World class firefighter training is taking place in Alexandria at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial September 21-23, 2015. This year marks the 7th annual Andy Fredericks Training Days. Andy Fredericks was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York City while working as a firefighter for FDNY. Andy Fredericks was also a member of the Alexandria Fire Department prior to serving in the FDNY. This training was established in honor of him and is meant to continue the legacy of of his superior instruction on structural firefighting. Shortly after his death, the Fredericks Family Fund was established to support the secondary education of his children Andrew & Hayley.
Some of the world’s best firefighting instructors are presenting a three day instruction on various techniques of firefighting. Every year the training sells out early. One such renowned speaker is Chief (Retired) John Salka. Chief Salka is a premier speaker concerning fire ground tactics and has authored several books. He instructs every year at the Andy Fredericks Training Days.
Alexandria Battalion Chief Dan McMaster is a lifelong friend of the Fredericks’ family. Battalion Chief McMaster, an outstanding firefighter and instructor in his own right, was responsible for getting the training started back in 2009 and has been instrumental in the success of the training ever since.
Alexandria Firefighter Josh Turner captures what Andy Fredericks and this training means:
As I sit on the precipice of another Andy Fredericks Training Days I would be remiss if I did not first thank Andy for everything he has meant to not only my career but to my beliefs as they hold true for life and the fire department. Mr. Fredericks you and I have never met, in fact our careers would have overlapped little at best, however you sir have inspired, trained and taught me more then anyone will ever know. I am the fireman I am today because of you. My passion for everything Engine company comes directly from you. Thank you for inspiring, molding and cultivating the next generation. Thank you for allowing me to follow in your foot steps and to understand that my passion, overall consumption and everything else I have absorbed myself on is not only worth the time but also worth the effort. I hope to continue your legacy, to learn my craft, fight fires offensively from the interior and to continually flow water and move with efficiency and effectiveness. Thank you sir for the path you have put before all of us. I will not forget and and I will always push forward with the truths that you pushed so hard for. Thank you, I am indebted.
“To fight any structure fire other than from the interior when conditions are favorable to an interior attack and a thorough search of the building for victims has not been concluded does not merely constitute incompetence; it smacks of utter cowardice.” -Andy Fredericks
Thank you sir, thank you