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  • Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire & Rescue DepartmentVolunteer In Station Introductory Training(VISIT)

    As of May 2013V7.1

  • I IntroductionII Fairfax County Fire & Rescue DepartmentIII Our DepartmentIV TrainingV Station and Facility OrientationVI Apparatus OrientationFireEMS

  • VII Personal Protective EquipmentVIII EquipmentIX Riding ApparatusX ReviewXI Test

  • Fairfax County VISITSection IIntroduction

  • ObjectivesOverviewRequirements to RideLevel 1 Orientation Program

  • To orient you to our fire departmentTo understand your roles and responsibilitiesAs a memberAs a first responderTo familiarize you with apparatus and equipmentTo be able to perform basic supportive tasks

  • Includes overview of our organization, equipment, apparatus, facilities, policies and proceduresLecture and practical evolutionsCompletion requires written test and practical evaluationComplements Level 1A/B training provided at Fire & Rescue Academy

  • VISITLevel 1APhysical scheduledHIPAA Privacy & Security TrainingApproval of Volunteer Chief

  • VISITLevel 1Category A or B medical classificationHIPAA Privacy & Security TrainingIncident Command System (ICS) Training(100, 200, 700, 800)Approval of Volunteer Chief

  • Level 1APersonal Safety / Incident Command System (ICS)CPRHazMat Awareness

    Level 1BHistory, Organization and Terminology (HOT)Fire ExtinguishersCommunicationsCultural Diversity

  • Conducted at the Fairfax County Occupational Health Center (OHC) 4080 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030Schedule appointment via VMS Requirement to Ride:Medical classification Category A or B is fully medically qualified for unrestricted participation in all fire department activities. Annual Update Required

  • Fairfax County VISITSection IIFairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

  • OverviewOperationsRules and PoliciesKey County StaffVolunteer OrganizationsVolunteer RolesBenefits

  • Combination systemCareer and volunteerVolunteers supplement career staff37 fire stationsFire stations provide fire suppression and emergency medical services.12 volunteer fire departmentsOver 1,300 career staffFairfax City (2 fire stations)Northern Virginia Mutual Aid (400 series)

  • 3 career shifts A, B, C24 hours at a time 0700 to 07007 battalionsBattalion Chief and EMS SupervisorStation and shift commandersA Shift Capt II Ronald Rodriguez (Station CMDR) B Shift Capt I Marcus WilliamsC Shift Capt I Bill BetzChain of commandGood working relationship

  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)Standing Orders (SOs) General Orders (GOs)Informational Bulletins (IBs)Volunteer Policies and Procedures Manual

  • Fire ChiefRichard Bowers, Jr.Volunteer Liaison & StaffJeff KatzDana PowersVolunteer Training CoordinatorJames HedrickStation CaptainRonald Rodriguez (A-shift)

  • Fairfax County Volunteer Fire CommissionFairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Associationhttp://www.fcvfra.org

  • SuppressionEMSUnit officersCommand officersTrainingFundraisingAdministrationPublic educationSpecial operations

  • Injury, disability and death insuranceComprehensive medical examinations (OHC)Additional benefits from VFDs, State and Federal GovernmentPersonal property tax exemption10 free visits to county Recreation Centers per month

  • Support program under sponsorship of Fire ChiefProvides connection between family of member and the Fire and Rescue DepartmentNetwork that enables members to obtain and utilize available resources and information in times of crisisTaking care of our own career, volunteer, civilianContacts:703-246-7401Hot line / office 571-238-5160Liaison cell phone

  • Fairfax County VISITSection IIIOur Department

  • StationHistoryOrganizationFundraisingMeetingsAccountabilityPolicies Communication

  • 2148 Gallows Road Dunn Loring, VA 22027(703) 560-1539www.dlvfrd.org2nd Battalion

  • Founded 1942Sponsored by the Vienna VFDChartered non-profit corporation

  • Board of Trustees11 elected membersOversees departmentPresidentOversees administrationChiefOversees operationsLadies AuxiliarySupports the fire department through fundraising

  • Key to success of our departmentBingoEvery Wednesday and Saturday eveningFund driveLetter mailed twice a yearHall rental

  • Board meetingFirst Monday of month at 7:30 pm (1930 hours)Membership meetingSecond Monday of month at 7:00 pm (1900 hours)Operations meeting and 30-minute drillFollows immediately after the membership meetingMonthly drillFourth Monday of month at 7:00 pm (1900 hours)

