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 12th). 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 two 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 only 8% of those we serve made a financial contribution.
- SVFC will be the first volunteer company in Loudoun to operate 3 stations
- With the new Kincora station our response area will increase by 20%
- Our apparatus drive 85,000 miles each year and use 30,000 gallons of diesel
- Last year the SVFC supported over 110 community and public safety events
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-2013.
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 12/15/2013 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!
Photos with Santa is back again this year!
$25 donation will provide your family with a 15 minute sitting with Santa and one 5″ x 7″ print. Additional prints will be $4 ,and the digital image set will be available.
We have added a third weekend to our Photos With Santa event this year, making it easier for your family to find the perfect time to visit Santa!
Santa will be available for family portraits from 9am to 6pm on November 30, December 1, December 7, December 8, December 14 and December 15.
Make your own appointment here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAEAF2DA1F58-photos and choose the time you would like to come have your family portraits taken with Santa.
Santa’s address is: 46700 Middlefield Drive, fire station 18 in Cascades Enter through the door to the right of the back bay doors. Please be careful while walking across the driveway and ramp.
CLICK HERE for more details.
The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company held elections at their General Membership Meeting on Monday, December 2nd. The results are as follows:
Fire Chief: Bill Graham
President: David Short
Vice President: David Payne
Secretary: Andy Gode
Treasurer: Nadine DuVal
Board of Directors: Cristy Barakat, Alexander Cadang, Michael Salazar, George Short
The SVFC and National Fire Protection Association would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button
If you’re planning on using an outdoor turkey fryer please visit the NFPA Turkey Fryer page.
Early on Tuesday morning units from the Fairfax County Fire Rescue Department were dispatched for a townhouse fire in Reston. Engine 611 was soon called to fill North Point Station 439 while Engine, Squad, and Medic 439 were busy. When command requested a 2nd alarm Tower 611 was dispatched to the scene, along with Battalion 601 (staffed by SVFC). By the time the tower crew arrived on scene the situation was fairly stable. Battalion 601 was returned to service, and the Tower crew was assigned to check the neighboring townhouse. Finding that task already completed by Fairfax units the Tower crew returned to the command post and was released.
Did you know that you can shop at Amazon and also support the SVFC? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the SVFC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to the SVFC.
It’s also easy to do. Follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/smile-svfc. You can also click the button below or the one to the right. You should see Supporting: Sterling Park Volunteer Fire Co Inc at the top of the page. That’s it! If you have an amazon account it should remember your choice, so in the future you can just shop at smile.amazon.com. If you don’t start at smile.amazon.com your purchases won’t count, so go to smile.amazon.com every time you visit Amazon.
If you run the Chrome browser you can add the Smile Always app that will automatically redirect you to Amazon Smile whenever you go to Amazon.
Please help us by sharing this information with your friends, family, and coworkers.
You can learn more about the AmazonSmile program here: http://smile.amazon.com/about
Just after 10pm on Monday night Engines 618, 624, 611, Engine and Rescue 439 (Fairfax), Tower 611, Truck 606 (Ashburn), Ambulance 635 (SVRS), Captain 611, Battalion Chief 601, and EMS 600 were alerted for a townhouse fire in Sugarland. Quint 618 responded as a 3rd truck and Battalion 401 responded with the Fairfax units. Tower 611 arrived on scene reporting heavy smoke in the area. They then began a search to find the fire and make sure that all occupants were out safely. Engines 618 and 611 worked to extinguish the fire in the attic. Quint 618 found fire in the attic of the neighboring townhouse. Command sent Engine 624 to extinguish that fire. Truck 606 searched the opposite side townhouse. Command requested a Level 1 RIT, bringing Engine 622B (Ashburn), Truck 425 (Fairfax), and an additional medic from Sterling Rescue. Canteen 611 responded to assist with rehab and provide refreshments for the crews. Once the fire was extinguished crews continued to work to ensure that it hadn’t spread, and worked to remove smoke from the structure.
You can see our photos from the incident by clicking HERE.
The SVFC recently purchased new electric spreaders and cutters, used primarily for vehicle extrication. The hydraulic tools they replaced were so old that parts were no longer available to repair them. While these new tools perform the same function the maintenance and operation are different. The dealer representative (and his family) spent Saturday evening with members of the SVFC while we disassembled the last of three Volkswagen Passats donated by Volkswagen of America via Lindsay Volkswagen in Sterling. Donations from our supporters, primarily via our ongoing annual fund drive, allow the SVFC to have the tools to serve our community.
For the ninth year in a row, the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System will participate in the National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ Toys for Tots Campaign.
Since 2005, they have collected over 60,000 toys for children in Loudoun County alone!!!
This year’s Campaign will run from November 29th thru December 16th 2013. As in previous years, all of the Loudoun County’s Fire and Rescue stations will be drop off points for donations.
Please feel free to drop off your new, unwrapped toys at the following SVFC locations;