Crew 7 started a 24 hour shift at 0700 on Saturday morning. In addition to regular apparatus maintenance and housekeeping duties the men and women staffing Tanker 618 and Engine and Truck 611 ran two drills (auto extrication and rural water supply) and 15 calls for service (12 for Tanker 618). They ran EMS calls ranging from illnesses to what turned out to be a homicide, fire alarms, an investigation for “smoke in the area”, and an outside fire.
On Thursday, July 16th, the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center held a graduation ceremony to recognize those who completed Firefighter I, Firefigter II, or EMT during the spring 2009 session. As usual the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company was well represented. All of these classes take many hours (around 20 hours a week, for 3-6 months) of classroom lectures, training evolutions, and study and practice time away from class. Congratulations and thanks to all the students, instructors, and their friends and families for their support. SVFC members recognized were:
Firefighter 1-2 Certification School
Laureano Avila Mora
Special congratulation to Matt Webb, who serves the Leesburg community at Loudoun Rescue and serves Sterling at Sterling Fire. He was recognized as Top Student in the EMT-P program.
Photos by: Jon Hickman
Upon the approach of any emergency vehicle as defined in § 46.2-920 giving audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle, or air horn designed to give automatically intermittent signals, and displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency light or lights as provided in §§ 46.2-1022 through 46.2-1024, the driver of every other vehicle shall, as quickly as traffic and other highway conditions permit, drive to the nearest edge of the roadway, clear of any intersection of highways, and stop and remain there, unless otherwise directed by a law-enforcement officer, until the emergency vehicle has passed. This provision shall not relieve the driver of any such vehicle to which the right-of-way is to be yielded of the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway, nor shall it protect the driver of any such vehicle from the consequences of an arbitrary exercise of such right-of-way.
Violation of this section shall constitute failure to yield the right-of-way; however, any violation of this section that involves overtaking or passing a moving emergency vehicle giving an audible signal and displaying activated warning lights as provided for in this section shall constitute reckless driving, punishable as provided in § 46.2-868.
For your safety and ours when you are aware of us approaching please pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so. If you continue to move, even if it’s until we “get a little closer”, we have no choice but to slow down and keep our attention focused on you. This slows our response and brings unnecessary risk to everybody.