  • Websitehttp://www.dlvfrd.org Volunteer Management System (VMS)http://vms.fcvfra.org Email Distribution Listco13@fcvfra.org

  • Chain of commandHoursIf you didnt log it, it didnt happenUse VMS for reporting hoursInjury/accident reportingMust be immediateReport to the OIC and Volunteer ChiefMust be documented in Station Log Book

  • Uniform and personal appearanceUniform and Grooming policiesUse of station facilitiesMinimum participation requirementsAnswering station telephonesBusiness line (emergency/non-emergency)Fire phoneIf you see a problem, report it!

  • Fairfax County VISITSection IVTraining

  • VISITLevel 1EMT-BEmergency Vehicle OperatorEMS DocumentationFirefighter I/II

    HydraulicsQualifications to DriveInstructor I/II/IIIOfficer I/II/IIISpecialized TrainingContinuing Education

  • 4600 West Ox Rd near Fair Oaks MallPre-registration required for all coursesSee the Volunteer Training OfficerBe on time! Take notes! Practice!Proper attireUniforms/Business attireImportance of attendance rostersSelf certificationProfessionalism: You represent this department!

  • EMSVISIT and Level 1EMT-BasicEMS DocumentationEmergency Vehicle OperationsDriver Qualification ProgramEMT-ParamedicInstructor I/II/IIIOfficer I/II/IIISuppressionVISIT and Level IEMT-BasicEMS DocumentationEmergency Vehicle OperationsFirefighter I/IIVolunteer Firefighter Driver/Operator CourseInstructor I/II/III Officer I/II/III

  • Required of all operational members154 hours of lecture and practical evolutionsTuesday & Thursday evenings, 7 10 pm Sunday mornings, 8 am Noon with occasional all day sessions 5 hours in hospital/5 hours on ambulanceCertification test (written and practical)Recertification every four yearsReciprocity available with other states

  • Required to drive an emergency vehicle during a response16 hours of lecture and practical evolutionsEvenings and weekendsValid drivers license requiredFurther in station training required after passing course

  • Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) prerequisiteTraining practice sessions: Wed evenings and Sat morningsPhysical fitness councilors available to structure a personal training program300 hours of lecture and practical evolutionsEvenings and weekendsCounty certification test (written and practical)Physically demanding and time intensiveNFPA 1001 StandardsRequired to obtain minimum staffingEMT-B, FF I/II, and EVOC III, Station requirements

  • Required to be an engine driver/operator28 hours of lecture and practical evolutionsEvenings and weekendsCounty certification test (written)Must have 6 months of minimum staffing

  • EMS UnitEMT-BasicEVOC IIStation Behind the WheelNon-emergencyEmergencyRefer to Emergency Vehicle Operator QualsSuppression UnitEMT-BasicEmergency Vehicle Operations IIIFirefighter I/IIHydraulicsStation Behind the WheelNon-emergencyEmergencyRefer to Emergency Vehicle Operator Qualifications and Engine Operators Qualifications Manuals

  • Each level is approximately 16 hours of lecture and practical evolutionsEvenings and weekendsInstructor I is required to serve as classroom instructor and progress to higher levelsInstructor II required for academy or state certified training instructorsInstructor III required to be an academy lead instructor

  • Required for EMS, suppression, and command officers Full semester courseEveningsOffered by NVCC

  • EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic schoolHazardous Materials TechnicianTechnical RescueSwift Water RescueCPR InstructorWildland Firefighting

  • EMT Every 4 yearsHazMat, Bloodborne Pathogens Annually CPR Every 2 yearsDriver Refresher Every 5 yearsIn station training drills Monthly

  • Fairfax County VISITSection VStation and Facility Organization

  • DownstairsControl RoomOfficesDay RoomKitchenDining RoomApparatus BayLaundry/Hose TowerStorage/Lockup/ShopSocial Hall and KitchenUpstairsBunkroomsLockers/BathroomsBattalion 2 OfficeWorkout Room

  • Cipher LocksStation is a home. Please respect it and those that live and work here.

