Jun 21, 2011

A Unique Opportunity for DC Area Teens

If you haven’t got any plans for the end of the week, consider volunteering as a “victim” for the Joint Rescue Task Force (RTF) training exercises scheduled for June 24, 27, and 30. It’s definitely something different to add to your resume and might even evolve into a VERY interesting college essay!

The RTF is made up of police and fire/EMS personnel from the City of Fairfax Fire and Police Departments. These are the folks who provide immediate medical aid to those injured in a shooting.

The upcoming training exercise was developed in response to previous active shooter events such as those that took place at Columbine, Northern Illinois University, and Virginia Tech. In those incidents, additional victims may have survived had they received life-saving care sooner.

RTF members are trained to enter a building, render aid, and remove victims while other law enforcement work to neutralize the shooter. These are truly heroic individuals who deserve all the support they can get from the community.

You may help by volunteering to “role play.” Twenty volunteers are needed from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on each of the three days. Students may volunteer with an adult if they are at least 14 years old and without an adult if they are at least 16. The trainings will take place in a location central to the City of Fairfax, and lunch will be provided.

Note that anyone interested in participating must be comfortable in a stressful environment, as police and fire personnel will be wearing ballistic protection, carrying fake weapons, and treating volunteers as victims during the exercise.

For further information or to sign-up as a volunteer, contact Matt Lyttle, Emergency Response Program Manager at Volunteer Fairfax at mlyttle@volunteerfairfax.org.

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