Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, founded in 1966, is a non-profit volunteer organization where brave men and women are saving lives and property in the Sterling, Va area. To find out how you can join the SVFC family visit
The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company was founded in 1966 when Sterling was made up of only a few homes and businesses. Our community has since experienced record growth over the past few years and is continuing to grow at an astounding rate. Simultaneously, emergency responses more than doubled in less than a decade to an amount of over 3,000 per year. The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company continues to have the fastest response time of any Loudoun County Fire Service, even given the fact that we are the busiest company also. We are your neighbors, friends, coworkers, fellow worshipers, and the “strangers” you chat with in the grocery line. We live or work along side you in the community. We represent a multitude of occupations with a wide range of skills. Everyone can contribute in some way. We volunteer for different reasons, but we share one professional goal: to be there when you need us. Our operational volunteers are professionally trained firefighters. Our associate volunteers perform a variety of functions and keep things running “behind the scenes.” It is the combined effort and energy of our entire team that allows us to respond immediately when we are called upon.

Another preventable fire, this time in Sterling.  Thankfully this time nobody was injured and the damage was minor.

Another preventable fire, this time in Sterling. Thankfully this time nobody was injured and the damage was minor.

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Sterling House Fire

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is issuing an important warning and offering safety tips after another Loudoun County house fire is attributed to the improper disposal of smoking materials.

Busy Night for Wednesday CrewAs the Wednesday volunteers finished dinner storms rolled through the area and kicked off a...

Busy Night for Wednesday Crew

As the Wednesday volunteers finished dinner storms rolled through the area and kicked off a night of back to back calls. The first call of the night was for Tower 611, a fire alarm in Fairfax County. Shortly after that there was a structure fire in the River Creek area of the county, involving units from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. Soon after another fire was reported between Leesburg and Lucketts. Station transfers hadn't happened yet, so Engine 618, Engine 611, and Tower 611 were the first units assigned to that call, along with units from Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Arcola Volunteer Fire Department, Lucketts, and even Frederick County Maryland. Engine 618 was the first arriving engine and began fire attack, followed by E611 who established a static water supply by drafting from a nearby bridge.

The hours that followed brought a few more fire alarms and EMS calls. Just after 3am Tower 611 was dispatched to Fairfax for a fire in a restaurant. While they were there Engines 618 and 611, along with Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad and many of the same units from earlier calls, were dispatched for a house fire in Sugarland. The volunteers ended their shift with another fire alarm call, with a total of 3 fire calls among 10 total calls. The career staff kept the pace going with their first call of the day coming right at 6am.

The SVFC was honored to join those paying tribute to JB today. Rest easy, Chief.

The SVFC was honored to join those paying tribute to JB today. Rest easy, Chief.

Today those that knew and loved "J.B." Anderson came together to bid him farewell. He was a true legend, past Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Chief and a mainstay of the fire and rescue service in Loudoun County. May you rest in peace. We are thankful for the many years of service, dedication and support that he has given to Loudoun County. Our thoughts are with J.B.'s family, friends and fellow first responders that had the privilege to know him. He will be missed, and never forgotten.

Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company
Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue
Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company

Fyi for the services for JB Anderson.

**Information for JB Anderson’s services**

The family of Chief J.B. Anderson II will be receiving guests on Tuesday, June 9th at Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg, VA from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Chapel will be limiting how many guests will be allowed to enter at a time. The family asks that those able to attend later in evening please try to do so. Guests are also encouraged to wear face coverings.

Funeral Services for Chief J.B. Anderson II will be held on Wednesday, June 10th at Union Cemetery in Leesburg, VA. Graveside services are expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. Parking will be located at Ida Lee Recreational Center and shuttle vans will take guests to the cemetery.
Uniformed personal are asked to arrive by 12:40 p.m. and line up along the cemetery’s driveway at North King Street to view passing of the funeral procession. Personnel will be on site to provide direction.
Non-uniformed guests may choose to stand with uniformed personnel or proceed directly to graveside and await the procession.
Uniformed personnel will fall in line behind the procession and walk to the grave side for the service. Those unable to walk this distance are asked to take the shuttle directly to the graveside from Ida Lee.
All attendees are asked to wear face coverings and are encouraged to bring bottled water and personal shading as the weather forecast is calling for high temperatures.