  • County computeriCAD workstationStation Log BookManualsHandoutsClipboardsVolunteer mailboxesPass-on Book

  • Offices for both career and volunteer personnelVolunteer Leadership OfficeFor Chief and PresidentAccountable PropertyCaptains OfficesDesk for each shiftCounty computers

  • TV room with cableTeleconference capabilitiesDoubles as training roomShift refrigerators

  • Community refrigeratorFree coffee, tea, hot cocoa, bottled waterCleaning suppliesKeep clean

  • Table and chairsTVs with cable access and county I-NetPicnic tableGrill

  • Priority for meetings and formal trainingTraining materials and videosMagazinesTV & DVD player

  • Leadership mailboxesDepartment computersInternet accessBulletin boardOffice suppliesQuartermaster storesFile storageManualsIt is everyones responsibility to keep this room clean

  • Parking facility for apparatusPlymovent diesel exhaust systemShorelinesGear lockersService 1 drop-offFuel tank monitoringTraffic signal switchesAir compressor

  • Laundry RoomLaundry machines for station uniformsCleaning suppliesShop towelsOxygen storageBroom and squeegee storageHose TowerFor hanging hose to dryMop and bucket storage

  • Tools and equipmentVehicle supplies (fluids, chains, etc)PaintExtra SCBA cylinders, extinguishersExtra gear storage

  • Secure storage for fire and EMS equipmentBattery chargers for radios and defibrillators

  • Bingo on Wednesday and SaturdaysMeetings throughout the weekFire DepartmentLocal OrganizationsHall rental

  • Kept clean at all timesUsed for bingo and hall rental clientsOne refrigerator for community storageAccess to soda storage

  • Separate male/female bunkroomsAssigned beds, check boardClean up after yourself

  • Separate male/female facilitiesAssigned lockersClean up after yourself

  • Office and bunk for battalion chief

  • For use by any membersFollow proper exercise protocolsNever workout alone0900 2000 hours

  • Fairfax County VISITSection VIApparatus Organization

  • Fairfax County VISITSection VIApparatus Orientation

  • Engine (E413, V-135)Reserve Engine (E413B, V-133)Medic (M413, V-134)Ambulance (A413/A413E, V-116)Rehabilitation Unit (REHAB413, 7039)Battalion Chiefs Buggy (BC402, 5861)Utility (UT413, V-111)

  • 2009 Pierce Velocity PUC pumper750 gallon water tank1250 GPM pumpSeating for 6Cost $523,000 in 2009Staffed by Fairfax County Personnel:1 Driver / Operator1 Officer1 ALS Firefighter1 FirefighterPerforms fire suppression and medical tasksSupplemental staffing by volunteers

  • 2005 Freightliner M2 American LaFrance Medic Master AmbulanceSeating for 3Cost $135,000 in 2005Staffed by Fairfax County personnel:1 Firefighter Driver1 FireMedicProvides medical services and hospital transportSupplemental staffing by volunteers

  • 2003 American LaFrance Eagle pumper750 gallon water tank1500 GPM pumpSeating for 6Cost $368,000 in 2004Staffed by Dunn Loring Personnel:1 Driver / Operator1 Officer2 FirefightersPerforms fire suppression and medical tasks

  • 2001 Freightliner FL60 American LaFrance Medic Master AmbulanceSeating for 3Cost $135,000 in 2001Staffed by Dunn Loring volunteers as needed:1 Firefighter or EMT Driver1 Firefighter or EMT OfficerProvide medical services and hospital transport

  • 2009 Ford F350 Super Duty 4x4Seating for 2Staff by Fairfax County personnel1 Battalion ChiefEquipped with:Command boards, manuals and equipmentBasic EMS equipmentProvides command functionsSupplemental staffing by volunteers

  • 2009 Mack Pierce Rehabilitation UnitCounty Owned Cost $453,000 in 2009 Provides temperature controlled environment for fire department personnel to rehabilitate after operating at intense or long term incidents.Staffed on an as-needed basis by career or volunteer personnel on all greater alarm and as-called incidents.

