The Faces of the Alexandria Fire Department: Stories of Courage, Dedication, and Service
Meet the first responders of the City of Alexandria Fire Department (AFD). They are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors. They are also firefighters and paramedics, and they put their lives on the line every day responding to fires, accidents, and other emergencies.
In this new human interest video series, you will get to know AFD from the inside out, from the individual perspectives of some of our first responders. You will meet the firefighters and paramedics who make up the department and explore their stories, their challenges, and their triumphs.
You will see them in action, responding to emergencies, but you will also see them behind the scenes, training for their next call and spending time with their families.
This series is an opportunity to learn more about AFD and the people who provide emergency services to the City of Alexandria and surrounding communities. It is also an opportunity to show our appreciation for their service and dedication.
Below are just a few of the many dedicated first responders who serve the City of Alexandria. We hope that you will join us in getting to know them and in showing our appreciation for their service. Thank you for watching.
Medical Services Deputy Chief Brian Hricik
After a battle with cancer, Medical Services Deputy Chief Brian Hricik died on February 23, 2023, with his family and loved ones by his side. Chief Hricik began his EMS career with the Alexandria Fire Department in 1997 after volunteering in Prince William County, and he was well respected by all who knew him. For more than 25 years, Chief Hricik proved himself as an outstanding leader and advocate for a high performing EMS system. His dedication to our profession and knowledge of fire and emergency services are some of the reasons for our organization’s success. The Alexandria Fire Department lost an outstanding employee and Medical Services Deputy Chief, but a dedicated and well-respected colleague and friend.
Firefighter Young An
Firefighter Young An was born and raised in the City of Alexandria and is a 12-year veteran of the Alexandria Fire Department. He appeared in Season 1 of the CBS TV series Tough as Nails. He is passionate about his job, especially because he has the opportunity to serve in his hometown. Learn more about how Firefighter An got started in the Department, his routine when he arrives to work, and what he loves about the Alexandria Fire Department.
Firefighter Tara Blunt
Firefighter Tara Blunt has been with the Alexandria Fire Department for 17 years. Her love for the water and swimming encouraged her to become a member of the Department's Marine Operations and Swift Water Rescue teams. Prior to joining AFD, she was a lifeguard and bus driver in Washington, D.C. Over the years, Firefighter Blunt has earned her certifications that allow her to drive any piece of apparatus in the City, including the Department's Fire Boat. Learn more about her story, how she prioritizes her time to create a balance between work and her personal life, and what she loves about serving as a first responder in the City of Alexandria.
The Grayson Family
Meet the Grayson Family. Captain Dan Grayson and Lieutenant Rachel Grayson joined the Department and completed recruit school training together. Other than waking up to a job they enjoy, the couple balances their passion for service with caring for and spending time with their triplets. On top of that, Captain Dan Grayson is in a '90s cover band, and Lieutenant Rachel Grayson occasionally sings lead. The couple enjoys spending time with their girls, shuttling them from one activity to another and from time to time, they break out their swing dancing moves from their college days just for fun. Check out the video to learn more about their fire and emergency services journey and why they love being first responders.