Structure Fire for Thursday Crew15 minutes before the end of their overnight shift Engine 618, Engine and Tower 611, alo...

Structure Fire for Thursday Crew

15 minutes before the end of their overnight shift Engine 618, Engine and Tower 611, along with Engine 624, Battalion 601, Safety 601, and EMS 601 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and also Engine, Medic and Rescue 439, Truck 425, and Battalion 401 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, were alerted for a report of a fire in a local restaurant. Engine 618 arrived to find a small fire in a neighboring nail salon and began fire attack. As the rest of the assignment arrived Battalion 601 requested a Rapid Intervention Team be dispatched bringing additional units from Loudoun and Fairfax. (A fire alarm had been dispatched for a nearby address and once it was determined to be related to the fire those units transitioned to the RIT assignment.) Units worked together to extinguish the fire, search for occupants, check surrounding businesses, secure utilities, and overcome a broken fire hydrant. The fire was extinguished in a few minutes and crews transitioned to mitigating water and smoke damage and making sure there was no hidden fire spread. Canteen 611 responded to provide breakfast for everybody.

A few hours later the career staff assigned to the Sterling stations responded to another fire in an apartment near Dulles Town center, and that night the Friday night volunteers started their shift responding to another fire, this time in a local fast food restaurant in Sterling Park.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

Don't wait to seek emergency medical attention. Dr. Laura Cook of StoneSprings Hospital Center and Chief Micah Kiger of Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System discuss when to seek emergency medical attention and precautions being taken to keep everyone safe.

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Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company

Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a true Leesburg Legend, past Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Chief, James B. Anderson II, on May 29, 2020. Known as J.B. to his friends, he lived his entire life in the fire service. He was the grandson of Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Member James “Big Jim” Anderson, who served in the fire company from 1936 to 1955 and was a well-known citizen of Leesburg. J.B. grew up among the old timers of the LVFC. Raised in an apartment house on Loudoun Street; where the Town parking garage is now, many of JB’s neighbors were firemen. It was just a short run from his house to the old fire station on east Loudoun Street where they volunteered. His grandfather often brought J.B. to the fire house where he got to know the company members from as far back as the 1930’s.

J.B. joined the Fire Company in 1966, and a few months later, left town to serve four years in the Air Force as a nuclear bomb technician with the 509th Bomb Wing of the 8th Air Force. He had the distinction of being one of a the very few who had ever diffused a live nuclear bomb. A B-52 bomber had returned to base with a live device that had accidentally armed itself and J.B. was called on to make it safe. Despite never having been trained for this sort of dangerous operation, he crawled into the bomb bay of the aircraft, disassembled the activated bomb, and made it safe. J.B. received several accommodations and high praise from the base commander for his bravery. Always the electronics enthusiast, J.B. switched jobs and became a Communications Specialist, working as a M.A.R.S. radio operator. The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is a collection of radio stations used to broadcast and relay messages to all parts of the globe as part of a contingency communications system. After the service, J.B. operated his own Ham radio set for decades and set up a base station at station 1 for the fire company.

While in the Air Force, J.B. was still running calls with the fire company when he came home on leave. After he was discharged in 1970, he returned home and back to the fire company where he met his future wife, Jill. In 1974, he received permission to use the fire house for his wedding to Miss Jill Bell, on June 22, 1974, – all Company members and family were invited. Jill’s father was Walter Bell, also a member of the Fire Company who served from 1960 into the 1970’s. Mr. Bell was a member for many years as a driver, company secretary, director, Captain and treasurer. Jill’s mother; Aurelia Bell, was one of the original members of the Ladies Auxiliary when it was organized on July, 25, 1967.

