Volunteer Information Session

The next Volunteer Information Session (usually the first Thursday of the month) will be held on Thursday, August 2nd, at 7pm, at Fire Station 18:
46700 Middlefield Drive Sterling VA 20165 (Click for directions).

For more information click the button below or e-mail membership@sterlingfire.org

Interested in becoming part of our family?

Interested in becoming part of our family?

Come to a Volunteer Information Session!

Follow the link below, or click in the section above, to find out how to fill out an Information Request Form

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is always looking for new members to help staff our fire trucks and/or perform administrative functions around the station. No experience necessary and all training is FREE.

The SVFC needs your financial support

The SVFC needs your financial support

The SVFC relies on the the community for financial support. Our biggest fund raiser is our annual mailing in the fall, but we always welcome your financial support at any time. We also hold other fund raising events throughout the year. Find out about those in the Community Events section at the bottom of the page.

Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety Tips

With summer upon us, families are beating the heat by spending the day swimming and playing in the water.

Unfortunately, these activities can be deadly if safety precautions are not taken. The National Safety Council statistics point to drowning as a leading cause of death for young children. In 2013, there were 89 drowning-related deaths and an additional 37 people hospitalized for drowning-related injuries in Virginia alone!

The SVFC and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue encourage residents to follow the water safety tips below and teach your kids about water safety before your next trip to the pool.

Recent news from SVFC:

July 22nd, 4:31 pm

Friday Training

On Friday evening Crew 3 took advantage of the nice weather to do some training. This drill offered an opportunity for everybody to learn or review skills (and demonstrate them for the neighborhood) but particularly offered training for three members. A probationary firefighter was able to learn how to operate the bucket of Tower 611 (after climbing the 104' to the top), a senior firefighter training to be an engine driver practiced the water supply portion of this setup, while an engine driver training to be a tower driver learned about his new role. Thanks to the citizen who brought out their drone and provided us with some unique photos.
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July 19th, 6:55 am

House Fire for Crew 2

Another recent #TBT from our backlog:

Just before 11pm on Wednesday, June 13th, Engines 618, 611, and 624, Tower 611, Rescue 615 and Medic 625 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tower 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Engine and Rescue 439 and Battalion 401 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and Battalion 601, EMS 601, and Safety 600 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a house fire in Sugarland. Engine 618 arrived and found a fire in the garage. They were able to extinguish it quickly allowing many responding units to be placed in service. Sterling units remained on scene ensuring the fire hadn't spread undetected, cleaning up, and assisting the Fire Marshal during their investigation.
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House Fire for Crew 2

Another recent #TBT from our backlog:

Just before 11pm on Wednesday, June 13th, Engines 618, 611, and 624, Tower 611, Rescue 615 and Medic 625 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tower 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Engine and Rescue 439 and Battalion 401 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and Battalion 601, EMS 601, and Safety 600 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a house fire in Sugarland.  Engine 618 arrived and found a fire in the garage.  They were able to extinguish it quickly allowing many responding units to be placed in service.  Sterling units remained on scene ensuring the fire hadnt spread undetected, cleaning up, and assisting the Fire Marshal during their investigation.Image attachment
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July 15th, 8:10 am

Here are a few photos from yesterday's Sterling Volunteer Fire Company / Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad 2018 Picnic. You can view the entire photo gallery here: sterlingfire.smugmug.com/2018-SVFC-SVRS-Picnic/

Photo Credits: Peter Gantz, & David Payne, SVFC
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It’s nice to see both companies together and enjoying the friendship that comes after working along side each other on the highway of emergency services all year. To your continued good health and happiness!

Great time!

So wonderful

Great pictures! Looks like everyone had fun. Too bad I missed it 😩

July 15th, 7:39 am

July 15th is National Fire Pet Safety Day. Our neighbors at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department released this video with tips to help keep you and your pets safe.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9gLHlqlYn8July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day. Please take a moment to watch the below video as our therapy canine Wally reviews fire safety tips for your pet. htt...
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July 14th, 10:34 pm

That's a wrap! The 2018 Sterling Volunteer Fire Company / Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad picnic was a huge success! A big thank you to Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park, Mission BBQ - Sterling, Virginia, O'Faolain's Irish Restaurant and Pub and Chantels Bakery. Thank you also to Suzanne Volpe and Supervisor Koran Saines for stopping by and always showing their support. ... See MoreSee Less

Thats a wrap!  The 2018 Sterling Volunteer Fire Company / Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad picnic was a huge success!  A big thank you to Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park, Mission BBQ - Sterling, Virginia, OFaolains Irish Restaurant and Pub and Chantels Bakery.  Thank you also to Suzanne Volpe and Supervisor Koran Saines for stopping by and always showing their support.

