January 24, 2014

Kincora Safety Center Dedication

Filed under: Announcements,Community,Events,FS24,News,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 12:52

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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August 29, 2013

SVFC and Social Media

Filed under: Community,News — Jeff Brown @ 11:05

Did you know that SVFC has an internet presence beyond our website?

You can see find out what we’re up to in real time on our Twitter Feed/SterlingFire.

You can get notified about upcoming events on Facebook and Google+

You can see more photos from our calls/events on our Flickr page.

You can listen to the LCFR radio system live via the internet at Broadcastify, or via Scanner Radio for Android or iPhone

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January 4, 2013

Busy Thursday for Sterling Fire

Filed under: Calls,Crew 4,Events,News,Photos,Training — Jeff Brown @ 07:38

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

Chief Bill Graham with the EMS instructors of the year, Edward McDonald and Elise Wallo

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July 15, 2012

Tanker 618 arrives

Filed under: Apparatus,News,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 15:58

Many years ago Loudoun County put in place plans to station a tanker in Cascades to provide additional water for Broad Run Farms, Richland Acres, and be available to respond elsewhere as needed.  Before those plans were put in place the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company purchased Tanker 618, which carried 1250 gallons of water and operated as an engine.  However, county plans for a dedicated tanker (3000 gallons or more) were still in place.  On Friday afternoon the new Tanker 618 arrived at Fire Station 618.  This unit is owned and maintained by Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and will be operated by both LCFR and SVFC personnel.  Over the next few weeks final equipment will be installed and driver training will be completed.  Soon Tanker 618 will be placed in service and be available for calls as needed.  The old Tanker 618 has been re-designated as Engine 624 and will be the initial apparatus to staff the new Fire Station 624 (Glouchester and Pacific Boulevard, near Dulles Town Center) when it opens in the spring of 2013.

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May 18, 2012

Lauren Webster, SVRS

Filed under: News,SVRS — Jeff Brown @ 14:04

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company stands with the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad in their time of loss. Paramedic Lauren Webster passed away earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers are also with her family, friends, and the community she served.

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February 17, 2012

Gore Volunteer F&R Department Loss

Filed under: News — Jeff Brown @ 07:15

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company stands with the Gore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (Frederick Co, VA) in their time of loss. Firefighter Zachary Whitacre was killed while on duty. Our thoughts and prayers are also with his family, friends, coworkers, and the community he served.

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January 5, 2012

Citizen of the Year: Rev. Charlie Grant

Filed under: Community,News — Jeff Brown @ 07:45

The Loudoun Times has recognized our very own “Chaplain Charlie” as their Citizen of the Year. Charlie has served the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, and the citizens of Loudoun, in so many ways that it took a book to cover only part of them. We cannot thank Charlie enough for his service, and we’re glad to see that others appriciate him as well. You can read the article HERE, or get a copy of his book HERE.

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October 22, 2011

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department loss

Filed under: News — Jeff Brown @ 14:10

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company stands with our neighbors, the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, in their time of loss. Firefighter Horace C. (“Chris”) Pendergrass passed away while on duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, coworkers, and the community he served.

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September 2, 2011

SPC Douglas J. Green killed in Afghanistan

Filed under: Community,News — Jeff Brown @ 06:41

The SVFC is saddened to learn that one of our own, Doug Green, who served with us in 2008-2009 before joining the military, was killed in Afghanistan on August 28th. You can read more about his life outside of SVFC here. There will be a memorial service held at Potomac Falls High School (get directions) at 7pm on Saturday, September 3rd. The SVFC is saddened by the loss and stands with his friends and family in this difficult time.

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December 15, 2010

Rest in peace, Chief Dutton

Filed under: Announcements,Audio,News — Jeff Brown @ 07:24

On Tuesday, December 14th family, friends, and firefighters from around the area paid their final respects to Battalion Chief Alan Dutton of the District of Columbia Fire Department. He also served with the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and Aldie Volunteer Fire Department. He was a “fireman’s fireman” and he will be missed greatly, but his legacy will live on for those that knew him, or knew of him.

Listen to the special announcement from the LCFR radio system here.

You can view the entire photo set here.

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