Announcement

Announcement: Annual Fund Drive – We NEED your support

Filed under: Announcements,Community,Fund raising — Jeff Brown @ 00:00

The primary fund drive for the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is our annual fund drive mailing, timed to coincide with Fire Prevention Week and our annual Open House (Saturday, Oct 11th). Sterling residents should already be receiving their letters. The SVFC is thankful for the support of the community we serve and would not be able to function without it. Your support pays for fuel, equipment, and the day to day operation of three fire stations, along with public safety education programs, maintenance, and training. There is a suggested donation amount of $50, but no donation is too small (or too big!) and every dollar helps us better serve you. You can mail your donations in the envelope provided with the mailer, drop it off at the fire station in Sterling Park or Cascades, or use the Paypal “Donate” button to the right (you do not need a Paypal account to donate) for credit card or direct transfers.

Did you know…

  • Last year less than 10% of those we serve made a financial contribution.
  • SVFC’s response area has increased by almost 25% in the last year.
  • Our apparatus drove 90,000 miles last year and used 33,600 gallons of diesel, at a cost of $133,000.
  • The SVFC is preparing to receive two new pumpers in September, at a cost of $531,426 each!

Thanks to those who have already donated, and to those who will donate soon!

We’ll also be holding our “Bucket Brigade” throughout October. Be on the lookout for SVFC members collecting donations in our red buckets.

You can view and share an online version of our letter at http://tinyurl.com/svfc-fd-2014.

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Announcement: New Member Orientation

Filed under: Announcements,Recruitment,SVFC — Kelly O'Grady @ 00:00
Interested in becoming part of our growing family?
Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is always looking for new members to help staff our fire trucks and/or perform basic administrative functions around the station. No experience necessary and all training is FREE. Our next new member orientation is Sunday, 11/16/2014 at 7pm held at Fire Station 18 (46700 Middlefield Drive Sterling VA 20165). For more information e-mail membership@sterlingfire.org.
Please bring two forms of ID, a letter of reference, and a recent copy of your DMV driving record to orientation, if possible. If you are under eighteen years old and desire to be a new member, we recommend you bring your parent/guardian and a copy of your recent school transcript with you. We look forward to meeting you!
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October 27, 2014

Change your clock, change your battery!

Filed under: Announcements,PSA — Jeff Brown @ 17:42

With the end of Daylight Saving Time just around the corner (clocks “fall back” at 2am on Sunday Nov. 2nd), will you remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO Detectors when you change your clocks?

On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire. Working smoke alarms provide the early warning and critical extra seconds needed to escape and cut the risk of dying in home fire structures in half.

When you set your clock back, use the extra hour to make a life-saving change in your household — change and test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors — and remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. This simple act takes just a moment, but it is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire.

Remember to check the expiration date on your smoke detectors. The life expectancy of smoke detectors is 8 to 10 years. If they are at least 8 years old, it’s time to replace them.

In addition, smoke alarms should be tested once a month and if an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

If you need assistance please call us at the fire station and we’ll be happy to come and help.

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Busy Shift for Crew 6

Filed under: Calls,Crew 6,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 11:11

Crew 6 began a 37 hour shift (Friday night until Sunday morning) at 6pm on Friday. Two hours later Engines 618, 624, 611B, Tower 611, Safety Officer 618, and Captain 611, along with Engine and Rescue 439 (Fairfax – Northpoint), Truck 606 (Ashburn), Ambulance 635 (Sterling Rescue), EMS and Battalion 601 (LCFR), were dispatched for an apartment fire in Cascades. The fire was contained to the exterior of the building. A few hours later Engine 611B and Tower 611 were dispatched to Dulles Airport for smoke in the terminal. Sterling units were assigned to the roof, where they located a malfunctioning HVAC unit causing the smoke. That was followed by a reported inside gas leak in Sterling. On Saturday afternoon, following a handful of medical calls, Engine 611B was dispatched with Medic 625 (SVRS) for a bicyclist struck by a vehicle in Sterling Park. Captain 611 and Safety Officer 618 added on due to the nature of the call. A helicopter was requested to fly the patient, bringing Fairfax 1 and Engine 618 to handle the landing zone.

