May 6, 2013
Post by: Jody Odom
Just after 6:30pm on Thursday, May 2nd, Engine 618, Tower 611, and Safety Officer 618 were alerted, along with units from Ashburn and Leesburg, for a commercial structure fire in Ashburn. Ashburn units arrived on the scene, established command, and reported an A/C unit fire that appeared to be out. Tower 611 remained on the scene to support this incident.
At nearly the same time, 6:35pm, Wagon 611 and Captain 611 were alerted for an inside gas leak in Sterling. At 7:07pm, Safety Officer 618 responded to a report of a structure fire in Leesburg. At 7:11pm, Engine 618 was dispatched to an auto accident at Ashburn Village and Harry Byrd Highway. There were no injuries; however, Engine 618 remained on the scene for an hour to block traffic and provide lights for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly after returning to service Engine 618 and SVRS Ambulance 6251 responded to a public service call.
At 10:51pm Safety Officer 618 responded to a report of an oven fire in Ashburn.
At 1:53am Engine 618, Captain 611, Safety Officer 618, and Tower 611, along with Rescue Squad 615, Ambulance, 6253, and Medic 6151 from SVRS, responded to the report of a vehicle in a stream/ditch with the possible entrapment. Engine 618 arrived to find a sedan had collided head on into the opposite bank of a large ditch with one unconscious person in the driver’s seat. Engine 618, Tower 611, and Rescue Squad 615 stabilized the vehicle and gained access to assess the patient. The patient was rapidly extracted then handed over to SVRS for further evaluation and transport to the hospital. Units returned to service and turned the scene over to LCSO. Shortly after this call wrapped up, at 3:09am, Wagon 611 was dispatched to a medical call.
Crew 7′s 12 hour shift ended at 6am when the LCFR career staff began their 12 hour day shift.
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December 13, 2012
Just after 7pm on Wednesday, December 12th Engine 624, Captain 611, and Safety Officer 618 were alerted, along with units from Ashburn and Leesburg, for a townhouse fire in Ashburn. Engine 624 arrived on the scene, established command, and reported fire and smoke on the first floor. They also reported that all residents were out of the house. Captain 611 arrived and assumed command. Engine 624 began interior fire attack backed up by Engine 622. Tower 606 searched to make sure that all residents were out of the house, and to make sure that the fire hadn’t spread further.
As that call was wrapping up Engine 611 and Safety Officer 618, along with Rescue and Medic 615 (SVRS) and Chief 606 (Ashburn) were dispatched for a rollover accident on Route 7. Tower 611 responded to provide manpower and Captain 618 responded as a command officer. Units arrived on scene to find an SUV on its roof. Units arriving found that all occupants were out of the vehicle and no extrication would be required. Medic 615 tended to the driver while Engine and Tower 611 secured the scene. Units returned to service and turned the scene over to LCSO.
Photo by: David Payne
More photos available HERE.
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June 18, 2012
Just before 7:30pm on Father’s Day Engine, Tower, and Captain 611, Engine 618, Engine 404 (Herndon), Engine and Rescue 439 (Reston/North Point), Ambulance 615-1 (SVRS), and Battalion Chief 603 (LCFR) were alerted for a house fire in Sterling Park. It was reported that there was a fire in the garage. Engine 404 arrived on scene, followed by Sterling units coming from Cascades. Engine 404 reported that there was a small fire in the garage that appeared to be out. Units ensured that the fire was out, turned the scene over to the Fire Marshal for investigation, and returned to service.
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June 6, 2012
As Crew 7 was finishing dinner on Tuesday, June 5th, they received a call at the station from a damsel in distress. Her neighbor’s cat was apparently stuck in a tree. Tower 611 responded non-emergency to see if they could assist. After assessing the scene the officer instructed the firefighters to deploy a ground ladder and assist the cat to safety. (Meanwhile the driver took pictures to document the occasion.) The cat was safely returned to ground level and reunited with the happy owners. The crew of Tower 611 returned to service, ready to answer the next call for help.
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April 20, 2012
On Tuesday, April 17th around 7:30pm Engines, Tower, and Captain 611, Engine and Safety Officer 618, and units from Ashburn were dispatched for a house fire in Countryside. About 10 minutes later, after clearing that call, Engine, Tower and Captain 611, Safety Officer 618, along with Engines 404 (Herndon), 698 (from station 623, Moorefield), and 303 (Dulles Airport), Towers 436 (Frying Pan) and 606 (Ashburn), Ambulance 615-2 (Sterling Rescue), and Battalion Chief 603 (LCFR) were dispatched for a structure fire near the border between Sterling and Herndon. Engine 611 arrived on scene to find a fire in an auto body shop. Engine 611 began to extinguish the fire while Captain 611 established command. After a quick search of the structure Tower 611 headed to the roof to make sure the fire hadn’t spread there. Arriving units, including Quint 611 (staffed with come from home volunteers) assisted with water supply, salvage, and making sure that the fire was completely extinguished. While units were still on the scene units from Ashburn, Leesburg, and Fairfax were dispatched for another structure fire in Sterling.
