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Fauquier County Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management

July 2013 Issue

THE FIRELINE NEWSLETTER, FROM THE DESK OF CHIEF BILLINGTON

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Image Trend & Battalion 1

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Southern Voice & Medic 1

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Gear Room & Battalion 3

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Congratulations!

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Recruitment

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being on your career shi or volunteer

family iden fied some severe post trau-

Fundraiser Flyer

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staffing a sta on.

ma c symptoms that Jeff had been dis-

According to a new report by CareerVAEMS

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playing.

Cast.com that analyzed 200 different

Dr. Bruce Rabin, medical director of the

professions, work environment, com-

Integrated Medicine Program at Alleghe-

pe

ny General Hospital, is one of the few

FAUQUIER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FIRE RESCUE & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Phone: 540-422-8800 www.fauquierfirerescue.org

Summer me is upon us, and a er a

tain / Paramedic nurse on the Trauma

short visit to Florida with my family, I

Hawk helicopter for Palm Beach County

feel refreshed and ready to go! With

Fire Rescue. He had it all…so it seemed.

that, I hope that all of you have some

In 2005, he commi ed suicide. It was

me away this summer to relax without

veness and risk, firefigh ng ranks

only a er, that many of his friends and

near the top of the list of

physicians in the area who readily recog-

most-stressful careers for 2013 at num-

nizes the health impacts of stress on

ber 3.

firefighters. In his book "Coping with

Stress can lead to chronic illnesses such

Stress for Health and Wellness," he

as heart disease, diabetes, and autoim-

notes that for firefighters, stress can’t be

mune diseases, anxiety, depression, and

avoided, but it can be managed. Coping

PTSD. Not to men on divorce, alcohol-

techniques for acute and chronic stress

ism and suicide.

include: spending me with loved ones,

One of my best friends and a rookie

deep breathing exercises, posi ve think-

partner in the 1980’s never wanted to

ing – even small, op mis c thoughts or

be a paramedic. A er running calls to-

funny anecdotes, and physical exercise.

gether, he realized that he really en-

This summer, please take the me to de-

joyed both the firefigh ng and the para-

stress –

medic part. He later became a Fire Cap-


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T H E F I R E LI N E N E W S LE T T E R ,

I M AG E T R E N D U P DAT E

Fireworks: What’s Legal, What’s Not in Fauquier County Check out this article about fines and guidelines

BY TECHNICIAN BANKSTON

Type and Primary Action Taken. When doing this, please remember to select one of the options in the Provider Impression. Example: M14 arrived on scene of an auto accident with everyone out of We seem to be having two common the vehicle and advising they didn't want mistakes being made to our NFIRS Reto go to the ER. M14 clears the scene ports. The first being that when a unit is "No EMS needed.” The Primary Action cancelled both the Incident Type and Taken would be "Provide first aid & Primary Action Taken are not check for injuries.” The Provider Imcancelled. Please remember that if one pression can be "Impression/ field is cancelled the other must be assessment, other" or "None/no patient also. The second issues is when the unit or refused treatment.” Keep up the doesn't transport and uses something good work, and stay cool. other than cancelled for the Incident

INSIDE BATTALION 1 Safety during the summer months: when cleaning the bays, be careful of wild animals like this 25-foot anaconda (slight exaggeration). It might not hurt you, but it will give you a shock!

ANNOUNCEMENT! DFREM MAIN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 4! 12 HOUR SHIFTS ARE ALSO OFF ON JULY 4TH! 24 HOUR SHIFTS REMAIN ON SCHEDULE REGULAR SCHEDULES RESUME ON JULY 5

Central Battalion cleaned their bays—lookin’ good!

BY TECHNICIAN NEESE


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Welcome, Dr. Michael Jenks, as Fauquier County Fire & Rescue’s new Operational Medical Director. Join us in congratulating Battalion Chief Natasha Randall who has been appointed our new Chair of DFREM/VFRA EMS Committee!

T H E F I R E LI N E N E W S LE T T E R ,

SOUTHERN VOICE The month of June brings many things—warm weather ,the feel of summer and so much more. The Southern Battalion is busy continuing to train, even in the hot days of summer. We are training on everything from Technician I, Driver Pump Operator and EMS skills. We cannot begin July without recognizing some of June’s accomplishments. Such as the great job that everyone did on the Tech-

BY BATTALION CHIEF LICHTY

nician II testing to include the candidates, evaluators and Lieutenant Kidwell for all his hard work in setting this up. We also congratulate the Remington Volunteer Fire Department for the election of their new Officers. Although many personnel remain the same there were a few changes. We say thank you to the officers

MEDIC ONE

All have been collaborating and working hard with Fire & Rescue Administration to update our existing OMD agreement.

leaving and welcome the new officers aboard. As we launch into July, we would like to remind everyone to stay hydrated and remember to choose the PPE level appropriate for the call.

