IAFF Roundtable Discussion on Ebola
Round Table Panel Discussion
Patrick Morrison, IAFF Assistant to the General President for Health and Safety
Jim Brinkley, IAFF Director of Health and Safety
Shelly Choo, IAFF Medical Resident, Johns Hopkins University
As part of the IAFF's efforts to provide information and resources that help members prepare for and respond to potential Ebola cases, this video features a short round table discussion with IAFF health and safety experts and medical resident. The panel discussion is designed to answer questions and address concerns regarding proper and safe protocols, PPE and other guidelines for before, during and after the call.
More information on Ebola preparedness is available online and on the IAFF Frontline app. The IAFF will be updating this site daily with the latest information on the Ebola virus.
21st Annual Kennedy-King Dinner
Last night members of Alexandria Firefighters Inc., IAFF Local 2141 attended the 21st Annual Kennedy-King Dinner. This event was held at the Hilton Tyson's Corner, and is sponsored by the 8th Congressional District Democratic Committee. This year's honored guest was Congressman Jim Moran. Congressman Moran is retiring after 24 years of service.
Members w/ Congressman Moran Members w/ Vice Mayor Silberberg
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Information
What Fire Fighters and EMS Personnel Need to Know About Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
While it has been known that the deadly epidemic of Ebola is occurring in several western countries in Africa, the first confirmed case in the United States occurred in Dallas, Texas. On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the first travel-associated case.
Fire fighters and EMS personnel transport daily many patients with fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, which are common symptoms of Ebola and other infectious diseases. Therefore, it is important that a patient history is taken that includes the onset and severity of symptoms, medications, history of travel, and potential exposures. As always, consistently use standard precautions during every patient encounter.
According to the CDC, use of standard, contact and droplet precautions is recommended to prevent the spread of Ebola. This includes fluid resistant or impermeable long-sleeve gowns, single or double gloves, eye protection, leg coverings and disposable shoe covers.
The transmission of the Ebola virus occurs through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids of an infected person. It can also be transmitted through exposure to objects that are contaminated by the bodily fluids, such as needles.
For more information on what fire fighters and EMS personnel should know about Ebola, click here.
A picture of the progress being made at Alexandria Fire Department's newest firehouse. Station 210 will be located on Eisenhower Ave adjacent to the police department's firing range. The expected time of completion is/was October of this year. However it looks as if that may be extended a few months. Either way it looks like it's going to be a beautiful structure.
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Members Attend VPFF Convention
L-2141 President Don Scott and Secretary Jason Cage take a minute to pose with IAFF President Harold Schaitberger and 4th District V.P. William Taylor. Both were on hand at this year's annual Virginia Professional Fire Fighters convention.
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On Saturday May 16, 2014 from the hours of 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. members of Alexandria Firefighters Inc., IAFF Local 2141 participated in Alexandria's annual Spring for Alexandria event. This event is held every year around this time, and it gives employees a chance to give back to the community by pitching in to help clean and beautify a local park, cemetery or other piece of land designated by the city.
This year the members of Local 2141 were honored to have been given the opportunity to clean and beautify Ivy Hill Cemetery, located on King Street. Ivy Hill holds a special place in the hearts of the Alexandria Fire Department, as past members are laid to rest there, in which we honor every year during a special ceremony. This was a chance for members to mow, trim, and pick up any trash and/or debris that may have found it's way there after recent storms. Our members took a lot of pride in this year's assignment, and were honored to have volunteered their free time for this event.
Thank you to all of those who took time out of their day to help, and also to those on duty crews who also were on hand to help.
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Fox5DC Story on Closing of E204
Fox5DC did a great story on removing Engine 204 from Powhatan St. What the City Manager does not mention in his interview is that Engine 205 is often dispatched into Fairfax County or Prince George's County as part of our Mutual Aid agreement with surrounding jurisdictions. Engine 209 is often dispatched throughout the city as it is the Hazardous Materials Unit, and Engine 201 will most likely spend a lot of time on the Potomac River this summer training and running calls with the new fireboat. Engine 204 is essential to the fire protection and safety of the residents it serves.
Call City Hall and let the Mayor and Council know you do not want Engine 204 moved to the West End. You may also come to the T&ES office at 2900 Business Center Dr. at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 26, 2014 and show your support in favor of keeping Engine 204 right where it is in North Old Town. Note: Residents are not allowed to speak at this event but please show up in support anyway.
Also, you may come and let your voice be heard on Thursday April 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Beatley Library where the City Manager will be presenting the budget to the public. And finally you may come and speak on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at Council Chambers.
You may also write you council member and call City Hall to let them know you do not approve of the plan to remove Engine 204 from North Old Town. Remember, this is YOUR Engine Company and YOUR tax dollars pay to have it where it is to protect you and your family. Do not let them take that away.
