safety Officers Benefit, enactment of the FLSA overtime law and the passing of the NFPA 1710 Standard, governing the deployment and staffing of professional departments. He also secured federal funds to create the IAFF Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction training programs.

During Schaitberger's tenure, the IAFF raised and distributed more than $160 million for the families of the 343 firefighters who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001, and the IAFF raised and provided financial support to firefighters who suffered losses during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005.

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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