Announcement

New Member Orientation

Filed under: Announcements,Recruitment,SVFC — Kelly O'Grady @ 16:05
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, 06/22/2014 at 7pm held at Fire Station 18 (46700 Middlefield Drive Sterling VA 20165). For more information e-mail membership@sterlingfire.org.
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!
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July 30, 2014

Commercial Fire for Crew 3

Filed under: Calls,Crew 3,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 08:16

Around 11:40pm on Tuesday night Engines 624, 611B, 618, Tower 611 and Captain 611, along with Engine 606B and Tower 606 from Ashburn, Rescue 439 from Fairfax, Ambulance 615B from Sterling Rescue, Battalion 601, EMS 601, and Fire Marshal 611 were alerted for a structure fire in a commercial area of Sterling. Members of Sterling Fire completed staffing of Rescue 615, replacing Squad 439. The Tower and Engine 611B arrived on the scene and found smoke and heat conditions in the suite. A search found a small amount of fire in the rear of the warehouse structure. Engine 611B extinguished the fire while the Tower crew made sure that nobody was in the building. Other units checked the neighboring suites and the roof to make sure that the fire hadn’t spread and that everybody was out safely. Towers 611 and 606 worked to remove smoke from the affected suites. The scene was turned over to the Fire Marshal for investigation while units cleaned up and were returned to service when ready.

During the call Engine 623 was transferred to Station 624, and Canteen 611 provided refreshments to crews working at the scene.

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July 21, 2014

Busy Weekend for Crew 4

Filed under: Calls,Crew 4,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 12:46

Not even 30 minutes after beginning a 37 hour shift on Friday evening Crew 4 was alerted for an EMS call just around the corner from the station. A few minutes later Engine 611B was on the way to a van fire. The evening progressed with the typical EMS calls and auto accidents. Just after 1 AM on Saturday morning Engine 624 was alerted for an outside fire, which was then upgraded to a structure fire, bringing Engines 618, 611B, Tower 611, and Captain 611 from Sterling. Medic 635 from Sterling Rescue, Engines 606, 622B, and Tower 606 responded from Ashburn, Rescue 439 responded from Fairfax, and Battalion and EMS 601 responded. Units found a house fully involved. Once it was determined to be abandoned and unoccupied an exterior attack was used to extinguish the fire, freeing up many of the units to return to service. Less than 12 hours later Engine 624 and Tower 611 joined Ambulance, Medic, and Rescue 615, Battalion 601, EMS601, and Safety 600 for an auto accident with entrapment. The rest of the shift brought more EMS calls, auto accidents, and fire alarms.

Photos by: David Short

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View from the front seat of Tower 611 of the smoke column in the distance

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E611B Crew mopping up

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July 18, 2014

Early Morning Crash for Crew 3

Filed under: Calls,Crew 3,Photos,SVRS — Jeff Brown @ 13:19

Just before 4am Wagon 611B (from Station 618) was alerted, along with Trauma 625C (Sterling Rescue) for an auto accident on Route 7 at Sterling Boulevard. The report was for an SUV vs a dump truck. Despite the likelihood of a serious accident given the description, time, and location, units arrived to find heavy damage to the vehicles but relatively minor injuries. Modern vehicle construction often keeps passengers much safer than they would have been in a similar situation in an older vehicle. This doesn’t, however, replace taking steps to ensure your own safety. Never drive impaired or tired, always wear your seat belts, always pay attention, and always have a plan B.

Photo by: Ron Claar

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July 8, 2014

Flyout for Crew 5

Filed under: Calls,Crew 5,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 08:01

Text By: Corey Burke

Engine 624 and Trauma 635 (Sterling Rescue) were alerted for a chemical burn involving a toddler. Quint 618 responded due to the nature and type of facility. Trauma 635 treated the girl and asked for a helicopter bringing AirCare3, Battalion 601, and EMS601. Engine 624 established the landing zone right in the parking lot. Quint 618 handled the investigation and supervised the clean up of the product. They also gathered information about the product for the staff at the hospital and gave it to the flight crew. The girl was flown to DC Children’s hospital.

