Volunteer Information Session

The next Volunteer Information Session (usually the first Thursday of the month) will be held on Thursday, June 7th, 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.

Grill Safety

Grill Safety

The SVFC and Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management want to help keep you safe as the weather gets warmer.

Fire in the grill is a welcome sight at the family cookout but fire anywhere else can make your summer barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. Follow these tips to stay safe during grilling season:

Safety tips
- Propane & charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- Keep the grill at least 15ft away from any structure and the grill area clear of combustibles.
- Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and grease trap.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- It is unlawful to operate an open flame grill, hibachi, gas grill, manufactured fireplace or portable fire pit, etc. within 15ft of any apartment, apartment building, condominium, commercial business, health care facilities, housing for the aged or physically and/or mentally impaired.
- Don’t store exchange type propane tanks for grills on the balcony of any of the above dwellings.

Charcoal grills
There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use.
- Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any flammable liquids to the fire.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Soak charcoal briquettes and ashes thoroughly with water and always let ashes cool before disposing of them into a closed metal container. The metal container should be kept outside, a safe distance away from your home or any other structures.

Propane Grills
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. If a propane leak is present, it will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, obvious by the odor or the soapy bubble test, but no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.
- Never store propane cylinders indoors or in enclosed areas, e.g. basement, shed, tent, etc.

For additional fire prevention information visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or contact Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager, at 571-258-3222.

Recent news from SVFC:

May 18th, 9:26 am

More rain and more potential flooding today. Be smart, be safe.Many #Virginia highways are flooded this morning thanks to all this rain. Be alert to high/standing water on roadways. Don't risk it. Turn Around. Don't Drown.

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May 17th, 6:49 am

Today's #TBT is a timely repeat, and should remind everybody to "Turn around, don't drown". Please, never drive into moving water no matter how deep you think it is. Conditions change rapidly, and it only takes a few inches of moving water to sweep away your vehicle. Also, don't forget to turn on your headlights whenever you turn on your windshield wipers! ... See MoreSee Less

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May 16th, 5:49 am

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company (SVFC) hosted Administrative Probationary Night (APN) on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Station 18 in Cascades. These volunteers attended one of our Volunteer Information Sessions, completed the application process, and are now taking their first steps as members of the company. The SVFC welcomes our newest members (one associate and four operational)! ... See MoreSee Less

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May 15th, 8:28 am

The SVFC had 11 members recognized at the recent Volunteer Graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all for their hard work!For Additional Information:
Laura Rinehart, Public Information Officer
Laura.Rinehart@loudoun.gov or 571-233-1649
May 14, 2018

For Immediate Release:
41 First Responders Graduate Fire and Rescue Training

The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System is honored to announce the graduation of forty-one volunteer system members who successfully completed various levels of fire and rescue training at the Oliver Robert “O.R.” Dubé Fire and Rescue Training Academy. Graduation ceremonies were held Monday, May 7th and recognized the accomplishments of these men and women who have made great commitment and sacrifice to serve their communities.
Five students completed the Emergency Medical Responder course, twenty-one completed the Emergency Medical Technician course, and fifteen students completed the Firefighter I-II course. All of the graduates spent countless hours over the last nine months participating in these demanding programs in preparation for County, State and National certification examinations.
Deputy Chief of Training Randall Shank served as master of ceremonies as Suzanne Volpe, Algonkian District Supervisor and Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia addressed the audience. The graduates were commended for their time and dedication given to protecting the citizens of Loudoun County. “We are extraordinarily proud of our most recent graduates who have completed basic training to become certified Firefighters and EMS providers. These young men and women represent the very best of our community here in Loudoun County,” said Chief Tobia.
During the ceremony the class coordinators took the stage to present an honorary award to the top student in each class. Top students are chosen for their high level of dedication, academic performance, and their ability to lead and motivate others. The top students recognized during the ceremony included:

