Many years ago Loudoun County put in place plans to station a tanker in Cascades to provide additional water for Broad Run Farms, Richland Acres, and be available to respond elsewhere as needed. Before those plans were put in place the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company purchased Tanker 618, which carried 1250 gallons of water and operated as an engine. However, county plans for a dedicated tanker (3000 gallons or more) were still in place. On Friday afternoon the new Tanker 618 arrived at Fire Station 618. This unit is owned and maintained by Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and will be operated by both LCFR and SVFC personnel. Over the next few weeks final equipment will be installed and driver training will be completed. Soon Tanker 618 will be placed in service and be available for calls as needed. The old Tanker 618 has been re-designated as Engine 624 and will be the initial apparatus to staff the new Fire Station 624 (Glouchester and Pacific Boulevard, near Dulles Town Center) when it opens in the spring of 2013.
July 15, 2012
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