  • 2000 Ford ExpeditionStaffed by 2Equipped with:Basic EMS equipmentBackboard and strapsUsed to carry equipment, tools, personnelActs as a reserve command unit

  • Fairfax County VISITSection VIIPersonal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • FirefighterSuppression GearAccountability TagsSCBAEMS OnlyProtective GearAccountability TagsPersonal Infection Control (PIC) KitStation Uniform Station Polo or T-Shirt, Blue pants, Black Belt, Black Safety-Shoes

  • Helmet, hood, coat, pants, boots, gloves, eye protection, hearing protectionIndividually assignedIssued by Fairfax CountyCleaned twice annually

  • Self Contained Breathing ApparatusManufactured by ScottProtects against oxygen deficiency, toxic gases and extreme temperaturesIndividually issued fitted masksTested annuallyChecked before and after each use

  • Blue helmet, coat, pants, gloves, eye protection, hearing protectionNFPA 1991 compliant for bloodborne pathogensIndividually assignedIssued by Fairfax County

  • Issued to each EMTContents:Eye protectionGlovesHand sanitizerPocket face mask for artificial respirationsEMT shearsPen

  • Fairfax County VISITSection VIIIEquipment

  • Common Hand ToolsHosesLaddersEMS Equipment

  • Halligan ToolPry, pound, pull and punctureUsed as part of forcible entry

  • AxesPickheadFlatheadCarry by head

  • Forcible Entry KitHalliganFlathead axeK toolSet of Irons

  • Pike PolePrimarily used to breach ceilings after a fire to check for extension

  • Bolt CuttersUsed primarily for cutting locks and wires

  • Sledge HammerUsed primarily for going through walls or doors

  • Different sizes and functionsRange from 1 to 6Typically 50 sections

  • Hose ToolsSpanner and hydrant wrenchesCouplingsMale and Female adaptersReducersHose clampsHose AppliancesGated wyes and SiameseFog and smooth bore nozzlesFoam nozzlesMaster stream, deck guns

  • 1 Rubber jacketedBooster line1 Forestry hoseLightweight

  • 1 7/8Attack lineFairly lightweight and maneuverableMost frequently used hose line

  • 2 Attack lineNot very maneuverableHigher volumes than 1 7/8 lines

  • 3Supply lineNot maneuverableRelays water from one fire engine to another

  • 4Supply lineNot maneuverableRelays water from one fire engine to anotherLarge Diameter Hose (LDH)

  • 6Supply lineNot maneuverableConnects engine to hydrant/water supplyTypically 15 feet longSoft sleeve vs. hard sleeveLarge Diameter Hose (LDH)

  • 10Attic ladder14Roof ladder24Extension Ladder

  • BagsAide BagAirway BagImmobilization Bag

  • Portable DevicesSuctionAEDPhilips AEDPhilips MRxRadiation Meter

  • Specialized KitsIntubation KitOB KitBurn KitTriage Kit

  • Immobilization DevicesBoard SplintSam SplintsVacuum SplintSager SplintC-CollarsBackboardKED

  • Patient Lifting & CarryingCot (Stretcher)Stair ChairReeves Stretcher

  • Other EquipmentMASTEmesis BasinsLinensGlovesSharps ContainersOxygen Cylinders

  • Fairfax County VISITSection IXRiding Apparatus

  • OverviewWhat apparatus to ride?Obtaining an assignmentOvernight shiftsSafetySkills for red hats

  • Safety is priority oneOnly perform skills you are trained in

  • Frontline EngineReserve EngineMedicAmbulanceBattalion ChiefUtility

  • Career unitsVMS in the Operations, Supplemental sectionNotify officer of unitPrevious shift work day and that morningVolunteer unitsVMS in the Operations, Duty Shift sectionInform officer of your skill setPlace gear/accountability tags on unitRoster function on MCT Re-familiarize with tool/equipment placement

  • Be on unit by start timeCheck bed assignment for free bedMake up bed early to avoid disturbing othersBring bedding or sleeping bag

  • Be carefulSafety is priority oneRoad vests/jackets and helmets on accidentsStay with either officer or driver as directed

  • Traffic control / Use of flaresFire hydrant usageCPR assistanceEquipment retrievalMust know equipment locationEMS operationsCleaning and decontaminationRestockingAmbulance cot operationObserve all aspects of patient careProvide limited treatment under the supervision of a qualified patient care provider

  • Fairfax County VISITSection XReview

  • Fairfax County VISITSection XITEST

    VISIT Volunteer In Station Introductory Training

    Introduce instructor(s) and other guests (e.g. Chief, President)

    Welcoming remarks

    Review the agenda for this first session

    I IntroductionII Fairfax County Fire & Rescue DepartmentIII Our DepartmentIV TrainingV Station and Facility OrientationVI Apparatus OrientationVII Personal Protective EquipmentVIII EquipmentIX Riding ApparatusX ReviewXI Test

    Review the objectives of the VISIT Program

    Discuss how the in-station training will be conducted

    Includes a learning about the volunteer organizationthe apparatusthe building and facilityproceduresrules, etc.

