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 sterlingfire.org/join
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.

Congratulations to our very own Chief Buchanan!
06/22/2019

Congratulations to our very own Chief Buchanan!

Congratulations Captain Clyde Buchanan from Station 27, West Springfield, C-Shift on completing 35 years of service to the residents of Fairfax County. Fire Chief Butler, Deputy Chief Duke and Battalion Chief Burkhammer presented him with 35-year award and certificate. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

06/21/2019

For those that justify parking in the fire lane with "It's just a quick trip, and I'll know if the store is on fire." 1) No, you probably won't until it's too late. 2) We may respond to medical emergencies and/or calls at neighboring stores. 3) We also need that space to get our large apparatus safely and quickly in/out of the parking lot. If we're shopping at the supermarket and you park in the fire lane you may delay our response to a call somewhere else, like your house.

At 11pm on Saturday Engines 618, 611, 624, Truck 611, along with Ambulance 635 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tru...
06/19/2019

At 11pm on Saturday Engines 618, 611, 624, Truck 611, along with Ambulance 635 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Truck 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Engine and Rescue 439 and Battalion Chief 401 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Battalion Chief 601, Safety 601, EMS 601, and Operations 600 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were alerted for a structure fire in a townhouse. The caller reported a townhouse on fire but were unsure of the address. E618 arrived in the area and directed incoming units to the correct address. E611 arrived on the scene and reported what appeared to be an exterior fire that was out. E611 deployed a hoseline to the area where the fire was while Engine 618 and Truck 611 searched inside the home to ensure that everybody was safe and that there was no smoke or fire. The incident was quickly scaled back releasing most of the responding units. Sterling units remained on scene until the Fire Marshal completed their investigation, then soaked down the area to ensure it was completely extinguished.

Severe weather may impact our area today.  Remember:  "Lights On, Wipers On" and "Turn Around, Don't Drown"
06/17/2019

Severe weather may impact our area today. Remember: "Lights On, Wipers On" and "Turn Around, Don't Drown"

A stalled front and a passing disturbance, combined with a tropical air mass, will result in a risk of severe storms and flooding rains today(Monday). A slight risk of severe weather exists across much of the region, and flash flood watches are also in effect.

Congratulations to Chief Harasek on her new position.  We look forward to working with you as we continue to serve our c...
06/15/2019

Congratulations to Chief Harasek on her new position. We look forward to working with you as we continue to serve our community together.

On behalf of the officers and members of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS), we are pleased to announce the election of Kathleen Harasek to the position of Chief. Chief Harasek brings an impressive resume that reflects a wealth of experience and an energetic, positive leadership style. Chief Harasek most recently served the organization at Assistant Chief for Training. We welcome Chief Harasek to her new position and wish her much success.

We share this article from the Loudoun Times-Mirror to honor the Grant family, which has been and continues to be such a...
06/15/2019
Forty years of fatherhood: Sterling's Grant family continues tradition of volunteer service

We share this article from the Loudoun Times-Mirror to honor the Grant family, which has been and continues to be such an important part of the volunteer family of the SVFC and of our sister organization Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad. The article touches on the many ways the Grant family has served Loudoun communities, but the SVFC also wishes to highlight one service in particular that was not mentioned...our Canteen 611. Charles Grant has been the driving force behind the SVFC's canteen unit--which provides drinks and snacks for first responders at longer-duration incidents--for many years. Thank you to all the Grants who have served Sterling and Loudoun over these many years, and may they--and all of you--have a wonderful Father's Day weekend.

Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue

If in the last 40 years you have watched an ambulance or fire truck speed down the road in Sterling, there is a good chance a member of Loudoun’s Grant

Nice post about the SVFC's crew last night. Thank you to all our volunteers, and to our partners at Loudoun County Volun...
06/14/2019

Nice post about the SVFC's crew last night. Thank you to all our volunteers, and to our partners at Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue for posting this!

Sterling, say hello to your Company 11 crew for the evening...

By day they are a project manager, an investigator, a retail buyer, a gov’t contractor, a painter, a teacher, a security officer and a lab tech.

By night, they are ready when you need them...

#OnDutyForYou #OpenNewDoors

06/06/2019
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

Hands-only CPR can increase the chance of survival from cardiac arrest. An important message during CPR and AED Awareness Week.

As part of CPR and AED Awareness Week, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics would like to remind all residents that Hands-Only CPR can save lives. According to our friends at the American Heart Association, most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

Watch the brief video below to learn how two easy steps can help to save a life in the event of an emergency. #SafeFairfax #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty

https://youtu.be/O_49wMpdews

06/05/2019
Fredericksburg Police Department

June is #MoveOver month (and Virginia now has a stiffer penalty for not complying).