 

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Thank you for the kind invitation. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the event!

More pictures from the picnic coming tomorrow!

Love seeing this.

The t-shirts look awesome. So glad to see two such wonderful groups come together.

July 14th, 9:10 am

Today is a special day for the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad. Combined we are a force of over 300 dedicated volunteers. We come from all walks of life, races and religions. We are teachers, IT engineers, construction workers, park rangers, attorneys, automotive technicians, stay at home parents and students.

Our volunteers are all brought together by a common bond; The passion to serve our community.

At today's picnic we will enjoy camaraderie, great food (provided by Mission BBQ - Sterling, Virginia, O'Faolain's Irish Restaurant and Pub, Kona Ice of North Fairfax County and Chantels Bakery), friendly competition and celebrate all the sacrifices that our volunteers and their families make to help keep Sterling safe.

Today we are STERLING STRONG!
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Today is a special day for the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad.  Combined we are a force of over 300 dedicated volunteers.  We come from all walks of life, races and religions.  We are teachers, IT engineers, construction workers, park rangers, attorneys, automotive technicians, stay at home parents and students.

Our volunteers are all brought together by a common bond;  The passion to serve our community.

At todays picnic we will enjoy camaraderie, great food (provided by Mission BBQ - Sterling, Virginia, OFaolains Irish Restaurant and Pub, Kona Ice of North Fairfax County and Chantels Bakery), friendly competition and celebrate all the sacrifices that our volunteers and their families make to help keep Sterling safe.

Today we are STERLING STRONG!

 

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This makes me very happy! 🚑 + 🚒 = ❤️

Jacob Wayne Sweeney TYFYS

Sounds like its going to be a good time. Y’all be safe have fun.

Hope you have a wonderful time. Thank you for all you do it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for serving our community!!

Where is this happening?

Great job!

This is how it’s done! Combined Fire & Rescue! Have a great time!

Thank you for all you do.

300 wow. Must have 50 or 60 on duty 24/7

Ty for ur service to ur community

I love this post. Thank you all for your service to our county.

Thank you for all you do! We apprEciate you!

I’m so glad that the two Departments are able to come together and enjoy a day of family and friends. This didn’t happen back in the 90’s

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July 13th, 7:19 am

Auto Accident with Entrapment for Crew 3

Another post from our backlog:

On Sunday morning (7/8) while on the way to breakfast Engine 611 was alerted, along with Medic 615B from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue Squad 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and Battalion Chief 601 and EMS Supervisor 601 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, for an auto accident with entrapment on Sterling Blvd. Engine 618 (also on the way to breakfast) was in the area and added on to the call. Operations 600 responded to act as the Safety Officer. Units arrived to find to vehicles had collided in such a way that the occupants couldn't get out, but that they were not otherwise pinned in the vehicle. An initial medical assessment showed no immediate issues so it was decided to simply use the winch on Rescue 439 to drag the vehicles apart allowing easy egress for those still inside.
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Auto Accident with Entrapment for Crew 3

Another post from our backlog:

On Sunday morning (7/8) while on the way to breakfast Engine 611 was alerted, along with Medic 615B from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue Squad 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and Battalion Chief 601 and EMS Supervisor 601 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, for an auto accident with entrapment on Sterling Blvd.  Engine 618 (also on the way to breakfast) was in the area and added on to the call.  Operations 600 responded to act as the Safety Officer.  Units arrived to find to vehicles had collided in such a way that the occupants couldnt get out, but that they were not otherwise pinned in the vehicle.  An initial medical assessment showed no immediate issues so it was decided to simply use the winch on Rescue 439 to drag the vehicles apart allowing easy egress for those still inside.

July 12th, 6:00 am

Boat Fire

(A not very old #TBT): Just before 10pm on Sunday, July 1st, Engines 618 and 624, Tower 611, Medic 625 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue and Boat 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Rescue 620, Battalion 601, EMS 601, Safety Officer 601, Operations Chief 611, and Boat 610 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and Captain 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, were alerted for a boat fire. Callers reported a boat on fire floating down the Potomac River. Montgomery County, MD was contacted and sent additional units to their side of the river. E624 arrived first and were advised by the occupants that the boat was moving downriver and that there was nobody on board. Responding units diverted to the boat ramp at Algonkian Park. Helicopter Eagle 1 from the US Park Police was called to help locate the boat and find the best access. E618 walked the shoreline and was able to better locate the boat and help guide other units. Tower 611 set up at the boat ramp to provide lighting (and a good landmark) for boats launching from there. Once the location was determined the fire was extinguished by boats from Montgomery and Fairfax counties. SVFC engines returned to service while Tower 611 remained until all Loudoun and Fairfax boats were safely out of the water.
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Boat Fire