    There will be classroom lecture as well as hands-on training

    A written and practical assessment or review will be administered at the end of the VISIT Program

    Only intended as an orientation to the individual department, more detailed topics will be handled in Level I at the academy

    Discuss and pass out the Level I, EMT and FF academy schedule

    Review the steps necessary to begin riding, including:

    Completion of all sessions of the VISIT Program

    The completion of the Level IA subject areas

    Category I medical classification from Fairfax County (the specific process for getting the exam will be discussed later on in the program)

    HIPAA Privacy & Security Training

    Approval by the volunteer chief

    Review the steps necessary to begin riding, including:

    Completion of all sessions of the VISIT Program

    The completion of the Level IA subject areas

    Category I medical classification from Fairfax County (the specific process for getting the exam will be discussed later on in the program)

    HIPAA Privacy & Security Training

    Approval by the volunteer chief

    Discuss what will be taught in Level I (all bullets on slide) and why it is important for students to be trained in those elements:Incident scene and personal safety: firefighting is considered one of the most hazardous occupations, and being paid or a volunteer makes little difference. While much of this may be common sense, this segment will be sure members understand the important risk factors so that injury is minimized.Hazardous Materials: while HazMat incidents do not occur very frequently, understanding how to recognize the problem and what individual actions are required is critical.CPR: every member is required to know how to perform CPR.

    Medical ExaminationsAll members who plan to participate in emergency training and operations are required to pass a physical examination. A physical is not required for members engaging only in administrative work. The physical examination is provided by the Public Safety Occupational Health Center at no cost to the individual volunteer or VFD.The Medical Examination Process for Applicants Applicants should contact the Public Safety Occupational Health Center (PSOHC) at 703-246-4949 to schedule an appointment. The PSOHC has dedicated the time slots listed below for volunteer physicals: Every Wednesday at 1200 (2 time slots) Every Thursday at 1700 (3 time slots) Every Saturday at 0800 (3 time slots)

    Persons who have an appointment are expected to attend. Last minute cancellations create problems for everyone; persons who do not show for a scheduled appointment will not be considered for another physical for 30 days.

    Combination system is a system in which career firefighters are supplemented by volunteers to ensure uninterrupted service to the community.

    Fire stations provide fire suppression and emergency medical services.

    Discuss how your station/company fits in with the FxCo system, and which station number you are of the 37 stations total.

    We are part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the Northern Virginia Mutual Aid System. Includes all surrounding counties, the airport authority, and the transit authority.

    FxCo units use 400 and 800 series unit identifiers (e.g. E413, A413, E813, A813, A893, UT413, CAN413)

    Explain the career shift pattern (24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 96 off) Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4 days off, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, 4 days off

    Each battalion is approximately 6 fire stations. Battalion Chiefs oversee the administrative functions of all fire stations in their battalion, while also managing major incidents such as fires, hazardous materials incidents, etc. EMS Supervisors oversee all the paramedics in their battalion, while also managing EMS at major incidents such as car accidents, CPRs, etc.

    Discuss the chain of command within your station, and the relationship between the station and shift commanders.

    Emphasize that while there are sometimes issues between career staff and volunteer staff, the vast majority of time, there is a great working relationship between the two entities.Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are issued by FxCo and we are held accountable to them.

    General Orders announce non-operational instructions, guidelines, transfers, etc.

    Informational Bulletins list general information or updates

    Its your responsibility to be aware of changes & updates. Check often.

    The volunteer policies and procedures manual contains information relating to the operations of volunteers within Fairfax County.

    These documents can be found on the FCFRD Intranet, on VMS, and in hardcopy in the control room.Also, in the volunteer liaisons office:

    Dana PowersTina Dale

    The volunteer system is partially governed by 2 groups. The Volunteer Fire Commission authorized by the FxCo Board of Supervisors and addresses broad volunteer policy issues. The Commission works directly with the FxCo Fire Chief and his senior staff to further volunteer matters. The Zone IV Commissioner representing McLean, Great Falls and Dunn Loring is Assistant Chief Mike Masciola. Chief Shawn Stokes through his role on the Association is also a commissioner.

