November 30, 2011

Toys for Tots

Filed under: Announcements,Community — Jeff Brown @ 14:14

For the 5th year Loudoun County Fire Rescue will be participating in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. Both stations 611 and 618, and all stations within the county fire rescue system, will be drop off points. The campaign runs from November 29th until December 20th.Toys for Tots accepts only new and unwrapped toys. Toys should be for the ages of 1-15. For further questions please follow the link above to the Loudoun County Toys for Tots Foundation page, or click on the logo for the national Toys for Tots page.

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November 27, 2011

Car Fire for Crew 4

Filed under: Calls,Crew 4,Photos — Jeff Brown @ 07:46

Just after lunch on Saturday Engine 618 was dispatched for an auto accident with a car fire just around the corner from the station. Often when cars fires are reported they’re not really on fire but overheated or smoking. Engine 618 arrived to find a car with the engine compartment on fire as a result of a collision. The crew quickly knocked down the fire and stabilized the other vehicle while the EMS crew from Sterling Rescue attended to the patients.

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November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from SVFC and LCFR

Filed under: Announcements,PSA — Jeff Brown @ 07:17

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and Loudoun County Fire Rescue wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Day is full of excitement, good food and fun times with family and friends. But the reality is that you are more likely to have a cooking fire on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds everyone to take a few minutes for safety so that your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons.

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter. Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Do not pour water on a grease fire. Pouring water on a grease fire can cause it to spread. Instead, turn off the burner and put a lid on the fire.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and close the oven door.
  • Never put a glass casserole or lid on the stove or over a burner. This could cause an explosion if it gets hot, sending dangerous shards of glass in all directions.
  • Avoid using a turkey fryer. The National Fire Protection Association currently discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. Use of these fryers can lead to devastating injuries, burns and the loss of property.
  • Never wear loose-fitting clothing when cooking. This type of clothing can ignite and catch fire. Wear short, or close fitting sleeves.
  • Turn pot handles away so that young children cannot reach a cooking pot and accidentally get burned.
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. Most home fire begin in the kitchen because food is left unattended.
  • If you have a cooking fire, just get out then call 9-1-1! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

More information about fire safety is online at www.loudoun.gov/fire.

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November 20, 2011

Apartment Fire for Crew 5

Filed under: Calls,Crew 5 — Jeff Brown @ 11:12

About 40 minutes after shift change Wagon 611, Engine 601 (on loan from Leesburg VFC, and Tower 611 were alerted along with Engine 611, Reserve Engine 606, Tower 606 (all from Ashburn VFRD), Rescue Squad 439 from Fairfax (Reston), Ambulance 625-3 (Sterling Rescue), and Battalion Chiefs 601 and 603 from LCFR for an apartment fire on Reserve Falls Terrace. Initial callers reported a deck on fire. Wagon 611 (from station 618) arrived on scene to report fire on two floors and spreading. They began an exterior attack to slow the spread. Battalion 601 arrived, established command and called for a second alarm. This brought units from throughout the area. While Wagon 611 was working on the exterior Engines 622, 601, and Tower 611 began preparations for an interior attack and searching for occupants. As the roof of the building became unstable units were pulled outside, returning after exterior efforts extinguished the bulk of the fire. Units continued to search for and extinguish fire that had spread throughout the building.

You can see video and photos from Sterling Fire by clicking HERE

Bystander video:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3:

Local news coverage HERE, HERE, and HERE

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November 13, 2011

Annual Fund Drive winding down

Filed under: Announcements,Community,Fund raising — Jeff Brown @ 08:12

Throughout October and into early November the men and women of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company have been focused on our annual fund drive. We thank everybody who has supported us this year. If you still want to support us you can do so at any time via the Donate button on our website, sending a check to the station, or stopping by to visit us. Most of our donations came via the mail or via PayPal, but we also spent time knocking on doors and meeting those we serve face to face. Many local businesses held events to support us, including Arthritis and Sports Orthopedic on Ridgetop Circle. Every month they hold a “Donate-and-Wear-Denim-Day” where the employees donate to a local charity and wear jeans to work. They chose to support the SVFC this October, and President David Short visited with them to accept their donation.

On behalf of the residents, visitors, and businesses of Sterling, we thank those who have supported us during the 2011 fund drive!

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November 1, 2011

House Fire for Crew 3

Filed under: Calls,Crew 3 — Jeff Brown @ 06:33

As crews were finishing the evening equipment check and making plans for dinner Engines 618, 611, and Tower 611 were alerted along with Engines 439, 412, Rescue 439 from Fairfax, Ambulance 625-3 from Sterling Rescue, and Battalion Chiefs 602 and 603 from Loudoun County, for a house fire in Lowes Island. Battalion 401 also responded from Fairfax. Engine 439 came across a traffic accident while en route and was replaced with Engine 606 from Ashburn. Engine 618 arrived to find a small fire in the kitchen of the home which was quickly extinguished. Critical to the good outcome of this fire was that the homeowner had a fire extinguisher in his ketchen and was able to keep the fire small until the arrival of the fire department. Crews went into overhaul and ventilation mode, ensuring that the fire was completely out and had not spread, and removing smoke from the home. A search was done to ensure that everybody was safely out. Most units were placed in service while Sterling units remained on the scene to finish up.

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