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The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company will be holding our annual open house on Saturday, October 11th, at Fire Station 611 (104 Commerce Street in Sterling Park.) It will coincide with SterlingFest, immediately following the parade which starts at 10am and travels from Park View High School down W Laurel Avenue, south on Sterling Boulevard, then to the barn on W Holly Avenue. Open house events are scheduled from 10:30am until about 3:30pm, and will include firefighter equipment/skill demonstrations, kitchen fire demonstrations, an aerial ladder demonstration, a car cutting/extrication demonstration at designated times, and will include static displays of apparatus and equipment, the smoke house, and other events all day long.
10:00 – Parade
11:15 – Stove Fire Demonstration
11:30 – Firefighter Gear Demonstration
12:00 – 2 Minute Drill Competition
12:30 – Ladder Truck Climb
1:15 – Stove Fire Demonstration
1:30 – Stokes Basket Demonstration
2:30 – Tool Demonstration
3:00 – Car Cutting Demonstration
Schedule subject to change.
Photos from last year’s open house HERE
DelMarVa’s Southern Café & Taphouse has agreed to support the SVFC by donating 10% of their proceeds for one night. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 17th, from 4pm until close (midnight). Proceeds from all non-alcoholic purchases will go to the SVFC. It’s also PRIME RIB Dinner night that Tuesday, from 5pm until there is no more (limited quantities). Only $13.95 for a 10 ounce seared and seasoned prime rib, served with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies! Come out to 46300 Cranston Street, Sterling, VA 20165 to enjoy a meal and support the SVFC.
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The SVFC would like to thank all those that came out to run, help, support, and participated in any way with our race today. We always enjoy seeing everybody, and hope you all have a fun (and safe) holiday weekend. Thank you for making us a part of it.
Special thanks to the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad for their support.
See the photos from the event by CLICKING HERE.
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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.
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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!
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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 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.
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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.”
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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
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Left: car with doors removed Center: extinguished car fire
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/
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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.
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