Do you ever want people to just move over?

So do first responders. As part of #MoveOver Awareness Month, we are releasing a short video that depicts everyday scenarios where you just want someone to move out of your way. Our hope is that portraying these real-life scenarios will remind drivers to slow down and move over for first responders and service workers.

So this month, please join us in reminding drivers to slow down and move over for first responders and service workers. It just might save a life.

The SVFC would like to thank Jersey Mike's Subs for being “a sub above!” When one of our members placed an order for a c...
06/04/2019

The SVFC would like to thank Jersey Mike's Subs for being “a sub above!” When one of our members placed an order for a company-wide dinner, Jersey Mike's Subs went above and beyond to make sure we were all well fed and even made a donation beyond the food we purchased! We appreciate our community so much!

One of many ways that our volunteers show their dedication to our community:
06/04/2019

One of many ways that our volunteers show their dedication to our community:

Congratulations to silent auction winner Maeve from Ms. Joyce's class! And thank you to Sterling Volunteer Fire Company member Cyrus Tang for showing the kids a great time!

06/03/2019
Virginia Department of Transportation

Help keep us safe when we're helping keep you safe.

June is Move Over Awareness Month. #VDOT is reminding you of Virginia's "Move Over" law and urging you to #moveover when you see flashing blue, red or amber lights on Virginia's highways. Please give first responders and law enforcement officers room to do their jobs. Remember - it's the law!

Today the SVFC Honor Guard was at the Richmond Raceway Complex attending the Virginia Department of Fire Programs 2019 V...
06/01/2019

Today the SVFC Honor Guard was at the Richmond Raceway Complex attending the Virginia Department of Fire Programs 2019 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & Memorial Service. They joined with members of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Honor Guard and other agencies from throughout the Commonwealth to honor seven brave individuals who devoted their lives and careers to Virginia's Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Here they are photographed with Loudoun System Chief Johnson in front of the new county reserve ladder tower. Our heartfelt thanks and sorrow go out to the friends and families of those who were honored today.

This is a great story about a local firefighter (with neighboring Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department) who overcam...
06/01/2019
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

This is a great story about a local firefighter (with neighboring Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department) who overcame cancer during childhood. Now she's running 200 miles to help the fight against childhood cancer. Cancer is a horrible disease that impacts all of us, but it strikes at firefighters in particular because of the many hazards that come with the job. So we at the SVFC give a big thanks to Loren and to all the firefighters and others who are fighting back against cancer!

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

Thank you Tim Barber and ABC 7 News - WJLA for this wonderful story on our own Firefighter Loren Jewell.

Local firefighter who overcame childhood cancer is running 200 miles for kids with cancer:
https://wjla.com/news/local/firefighter-cancer-200-miles

#FCFRD #CancerSucks #FairfaxCounty

This is a great program that can help save lives. Be on the lookout for firefighters in your neighborhoods. Please check...
05/31/2019

This is a great program that can help save lives. Be on the lookout for firefighters in your neighborhoods. Please check your smoke alarms!

Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

Firefighters will going door to door across #Loudoun Saturday 10am-2pm offering FREE smoke alarm assessments! For info or to schedule a smoke alarm assessment, visit www.loudoun.gov/smoke alarms or call 703-737-8093. #SuperSafeLoudoun 🚒🚑

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

05/31/2019
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Besides helping keep us safe, now there's another reason to #MoveOver

Help us make #Loudoun County 100% aware of the Move Over, Slow Down law!

Did you know Virginia law requires drivers to #MoveOver or #SlowDown when approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or lights?

Move-Over/Slow Down law, Section § 46.2-921.1 of the Code of Virginia requires drivers to move over one lane, if possible, whenever approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or lights. And, if traffic is too congested to move over safely, the law requires drivers to simply slow down, below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop.

Starting July 1, the law will now be a Class 1 misdemeanor on your first offense. By not following the law, you face possible jail time and a $2,500 fine.

The hot weather is here. Pools are open. People are swimming. That makes it a good time for a powerful reminder. Drownin...
05/29/2019
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

The hot weather is here. Pools are open. People are swimming. That makes it a good time for a powerful reminder. Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning. Learn the real signs of drowning, not what television shows and movies have conditioned you to look for. Hint: not much thrashing...silence. Know the difference between aquatic distress and the instinctive drowning response.

The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed...

The SVFC joins in welcoming the latest addition to the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue system. Kirkpatrick Farms Fire Sta...
05/29/2019

The SVFC joins in welcoming the latest addition to the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue system. Kirkpatrick Farms Fire Station 27 opens tomorrow! Welcome!

