Welcome, new members: Have you been assigned a sponsor/mentor to help you get in-processed through the system?  Please contact Operational Member Susan Yu if you have not been contacted by your mentor. The following resources are designed to provide quick references to the early training requirements for most of our new members. We look forward to having you join us on orientation rides, training events and bingo shifts.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Compliance and Information Security Training

HIPAA Compliance and Information Security Training is a prerequisite before any recruit can ride as an observer on our emergency medical and suppression units. This is a self-paced, self-study course that consists of reviewing a county-provided briefing package and completing a certification letter.  Please contact your sponsor or the Training Officer to access the briefing materials.  If you have questions about the course materials, direct them to the Training Officer.  Once you have completed the training, download and fill out the HIPAA Training Compliance Letter, coordinate to get the Fire Chief's signature, and return to the Training Officer so your training status could be updated.

Download the HIPAA Training Compliance Letter


New members who have completed VISIT and their HIPAA certifications may sign up for a physical appointment with the Occupational Health Center via VMS (Operations, Physicals).  Pick up your colon cancer screening card about two weeks before your scheduled appointment.  Keep in mind you may have to wait up to three months to get an initial appointment. 


Reciprocity, Legal Recognition and Equivalency (Virginia)

If you are certified in another state or are a nurse or Military Corpsmen, you may want to review this information. New members who were enrolled in a Virginia-approved training program will receive reciprocity electronically upon completion of their National Registry certification training. Anyone who is coming into Virginia's EMS system with a current National Registry certification will be required to complete an Application for Reciprocity and mail copies of EMS credentials to the Virginia Department of Health.

Consult Virginia Department of Health information on Reciprocity

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training

The following courses are prerequisites for EMT school (or before you can ride as an EMT if you join with EMT Certification) and can be taken entirely online via the Emergency Management Institute from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Once you successfully complete the online examination (click on "Take Final Exam Online"), you will be notified via e-mail with a link to print your certificate. Please provide a copy of your certificates to the Training Officer so your training status could be updated.

IS-700.b - National Incident Management System, An Introduction (3 hours)      

IS-100.c - Introduction to Incident Command System (3 hours)    

IS-200.b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (3 hours; requires IS-100 and 700.a)  

IS-800.c - National Response Framework, An Introduction (3 hours)

Bingo Training

Are you prepared to fill in for any bingo role during your shift? Although you do NOT have to attend a training session before signing up to volunteer for a bingo shift (many of the roles can be done via on-the-job training), it's difficult to train callers during a live bingo night. So, we offer periodic training events focused on how to be a good caller. Please contact the Bingo Manager or your sponsor to sign up for bingo training.


Level 1 Training

Level 1 training is your first introductory course at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, located near the Fairfax County Government Center about 30 minutes from Franconia VFD. Please ensure you register for the individual sessions on VMS. You may take any topic in any order. Modules you miss can be made up at a later session, but  you must attend all courses (or have been exempt due to prior training) in order to complete "Level 1" and be eligible for follow-on training such as EMT school. See your mentor or the Training Officer for assistance. Weekday classes start at 7 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Weekend classes start at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and may last until 5 p.m. 


Upcoming Training (Please consult VMS for the latest, most updated information and to register for a class)

Training Course

Dates (see VMS to register)

Level 1: HOT
Level 1: PS/ICS
Level 1: CPR  
9/15/2018; 10/6/2018
Level 1: Hazmat
Level 1: Cultural Diversity
Level 1: Extinguishers
Level 1: Communications
EMT-2057 8/2/2018 - 11/15/2018
Firefighter I/II          
9/11/2018 - 3/17/2019
See VMS for details
EMS Documentation
See VMS for details
CPR Recertification
See VMS for details, multiple dates
EMT-B Refresher

How to Get There (directions via Google)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy (FRA) at 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters at 12099 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22030

CPAT Testing Facility at 14725-E Flint Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151