In 1975 and 1976, J.B. was elected Captain 1; Assistant Chief in 1977, then Chief from 1978 through 1980. JB became a Fire Marshal with the County and started work as “FM-4,” under O.R. Dube’ in 1980. In 1981, he was the Assistant Chief, then Captain from 1982 through 1984. In 1992 and 1993, he was elected Assistant Chief. J.B. served as the Company parliamentarian on and off for over forty years and was a Company Photographer, taking thousands of photos and videos of Company operations.

J.B.’s passion for teaching fire safety started when he saw first-hand the cost of not knowing what to do in an emergency. As a fire marshal, he had investigated a fatal house fire in which a woman and her child died. Late at night she awoke to find the first floor of the house on fire. The rest of the family had already escaped out of the second-floor windows but the woman tried to use the stairs. While holding the baby in her arms, she opened the door to escape and was immediately overcome by the heat and smoke. There were no working smoke detectors in the house. J.B. never forgot them. He organized visits to schools, made up his own fire prevention coloring books to hand out, and produced public service messages on WAGE radio. In 1975, the LVFC received honorable mention in the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) fire prevention contest thanks to the hard work of J.B, Anderson.

During his career, J.B. served in many diverse capacities in emergency services. He was a Life Member of the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad where he served as an Emergency Medical Specialist Technician, and First Aid Trainer & CPR instructor. During the mid-1990’s, he worked as the Drug Task Force Coordinator for NHP where he was responsible for the implementation and operations of a Federal grant for the elimination of drug activity, drug awareness education, training & education for residents of community. He coordinated and facilitated the Loudoun House Coalition Inc., a consortium of 20+ service agencies, and local police agencies. From2000 to 2002, J.B. worked for RPI Consultants as a program analyst with the Emergency Management Division of Research Planning. He provided support to the Department of Justice Domestic Preparedness Program (DPP) – Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) working on the design, development and facilitation of nationwide Chemical and Biological Tabletop and Functional Exercises. Individual exercises had to be specifically tailored to each city for Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction Domestic (NBC-WMD) Terrorism Preparedness Training.

In 2006, J.B. was hired by Loudoun County Schools to design and teach the first Firefighter / EMT Curriculum Instructor at the Monroe Technology Center. He taught the first two years of this successful program which continues today under the supervision of another LVFC member. From there, he moved on to work at the National Fire Academy (NFA) at Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was a training specialist assigned to Fire Prevention responsible for the development of new courses, projects and curriculums. Beginning in 2010, J.B. spent two years working for Organizational Strategies Inc. (OSI). As a manager for Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, & Emergency Management, he coordinated the development and implementation of a Command Training Center (CTC) for the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFD) in Washington, D.C.

J.B. had an extensive career in fire service education. He was an Adjunct Instructor for Virginia Department of Fire Programs, a Test Site Supervisor/proctor. His list of credentials included being a Pro Board-certified instructor for -Hazmat Responder Operations, Firefighter II, Officer IV, Instructor IV, Investigator III, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Aerial and Pumper, Safety Compliance Officer, Inst IV, Test Site Supervisor, FF1/2, EVOC, HazMat Awareness/Operations. J.B. was also a National Fire Academy Instructor for Building Construction – Combustible and Non-combustible, Conducting Basic Fire Inspections, Arson Detection-First Responder, Emergency Response to Terrorism-Strategic Considerations for the Command Officer, Community Emergency Response Teams, ICS for Fire, ICS for EMS, Unified Command - Multi-agency & Catastrophic Incidents. He taught Prevention & Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings as a New Mexico Tech (NMT) Homeland Defense Courses Instructor. He was also a Louisiana State University (LSU) Course Instructor for Law Enforcement Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction.

During his time in the Company, JB has had a hand in almost every aspect of our operation. With fifty-two years of service, he was recently attending company meetings when his health allowed. His knowledge of the Fire Company history has been invaluable in piecing our heritage together. He is responsible for saving over one thousand important Company documents; including meeting minutes, by-laws, newspaper clippings and photos, from as far back as 1925. His work on our history has been instrumental in allowing us move forward with documenting and publishing our legacy. J.B. was a recipient of many awards but one of his proudest moments came in 2017, when the Fire Company honored him by dedicating the new Peirce Enforcer engine in his name.

