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, 03/23/2014 at 7pm held at Fire Station 18 (46700 Middlefield Drive Sterling VA 20165). For more information e-mail email@example.com. 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!
The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company reminds you to “spring forward” one hour at 2:00AM on Sunday morning. We also encourage you to use this as a reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO detectors, and test that they operate properly with the new batteries. If the device is 10 years old you should consider replacing it.
This is also a good time to review your fire evacuation plans. Does everybody know at least two ways out of every room, particularly bedrooms, in your home? Do you have a designated meeting place?
It is time to go green for St. Patrick’s Day. Why not do so while supporting the SVFC? This year, the SVFC will once again be selling St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts as a company fundraiser. The fund raised will help with operational costs to include uniform items and personal protective equipment for our volunteers. We are selling T-shirts ranging in size from Small to 3XL for $20 each. We have again partnered with O’Faolains Irish Restaurant & Pub, located at 20921 Davenport Dr in Sterling, VA, where these limited edition commemorative t-shirts will go on sale over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend!
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up at the pub anytime after March 14th to purchase! Cash or Check as we currently do not have the means to accept credit cards! Below is this year’s shirt!
RunWashington is running a Best of Washington Running 2014 online poll. If you look closely at #12, Best low-key race, you’ll see our favorite race, the Cascades 10K Firechase (coming May 24th). If it’s your favorite race too please consider voting for us, and of course invite your friends to join you in May!
For the second time in as many months Crew 3 was called to rescue a cat who had climbed out of their comfort zone. Fortunately the temperatures were downright balmy compared to the last rescue where the apparatus doors were frozen shut. Tower 611 responded non-emergency to Countryside to assist the frightened feline. The one year old (the owner informed us it was her birthday) was well into the woods, so a ground ladder was the best option for rendering assistance. The firefighters carried a 28′ extension ladder through the woods and were able to deploy it to an almost perfect position. While one held the ladder in place the other ascended to the top and returned the cat to her grateful owner.
As the Sterling area is digging out from today’s snow, we would would like to remind everyone to dig out your nearest fire hydrant as well as your sidewalk and driveway. Hydrants can be easily buried by plow trucks and nobody wants to watch the fire department shovel snow to find a hydrant when there is a real fire emergency.
If you’re making last minute preparations for the impending snow storm be sure to visit the Winter Weather page of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. You’ll find checklists and videos to help you prepare emergency kits for your car and home and tips for staying safe.
Around 4:30 on Sunday afternoon Engines 611, 618, 624, Quints 618 and 624, along with Engine 439 (Fairfax – North Point), Medic 615B and Rescue 615 (Sterling Rescue), Battalion Chiefs 601, 603, EMS 601, Safety Officer 600, and FM614 (LCFR), were alerted for a house fire in Sterling Park. Engine 611 arrived on scene to find smoke showing from a two story house. They found a small fire in the laundry room and quickly extinguished it. After a few more minutes of investigation to ensure that the fire hadn’t spread and to remove smoke units began to return to service.
On Thursday, Feb 6th about 15 minutes after shift change Tower 611 was alerted for a house fire in Fairfax county. Engine 439 arrived and found a working fire. Since the area didn’t have hydrants additional tankers were requested, bringing Tanker 618. Tower 611 parked some distance from the incident to leave the closer roads open for a tanker shuttle. The crew assisted with throwing ladders and ventilating the structure. The fire was knocked down quickly so Tanker 618 returned to service after a short period of standing by. Units remaining on the scene ensured that the fire as completely extinguished before returning to service.
Photo by: Alex Krosse
Traveling by car in wintery weather conditions can be hazardous and scary.
Preparation is critical to ensure safe trips. The three P’s of Safe Winter Driving provide tips for safe driving in winter storms:
- PREPARE for the trip
- PROTECT yourself
- PREVENT crashes on the road
Explore the Checklist and Tips for Safe Winter Driving published by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Regardless of the vehicle you drive, slow down for winter driving conditions. Even an SUV with four-wheel drive might be unable to stop or maintain control.
- Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and others. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle on wet roads.
- Avoid using cruise control in winter driving conditions. You need to be in control of your speed based on road conditions. Winter conditions call for different driving tactics — slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.
Remember ice and snow, take it slow!