    The FxCo Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association is the countywide forum to discuss issues pertaining to all companies and members. Recommendations on policy and procedure are made by the Association and presented to the Commission for implementation.

    Review the various roles that volunteers can fill.

    The operational role is usually the most obvious, but there are other roles.

    There are also expanded roles at the operational level, that require additional training and certification. Touch on a couple of them, but dont dwell (e.g. Unit Officer, ALS provider).

    You should also discuss any other roles in your company as well.

    Important to review the general insurance and accident benefits

    Most are provided through Fairfax County, but some may be provided through your organization.

    Relay the importance of reporting injuries and accidents immediately to the shift officer, Volunteer Chief and Volunteer Liaison, and thoroughly documenting the incident. Failure to do so could compromise benefits. The Volunteer Policies and Procedures Manual describes them in more detail (show them the manual and where it is kept in the station).

    The personal property tax exemption is for those who provide at least 240 hours of active participation logged in blue book. To be eligible you must have been a member for one calendar year. The forms are completed and approved by the president and chief each January.

    That Dunn Loring owns the property, building and the following apparatus:Two fire enginesTwo ambulancesUtilityCanteen

    The department is a non-profit corporation chartered in Virginia.Describe your governing structure (number of board members, terms, admin officers-mention them by name) and relationship between the chief and president

    Role of line officers, who they are, their ranks and responsibilities. Suggest the officers come by a VISIT class and introduce themselves.

    How your company raises money and general discussion of what those funds are used for (facility maintenance and purchase of apparatus)

    Emphasize the importance of attending the company meetings. Must attend 3/4ths of all membership meetings.

    Board meetings are open to all members, except when personnel matters are discussed.

    Operational meetings detail new information specifically relating to operational members. The 30-minute drill focuses on short refresher training topics. The monthly drill focuses on larger more complex training topics and are sometimes held at locations other than the fire station. To accommodate some drills, the date and time may be changed to a weekend or to coincide with other already scheduled training events.Explain what is meant by using the chain of command. Explain who are the people in the recruits chain of command (recruit team leader, training officer, assistant chief for training, and finally the chiefLogging hours is an essential part of being a volunteer. This allows our department and the county to track the amount of effort that we each contribute. Use VMS to do so. Hours for the month must be entered by the 10th of the following month.Login to VMS and provide a tutorial.Reemphasize the importance of reporting injuries and accidents immediately to the shift officer and volunteer chief, and thoroughly documenting the incident. Failure to do so could compromise benefits. The Volunteer Policies and Procedures Manual describes them in more detail (show them the manual and where it is kept in the station).

    Discuss your companys uniform policy for riding and events. Direct to policy on VMS and in their handbook.Mention grooming policy.Mention the no tobacco products policy.Discuss the importance of care of station facilities, and use of station for washing cars, etc.Discuss proper procedures for answering station phones and that sometimes emergency calls do come in. Need to take name, call back number, problem. Mention the fire phone. New members should not answer phones until they have spent some time around the station.Describe the process for reporting problems around the station, including notifying the station OIC, volunteer officer (your procedures) and noting the problem in the pass-on or station log book.

    Describe the location of Academy and how to get there from your station. Provide them a map.Pre-registration is required for all courses your companys volunteer training officer for forms and approval. Use VMS to view the catalog, schedule of courses, to show interest in a course, and check on enrollment status.No-shows are very serious infractions and are not tolerated lightly. If you cannot attend advise the instructor or Volunteer Training Coordinator in advance. Be on time. Do your homework. Practice your skills.Dress properly (station uniform or business attire), your lead instructor will tell you the policy for each course.Document hours in VMS. Keep your original certificates. Be sure your company has a copy in your file.You represent the station, act accordingly. Be professional.Please direct questions or concerns to your chief, training officer or the Volunteer Training Coordinator.

    EMT Emergency Medical Technician

    Explain simple differences:Basic life support (EMT-B) vs. Advanced life support (EMT-I, EMT-P).Ambulance vs. Medic

    For reciprocity information, check the Virginia Office of EMS website.

