At approximately 1800 on Wednesday February 28th, Tower 611 made her first appearance at Station 18. Members of the SVFD, SVRS and LCFR were on hand to celebrate the safe arrival of their newest piece of apparatus. Over the course of the next few weeks the department looks forward to completing the finishing touches, begin training and place her “in-service.”
Great job to the apparatus committee for the outstanding work that went into the delivery of Sterling’s newest addition! (K. Smith)
Tower 611 in quarters.
Ready for action.
Photos: FF Bryan Knight
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Just after 1:00am a Box alarm (Box 11-6) went out for a reported House fire on S. Ironwood Road. Engine 11 quickly arrived on the scene with smoke showing from the front door. After completing the on-scene report and establishing “Ironwood Command”, Engine 11 confirmed with the home owner all occupants were out of the house and proceeded to update the arriving units. Engine 11′s crew entered the home to find heavy smoke and heat conditions as they made their way down the hall towards the master bedroom, which was found to be the location of the fire. Moments later, Truck 11 arrived on the scene and immediately performed a primary search, laddered side “C”, secured utilities and completed outside vent operations. Once the fire was knocked down, hydraulic ventilation, in addition to venting done by Truck 11, improved visibility and allowed for thorough overhaul operations. Windows taken out were limited to the fire room. Arriving on the scene, Chief 11
assumed command on side “A” of the structure. AC18 also supported Command operations. While there was significant heat and smoke damage to the hallway, two bathrooms and a bedroom, there was no extension to the attic or the soffits, which was due to the aggressive fire attack by Engine 11. Units from Ashburn and Fairfax also were on the scene. Engine 23 pulled the back up line and Rescue 439 was assigned to complete the secondary search. Engine 18, which was clearing an investigation, added on to the call and assisted Engine 11 and Truck 11 with overhaul and salvage. This included collecting valuables for the home owner and securing windows with plastic. Once the FM completed his investigation the home was secured and the SVFC units cleared within 2 hours.
Engine and Truck 611 took positions in front of the house.
Engine 611 established a water supply from the nearest fire hydrant.
Truck 611 placed ground ladders on the back and side of the house.
The melted smoke detector shows how hot it was in the hallway outside the fire room.
The Fire Marshal inspected the fire room.
The Lieutenant from Engine 611 described the actions he took with his crew.
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The crew from Engine 618 paused for a photo.
On Saturday Feb 10th at 5:21pm units were dispatched for a townhouse fire in Sugarland with reports of people trapped. Both E611 and E618 were on the road for other calls which delayed their response. Deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and with the assistance of neighbors helped all the occupants out of the house. Units arrived to find fire showing from the second story of a middle unit townhouse. Command called for a 2nd alarm. Arriving units made an aggressive interior attack and searched for other occupants but were then pulled out when the roof began to collapse. Units were also sent to adjacent units to keep the fire from spreading. Many thanks to all those from Ashburn, Leesburg, Arcola, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Fairfax County, and Dulles Airport who responded and assisted in keeping the fire contained to the unit of origin.
Photos by FF Kevin Makowski:
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Tower 611 is alive and well. The inspection has gone well and no major issues have been discovered. We will see the truck very soon.
Enjoy the pictures and you can see it live and in color in a few weeks. (Mark Featherstone)
Photos: Mark Featherstone
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At approximately 17:52, the alarm sounded for a fire alarm at a retirement home in Sterling. The crews of T611 and E611 arrived on scene to find a water flow/fire alarm on the third floor. Further investigation by the crews found that there was indeed water flowing from one of the 3rd floor apartments. Tower 611 secured the utilities to the west wing and helped assist with the evacuation of the residents. E618 reported to Division 1 and proceeded with salvage operations in the 4 units that had heavy water damage. No injuries were reported and 75 residents were displaced from their homes. In total, two crews from LCFR, three crews from the SVFC, Battalion 1 & 3, DC Short and the Office of Emergency Management assisted with this incident. While this incident was taking place, the Sterling first due response area was covered by three SVFC crews filling.
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On Saturday Feb 3 the volunteers of sterling stepped up to cover Ashburn fire station 6 during their annual banquet. A total of 3 crews headed west to fill for the evening. While filling it was discovered that the crew filling station 23 (also in Ashburn) was unable to cover all night. The 3rd crew was moved over to station 23 at 2300 hours. At that point the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department was covering the entire first battalion. In all the volunteers covered 4 engines and two truck companies. Several single piece call were handled throughout the evening with no significant incidents to report. Thanks to all of those who stepped up to show the strength of this great department! (D. Ketcham)
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