Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company would like to give special thanks to the men a women that work in and support our communications center. The voice on the phone when you call 911, the voice on the radio when we respond, as well as those who maintain the tools they use to do their jobs, are all critical to us helping you in your time of need.
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!
The SVFC meets once a year to celebrate the past year and to officially swear in the elected and appointed officers for the upcoming year. Awards are handed out, speeches are made, and good food and good times are had. After an opening prayer by Chaplain Charlie Grant the members, families, and friends of the SVFC enjoyed a meal followed the handing out of awards.
The following awards were presented:
Recruit Firefighter of the Year: Marcus McPherson
Alan Dutton Memorial Firefighter of the Year: Jason Wilson
Officer of the Year: Corey Burke
Administrative Members of the Year: Alex and Wai Cadang
The elected and appointed officers were sworn in, with the oath given by past chief Joe Martin.
Sterling Fire would like to recognize the volunteers from Leesburg Fire, Ashburn Fire & Rescue, and Purcellville Fire for covering our stations and protecting Sterling in our place so we could have a night off.
From the Loudoun County press release:
The Kincora Safety Center at 21130 Pacific Boulevard in Sterling, was dedicated by Loudoun County officials during a ribbon cutting/dedication ceremony on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet emceed the event, with remarks by Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York, Vice-Chairman Shawn Williams, Supervisor Suzanne Volpe and Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, as well as Fire-Rescue Chief W. Keith Brower, Fire and Rescue Commission Chairman Nicolas Croce, and Chief Byron Andrews of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad and President David Short of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company.
“I have been anticipating the completion of the Kincora Safety Center for some time, and it has surpassed my expectations,” said Chairman Scott K. York. “I am delighted to celebrate the opening of this facility, which brings career staff and volunteer companies together to serve the residents of Loudoun County. And I am especially grateful for the service of these dedicated men and women who serve and protect our community.”
The Kincora Safety Center, which opened in November, is located on a five-acre, developer-proffered site. Staffing for the Kincora Safety Center is provided by the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management in conjunction with the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad. The new facility, which provides fire and rescue services, features several apparatus bays, bunkroom facilities, kitchen and dining areas, decontamination and laundry facilities, office and conference workspaces and repair shop space.
“The department is extremely excited to serve the citizens of this community from our new, first-class facility,” stated Chief of the Department W. Keith Brower Jr. “This new station is providing critical emergency services to one of the most rapidly growing areas of Loudoun County.”
Crew 3 started a 23 hour shift at 0700 on Sunday morning. Over the next 23 hours they would respond to 5 EMS calls, including two cardiac arrests, two auto accidents, and two reported structure fires at Dulles Airport. During that time they also had one firefighter successfully pass his test for promotion to engine driver (the last big step in a multi-month multi-step process), collected money for our ongoing “Bucket Brigade” fundraiser, and spent a few hours at a local business’ fall festival.
One of the auto accidents involved three vehicles. When Engine 611 arrived on scene they found one car on fire and a second car with occupants still trapped in the vehicle. They extinguished the fire while Engine 618, arriving next, began removing two patients from the 2nd vehicle.
Photo by: Charles Frey
The SVFC would like to thank all those that came out to visit with us last Saturday. We always enjoy meeting the public, and hope you had a good time meeting us. We’ll see you next year!
Here’s our photo album from the events of the day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingfire/sets/72157636565037685/
Members of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company spent the afternoon with Sterling Rescue and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at the Sterling Park Christian Church picnic this past Saturday. Our Life, Safety and Education team had their Fire Safety Smoke House for kids to learn how to “Stay Low & Go” and to get out of a dark smoke filled home quickly. They also learned how to “Stop, Drop & Roll” when their clothing catches on fire and how to always go to their families meeting place after they exit their home. There was also fire safety information for kids and parents to take home and discuss with their families. Visitors also had the opportunity to tour Engine 624, talk to the Firefighters, and learn more about the protective gear they wear. Kids (big and small) then had fun competing in a fire hose relay game.
The members of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company wish to recognize our “Brothers in Brown”, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, as they join law enforcement from around the nation for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on May 15th, honoring those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Volkswagen, via Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles, donated three brand new Passats to the SVFC. These were new cars that could not be sold to the public and are typically recycled or donated to schools and training facilities. The SVFC is excited and grateful for the opportunity to partner with Volkswagen. These Volkswagens will provide a rare and valuable opportunity for our first responders to gain first-hand knowledge training with modern cars, their modern construction, and safety equipment.
See other photos from the donation ceremony here:
Read about the ceremony via the Washington Post by clicking HERE.
Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling is celebrating the arrival of spring with a Sports, Health & Fitness Expo for the community on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Attendees can watch exercise and fitness demonstrations and visit with local sports and fitness providers representing paddle boarding, soccer, cross-fit, hockey, golf, outdoor adventure and much more. Admission is free.
Sterling Fire will be there so be sure to stop by and say hello and find out about the opportunities we have for you.
Claude Moore Recreation Center is located at 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, VA 20164.