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Firefighters and paramedics from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Station 30 in Merrifield and Station 18 in Falls Church recently taught Inova/Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) medical students about the principles and capabilities of pre-hospital medical and trauma care.

Fire crews demonstrated a variety of equipment and the capabilities of each. Medic Unit 430 demonstrated all the critical intervals in the chain of survival from the 911 call to a patient’s being taken to the emergency room of a hospital.

The training was part of the “Introduction to Emergency Medical Services” portion of the VCU School of Medicine’s medical-student orientation.

The Fire and Rescue Department’s medical director, Dr. Scott Weir, and associate medical director, Dr. Dan Avstreih, presented Fire Chief John Butler with a VCU School of Medicine-Inova Campus patch as a “thank you” from the medical school for the fire department’s partnership in medical-student and physician education.

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