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Until Help Arrives

June 24 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST 

Until Help Arrives

Speakers:
RJ Arft, Battalion Fire Chief, Fauquier County (VA) Department of Fire &Rescue 
Matthew Shields, Captain, Fauquier County (VA) Department of Fire & Rescue

Description:
This presentation will help attendees recognize, respond, rescue and report in the event of an active killer situation. This course will focus on the trauma care for victims of penetrating trauma. The simple skills that will be discussed are proven to save lives. Using battlefield data and modifying the techniques for the civilian world, this webinar can prepare the attendee to possibly save lives.

Attendee Takeaways:

  • Be the help before help arrives
  • Understand the disaster arc to help your chances of survival
  • Learn how to focus on treatment to possibly decrease the number of total casualties
  • Prepare the mind by focusing on situational awareness at all times

Click Here to Access the Webinar Recording and PPT!


RJ graduated from Fauquier High school in 1995, where he was heavily involved in the county’s Fire Science program. Upon completion of high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he honorably served four years. In November of 2000, he was selected to become the county’s first Firefighter/EMT. Continuing his education, he became certified as a Nationally Registered EMT Intermediate in 2002. 

In 2006, RJ was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and a few short months later promoted to the rank of captain which he held until about 2012.  In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of battalion chief, a position he holds to date. 

During the last roughly 20 years, RJ has received his bachelor’s in fire science administration and numerous other classes and certificates.  He has served on and established several committees within the county such as: the original active shooter response plan, the original single family response and the Mid Rise NOVA manual.  He currently serves as the EMS battalion chief where he maintains the RMS, Central Supply and CQI program to an agency that runs approximately 12,000 incidents a year. He also currently severs as an active member of the county’s EMS committee as well as the regional EMS committee.

 

Matthew graduated from Northmont High School in Dayton, OH in 2002. Matt has always strived to be involved in public safety after following in his father’s footsteps.  He has been a firefighter paramedic for 17 years working for DC Fire and the federal government in Ohio as a firefighter/paramedic. He currently serves as a station captain for Fauquier County.

Prior to Matt’s current station captain position, he was assigned as the EMS lieutenant in the Counties training division. He was responsible for the continuing education of the department’s 130 employees as well as over 150 active volunteers.  Matt is currently striving to finish his bachelor’s degree in fire science. Matt continues to place the department’s educational needs at the forefront of his duties by developing and implementing department-wide training for all public safety providers.