    EVOC is required to drive emergency apparatus.Teaches the law and important driving techniques.You must be 18 years old.Explain the different classes of EVOC:Utilities, sedan, etc. requires EVOC IAmbulance requires EVOC IIEngine, truck, squad requires EVOC IIICompletion of EVOC does not finish your training. In station training under observation continues until your chief signs off on your abilities. To be an engine, truck or squad driver requires additional specialty training.Explain staffing objective of minimum staffing requirement.

    DEFINE: CPAT Candidate Physical Agility Test

    Engine drivers also need hydraulics.Hydraulics will teach both fundamentals of water supply and pump operations.Describe your station requirements that are above and beyond the training, who coordinates driver training for your station.

    Describe the general requirements to become a driver. Since new members will not be a position to become driver certified, just touch on these points so that they understand that there is a process.

    Once they get close to becoming eligible for driver certification, they will become more familiar with these requirements.

    These will not be part of the test or practical evaluation

    Describe Instructor training, but stay very general.

    Needed for advancement and as an instructor (VISIT to Academy Lead Instructor).

    Do not spend much time, since this will be much farther down the road for the students.

    Dont spend a lot of time on this slide. More detail can be obtained if needed later on.

    Other specialized training is available.

    Depending on the function that operate out of your station, you should focus on those.

    Dont spend a lot of time on this slide, just review the list. More detail can be obtained if needed later on.

    This information is important and needs to be emphasized.

    Certain annual refresher training is required to maintain operational status, including:HazMat OperationsBloodborne PathogensHealthcare Provider CPR & AED (every 2 years)

    Discuss your station training policies and what member training is required to remain in good standing.Basic station maintenance and housekeeping is the station personnels responsibility. Everyone in the station is expected to participate when housekeeping chores are done. Tell the students where things like brooms, vacuums, trash bags are stored as well as outside dumpster.The volunteer company is generally responsible for building maintenance and repairs, including HVAC and other significant repairs in the volunteer-owned stations.The county stations are maintained by the county.Emphasize the importance of facility upkeep and repair.

    Discuss and show the station log book and pass-on book, and mention the difference between the two. The log book is a legal document that captures the official activities of the station. Pass-on book is for passing info between shifts and other members.

    Helmet, gloves and steel-toes shoes when hanging hose

    New members will be expected to become familiar with these. EMS only personnel should have a general understanding of suppression units, but detailed understanding of EMS units. Firefighter should have detailed understanding of both. Describe to the students the general types of suppression units and functions.

    Engines are used for firefighting operations. They carry water, hose, ladders and tools (four functions). An engine is the workhorse of the fire department.

    Explain that basic life support units are staffed by EMT Basics.

    Every station has an EMS unit, ALS or BLS and has a paramedic assigned to the engine company to provide first ALS response. Describe your stations arrangement.

    Medic units have advanced care skills and administer invasive procedures. Requires advanced training and experience. Mention any ALS volunteer personnel that are at your stations.

    Brush units are for off road firefighting. Have a small tank and pump.All outer PPE will be issued to each member by Fairfax County through station quartermaster.Describe any of your companys requirements for members prior to having gear issued.Issued to individual members and they are responsible for it. Very expensive, valued over $1000.00. Must be turned in if leaving the system.Damaged or worn gear will be replaced by turning in worn piece.FxCo Safety officer can be requested or request to inspect gear at any time.A full set of protective clothing should be displayed in the classroom

    Issued FF gear includes helmet, coat, pants, boots, goggles, hood, gloves, hearing protection and gear bag.All gear meets NFPA standards.Gear must be sent in for cleaning and inspection twice a year.

    Explain the importance of SCBA used for situations where there is limited oxygen or toxic gases (high levels of carbon monoxide) areas where heated air exists, but note that SCBA is not self cooled and would only be used to evacuate those areas used in areas where there are high levels of smoke

    EMS Only members are issued a coat, helmet, gloves, boots, goggles, hearing protection and a gear bag.All gear meets NFPA standards.Gear must be sent in for cleaning and inspection twice a year.

    Remind students that this will only be an overview and not intended to teach them to operate, only to identify and locate. Operation and use will be covered in firefighter training. They will not be expected to operate tools as a red hat, unless specifically trained.Use this slide to orient the students to what this section will include. Each bulleted item will be covered separately. General use will be discussed.Importance of knowing their location on apparatus in your station. Mention if they are generally carried in same compartment area for all apparatus.Red hats will be expected to assist in carrying and setting up equipment under the direction of a trained fire fighter.

