Just before 2am on Monday morning a tanker truck overturned on the Dulles Greenway between Leesburg and Ashburn spilling it’s contents. Having just returned from extinguishing a trash can fire, Engine 618 was alerted to respond with Hazmat Support 618 to the Greenway incident. Hazmat Support 618 is a trailer maintained by Sterling Fire that carries tools, equipment, and supplies needed in a hazardous materials incident. As volunteers responded from home to staff Engine 618 the crew from the engine joined many folks from all over Loudoun county (from Purcellville to Sterling and everywhere in between), units from Dulles Airport (including a foam unit, or “crash truck”), and units from Prince William county. The crew from Sterling assisted in determining the extent of the spill by checking downstream in some area creeks, and then assisted in some containment efforts. They were then relieved by arriving crews and released by command (so they could report to their paying jobs).
Photos available from the IAFF 3756 site here.
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On Saturday evening the members, family, and friends of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company gathered for our annual installation banquet. It’s a time to look back on the previous year and specially recognize some members for outstanding service. It’s also a time to look ahead as we swear in the newly appointed officers and elected official and those reappointed or reelected. It is also a great time to enjoy the company of friends and family.
The following members were recognized for their dedication to the department in 2008:
Steve Soloduk: Recruit Firefighter of the Year
Jonathan Hickman: Firefighter of the Year
Bob Watts: Officer of the Year
Danielle Bischoff: Associate Member of the Year
Becca Welsch: President’s Award
Special birthday recognition was also given to Bill Graham and Geoff Chalfant.
Andrea McGimsey, representing the Potomac District as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, was recognized with an award for her dedication to the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and the safety of the public, particularly for her assistance in getting pedestrian lighting installed at the intersection of Algonkian Parkway and Countryside Boulevard.
The SVFC would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the members of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company for staffing Engine 618, Tower 611 (Company 1) and Engine 611 and Command 611 (Company 2). They answered numerous calls for broken water pipes and fire alarms (often caused by broken water pipes), one outside fire and one reported apartment fire. Thank you for protecting the citizens of Sterling on behalf of the SVFC.
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January 5: The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company worked in partnership with Moto Photo to conduct a fund raising activity over the Christmas Holiday. The ‘Photos with Santa’ project gave local parents the opportunity to bring their children into the fire house and get a photo taken with Santa and a fire engine. A portion of the proceeds went back to the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and were presented to the Company at the January business meeting.
Sterling Fire President David Short receives a donation check from Eric and Jeanne Evans of Moto Photo.
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Sunday, January 4, 2009: Crew 2 was called to assist with an auto accident near the intersection of Potomac View Road and Sugarland Run Drive. A new driver operating on her learner’s permit was out for a short driving lesson with her father and made a slight navigational error. The result was their car traveling through a wooden fence and into a house – upsetting the home heating fuel tank in the process.
While no fuel was spilled as a result of the accident, the base and legs of the tank were damaged. The crew from Quint 18 assessed the damage and called in additional support from HazMat 19 to assist with shoring up the tank and to be there in case something went wrong and the fuel spilled out.
The crews from Quint 18 and HazMat 19 worked together to shore up the tank and secure it from tipping over. The vehicle was then pushed out of the way and the scene secured. Luckily, nobody was hurt as a result of this accident.
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While in the middle of cooking breakfast at FS11, units from Sterling Park and Ashburn were dispatched to the intersection of Shaw Rd and Old Ox Rd for an accident with one person trapped inside unable to get out. E11 and TL11 arrived to find two vehicles in the intersection and damage to the passenger side of one of the vehicles rendering the door inoperable. The crews from E11 and TL11 worked together to secure the vehicles, start patient care, and begin the extrication process with the tools available on the engine. Rescue Engine 324 added themselves to the call with the permission of command due to their proximity to the accident and assisted the crews with removal of the door on the driver’s side upon their arrival. The patient was removed from the vehicle in less than 10 minutes. During the extrication process, a separate accident on the other side of the street was caused noticed and aid was rendered. M23 and M25 transported a total of 3 patients and the E11 and TL11 returned to quarters to enjoy their breakfast.
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