February 27, 2006

Mutual aid to Fairfax County for a 3 alarm townhouse fire

Filed under: Calls,Crew 5,Photos — Administrator @ 16:51

Just after 0500 on Sunday, Feb 26, units from Fairfax County were alerted for a fire in a townhouse in Reston. E425 and T425 arrived to find a natural gas fed fire involving 3 townhomes and immediately requested a second alarm assignment bringing E611 and E618 cover FS404 and FS439. As E611 arrived at FS404 a third alarm was requested by the command officer bringing E611, E618, E402, and T338 to the 2200 block of Cedar Cove Court in Reston.

The crew from E611 (Capt Roman, D/O Veitas, FF Brown, RFF King) arrived and were immediately put to work searching adjacent townhouses for extension as well as manning attack lines in the involved townhouses. E618′s crew (Lt Radcliffe, D/O Todd, FF Opila, RFF Avila) were assigned to side A of the fire building and operated an attack line from the exterior (due to a floor collapse) to keep the gas fed fire in check. Sterling crews operated on the scene for over two hours before being released by command. Many thanks to those that helped staff Q611, TL611, and Q618 while units were operating in Fairfax county.

Photo from Reston Fire Station 25

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February 24, 2006

Chief Short recipient of Governor’s Virginia Fire Services Award

Filed under: Announcements,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 11:57

Please join the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company in congratulating Chief David Short, recipient of the 2005

Governor’s Virginia Fire Services Award for Excellence in
Virginia Fire Service Training

On behalf of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Fire Services Board, the Governor’s Virginia Fire Service Award honors those who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to Virginia’s fire service community. This is a tremendous accomplishment. Chief Short was nominated and selected for this award after an extensive committee review which found him to be the individual who most exemplifies an outstanding dedication to fire service training by providing lesson plans, support, and delivery of training programs within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The award was presented by John Marshal, Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Virginia Fire Chief’s Convention on February 24th, 2006.

Photo by: Shirley Short

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February 19, 2006

Sterling member named to All-USA College Academic Second Team

Filed under: Announcements — Administrator @ 12:16

We would like to congratulate FF Greg Sagstetter, a junior at Virginia Tech and member for over six years, for being named to the All-USA College Academic Second Team. Keep up the good work!

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February 12, 2006

Townhouse Fire

Filed under: Calls,Crew 3,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 18:26

On Saturday February 11, at 2222 hrs. E-11, E18, E-439, E-23, Tower 11, Q-11, A15, Captain 18 (Roman) and Battalion 1 (Short) responded to a report of a fire in a town home in the Newberry section of Sterling Park. Engine, Tower and Quint 11 arrived on the scene simultaneously with fire visible in the second floor window. Units quickly went to work locating a small fire in the bedroom. Battalion 1 (Short) had command while the initial units completed all primary assignments. The fire was extinguished within minutes and units were able clear the scene quickly.

Lieutenant Dan Ketcham (E-11) & Master Technician Jeff Banman (Q-11) made initial entry and located the fire.

Ladders and ventilation were completed within minutes.

Technician Davis (Q-11) and Technician Veitas (TL-11) picking up their 28 foot ladders after deploying them to side C.

Battalion 1 (Short), Lieutenant Ketcham (E-11) and Technician Davis (Q-11) have a quick review of tactics.

Photos by: Master Tech Banman and Technician Davis, text by Master Tech Banman

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February 5, 2006

Training for Crew 2

Filed under: Crew 2,Photos,Training — Administrator @ 20:36

Continuing cross-departmental use of a local commercial structure, Crew 2 conducted training exercises which included basic engine company operations.

DC Bischoff and crew get ready to make entry.

FF Serbousek mans the pump panel for the evolution.

D/O Mann checks the progress of the hose team.

Firefighters conduct operational training within the smoke-charged structure.

Photos by: FF Brett Cunningham

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