New Kirkpatrick Farms Fire and Rescue Station Opens for Service, Thursday, May 30th

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue is pleased to announce that the Kirkpatrick Farms Fire and Rescue Station No. 27 will officially open for operations on May 30th, 2019.

The Kirkpatrick Farms Fire and Rescue Station is located at 41380 Gardenia Drive in Aldie on a 6.94 acre parcel of land. The 17,874 sq. facility will house an Engine, EMS unit and Tanker that will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Station No. 27 features large apparatus bays, bunkroom facilities, kitchen and dining areas, decontamination and laundry facilities, a fitness center, office and conference workspaces and repair shop space.

“We are extremely eager to get this facility open and provide emergency services to the citizens and visitors of this rapidly growing corridor of Loudoun County,” stated Chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, Keith Johnson.

An official Grand Opening Ceremony for the Kirkpatrick Farms Station will be held on June 26th with more details forthcoming.

A great post from our friends at SVRS. We all need to own up to the realities--and causes--of distracted driving and sta...
05/28/2019
Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad

A great post from our friends at SVRS. We all need to own up to the realities--and causes--of distracted driving and start reversing this alarming trend.

Distracted driving can have deadly consequences: Sixteen percent of drivers say they've struck or nearly struck an emergency vehicle or first responder on the side of the road. Forty first responders were killed on the side of the road last year, up 60% from 2017. And so far this year, 21 have died, including 10 police officers; 14 officers were hit and killed in all of 2018.

Please note that the cause of this fire—improperly discarded smoking materials—is a leading cause of fires in Loudoun.
05/26/2019

Please note that the cause of this fire—improperly discarded smoking materials—is a leading cause of fires in Loudoun.

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Ashburn Townhouse Fire

On the eleven year anniversary of the tragic Meadowood fire in Leesburg that was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials, a fire in an Ashburn townhouse last night demonstrates that this is a still a very real danger and residents must practice safe behaviors when disposing of smoking materials.
At 11:49 p.m., Saturday, May 25th, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting fire in a home in the 42000 block of Beckett Terrace in Ashburn. Fire and rescue crews from Brambleton, Moorefield, Dulles South, Ashburn, Lansdowne, and Leesburg responded along with several command officers and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a three story townhome with a significant amount of fire and smoke coming from the 3rd floor and roof. Firefighters confirmed that the residents had safely evacuated the home and immediately attacked the fire from the exterior before entering the home to extinguish the remaining fire. Additional resources from Sterling, Kincora, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority - Dulles also responded to the scene to assist firefighters.
Although the townhome incurred significant damage, firefighters kept the fire from extending into the neighboring attached residence. Due to the extent of the damages a family of five and their dog were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Damages to the home are estimated at $600,000.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation revealed that the fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on a 3rd floor balcony. The smoldering smoking materials ignited and fire extended up the vinyl siding on the porch into the attic and spread quickly across the roof. The house was equipped with working smoke alarms but because the fire started on the exterior third floor balcony of the home, they did not activate prior to evacuation. Thankfully, the occupants were alerted to the fire by a passerby and were able to safely make their way outside.
Improperly discarded smoking materials continue to be the cause of many fires across Loudoun County. These fires have not only resulted in millions of dollars in damages, they also needlessly endanger citizens and fire and rescue personnel. These fires are preventable!

Follow these simple safety precautions when discarding smoking materials:
✅ 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, deck, or outside your door.
✅ Remember, “Put it out, all the way, every time!”

Visit www.loudoun.gov/fire for more information.

05/25/2019
Meadowood Video

11 years ago today Sterling Fire responded, along with many other agencies in the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue system, to one of the most significant fires in Loudoun County history. Many of the men and women that responded are still answering calls in the county today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COQ-phfb48w

On May 25, 2008 a significant fire occurred in a single family home at 43238 Meadowood Court in Leesburg, Virginia. Over the course of the incident, seven Lo...

We would like to join our sister company, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, in celebrating #EMSweek and recognize the...
05/19/2019

We would like to join our sister company, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, in celebrating #EMSweek and recognize their own service. It is a privilege to work with you and the rest of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in serving the residents and visitors to Sterling and the surrounding area.

Residents of Loudoun County and the surrounding areas rely on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to respond to the call for help and to provide quality prehospital care during their greatest time of need. National EMS Week is 19-25 May 2019.

During this special week, Sterling Rescue recognizes the dedication of 35,817 EMS providers and 585 agencies in Virginia. We commend their continued commitment to the citizens of the Commonwealth and to the EMS system. We are especially thankful for their life-saving efforts, not just during this week but every day! EMS Strong!

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