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The volunteers of Crew 3 began a 23 hour shift at 0700 Sunday morning. After checking out the units and preparing for the day, while trying to get breakfast, the first of many calls came it. Engine 618 was called out for back to back medical calls. The morning continued with an outside fire for Engine 618, followed by an auto accident with entrapment in the early afternoon. While that was going on Engine 611 responded to two fire alarms, with another fire alarm not long after that. Engine 618 was out again late that afternoon for another auto accident. While returning to quarters E618 stopped to help a motorist who ran out of gas. They were then dispatched for a fire alarm at an apartment complex. Dispatch then received further calls from the complex reporting visible smoke and fire with a sprinkler activation. This brought Engine and TowerLadder 611, Reserve Engine 622, Wagon and TowerLadder 606 from Ashburn, Ambulance 625 from Sterling Rescue, Captain 611, Battalion Chief 601 and Safety Officer 600. Units arrived to find a fire in the kitchen of a second story apartment. The sprinkler system had taken care of the fire so most units were released, while a few remained on scene to take care of smoke and water from the sprinklers. A short time later Engine and TowerLadder 611 were dispatched to Ashburn for a reported structure fire. After enjoying dinner during a break in calls Engine 618 was dispatched for another EMS call. As they cleared that they were dispatched along with Engine and TowerLadder 611 for another reported structure fire in an apartment complex. Less than an hour later Engine 618 was out for another EMS call. After a few hours sleep Engine, TowerLadder, and Captain 611 were alerted, along with Rescue Squad and Ambulance 615 for another auto accident with entrapment. While units from 611 were on scene Engine 618 was alerted for another fire alarm. Crews finally returned to quarters around 0300 Monday morning to try and get a few hours of sleep before heading out to work later that morning.
Engine 618 and TowerLadder 611 on the scene of a kitchen fire
Photo by: David Payne
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Units operating at an auto accident with entrapment
Photo by: Ken Krohn
The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company extends our congratulations to Chief Keith Brower. It was announced today that Interim Chief Brower has been selected to serve as the Loudoun County Chief of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management. We look forward to continuing to work with Chief Brower and Loudoun County Fire Rescue to provide safe, efficient, and effective fire protection to the citizens and visitors of Sterling and Loudoun County.
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Although October is our official Fund Drive month, the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company gladly takes donations of any amount at any time. We cannot operate without the continued support of the community. For those that gave during our fund drive we thank you on behalf of the residents, visitors, and businesses of Sterling for helping to keep them safe. For those that still want to donate you can use the “Make A Donation” button in the upper right of our homepage to donate via credit card, direct withdrawal, or PayPal, you can mail a check to SVFC, 46700 Middlefield Drive, Sterling, VA 20165, or stop by either of our stations.
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