Emergency Medical Responder: Ryan Guillory of Purcellville Fire
Emergency Medical Technician: Adam Killam of Ashburn Fire and Rescue
Firefighter I-II: Raymond Barrientos of Ashburn Fire and Rescue

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
Name & Company
Ryan P. Guillory - Purcellville Fire
Mark Trent - Leesburg Fire
Zachary W Hoover - Leesburg Fire
Kyle Johnson - Sterling Fire
Bilal F. Husain - Sterling Fire

Firefighter I/II
Name & Company
Mirwais M. Ayazi - Sterling Fire
Reese T Goodlin - Purcellville Fire
Raymond Barrientos - Ashburn Fire & Rescue
Jason S. Grover - Sterling Fire
Stacy Beltran- Leesburg Fire
Praneeth V. Penmetsa - Ashburn Fire & Rescue
Ramona P. Bright - Loudoun Rescue
Ross J. Pickei - Sterling Fire
Joshua G. Castro - Purcellville Fire
Keenan D. Plunnecke - Hamilton Fire
Joseph P. DeCarlo - Leesburg Fire
Brandon R. Rockwell - Lovettsville Fire & Rescue
Kristen C. Engle - Purcellville Fire
Nathan A. Stroud - Sterling Fire
Garrett R. Fahmy - Sterling Fire

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Name & Company
Francisca M. Alexander - Loudoun Rescue
Thomas A. McGinnes - Purcellville Fire
Kevin E. Alfaro - Leesburg Fire
Dawn A. McKenna - Arcola Fire & Rescue
Sumaiyah Ali - Sterling Rescue
Jay J. Pandya - Sterling Rescue
Samuel G. Carlson - Loudoun Rescue
Brian L. Preedanon - Arcola Fire & Rescue
Inquiad Chowdhury - Leesburg Fire
Timothy J. Smith - Purcellville Rescue
Jakob H. Cohen - Ashburn Fire & Rescue
Cyrus R. Tang - Sterling Fire
Christopher W. Hebert - Sterling Fire
Sifredo Torres - Sterling Fire
Melissa R. Jennings - Ashburn Fire & Rescue
Naunihal Virk - Sterling Rescue
Adam L. Killam - Ashburn Fire & Rescue
Julie L. Welsh - Sterling Rescue
Chad R. Klein - Sterling Fire
Jonathan D. Wooden - Leesburg Fire
Alexander M. Long - Sterling Fire

For additional information about the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System visit www.loudoun.gov/fire and to learn about volunteer opportunities visit www.OpenNewDoors.org.

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Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad
Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD
Arcola Volunteer Fire Department
Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company
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Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad
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Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department
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May 12th, 12:36 pm

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May 11th, 6:43 am

We're expecting high temperatures on Saturday and the SVFC would like to remind you of these tips from the American Red Cross:

If you find a child or animal in a car without adequate cooling, call 9-1-1.

Signs of heat exhaustion can include muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen; cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion. Treat this by getting them to a cool place and make sure they're hydrated. If their condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 9-1-1.

Ways you can prevent heat emergencies:

- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

For a more detailed list of heat safety information visit
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May 10th, 10:35 am

Thank you to everyone that came out to MISSION BBQ last night and supported the Loudoun First Responders Foundation. It was a very busy and successful night!

Photo Credit Heather Lockhart / SVFC
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May 10th, 8:47 am

Congratulations Chief Johnson.Keith Johnson is the new #Loudoun County Combined Fire & Rescue System Chief. #LoudounFireRescue/ Details here: bit.ly/2rBtTuy ... See MoreSee Less

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May 10th, 5:44 am

Today's #TBT is a seasonal one. It shows Crew 5 on the scene of a mulch fire that caused windows to break. Fortunately, the fire was stopped before it extended into the building. Foam was used to help penetrate into the mulch and fully extinguish the fire.

Mulch can self-ignite under the right conditions, and lit cigarettes often cause mulch fires. Make sure you fully extinguish smoking materials and don't put mulch close to buildings.
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