Photo by: Charles Frey

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July 5, 2014

Townhouse Fire for Crew 2

Filed under: Calls,Crew 2,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 06:59

Just before 6am on Saturday Engines 611, 611B, 618, Quint 618, Quint 624 (LCFR), Tower 436 and Rescue 439 (Fairfax), Medic 615 (Sterling Rescue), Chief 611, Battalion 601, EMS601, and Safety Officer 600 were alerted for a townhouse fire. The caller reported that a townhouse behind theirs was on fire. E611 arrived at the correct address and reported visible fire from the roof. A RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) Level 1 was requested, which brought Truck 606 (Ashburn), Engine 404 (Fairfax), Medic 635, and Battalion 603. The bulk of the fire appeared to be outside so Engine 611 began an exterior attack while the next arriving units prepared to go inside and extinguish any fire that had made it through the back wall. The fire was extinguished in a matter of minutes, and everybody was confirmed to be safely out of the home. A thorough search of the original townhouse and those attached to it determined that the fire was completely out. Canteen 611 responded to provide refreshment to the crews as they worked.

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July 4, 2014

SVFC Celebrates Independence Day

Filed under: Community,Crew 2,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 18:10

Some members of Crew 2 spent the morning in a local community, first leading the Independence Day parade, then providing some cool relief during the festivities following the parade.

Photos by: Betsy Keogan

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July 3, 2014

Firework Safety from the SVFC and NFPA

Filed under: Announcements,Community,PSA — Jeff Brown @ 16:10

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company wants to help you have a safe and fun Independence Day.

From the National Fire Protection Association’s Consumer Firework Safety Information page:

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.

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June 30, 2014

Website slow, Sterling Fire busy

Filed under: Training — Jeff Brown @ 11:43

It’s been a slow period for updating the Sterling Fire website, but the company continues to answer calls, train, participate in public events, and many other things. For near real time updates on the calls run by Sterling Fire visit our Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/SterlingFire. Here’s a photo from some training that went on this weekend. Tower 611 is being used to move a patient (a rescue dummy in this photo) in a Stokes basket. This would be done to move a patient from an area not easily accessible by ground.

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June 13, 2014

Busy Evening for Crew 3

Filed under: Calls,Crew 3,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 06:58

As Crew 3 began a 12 hour shift on Wednesday evening the Sterling area was preparing for heavy rains. The first call for Crew 3 came at 6:33pm, a fire alarm for Engine 624 and Tower 611. As units cleared that call they were alerted, along with Engines 611, 618, units from Fairfax, Ashburn, and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, for a reported structure fire in an apartment. Engine 611 arrived on scene to find smoke in the area. The source was identified as burned food, which had filled the apartment with smoke. A few units remained on scene to clear the smoke out while the rest were released to service. A small break in the weather allowed time for dinner. Units in the western end of the county were already busy, with Leesburg and Ashburn starting to run calls as the storm moved to the east. Engine 618 was dispatched at 7:25pm for an investigation. Not long after clearing that call they were dispatched, along with Engine and Tower 611 for another investigation, a possible lightning strike on a townhouse. During that call Engine 624 was sent to Ashburn for a fire alarm because all the Ashburn units were busy. As they returned from that they were dispatched to another fire alarm in Sterling. Just as Engine 611 returned to quarters they were dispatched for a CO detector sounding. At the same time Tower 611, also returning from the first lighting strike investigation, was dispatched for another lighting strike investigation with Engines 618 and 439 (Fairfax – Reston). By the time that call was wrapped up the storms had moved on and the call volume allowed for station cleaning and sleep. Engine 618 was sent out for a car fire at 3:34am, and Engine 624 was dispatched a few minutes later for a fire alarm.

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