March 28, 2014
Within the last month there have been 2 major fires in Loudoun County caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire in Sterling on Monday was one of these incidents. The Fire Marshal’s Office and the LCFR Public Safety Division are working on an campaign to further educate the community about this risk.
Safety Tips from the FMO/PSD:
- If you smoke, do so outside.
- Use a deep, sturdy ashtray and be sure it is placed on a surface where it will not tip over.
- Place cigarettes in proper containers such as metal or ceramic pots filled with sand. Never use plastic containers or anything that holds potting soil or mulch.
- Be sure to clean out cigarette butt containers often.
- Place containers away from the house. Never place containers on front porches, decks, or just outside the door.
- Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Hot ashes can smolder for days.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and replace units as specified by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Conduct regular home fire drills and to make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out and stay out in the event of a fire.
Visit www.loudoun.gov/fire for more information on this and other safety topics.
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March 23, 2014
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We are excited to host the 12th Annual Cascades 10K Fire Chase and .911 Fun Run on May 24th, 2014. 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!
February 28, 2014
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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January 24, 2014
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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January 2, 2014
Have you started your training for the 10K Race yet?! Now’s the time! Planning has begun for the 12th annual Cascades 10K Fire Chase and 911 fun run, with proceeds benefiting the SVFC. The event will be held on Saturday, May 24th. Watch for details here or on our social media pages.
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December 9, 2013
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) has launched FireSafe Family VA, a new application for mobile devices designed to assist Virginians with their home fire safety efforts. The mobile application is available as a free download for iPhone, iPad, and Android device users. The free download can be obtained by visiting VDFP’s website at www.vafire.com or by going directly to the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).
“We’re extremely excited about the opportunity to bring home fire safety right to the fingertips of our citizens,” says Mark Buff, VDFP’s Marketing & Communications Manager. “Our goal is to keep home fire safety prominent in their minds by providing this tool that allows the user to perform a home fire safety assessment, create a home escape plan, share that plan with family and friends, and receive periodic push notifications that will remind them to do tasks such as testing their smoke detectors monthly.”
FireSafe Family VA is geared towards saving lives and property, while at the same time educating the user on the dangers of fire. Individuals who download the free app will learn how to protect their family and their home from fires and find out just how prepared they are. It’s easy and fun, with features like:
• a fully customizable safety plan
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• custom home mapping for planning emergency exits
• a safety meter that shows your current level of readiness
• information on preventing different kinds of fires
• games to help you brush up on safety
• ability to share with the whole family
• capability to receive fire safety reminders via push notifications
November 21, 2013
Did you know that you can shop at Amazon and also support the SVFC? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the SVFC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to the SVFC.
It’s also easy to do. Follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/smile-svfc. You can also click the button below or the one to the right. You should see Supporting: Sterling Park Volunteer Fire Co Inc at the top of the page. That’s it! If you have an amazon account it should remember your choice, so in the future you can just shop at smile.amazon.com. If you don’t start at smile.amazon.com your purchases won’t count, so go to smile.amazon.com every time you visit Amazon.
If you run the Chrome browser you can add the Smile Always app that will automatically redirect you to Amazon Smile whenever you go to Amazon.
Please help us by sharing this information with your friends, family, and coworkers.
You can learn more about the AmazonSmile program here: http://smile.amazon.com/about
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November 15, 2013
For the ninth year in a row, the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System will participate in the National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ Toys for Tots Campaign.
Since 2005, they have collected over 60,000 toys for children in Loudoun County alone!!!
This year’s Campaign will run from November 29th thru December 16th 2013. As in previous years, all of the Loudoun County’s Fire and Rescue stations will be drop off points for donations.
Please feel free to drop off your new, unwrapped toys at the following SVFC locations;
Station 18 – 46700 Middlefield Drive in Cascades
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Station 11 – 104 Commerce Street in Sterling Park
Station 24 (Kincora Public Safety Center) – 21130 Pacific Blvd in Sterling
October 22, 2013
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
October 15, 2013
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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