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Final preparations are being made for the race THIS SATURDAY.
We are excited to host the 11th Annual Cascades 10K Fire Chase and 911 Fun Run on May 25th, 2013. The race will start at 8am, with the fun run immediately following, at the Lowe’s Island Community Center in Sterling, VA. It’s a great course set in Lowes Island and there are a lot of great prizes. As always, we will be providing food and entertainment. We will have all our fire trucks, rescue vehicles and the Office of Emergency Management Incident Command bus there for people to see in addition to sponsor tables. Dogs and strollers are welcome – we hope to see you there! To register, go to: cascades10k.com. You can also follow the excitement on Facebook on the Cascades 10K Fire Chase and 911 Fun Run page, and you can let your Facebook friends know you’re coming by signing up here. Hope to see you there!
Big news! We have a big name guest appearance this year for the race.
Susan Loken is a running coach based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. She started running when she was 35 years old, and, since, the 48-year-old has won the U.S. Masters Marathon Championships four times, has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials three times and has taken three consecutive titles at the New York City More Marathon. This elite runner has reached her goals and now wants to help others reach theirs. In the past six years, she has coached more than 800 runners to their goal of completing a half or full marathon through her organization Believe Train Become
Loken is a certified personal trainer (NPTI-Certified). She works as a coach and program director for Chances for Children – Arizona, where she leads fundraising running teams and helps develop programs for Arizona’s less-fortunate youth. She is also an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica.
She has three sons, a daughter-in-law, a step-son, a step-daughter, and one granddaughter. She has found a purpose in her passion for running – helping others.
If you don’t know Susan come out and meet her!
More news (UPDATED):
We will be hosting an after race party at Velocity 5 from 10-2pm! $10 for lunch (burgers and dogs, etc.) and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the SVFC. There will also be some auction items available at the after party, including Trump and 1757 Golf Rounds, sports memorabilia, Free Birthday Party at the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and free birthday and classes for kids at the Kids First Swim School.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 by a remarks from selected guests and the handing out of awards.
The following awards were presented:
Recruit Firefighter of the Year: Alex Krosse
Alan Dutton Memorial Firefighter of the Year: Nadine DuVal
Officer of the Year: Andy Brown
Administrative Member of the Year: Jona Payne
The elected and appointed officers were sworn in, with the oath past chief Tommy Owens.
Sterling Fire would like to recognize the volunteers from Leesburg Fire and Ashburn Fire & Rescue for covering our stations, protecting Sterling in our place so we could have a night off. Fill in crews stereotypically handle a few fire alarms, broken water pipes, or EMS calls. On this night they were called to handle a working house fire.
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On Thursday evening the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue family gathered in Sterling for their semi-annual graduation ceremony, where recent graduates of the Firefighter I-II and EMT programs are recognized, along with various individuals for outstanding efforts. The “Fall 2012″ graduation was held in Sterling so many SVFC members were out to support our own. Crew 4, staffing Engines 611 and 618, as well as Tower 611 as part of their normal duty shift, were there. Other volunteers staffed Quint 624, and many others attended on their own. The SVFC Color Guard opened the ceremony with the presentation of the colors. During the national anthem, performed by a member of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Engine 611 was dispatched for an EMS call. A few minutes later Engine 618, and Tower 611 and Captain 611, were dispatched, along with units from Ashburn and Fairfax, for a reported chimney fire. After another few minutes Quint 624 was responding to an oven fire, along with Engine 611 and units from Fairfax. 17 minutes after the first call Rescue 615, partially staffed by SVFC, was en route to a medical emergency. As the ceremony continued the following members of SVFC were recognized:
Firefighter I-II students:
- Taylor Dunbar
- Daniel Fielden
- Damien Iasimone
- Asad Khan
- Alexander Krosse
- Flavius Lucaci
- Max Muchmore
- Valerie Perez
Emergency Medical Technician
- William Ermini
- Jonathan Wallace
Also, Chief Bill Graham was awarded the Outstanding Fire Instructor Award, recognizing his service and dedication to instructing students and improving the fire rescue system.
Congratulations to all the graduates, and thanks to all the members of SVFC who taught classes, participated in drills, asked questions, and helped those recognized above on their journey.
Photos by: David Payne
The color guard presents the colors
Chief Graham, President Short, and the Firefighter I-II students
The Chief, The President, and the EMT students
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Chief Bill Graham with the EMS instructors of the year, Edward McDonald and Elise Wallo
The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company proudly held our annual Open House on October 6th, in conjunction with SterlingFest. We had a great time with those we serve and letting them learn a little more about who we are and what we do. We’d like to thank our sister organization, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad for their help today. We’d also like to thank Chick-Fil-A for providing lunch.
Our fund drive is still going on, and we’re still in need of your support. If you didn’t get a chance to meet us at Open House you may still have a chance as our door to door fund drive continues throughout the month of October.
See photos and videos HERE.
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Once again the SVFC was invited to participate in Slopfest. As in years past a fun and messy time was had by all. Congratulations to all the students for completing another great year. Have a safe and fun summer!
You can see all the photos from Slopfest 2012 by clicking HERE
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The SVFC would like to thank the runners, sponsors, and all those that worked with us for your part in another successful race. Please safely enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and don’t forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.
Sparky salutes fallen veterans
SVFC/SVRS race staff
View the entire photoset HERE and a time-lapse video of the setup and start HERE
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Race planning is in full gear and we’re excited about our 10 year anniversary. Keep an eye out for upcoming updates about this year’s race. Looking forward to seeing everyone May 26th this year! You can get more details from Run Washington by clicking HERE.
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