BY CHARLES MYERS

I have enjoyed my time here at Medic 1 and the Central Battalion and am excited and looking toward One thing that keeps it inter- the future. The pictures esting here is the large vari- are from an MVA on 6/23: ety and types of calls we run Now that everyone has at Medic 1, including calls in spent a few shifts with all parts of the County, since their partners, eve- I have been here we have ryone seems to be been on fly-outs out in Catenjoying their time lett and a CPR in Rappahanhere. Everyone is nock County, all while covergetting more and ing the large call volume in more comfortable Warrenton. with their partners, which is very imSince the changing of personnel throughout the county in May, everyone seems to be settling into life at Medic 1 or as we like to call it “Medic Fun.”

portant when you have to spend days at a time with each other.


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T H E F I R E LI N E N E W S LE T T E R ,

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PRESS RELEASE: LOCAL EMT RECOGNIZED FOR 30 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Starting Monday June 24th you be able to place your annual gear replacement request. During this time you will not need to fill out a gear request form. All you will need to do is send Technician Butler an email requesting your items. Please remember that when requesting items to include your size request, this will help make this process as quick as possible. The closing of the annual gear replacement request will be Monday July 8th at 1800hrs. Orders will be filled as quickly as possible. Orders that do not require items to be sent off for embroidery could be ready as early as July 10th. The first day of open gear room hours, remember this will take place on the second Wednesday of each month until the end of the year. So please come by on July 10th and see us and pick up your items we will also be serving some snacks and drinks. Thank you and if you have any questions please feel free to contact either myself or Technician Butler. Gear Request email – Richard.Butler@fauquiercounty.gov

INSIDE BATALLION 3

Upperville Volunteer Fire Company ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST July 14th!

Please come out and join us for breakfast. Time 8AM-11AM. Hope to see there!! Contact Robin Williams for more information: rswain2002@aol.com

Getting Fit, North Side!

Kenneth, Johnson, Jr., a Lieutenant with the Fauquier County Fire Rescue & Emergency Management Department, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 30 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMTParamedic. This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs. To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Lt. Kenneth Johnson, Jr. completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America. He not only completed courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills, but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills. By maintaining his Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Lt. Kenneth Johnson, Jr. is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in prehospital emergency medical care in the nation. Lt. Kenneth Johnson, Jr. was Nationally Registered as an EMTParamedic in 1981 and has been serving the County of Fauquier since February of 2007. Prior to this position, Lt. Kenneth Johnson, Jr. worked for the Arlington County Fire and Rescue Department. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.

Also in Fauquier Now!


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T H E F I R E LI N E N E W S LE T T E R ,

Happy Birthday to You! 7/6 7/14 7/24 7/29 7/31

C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S !

Chief Billington John Jeniec Jim Weeks IV Scotty Williams Peter Moznich

Chief Billington celebrating summer and his birthday with his wife, son and daughter in sunny FL!

Technician Eric Neese and his beautiful wife Jennifer got married June 5 in Las Vegas. Congrats to you both!

Kimberly Strayer’s mare gave birth to her Welcome to the world new foal, and the Fire & Rescue Tucker, in family, Colt Walker June. Baer! Born June 12, Welcome to 8lbs 20 inches, to the Fire & Nicholas Baer and wife, Rescue Hannah. He is now family, 10lbs 22 inches! Tucker! Congratulations!

W AY T O G O ! Assistant Chief Stevens received his Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD), which is an International Distinction, from the Center for Public Safety Excellence! Our very own Chief Billington and AC Stevens are two of only 913 CFODs worldwide!


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Celebrating the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the unforgettable cow rescue! Molly Cow reports she is doing well. #somethingsonlyhappenonce

The Virginia Office of EMS encourages you to read the memo regarding the proposed removal of the requirement for a practitioner's signature for EMS providers who perform an invasive procedure or administer a drug. Until changes to the Board of Pharmacy (BoP) Regulations occur, EMS personnel will continue to be required to obtain the signature of the medical practitioner who assumes responsibility for the patient at the hospital on the prehospital patient care report. Please visit the link to review full announcement: Memorandum Regarding Practitioner Signatures The OEMS apologizes for any inconvenience the delay in the implementation of these changes may cause and we will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

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