Volunteer Information Session

The next Volunteer Information Session (usually the first Thursday of the month) will be held on Thursday, October 5th, 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.

OPEN HOUSE:  October 7th!

OPEN HOUSE: October 7th!

Come join the SVFC for our annual open house. It will be held in conjunction with SterlingFest (and fire prevention week) and start as soon as we return from the parade. Come meet the volunteers, learn about our equipment and skills, and find out how you can help us help you!

Annual Fund Drive

Annual Fund Drive

Local residents should find our annual fund drive letter in their mailbox sometime in September. The SVFC is only partially funded by your tax dollars. We rely on your financial support to ensure we have the latest equipment and training to serve you and our community. Please read through it and consider making a donation. Some of you may be receiving one for the first time, as recent construction has increased the area we serve. If you get a letter that means that the SVFC is the closest fire company to your home.

Please consider how you can help the SVFC better serve the residents, businesses, and visitors to the Sterling area. If you miss the letter in your mailbox it's also available online at sterlingfire.org/letter where you can read it, download it, print it, or share with friends and neighbors.

Recent news from SVFC:

September 17th, 8:20 am

Come see the SVFC at the Carz Crusin to Cure Cancer event on Westlake Drive. ... See MoreSee Less

Come see the SVFC at the Carz Crusin to Cure Cancer event on Westlake Drive.

September 15th, 10:14 am

Closing your doors at night can significantly increase your ability to survive a fire in your home. Once everybody is safely out close (but not lock) the exterior doors.Tell your friends to close doors for fire safety. Spread the word with these tools: bit.ly/2eILsGq ... See MoreSee Less

Closing your doors at night can significantly increase your ability to survive a fire in your home.  Once everybody is safely out close (but not lock) the exterior doors.

September 14th, 9:57 am

Today's #SterlingVolunteerFire #TBT goes back to 2008 and the fire at the laundromat in Sugarland. ... See MoreSee Less

September 13th, 1:13 pm

SVFC Annual Fund Drive (2017)

Local residents should find our annual fund drive letter in their mailbox sometime in September. The SVFC is only partially funded by your tax dollars. We rely on your financial support to ensure we have the latest equipment and training to serve you and our community. Please read through it and consider making a donation. Some of you may be receiving one for the first time, as recent construction has increased the area we serve. If you get a letter that means that the SVFC is the closest fire company to your home.

Please consider how you can help the SVFC better serve the residents, businesses, and visitors to the Sterling area. If you miss the letter in your mailbox it's also available online at sterlingfire.org/letter where you can read it, download it, print it, or share with friends and neighbors.

If you're ready to donate please go to sterlingfire.org/donate for information about how to donate online, in person, or via the mail.

We also have plenty of opportunities for you to support us by becoming a member of the company. To learn about how you can be a part of the SVFC family please visit sterlingfire.org/join for details.
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SVFC Annual Fund Drive  (2017)

Local residents should find our annual fund drive letter in their mailbox sometime in September. The SVFC is only partially funded by your tax dollars. We rely on your financial support to ensure we have the latest equipment and training to serve you and our community.  Please read through it and consider making a donation. Some of you may be receiving one for the first time, as recent construction has increased the area we serve. If you get a letter that means that the SVFC is the closest fire company to your home.

Please consider how you can help the SVFC better serve the residents, businesses, and visitors to the Sterling area. If you miss the letter in your mailbox its also available online at http://sterlingfire.org/letter where you can read it, download it, print it, or share with friends and neighbors.

If youre ready to donate please go to http://sterlingfire.org/donate for information about how to donate online, in person, or via the mail.

We also have plenty of opportunities for you to support us by becoming a member of the company. To learn about how you can be a part of the SVFC family please visit http://sterlingfire.org/join for details.

September 12th, 9:45 am

9/11 Flag Retirement

On Monday evening Boy Scout Troop 950 held their annual 9/11 flag retirement ceremony at SVFC Station 18. Flags that have become worn, torn, faded, or badly soiled are retired with dignity and respect. Chief Short spoke at the event, members of the SVFC, including our Honor Guard, participated, and many others were in attendance while these symbols of the United States of America were given a proper send off.
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Thank you, once again, for hosting this event for our Troop!

I have several but did not know who would take them. Do you take the flags all year long and where can I take them to? Thanks.

Falls Church legion has one out front

September 11th, 2:29 pm

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God Bless our Heroes! Praying for all who gave their lives as heroes and those currently protecting us today

September 11th, 3:43 am

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 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 Truck 2 for the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company) 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 firefighters remained at the Pentagon and was rotated out on 12-hour shifts for a total of 3 shifts and 30 firefighters.

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 Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad's Rescue 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 firefighters. 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 firefighters 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 firefighters.

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
Valetti, Jon-Erik
Weber, Bob
Wilder, West
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Thank you all for what you do - every day.

So very proud. Thank you for your service!

September 10th, 6:37 am

Training for Crew 6

SVFC Crew 6 found many opportunities for training during their 37 hour shift (Fri night until Sun morning). Engine 618 spent Saturday morning training on Sterling's new "high rise" packs. These are lengths of hose not attached to the pumper, designed to be connected to the standpipe found in many high rise or other large buildings. They spent time during the afternoon training on rural water supply (no hydrants) operations, simulating a tanker shuttle and drafting from a static water source.
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Training for Crew 6

SVFC Crew 6 found many opportunities for training during their 37 hour shift (Fri night until Sun morning).  Engine 618 spent Saturday morning training on Sterlings new high rise packs. These are lengths of hose not attached to the pumper, designed to be connected to the standpipe found in many high rise or other large buildings.  They spent time during the afternoon training on rural water supply (no hydrants) operations, simulating a tanker shuttle and drafting from a static water source.Image attachmentImage attachment

September 8th, 11:54 am

Come find out how you can be part of the Sterling Fire family. We need folks to ride the trucks and we need folks to manage the company (recruitment, fund raising, etc.). If you have the time and desire we have a place you can help. Come find out more, or fill out the Information Request Form to have someone contact you: sterlingfire.org/virf

Oct 5, 7:00pmSterling Volunteer Fire CompanyCome find out how you can be part of the Sterling Fire family. We need folks to ride the trucks and we need folks to manage the company (recruitment, fund raising, etc.). If you have the time and desire we have a place you can help. Come find out more, or fill out the Information Request Form to have someone contact you: sterlingfire.org/virf
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SVFC October Volunteer Information Session

September 8th, 6:44 am

Plan ahead to help stay safe:See image for latest information regarding potential Impacts from Irma in our area. ... See MoreSee Less

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