Volunteer Information Session

The September Volunteer Information Session will be held on Sunday, October 16th, at 1pm, 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

We need you!

We need you!

The SVFC relies on the the community for financial support. Our biggest fund raiser is our annual mailing in the fall. 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.

SVFC Open House

SVFC Open House

Come and visit the SVFC on Saturday, October 8th during our open house. Meet your local firefighters, learn about our organization, and watch skill and equipment demonstrations. Start the day with the Sterlingfest parade at 10am and make us part of your day.

Recent news from SVFC:

September 28th, 7:18 am

Turn Around Don't Drown®

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
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Turn Around Dont Drown®

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

September 27th, 7:54 pm

Several members of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad are attending a Gang Awareness and Scene Safety training program hosted by Loudoun County Sheriffs Office. ... See MoreSee Less

Several members of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad are attending a Gang Awareness and Scene Safety training program hosted by Loudoun County Sheriffs Office.

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David W. WilkinsonIt is good but sad to be needed.

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Will ErminiIt's true gangs do need to be more aware

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September 26th, 9:38 am

The gas company has released extra odorant into the gas lines in Loudoun County, resulting in an increase of reported gas leaks. Any odors you smell "in the area" may be related to this. However, if you believe that you have a leak, or are unsure, PLEASE call 911 immediately. It's better to investigate and find nothing than ignore a real emergency. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sterling Volunteer Fire CompanySo far this has been isolated to the Arcola/South Riding/Broadlands area with no reports in Sterling. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue has established a dedicated command post at Fire Station 9 to handle the increased call volume.

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September 26th, 7:00 am

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company shared Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad's event.

Lend a hand to our sister organization. This is a good food for a good cause.

Pancakes to the Rescue
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Oct 1, 8:30am

Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad

Bring the whole family to our next Pancakes to the Rescue event at Patton Hall in Cascades. We will offer a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juices. Best of all, you don...

Pancakes to the Rescue

September 19th, 10:20 am

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September 19th, 10:19 am

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company added 8 new photos.

You're invited!

Come join the SVFC for our annual open house on October 8th. It will be held in conjunction with SterlingFest (and Fire Prevention Week) and start as soon as we return from the 10am parade on Sterling Boulevard. Come meet the volunteers, learn about our equipment and skills, and find out how you can help us help you!

Visit (and share) the event page to find out more and to let everybody know you're coming!

SVFC Annual Open House
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Youre invited!

Come join the SVFC for our annual open house on October 8th. It will be held in conjunction with SterlingFest (and Fire Prevention Week) and start as soon as we return from the 10am parade on Sterling Boulevard. Come meet the volunteers, learn about our equipment and skills, and find out how you can help us help you!

Visit (and share) the event page to find out more and to let everybody know youre coming!

https://www.facebook.com/events/300341823673481/

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SterlingFestSo much fun in one day! Stay for lunch and dinner!

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September 14th, 7:39 am

Auto Accident for Crew 6

Just before midnight on Tuesday Engines 618, 624, EMS units from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Ballalion Chief 601, EMS 601, and Safety Officer 600 were alerted for an auto accident with entrapment. Chief 611 added to the call. Callers reported one vehicle on its side with the occupant still inside. Units were able to quickly free the patient, who was then evaluated by EMS.
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Auto Accident for Crew 6

Just before midnight on Tuesday Engines 618, 624, EMS units from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Ballalion Chief 601, EMS 601, and Safety Officer 600 were alerted for an auto accident with entrapment.  Chief 611 added to the call.  Callers reported one vehicle on its side with the occupant still inside.  Units were able to quickly free the patient, who was then evaluated by EMS.

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Liz Scimonelli CampbellThanks for the excellent team work. Praying everyone fully recovers.

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September 12th, 9:26 am

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company added 2 new photos.

Townhouse Fire for Crew 4

While many in the SVFC were thinking of the events of 15 years ago, Engines 611, 624, 618, Tower 611, Quint 618, Engine 404 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department​, Medic 615 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad​, Rescue 620, Battallions 601 and 603, EMS 601, and Safety Officer 600 were alerted for a townhouse fire in Sterling. Engine and Tower 611 arrived within a few minutes to find a 3 story townhouse with smoke showing. Engine 611 established command, prepared for fire attack. Tower 611 arrived and began searching for the fire and any occupants still in the building. Upon the discovery of smoke in the attic, a Level 1 RIT was dispatched bringing Engine and Tower 436 and Medic 635. Engine 404 arrived and established a water supply for E611, and Quint 618 arrived and assisted TL611 with securing utilities and placing ladders. Battalion 600, who had added on to the call, arrived and assumed command.

Units believed the fire was located between floors and worked to gain access. Once the source was discovered and the fire confirmed extinguished units began to be returned to service.

During the incident Engine 620 from Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company was transferred to Station 18.

