[Congressional Record Volume 169, Number 62 (Thursday, April 13, 2023)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E307]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                     DEPARTMENT 156TH RECRUIT CLASS


                        HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, April 13, 2023

  Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate the Fairfax County 
Fire and Rescue Department and the graduates of the 156th Class. As 
they prepare to join the ranks of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue 
Department, I encourage the 26 graduates to reflect on the history of 
the department and the contributions and dedication of the brave men 
and women who have served before them to protect our community.
  The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's Recruit School 
consists of an extensive and demanding 22-week program. In addition to 
two weeks of orientation, recruits completed nine weeks of EMT training 
and eleven weeks of fire suppression training. Upon graduation, these 
recruits will be certified at the level of Firefighter I/II by the 
Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
  These recruits have the distinct honor of joining one of the best 
Fire and Rescue Departments in the United States. The efforts of the 
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department have been recognized across 
this country. Members from the Department serve on the elite VA Task 
Force 1, which is among the first units called to disaster zones to 
provide search and rescue support. Members of that Task Force were 
recognized by the International Association of Fire Chiefs with the 
Benjamin Franklin Award for Valor as a result of their efforts in the 
aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015.
  Fairfax County is fortunate to have such excellent ambassadors for 
our community and I commend them for all that they have done to protect 
lives and property not only here in Fairfax County, but around the 
world. As the newest members of the Fire and Rescue Department, the 
156th Recruit Class graduates join the department as integral parts of 
our community's emergency response and public safety team. I am 
confident that this graduating class will serve the residents of 
Fairfax County with honor and distinction. It is my great honor to 
include in the Record the names of the 156th Recruit Class:
  John W. Anderson
  Toma C. Anescu
  Ariel L. Antons
  Natas J. Bache
  Trent Z. Barlow
  Shane W. Bloom
  James R. Brown III
  Jacob R. Christian
  Ryan A. Comer
  Alyssa R. D'Anna
  William C. Dolan
  Ryan S. Kaminski
  John S. Kolacz
  Ian J. Luffred
  Christopher T. Lunde
  Brian S. Maphis
  William F. Montgomery
  Hailey E. Moore
  Matthew A. Mudar
  Nancy L. Reed
  Cody N. Shaffer
  Casey E. Sullivan
  Garrett S. Thompson
  Thomas J. Tufano
  Garrett M. Tullos
  Jason R. Upchurch
  Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me in congratulating the 
newest members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. I 
thank them for their service to their community and to all members of 
the Fire and Rescue Department, past and present, I say: ``Stay safe.''