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February 11, 2012
At 9:17pm on Friday Engine 611 was alerted for a house fire in Fairfax County. Captain 611 responded as a command officer. Engine 611 arrived 3rd behind Engines 439 and 404. Engine 439 arrived to find a slight haze of smoke in the house and no fire evident. Units staged until the investigation was complete. Just before 3:30am on Saturday Engine, Tower, and Captain 611 were alerted for a structure fire in Ashburn. They responded along with Engine and Medic 623, and Ambulance 699 from Moorefield, Reserve Engines 606, 622, Tower 606, Safety Officer 606 from Ashburn, Tower 436 from Fairfax, and Battalion 603 (LCFR). There was smoke reported in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel. Engine 623 arrived on scene and reported smoke on the first floor. Engine and Tower 611 arrived and took positions in the rear of the structure. Units investigating the source of the smoke finally found the cause in the air conditioning system. Smoke was removed from the structure and units returned to service.
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October 11, 2011
Around 2:15am on Tuesday morning Tanker 618, along with Ambulance 625-2 from Sterling Rescue, was alerted for an auto accident. Dispatch reported a single vehicle had struck a tree. While units were responding dispatch advised that the driver may be trapped and they were upgrading the call to an entrapment call. This brought ALS 625, Rescue Squad 615, and Captain 611. When Tanker 618 arrived in the area they were initially unable to locate the vehicle. Captain 611 located the vehicle almost 2 miles away from the reported location. Once units arrived on the scene Ambulance 625-2 began patient care while the crews from Tanker 618 and Rescue 615 worked to free the trapped occupants. A second medic was requested, bringing Medic 622 from Ashburn. Both occupants were freed and transported to the hospital for further care.
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July 24, 2011
While attempting to stay cool with the heat index over 110F units were alerted for a structure fire. Around 2:30pm Wagon 611, Tanker and Quint 618 were called to Ashburn, along with Wagon and TowerLadder 606, Engine 622, Rescue 613, Ambulance 698, Medic 606-4, Battalion Chiefs 601 and 603, EMS 601, and Safety Officer 600. Captain 611 responded as a command officer. Engine 623 was already responding to a fire alarm and diverted to the structure fire call. They arrived on scene of a pool club house with smoke showing from the roof. Units worked in the heat to find and extinguish the fire. Canteen 611 was called to assist with rehab.
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February 14, 2011
Just before 10am on Sunday Engines 611, Engine and Quint 618, Engine 622 (Landsdowne) and Tower 606 (Ashburn), Engine and Rescue Squad 439 (Reston), Medic and Ambulance 615, Rescue Squad 615 (Sterling Rescue), along with various command staff units from LCFR were alerted for a vehicle into a structure in Sugarland. Wagon 611 also responded allowing Engine 622 to return to service. Captain 618 responded as the Sterling command officer. Engine 618 arrived on the scene to find significant damage to a townhouse. After an initial investigation no additional hazards were discovered and many units were returned to service. EMS units treated the driver of the vehicle while Sterling units assisted the crew from Rescue Squad 439 stabilize the structure to prevent further collapse.
Photo by: David Payne
Around 7:45 that evening Engines 611, Quint 618, Engine 623 (Moorefield), Engine 404 (Herndon), Engine and TowerLadder 436 (Frying Pan), Trauma 615, and command staff units from LCFR were alerted for a townhouse fire in Oak Grove. Engine 618 and Wagon 611 also responded along with Truck 606 (Ashburn) and Captain 611. Engine 611 arrived on scene first and began investigating. A small fire was discovered in the oven, where it was contained. Units were returned to service while Engine 611 and Quint 618 remained to help the residents with smoke removal and clean up.
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January 27, 2011
Crew 7 spent a snowy evening keeping the residents of Sterling safe. The evening brought calls for medical emergencies, auto accidents, wires down, and trees down.
The crews from Engine 611 and Quint 618 were joined by the crew from Rescue Squad 625 of Sterling Rescue in removing a large pine tree blocking a road in Sterling Park.
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Photo by: Al Pacifico