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July 6, 2018

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Swift water rescue calls

Photo/Catlett VFRD
Fauquier has 57 firefighters and medics trained to conduct swift water rescues. In this photo, some of them prepare for a training exercise.

The number of water rescues the Fauquier Department of Fire and Rescue conducted in fiscal 2018, which ended June 30.

Five of those calls came from within Fauquier and seven from neighboring counties.

Over the last five years, Fauquier swift water rescue teams have responded to 59 calls, with 47 of those within this county.

Fauquier has two swift water rescue units, each with an inflatable powerboat on a trailer and a tow vehicle, which carries other specialized gear.

Fire/rescue stations in Catlett and Orlean house the units. Stationed around the county, 40 volunteers and 17 career staff members have swift water rescue training.


Citizens have applied to join the U.S. Marine Corps in active duty or the reserves at the Warrenton recruiting substation since October 2012.

Since September, 53 people, six of them women, have enlisted at the office near Food Lion in the Huntsman Towne Village Shopping Center.

The Marine Corps focuses its recruitment on candidates 17 to 28 years old, according to Staff Sgt. Edward Alsip, who heads the Warrenton station. Women constitute about 10 percent of the applicants here.


Paid lessons conducted last year at the Drum & Strum Music Center on Warrenton’s Main Street.

Founded more than 28 years ago, the music store has 22 teachers and 10 lesson studios.

Teachers provide instruction for more than 20 instruments, ranging from the guitar and harmonica to the mandolin and autoharp. They teach all styles and skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

The store, which also sells a variety of instruments and accessories, charges $139 a month for lessons.


The number of Leadership Fauquier participants since the nonprofit’s inception in 2015.

Drawing from public, private and nonprofit sectors, the organization seeks to “tap into and cultivate the tremendous human capital that exists within our county,” because the “sustainable success of our community is dependent upon engaged and informed leaders.”

During its first three years, Leadership Fauquier has accepted 78.6 percent to 83.3 percent of those who applied to the program.

The nonprofit group on July 10 will select the 2018-19 class of participants.

The class meets every second Tuesday from October through May to learn about county government, education, planning, transportation, non-profit organizations, public safety, parks and recreation, the arts, economic development, agriculture, tourism and community wellness. 

Leadership Fauquier charges $1,195 in tuition toward the total program cost of $2,195 per participant. Local businesses, foundations and civic groups help fund the program, which has an annual budget of about $62,000.


The number of traffic tickets Fauquier sheriff’s deputies had written so far this year as of Thursday morning.

Deputies during that period conducted 5,929 traffic stops. Put another way, if a deputy stops you in Fauquier, you get a ticket 76 percent of the time.

The most traffic stops, 1,660 took place in Cedar Run District. Scott District had the fewest: 852.
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