Just after shift change Crew 2 in Engine 611B responded to Fairfax County for a house fire in Herndon.

Photos from the Apartment Fire available HERE.

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October 25, 2014

New Engines coming soon

Filed under: Apparatus,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 18:10

The SVFC hopes to have the new Engine 611 and Engine 624 in service in just a few weeks. They recently posed for some portraits with local apparatus photographer Mike Sanders:

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October 23, 2014

Recruit Training

Filed under: Photos,Training — Jeff Brown @ 06:56

The SVFC holds quarterly Recruit Training programs that provide new recruits with preliminary skills as they begin their career in the fire service. These classes provide a base of knowledge for recruits to carry with them into LCFR Volunteer Fire Academy. This ensures that we have fully trained people serving our community.

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Text and Photo: Corey Lockhart

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October 17, 2014

Think of us when you shop

Filed under: Announcements,Fund raising — Jeff Brown @ 08:19

As the holiday season begins to appear in our stores the SVFC would like to remind you that you can support us at any time by shopping at Amazon using the Amazon Smile program. Start your shopping using this link: tinyurl.com/smile-svfc

That’s it!

It should say “Supporting: Sterling Park Volunteer Fire Co Inc” at the top of the page.

Now, any purchases you make will be credited to the SVFC and we’ll receive 0.5% of the purchase price.

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October 16, 2014

Honor Guard at NFFF Memorial Weekend

Filed under: Honor Guard,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 07:43

Text by: Destiny Burns

From October 10-12, the SVFC Honor Guard participated for the first time in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend at the National Fire Training Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. Our Honor Guard joined over 850 people from over 200 honor guards and Pipes and Drums units from 37 states and D.C. that were part of the event. The weekend honored 107 firefighters, ranging in age from their early 20s to their early 70s, volunteer and career, who gave their lives in the line of duty in 2013. The weekend featured remembrance events on Saturday including a candlelight vigil, a Sea of Blue, and memorial service on Sunday complete with a Pass In Review to honor the families and other survivors. The love, brotherhood and support that wrapped around those families throughout the weekend was truly incredible, and it was a great honor to be a part of it and to see our company flag as part of the battalion formation. Check out www.firehero.org for more information about the NFFF and for more photos and video of the weekend.

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October 14, 2014

Auto Accident for Crew 6

Filed under: Calls,Crew 6,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 09:26

Early in the afternoon on Sunday Loudoun County Fire Rescue Communications began receiving reports of a rollover accident on Sterling Boulevard. The initial report was for an intersection near the south end. Engine 611B, Truck 606 (Ashburn), Rescue 439 (Reston – Northpoint), Medic 625B (Sterling Rescue), Safety Officer 618, Battalion Chief 601, and EMS Supervisor 601 were dispatched for that call. Additional reports were for an intersection a few miles to the north. Due to the distance there was a possibility of two separate accidents. Engine 618, Rescue Squad 613 (LCVRS), Trauma 635 (SVRS), Medic 439 (Reston – Northpoint), Battalion Chief 603, and Safety Officer 600 were dispatched to that intersection. Communications swapped units from one call to the other to prevent them from passing the other location, and each other, on the way to their original destination. The first arriving units to the initial location reported nothing found upon arrival, and a more thorough search was conducted. Units arriving at the second location found a car off the road in the woods, with all occupants out of the vehicle. They began patient care and securing the vehicle. Since there was nobody trapped the rescue units were returned to service. The search of the initial location found nothing and those units returned to service as well.

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October 11, 2014

Open House

Filed under: Announcements,Community,Events,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 18:17

The SVFC would like to thank all those that came out to our Annual Open House today. Special thanks to the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad for partnering with us once again. As always, we enjoyed meeting you and showing you a bit about what we do in our company.

See photos and videos HERE.

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New Engine 611 arriving for Open House

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