J.B. leaves behind a loving wife and family as well as countless friends and colleague’s in Leesburg and around the country. His contributions to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and the fire service in general have been tremendous. J. B. Anderson was truly a Leesburg Legend and will be remembered for generations to come. Rest in Peace Chief, we’ve got it from here.

The SVFC extends our condolences and sympathy to the family of JB Anderson and to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company.Pa...

The SVFC extends our condolences and sympathy to the family of JB Anderson and to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company.

Past Chief of the LVFC, JB had an amazing influence within the fire service and on the Loudoun fire and rescue systems as Fire Instructor, Mentor, Fire Marshal, Public Education specialist and a founder of the Vo-Tech program for the Loudoun County Public Schools. He is a member of the Loudoun County Hall of Fame.

JB's dedication to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, to the fire service at large, and to the Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue system will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Chief.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Dept

Another powerful example of why you should #CloseBeforeYouDoze

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The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department would like to thank our mutual aid partners for there assistance last night.
We would like to also thank all of the residents and neighbors affected by this fire for their cooperation and understanding in what is a difficult situation for all of them.
We have been fortunate to be given permission to share with you a video that clearly shows the value of sleeping with your doors closed. The phrase to remember is “Close before you doze”

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Peninsula Pulse Newspaper
Door County Daily
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Another fire caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.  These fires are preventable!  This one didn't happen in ...

Another fire caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. These fires are preventable! This one didn't happen in Sterling, but it can happen here (and has).

- Dispose of smoking materials ONLY in a metal or ceramic container filled with sand or water.
- Remember that mulch, potting soil, etc. is combustible and will burn quickly when exposed to heat.
- Place smoking receptacles away from the home, NOT on the front porch, balcony, deck, or outside your door.
- Remember, “Put it out, all the way, every time!”

Loudoun Fire Officials determined yesterday’s 2-alarm apartment fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. $700k damages, 33 residents displaced, one cat deceased.

Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756
Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue


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Thank you so much for having us, Cub Scout Pack 1156, out to your Fire Station tonight! It was so fun 🙂👍🏻 You guys rock! Thank you for what you do for us.
Thankful for you ❤️🎄💯
First... my thanks to the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department for showing up at 1:30am. Ladies and Gentlemen... thank you for your service! Someone must have lost control of tomorrow's turkey dinner as the hallways were smoky and arid with the smell of burning grease. Luckily it was a non-event but they showed up like the cavalry in quick order and I'm back inside as of 1:55am.
The Fire and the rescue personnel (Paid and volunteer) have earn high praise for years of giving.
Past President George Lewis has passed away. See Wendy Cains post for service info.
Going above and beyond! Just stopped on the way out from a job to make this little guys day. Thanks for your great work!
Chief Clyde Buchanan, Many thanks to your volunteers: Lt matt Solomon, Tom Weaver, Lance O'Brien, Isaac Montano, and Justin Dillon who helped load hose on my antique fire engine. As age is catching up with me, I could not have done without their fine help. You are truly blessed with great volunteers. Flash
Thank you soooo much for showing my grandson, Lucas, the “big fire trucks”!! He had a blast👏👏❤️
From the Sterling Ruritan Club: The Sterling Ruritan Club will be hosting an open house tomorrow night for the first responders. We welcome all Law Enforcement, fire and recsue members. The club will be opened from 6pm December 31st until 4 am January 1st. We will have food, coffee. , Sodas, water, desserts, chips, etc and a warm building for you to take a break. We would also like to thank the Sterling Community for the generous donations. We will post a list of restaurants, stores, Ruritan members and Community members who have donated to this great cause at a later date. This is just a little way we can give back to those who serve and protect us to make our community a safe place.
Thank you for your service!
Thank you Sterling VFD for a great water battle. Glad we could help with training today! ♥️ from the Cub Scouts of Pack 950
Monroe Technology graduation. Congratulations!