    Plan to do a walk around and point out the equipment described

    Halligan bar and other pry bars have combination ends for different uses.

    Pick and flat head axes are used for forcible entry and in combination with other tools.

    Irons -term used to describe forcible entry tools combined in a kit.K and A tools are used to access commercial type cylinder locks. Demonstrate theory if practical. Will be trained in their use in firefighter training.

    Pike poles and hooks are used for removing ceiling and wall material to expose interior wall areas. They are used for other purposes also.

    Bolt cutters are used for cutting locks, chains and bolts.

    This will be the first of several slides about the hose and water supply. This slide discusses some of the general concepts. Key points to emphasize:Hose and water supply are fundamental to firefighting operations since water is needed to extinguish fires.Hose comes in wide range of diameters and length depending on intended use.Water can be delivered in small and large quantities, depending on need.Supply line is used to bring water from hydrants to the pumper. The supply line size used in FxCo is 1600 feet of 3 diameter hose, divided into 2 beds to allow dual lines to be laid out for large water supply.Most hand lines are preconnected to discharge outlets to allow rapid deployment.Non-hydrant areas require special operations with tankers and portable tanks. Describe if your area has any non-hydrant areas.Specialized hose for use in high rise fires, outside, and brush fires are also carried on the apparatus.BE SURE TO WALK AROUND APPARATUS TO POINT OUT HOSE ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR APPARATUS.

    Describe the spanner wrench and hydrant wrench, and where they are kept.Demonstrate coupling a hose and explain the Higby notch.Describe the difference between male and female couplings and adapters.Describe difference between a gated wye and Siamese.Describe the uses of reducers.Describe and demonstrate the hose clamp.Show both a fog and smooth bore nozzle and how they operate.Show a foam nozzle and other special nozzles that you may carry.Show the master stream device, including deck guns and ladder pipes.

    Remind students that this is only a brief orientation. More detail will be provided in firefighter training.

    Booster line is 150 in length and is used primarily for cleaning equipment, washing down the streets and sidewalks, small brush and trash fires. Caution should be used as the rubber jacket can melt in high heat conditions

    Forrestry line is not commonly carried on all suppression apparatus. It is designed for wildland fire fighting. The standard length of each section is either 50 or 100 feet.The front crosslay is 200 feet and the rear crosslay is 250 feet. They each have a fog nozzle attached. They can be pulled from either side of the unit. They are preconnected. They are the primary fire attack hand lines.It is 200 feet in length. Is preconnected and has a smooth bore nozzle attached.A minimum of 500 feet is carried on the unit.A minimum of 1200 feet is carried on the unit.The soft sleeve is 20 feet in length. The soft sleeve is used to connect to the fire hydrant.

    Each hard sleeve is 15 feet in length. Two sections of hard sleeve are carried on the unit. The hard sleeve is used to draft water from either a portable tank/pool or other fixed water source (lake, pond, swimming pool).Explain the basic types of ladders, their parts and operations. This is best done at the unit.Demonstrate the proper method of removing and replacing a ladder on the unit.Emphasize the use of helmet, gloves, and steel-toed boots when attempting a ladder move.Discuss and then demonstrate the proper way to carry and raise a ladder. If time permits, allow each member to try to raise a ladder with instructor assistance and supervision.The purpose of this practical is to gain familiarity with ladder operations, not proficiency. Red hats should only raise ladders when directed to and when out of the hazard area.Review safety procedures when carrying, raising and lowering ladders.A greater assortment of ladders are carried on a ladder truck or tower ladder.

    Emphasize that they may be asked to perform skills they are not certified or trained in. It is important in this case for them to explain that they are not trained in that skill. Not doing so could result in injury to themselves and others.Red hats (helmets) may ride as an observer on any unit, once cleared to ride by the volunteer chief and coordinated with the unit officer

    Blue helmets may ride on an ambulance, with the battalion chief or on the utility

    Yellow and black helmets mean the same thing (yellow being phased out)

    White helmet denotes an officer (unit or command officer)The general procedures for obtaining a riding assignment is to see the station OIC.You should be there to ride for no less than 4 hours.In general, new members (red hats) are riding as observers to learn and help when asked to do so.


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