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Persistent Application of Effort: David Feiring

Congratulation on Dave Feiring's most recent retirement

Yesterday, Inspector III David Feiring retired from the Fire Prevention Division.













Like all of his other jobs; Marine, community fire department, state fire training, college faculty, etc., Dave has left something better than he found it.

Fire Alarm & Sprinkler Systems Training (FASST) Lab

The Fire Alarm & Sprinkler Systems Training Laboratory was developed to provide firefighters, fire inspectors, allied fire protection industry personnel, and property management and building maintenance staff with hands-on training opportunities to learn about various types of fire protection equipment and systems installed in buildings located throughout Fairfax County and the metropolitan region.

The approximately 850 square foot modular space can accommodate up to 24 students per class. The training offered includes inspection, maintenance, testing, and operation of the following categories of fire protection equipment and systems:

  • Fire Alarm and Detection Systems (pictured below)
  • Wet, Dry, and Preaction Sprinkler Systems (pictured below)
  • Residential Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Pump, Pump Controller, and Related Equipment (pictured below)
  • Standpipe Systems
  • Commercial Kitchen Wet-Chemical Hood Suppression Systems
  • High-Rise Fire Command Center











The training laboratory is a public-private partnership, completed at no cost to residents of Fairfax County.

It will serve firefighters from numerous metropolitan area fire and rescue departments and will partner with several allied fire protection industry businesses, Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), Virginia Fire Services Board, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The laboratory provides an invaluable resource to better help protect the lives and property of residents throughout the metropolitan region.








I remember listening to Dave describe his idea at the community college a decade ago. Like many of his missions, it was creative, innovative and required building a team to accomplish the mission.

Many people worked to make the FASST Lab a reality. It required the support of the fire department senior staff, the fire protection industry and labor.

While I was there yesterday to celebrate this milestone, it was also to get a briefing on Dave's next mission.

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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