Here is a list of City Council members email addresses so that you may write and voice your concern:
Rashad Young, City Manager - Rashad.Young@alexandriava.gov
Mark Jinks, Deputy City Manager - Mark.Jinks@alexandriava.gov
Laura Triggs, Chief Financial Officer - Laura.Triggs@alexandriava.gov
Bill Euille, Mayor - William.Euille@alexandriava.gov; Twitter @BillEuille
Allison Silberberg, Vice Mayor - Allison.Silberberg@alexandriava.gov; Twitter @A_Silberberg
Del Pepper, Councilwoman - Del.Pepper@alexandriava.gov; Twitter @DelPepper
John T. Chapman, Councilman - J.Taylor.Chapman@gmail.com; Twitter @j_chapman99
Justin Wilson, Councilman - firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter @justindotnet
Timothy Lovain, Councilman - email@example.com; Twitter @TimLovain or @tlovain
Paul Smedberg, Councilmanr - firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter @Paul_Smedberg
Click on the link below to watch the story from Fox5DC:
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Crews Attend Friendship Fire Association Breakfast
Picture of crews and President Scott at the annual Friendship Fire Association Breakfast.
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On Saturday February 1, 2014 at approximately 1550 hours a box alarm was dispatched to a possible trailer fire in the vicinity of Rt. 1/ E. Glebe Road. Upon arrival E209 found a free standing construction trailer fully involved. A quick knock on the fire was done, and units remained on scene with the FM's for approximately 1 hour. There were no injuries reported.
Box Alarm Units: E204, E209, E105, E203, RS109, T203, T204, M202, BC211, BA215, SO201, EMS231, FM225, FM222
Units Remained On Scene: E209, T203, M202, EMS231, BC211, FM225, FM222
Good job by all....
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Pre-Dawn 2nd Alarm House Fire
Units from the Alexandria Fire Department along with mutual aid units from Fairfax and Arlington Counties battled a early morning 2-Alarm fire this morning. The pre-dawn fire on Park Road involved a single family cape cod style house. First arriving units found fire showing through the roof. 2 adults were asleep at the time the fire broke out, but were woken by a working smoke detector. They escaped without injury.
First Alarm Units: E205, E207, E201, E204, T204, T203, R206, M205, BC211, BC212, BA215, EMS231, SO201, and FM224
Level 1 R.I.T: E209, R411, M207
2nd Alarm: E203, E107, E411, T411, BC406, LA207, and the Rehab Bus.
2141 Members Meet Virginia Governor
Alexandria Firefighters and Local 2141 members C.Pumphrey and B. Thompson meet and talk with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday January 14th. 2141 members and officers were on hand in Richmond, Va for VPFF board meetings and to meet and greet with state representatives. There are several bills being discussed relating to Fire/EMS. For a complete list of bills on the table visit the VPFF website at www.vpff.org.
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6-Alarm Fire 801 S. Pickett Street
Here are some pictures from the 6-Alarm fire at 801 S. Pickett St. in the City of Alexandria on September 2, 2013. At 11:49 hours on the morning of Monday September 2, while Fill the Boot was in full force, units from the Alexandria Fire Department, along with units from Fairfax County Fire/Rescue were dispatched for smoke coming from a commercial structure. The dipatched address was a recycling center for used carpet.
Units arrived to find light smoke showing and prepared and began an interior attack. Within only a few short minutes the fire grew rapidly, forcing command to sound the evacuation tones. Shortly thereafter a large portion of the roof collapsed, which only minutes earlier could have resulted in serious, if not tragic results.
The fire received a total of 6-Alarms, bringing units from Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, MWAA, and Prince George's County. A special Engine Co. task force was also dispatched for additional resources. Several canteen units from around the COG region were utilized, and even a fuel truck was brought in to prevent units from running out of fuel as units and personnell would end up being on the scene for hours. Crews and units rotated throughout the night doing firewatch to prevent any rekindles.
In all, 5 firefighters received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals for evaluation.
Photos courtesy of Jules Clifford of Jules Clifford photography. Visit www.julesclifford.com to see over 60 photos of the fire at 801 S. Pickett Street. The above photos were posted with permission from Mr. Clifford.
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Members Travel To Arizona To Remember 19 Fallen Hotshots
19 brave men from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots Crew in Prescott, Arizona lost their lives on June 30,2013 while battling a wild land fire. These men were on the front line of an out of control forest fire in the Prescott area.
While battling the blaze a sudden shift in the wind turned the fire onto the 19 men with little to no warning. Unfortunately, the fire was too overwhelming, and the 19 men perished almost instantly, despite being under the cover of their emergency blankets. One man survived, as he was the lookout, and was not working directly where the other team members were located.
Any loss of life during the line of duty is too much, but 19 at one time causes the situation to have no words to describe such an event. Honor Guard members from the Alexandria Fire Department, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and City of Manassas all traveled to Prescott, Arizona to take part in the memorial service held on July 9.
Guest speakers included Vice President Biden, IAFF President Harold Schaitberger, Mayor of Prescott, and the Governor of Arizona and many others. One distinguished speaker was a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot team who managed to escape, lost his brother in the blaze. His heart felt words including the Hotshot Prayer brought silence to the entire venue, followed by a standing ovation.
It was truly an honor to be a part of the memorial service, and our thoughts and prayers continue for the families.
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