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.
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, 09/21/2014 at 7pm held at Fire Station 18 (46700 Middlefield Drive Sterling VA 20165). For more information e-mail email@example.com.
The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company will be holding our annual open house on Saturday, October 11th, at Fire Station 611 (104 Commerce Street in Sterling Park.) It will coincide with SterlingFest, immediately following the parade which starts at 10am and travels from Park View High School down W Laurel Avenue, south on Sterling Boulevard, then to the barn on W Holly Avenue. Open house events are scheduled from 10:30am until about 3:30pm, and will include firefighter equipment/skill demonstrations, kitchen fire demonstrations, an aerial ladder demonstration, a car cutting/extrication demonstration at designated times, and will include static displays of apparatus and equipment, the smoke house, and other events all day long.
10:00 – Parade
11:15 – Stove Fire Demonstration
11:30 – Firefighter Gear Demonstration
12:00 – 2 Minute Drill Competition
12:30 – Ladder Truck Climb
1:15 – Stove Fire Demonstration
1:30 – Stokes Basket Demonstration
2:30 – Tool Demonstration
3:00 – Car Cutting Demonstration
Schedule subject to change.
Photos from last year’s open house HERE
Just before shift change on Monday morning Engine 611, along with Medic 615C and Rescue 615 (Sterling Rescue), Rescue 439 (Fairfax), Battalion 601, EMS 601, and Safety 600 (LCFR), were dispatched to a reported pedestrian struck and pinned under a dump truck. E611 was first to arrive, confirmed the situation, and established command until it was assumed by Battalion 601. Crews from Loudoun and Fairfax worked for approximately 45 minutes to extricate the victim from under the dump truck. The accident is currently under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. All units cleared the scene by 07:00 am and the road was reopened.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to Fairfax County for a station fill. The units, with volunteer and career staffing, were continually moved through the county, and were eventually sent to Arlington County to fill there. Their ultimate destination was the Pentagon. SVFC and Loudoun County Fire Rescue teamed up later that day to send a task force to the Pentagon. In the days following SVFC members also served at the World Trade Center in New York City. Then, as now, SVFC proudly served our community, and on that day was privileged to serve our nation.
The SVFC remembers the 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD, 37 PAPD, and 2819 civilians lost 13 years ago.
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We hope to see you (and your friends and neighbors) at some of our upcoming events!
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Just after 7pm on Wednesday evening Engine 618 was dispatched for a broken water pipe in Lowes Island. While they were en route to that call Engines 624 and 611, Tower 611, Safety Officer 618, Engine and Rescue 439 from Fairfax (Northpoint), Engine 622B, Tower 606, and Ambulance 606 from Ashburn, Assistant Chief 601 from Leesburg, Battalion 601 (staffed by Sterling for the evening), Trauma 625 from Sterling Rescue, EMS601, and Fire Marshal 612 (a former member of Sterling) were alerted for a structure fire in a local retirement community. The first arriving units reported smoke in the structure and began to assist with evacuating the residents and searching for the fire. The following units established water supplies, prepared for fire attack, and also assisted in the evacuation process. The source of the smoke was identified as a malfunctioning appliance. Units began to pack up, clear smoke, and assist residents in returning to their homes.
On August 16, 1966 Engine Company 11 was chartered in Sterling Park. The original Ford/LaFrance engine was housed at the barn, formerly part of the Edwards Dairy Farm, on W Holly Ave. Initially an all volunteer company with one station and soon running multiple engines, Sterling expanded to a second station, becoming the first multi station company in Loudoun. As demand for service grew Sterling led the way to what is now the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management (LCFR) by hiring the first paid firefighter in the county. Today, over 150 volunteers spend hundreds of hours each week maintaining and staffing three stations (another first for Loudoun), alongside our LCFR partners. Together we honor those who have gone before us by continuing to offer the highest quality fire protection to the citizens, businesses, and visitors to Sterling.
The members of the SVFC are anxiously awaiting the arrival of two new pumpers, new Engine 611 for Sterling Park and new Engine 624 for Kincora. Here are some recent photos. Look for them on the streets of Sterling this fall.