The primary fund drive for the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is our annual fund drive mailing, timed to coincide with Fire Prevention Week and our annual Open House (Saturday, Oct 12th). Sterling residents should already be receiving their letters. The SVFC is thankful for the support of the community we serve and would not be able to function without it. Your support pays for fuel, equipment, and the day to day operation of two fire stations, along with public safety education programs, maintenance, and training. There is a suggested donation amount of $50, but no donation is too small (or too big!) and every dollar helps us better serve you. You can mail your donations in the envelope provided with the mailer, drop it off at the fire station in Sterling Park or Cascades, or use the Paypal “Donate” button to the right (you do not need a Paypal account to donate) for credit card or direct transfers.
Did you know…
- Last year only 8% of those we serve made a financial contribution.
- SVFC will be the first volunteer company in Loudoun to operate 3 stations
- With the new Kincora station our response area will increase by 20%
- Our apparatus drive 85,000 miles each year and use 30,000 gallons of diesel
- Last year the SVFC supported over 110 community and public safety events
Thanks to those who have already donated, and to those who will donate soon!
We’ll also be holding our “Bucket Brigade” throughout October. Be on the lookout for SVFC members collecting donations in our red buckets.
You can view and share an online version of our letter at http://tinyurl.com/svfc-fd-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
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;
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
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/
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 see more photos from our calls/events on our Flickr page.
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.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone that safety is paramount when it comes to fireworks. To protect yourself and others, only buy fireworks from permitted stands in Loudoun County because those fireworks have been tested and approved. These are distinguished from other fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, missiles, bottle rockets and shells, which are not allowed in Loudoun County without a permit.
“Throughout the National Capital Region, local fire marshals work closely as a group with the fireworks industry to ensure only permissible fireworks are sold to the general public where allowed, pursuant to local fire codes,” according to Linda Hale, Chief Fire Marshal of Loudoun County. “Be aware that use of non-permissible fireworks is a violation of the Loudoun County Fire Prevention Code, a Class 1 misdemeanor, which could result in jail time of up to one year and a fine of up to $2,500.00.”
Chief Hale encourages the public to attend one of the many public fireworks displays that will be held throughout the county. She notes that all display sites are inspected for safety before a show is allowed to proceed.
More information, including a list of retail stands, permissible fireworks, and public fireworks displays, is available by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 or online at www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal
Our sister organization, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, will host their annual open house this Saturday, May 18th. The event will be held in the Dulles Town Center mall from 12-3pm. Visit their site for further details by clicking HERE.
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.