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2015 Arrive Alive & Survive Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2015 Arrive Alive & Survive Symposium.

Date: Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25
Time: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Location: MCFRS Public Safety Headquarters – 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Cost: FREE! Thanks to the event sponsors.
Amenities: A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on each day.
All attendees must register for this event by COB Friday, April 17.

This year’s symposium will consist of presentations from regional leaders and experts on the following topics:
• Firefighting in the 21st Century
• Surviving Until Retirement
• Truck 411 – Close Call
• Toxic Hot Seat: Cancer in Today’s Fire Service
• Photovoltaic Emergencies
• HEROES & The Burn Foundation
• Just Wash Your Gear
• It Happened in Seconds
• And much more (please see brochure)

Since its inception, the Arrive Alive & Survive symposium has not only been tremendously successful in delivering outstanding presentations to a large selection of this region’s emergency first responders, but it has also served as a great vehicle for bringing together personnel of all ranks and agencies to collaboratively build awareness of critical emerging safety issues in the field. All levels of personnel are encouraged to participate in this year’s event.

ALS Assist Class, March 2015

On Wednesday March 18, 2015, volunteers of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad had the valuable opportunity to take part in an in-station, Advanced Life Support (ALS) Assist training session. Paramedic Tim Ward described a number of common ALS scenarios and explained what team members could do to aid a medic on scene with each of the interventions. Topics ranged from IV and nebulizer setup to blood sugar check, blood tubes transfer, ECG electrodes placement, and drug administration and assist.

Paramedic Tim Ward explaining ALS procedures to other volunteers.
The class began by going over common ALS supplies.


Training on how to use a nebulizer.
Training instructor Tim Ward demonstrated how to assemble a nebulizer.


Group of volunteers observing the instructor setting up an IV.
Our volunteers carefully observed the steps of preparing an IV…


Two volunteers looking at IV supplies.
… and were encouraged to hands-on practice to strengthen the new skills.


Members gathering around a Lifepak.
The various features of the Lifepak were explained in detail as well.


Member applying electrodes to a volunteer mock patient.
Volunteers learned the ins and outs of applying ECG electrodes, which are used to monitor a patient’s heart rhythm.

Our dedicated volunteers continuously add to their already strong knowledge base and proactively learn new skills in order to provide the town of Hamilton and the surrounding communities with the highest quality medical care.

EMS Spring Symposium

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The Reston Hospital Center and StoneSpring Emergency Center are holding a Spring EMS Event. On the schedule are presentations on Chest Pain, STEMI, and Stroke/Dissection, as well as reviews of related cases and outcomes.

DATE: Thursday, April 16, 2015.
TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm

For more information, download the flyer here.

Best of Loudoun

Congrats to Special Operations Captain Jody Marker and Chief Rodney Krone for having been voted “Best of Loudoun” Rescue Squad Members! With over 1,200 volunteers in the county, it’s a special honor that the title goes to two members of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Newspaper Announcement

Training: Hybrid EMT Refresher

COURSE: Hybrid EMT Refresher (weekend)
DATES: March 21 and 22, 2015
County Testing: March 28, 2015

Saturday, 03/21 and Sunday, 03/22: 08:00-16:00 hours
Saturday, 03/28: 09:00 hours until completed

LOCATION: Loudoun County Fire & Rescue Training Center

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will be a hybrid class consisting of classroom hours and online hours done through CentreLearn, in order to meet the 36-hour requirement for re-certification with VA OEMS. This course includes testing for local re-authorization. This course does not meet the renewal requirements for NREMT.

PREREQUISITES: Currently certified VA EMT
REGISTRATION: Training Requests with copies of VA EMT and AHA Healthcare Provider card are due via e-mail to by C.O.B Friday, March 6, 2015.

Training Officer Stephanie Corbin at (571) 258-3791 or
The class student size is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 24.

Full training advisory (PDF)
TDTR form (fillable Word doc)

Training Advisory: TECC & PPE

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) and PPE Donning/Doffing

This class will cover the following TECC skills: (1) Tourniquet, (2) Pressure dressing, (3) Wound packing, (4) Patient lifting/moving. This class will also cover the proper donning/doffing of PPE. Participants only need to attend one session to successfully complete this class.

The class student size is limited to a minimum of 6 and maximum of 24.

Register directly with via e-mail with EMS Training Manager William Toon at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled class date. Should you have questions regarding the program, please contact EMS Training Manager Toon.

Addition sessions will be added in February based on need/demand.

TRAINING DATES: January 12, 14, 17, 21, 24, 26, 28, 2015
(only need to attend one session to complete training.)
Mondays (01/12, 01/26): 19:00-22:00
Wednesdays (01/14, 01/21, 01/28): 19:00-22:00
Saturdays (01/17, 01/24): 0900-12:00
LOCATION: LCFR Training Center

View the PDF training announcement
To participate, contact EMS Training Manager William Toon directly at

Training Advisory: Grant Writing Class

For the first time in Loudoun County, a class is offered on grant writing. The course will go over resources for the process and give insight into how to effectively write grant applications.

COURSE: Grant Research and Writing 101
DATE: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
TIME: 1900-2200
LOCATION: LCFR Training Center
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Course covers all aspects of grant writing such as identifying the project, researching funding opportunities, developing a proposal and budget, submitting a letter of intent, accepting the grant, evaluating the project, and submitting the final report.
INSTRUCTORS: B J Murphy & K. Piatt, Ashburn

Questions regarding this class should be directed to Karen McQuaid. Her contact information can be found on page #1 of the advisory.

View the full PDF advisory and fill out the TDTR form. Submit your completed application to by January 30.

House Fire in Waterford

On December 26, the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad responded alongside fire apparatus to a full box alarm house fire in Waterford. Volunteer EMTs of the HVRS set up a rehab area and provided medical care to the firefighters on scene and to the residents as needed. During the evening, the county upgraded the call and requested a Tanker Task force due to the significant fire. The residents were displaced, but fortunately nobody required transport to the hospital from the incident.

The crew on the way to the scene of the fire.
Team of volunteers with the cot and equipment
The team on standby.

Motor Vehicle Accident

On the evening of December 21, volunteers of Company 17 responded to a motor vehicle accident in the area of Route 9 and Charles Town Pike. The incident involved two vehicles, with one coming to a stop in a ditch. Our volunteer crew checked on the vehicle occupants, who decided to decline transport to the hospital.
Ambulance on scene of the accident

“Installation of Officers” Banquet

The annual Installation of Officers banquet took place on the evening of Friday, December 12, 2014. The event was held at the Bluemont Vineyard. During the evening, the recently elected rescue squad officers were sworn in.

All elected volunteers lined up and being sworn in.

Several company-internal awards were handed out as well, such as the Chief’s Award and the President’s Award for outstanding commitment to the organization.

Pat Sheen receiving recognition for his commitment

The dinner and the swearing in were followed by the opportunity to mingle and have fun dancing.

Members of the squad dancing

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