Later in the shift Crew 4 promoted one member to Firefighter and released a Technician as a Tower driver, then participated in the annual flag retirement ceremony at Station 18.
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Townhouse Fire for Crew 4

While many in the SVFC were thinking of the events of 15 years ago, Engines 611, 624, 618, Tower 611, Quint 618, Engine 404 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department​, Medic 615 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad​, Rescue 620, Battallions 601 and 603, EMS 601, and Safety Officer 600 were alerted for a townhouse fire in Sterling.  Engine and Tower 611 arrived within a few minutes to find a 3 story townhouse with smoke showing.  Engine 611 established command, prepared for fire attack.  Tower 611 arrived and began searching for the fire and any occupants still in the building.  Upon the discovery of smoke in the attic, a Level 1 RIT was dispatched bringing Engine and Tower 436 and Medic 635.  Engine 404 arrived and established a water supply for E611, and Quint 618 arrived and assisted TL611 with securing utilities and placing ladders.  Battalion 600, who had added on to the call, arrived and assumed command. 

Units believed the fire was located between floors and worked to gain access.  Once the source was discovered and the fire confirmed extinguished units began to be returned to service. 

During the incident Engine 620 from Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company was transferred to Station 18.

Later in the shift Crew 4 promoted one member to Firefighter and released a Technician as a Tower driver, then participated in the annual flag retirement ceremony at Station 18.

September 11th, 4:22 pm

A message from the SVFC president written a few years ago for the members of the SVFC, but worth sharing (again) here:

Today is the anniversary of the attacks of September 11th. As we all watch the various ceremonies on television, see the flags flying at half-mast, and listen to the various speeches, I want to take a minute to remind everyone that September 11th happened to the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, too.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, the SVFC started our day as we do every Tuesday. The Volunteers made the hand off to the day staff and everyone went off to their regular day job. By 9:30 AM, things were different. The news reports were streaming images of a nation under attack with a sense of confusion and uncertainty. Nobody knew what was going to happen next. But we did know that the SVFC was prepared, willing, and able to respond.
By 9:30 AM, SVFC Volunteers were leaving their regular day jobs and reporting for an uncertain duty at Stations 11 and 18. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) Assistant Fire Chief Jack Brown was at Fire Station 18. He was fielding telephone calls from the Loudoun County EOC, Fairfax County EOC, and the Arlington County EOC. Loudoun County was requested to move a Task Force forward toward the Pentagon and the SVFC was the most logical starting point. AC Brown assembled a team of Volunteers and LCFR employees staffed on two engines and Quint 11 (now Quint 624) and headed eastward. As the morning progressed, this Task Force was moved ever forwarded until it reached the site of the attack at the Pentagon trimmed down to just Quint 11 and all of the staff. This mixed crew of 10 fire fighters remained at the Pentagon and was rotated out on 12 hour shifts for a total of 3 shifts and 30 fire fighters.

The SVFC response was not limited to just the firefighters at the Pentagon. Several crews were assembled to staff various units to include cross staffing Rescue Squad 615 and relocating it to Arlington and moving other units to include the HazMat trailer to stations in Fairfax and Arlington.

The response was not just limited to the operational fire fighters. Many SVFC associate members reported to our stations to staff the constantly ringing telephones, help prepare meals, and provide other much needed administrative support.
By the end of the day, Station 18 had become the Eastern rally point for staff and resources for Loudoun County. At the peak, there were over 200 Volunteers from various stations standing by at Station 18.

In the days to follow, two SVFC members (Andrew Holt and Berl Jones) had the opportunity to travel to New York City and assist with support activities at one of the affected fire houses. The loss of the 343 fire fighters in New York was felt by us all and was witnessed firsthand by these two members.

One of the things that I took away from those days in September was that while being a Volunteer in the SVFC starts with mundane tasks such as showing up to duty and resetting fire alarms, we have the capability to do so much more and to make a real difference - even on a national scale. Along with this comes an enormous responsibility, not only to the citizens of Loudoun County, but to a nation that depends on its first responders and to the brotherhood we share with all fire fighters.

Below is the roll call list of all SVFC members that were part of the September 11th response. While some of the names have come and gone, there are many that remain. I recommend that you reach out to these folks to learn more about the details and varied missions of that day.

Purvis (Agnolet), Deborah
Banman, Jeffrey
Banner, Frank
Benham, Brett
Bischoff, Johnny
Brown, Jeff
Bucy, Mike
Cahill, Dan
Carter, Dave
Clements, Randy
Davis, Geoff
Featherstone, Mark
Fierstien, David
Firmin, Keith
Gillespie, Randall
Gingras, Steve
Grant, Charles
Graves, Eric
Haddad, Julian
Jones, Berl
Ketcham, Dan
Kiser, Jim
Knoel, Roger
Lam, Gary
Lindstrom, Jeffrey
Loraine, Charles
Loraine, Karen
Lusk, Tom
Maffett, Fletcher
Makowski, Kevin
Mason, Kip
Might, Eric
Miller, Seaver
Munsey, Melissa
Nehls, Ren
O'Brien, Mike
Opett, Rick
Pye, Robert
Radcliffe, Scott
Robertson, Troy
Roman, Bill
Schwiesthal (Bischoff), Danielle
Short, David
Short, George
Starling, Jonathan
Taylor, Beverly
Todd, Patrick
Trevarrow, Jim
Tucker, David
Weber, Bob
Wilder, West
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