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by Senior Airman Katherine Tereyama, 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)
The Amazing Race(rs)
On March 3, Firefighter Jazz Doolittle, mother of two and cancer survivor, finished the Swamphouse Half Marathon in her firefighter gear, including air tank and helmet.
Doolittle is a member of the Seminole County Fire Department and Team Firefighter. Beginning in 2012, Team Firefighter selected Code 3 For A Cure as the main organization they support, and they encourage all firefighters to join this organization, which is dedicated to providing support to firefighters who want to better themselves through fitness in sport. Doolittle will continue to compete in marathons across the country to bring attention to her cause for hope and honor.
Meanwhile, Firefighter Katrina Silvia (St. Johns County Fire Rescue, FL) recently competed in the Ironman Florida. After swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112, she donned her turnout gear for the 26.2 mile marathon portion of the event. Because of her extraordinary athletic abilities and efforts for Code 3 For A Cure, she received special recognition from Florida State Governor Richard Lynn Scott. Firefighter Silvia, who says one of her biggest challenges is to pass out Code 3 fliers during her races without getting sweat on them, has been selected by Code 3 for a Cure as the organization’s 2013 National Ambassador.
As mentioned, both firefighters were racing for Code 3 For A Cure, which provides financial assistance to firefighters across the country who are diagnosed with cancer and are facing a financial hardship. The CODE 3 fire truck carries a memorial fire bell on the empty seat, which signifies the loss of a firefighter to cancer. Please visit their website (www.code3foracure.org) for more information.
Firefighters Assist Resident in Need
Firefighters from Mount Vernon, VA, Fire Station 09 recently assisted the group Rebuilding Together –Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church (AFF) building a wheelchair ramp for a local resident unable to leave her home. These firefighters provided their services off-duty building the ramp so that the resident can have the needed access to leave her home for doctor appointments, shopping, etc.
Rebuilding Together-AFF believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Thanks to the Mount Vernon firefighters, belief is becoming a reality.
Emergency Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Program
The Ohio Association of Emergency Vehicle technicians 21st annual Emergency and Municipal Vehicle Maintenance and Repair program will be held September 23 to September 27. The event is held at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, OH.
Classes (which are subject to change) include – Pump Repairs by Hale, Basic to Advanced Electrical, Air Brake Repairs, A/C Systems, Cummins Engines, 10 EVT Prep Classes, Spartan Chassis, Sutphen Chassis and Towers, Kussmaul Electronics Troubleshooting and Repairs, C.E.Niehoff Alternator and Electrical Maintenance, Akron Brass, Weldon Multiplex, Rom Products, Horton Ambulance, Fire Research Products, and Stryker EMS products.
Class tuition- $385.00 and includes lunch all week and the Wednesday Banquet dinner. For more information go to www.oaevt.org
Seminar Focuses on Learn From the Past
Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, University of Maryland, is partnering with the Maryland Emergency Services Life Safety Task Force to present a one-day seminar entitled “Learning from the Past, Improving the Fu ture.” The seminar, which is being held at Hancock High School in Hancock, MD, is designed to provide an opportunity for the participants to review incidents from the past that have resulted in operational changes to improve responder safety.
Chief Billy Goldfeder will deliver a presentation that is sure to set the tone for the seminar. Guest speakers will discuss the Near Miss Program and its importance as a learning opportunity. Incidents will be discussed involving highway safety, training safety and emergency operations safety.