(A not very old #TBT):  Just before 10pm on Sunday, July 1st, Engines 618 and 624, Tower 611, Medic 625 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue and Boat 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Rescue 620, Battalion 601, EMS 601, Safety Officer 601, Operations Chief 611, and Boat 610 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and Captain 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD,  were alerted for a boat fire.  Callers reported a boat on fire floating down the Potomac River.  Montgomery County, MD was contacted and sent additional units to their side of the river.  E624 arrived first and were advised by the occupants that the boat was moving downriver and that there was nobody on board.  Responding units diverted to the boat ramp at Algonkian Park.  Helicopter Eagle 1 from the US Park Police was called to help locate the boat and find the best access.  E618 walked the shoreline and was able to better locate the boat and help guide other units.  Tower 611 set up at the boat ramp to provide lighting (and a good landmark) for boats launching from there.  Once the location was determined the fire was extinguished by boats from Montgomery and Fairfax counties.  SVFC engines returned to service while Tower 611 remained until all Loudoun and Fairfax boats were safely out of the water.Image attachment
Sterling Volunteer Fire Company shared Loudoun County Fire and Rescue's post.
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July 10th, 5:08 pm

Sterling Townhouse Fire Results in $100,000 in Damages

Sterling, VA. – An accidental fire early this morning displaces several residents and does significant damage to a Sterling home.
At 2:07a.m.Tuesday, July 10th, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire on the deck of a townhouse in the 1000 block of Warwick Court. Fire and rescue units from Sterling Park, Cascades, Kincora, Moorefield, and Fairfax County, along with various command and safety officers responded to the call. Firefighters arrived on scene and reported active fire on the rear of a townhouse. Immediately a Level I Rapid Intervention Team was requested, bringing additional Fire and Rescue units from Ashburn and Fairfax County.
Firefighters entered the home and found a fire on the second floor deck that was extending to the interior of the home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire then conducted salvage and overhaul operations to ensure that fire had not spread to any other areas of the home. Firefighters remained on the scene to ventilate smoke from the adjoining townhomes and assisted with checking on the welfare of the residents.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office conducted an investigation and determined the cause to be accidental, due to the improper storage of a used patio torch. Three residents were displaced from the home and damages are estimated at $100,000. There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel or civilians.
If you use patio torches or similar appliances at your residence, please follow the safety tips below:
• Equally space your patio torches throughout your backyard or patio.
• Do not place torches under trees, overhangs or near any flammable materials.
• Position torches at least 6 feet away from the house or other structures.
• Place torches 6 to 8 inches into the ground or use a torch stake or stand for extra stability.
• To extinguish or snuff the fire out, place a cap or similar object on the wick until flame is entirely suffocated.
• Once flame extinguished, remove cap allowing wick to completely cool before storing or discarding the torch.
• Oil can remain in the torches when not in use.
• Store torches in a secure, up-right position so torches do not tip.
• Keep torches out of the reach of children and pets.
• Torches and torch fuel are safety stored outside, but fuel should be protected from freezing.

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July 10th, 1:54 pm

Busy morning for Crew 4

Just after 2am on Tuesday, 7/10 Engine 611 was alerted for a car fire. As they were arriving to handle that situation Tower 611, Engines 618 and 624, Engine 404, Rescue 439 and Tower 436 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Engine 623, Battalions 601 and 603, EMS and Safety 601 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and Ambulance 635 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad were alerted for a townhouse fire in Sterling. Tower 611 was the first unit on scene and found fire visable from the reported address. They worked to make entry into the townhouse to ensure that all occupants were out safely. E618 arrived next, followed closely by E624, and began extinguishing the fire from outside while Tower 611 gained access, then they transitioned inside. A Rapid Intervention Team Level 1 was requested (standard for a working fire in Loudoun County) which added Engine 436, (the new) Tiller 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, and Operations 600. Units had the fire under control in about 15 minutes and began smoke removal and ensuring that the fire was completely extinguished and hadn’t spread, while the Fire Marshal’s office began their investigation.
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Many thanks to all that helped!

Thank you for being there.

Thank you

Heard the sirens in the night and prayed for all ya’all. Did all the occupants get out safely.

Good thing it wasn't invisible fire, that could be tricky.

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