Volunteer Information Session

The January Volunteer Information Session will be held on Thursday, February 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

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. 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.

Put a freeze on winter fires

Put a freeze on winter fires

Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. Heating is the 2nd leading cause of winter fires, after cooking.

To help keep you and your family safe consider the following:

  • Keep flammable materials at least 3 ft away from any heat source
  • Keep any portable generators outside and as far from your home as possible. An attached garage is NOT outside.
  • Install Carbon Monoxide detectors and test them monthly.
  • If you have a fireplace have it inspected annually.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container outside at least 10 feet from any structures.
  • Plug only 1 heat producing appliance into an electrical outlet at a time, and never into a power strip or extension cord.

Recent news from SVFC:

January 14th, 4:41 pm

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company added 2 new photos.

Crew 2 back in Sterling Park

Just 16 hours after fighting a fire in the neighborhood, the volunteers of Crew 2 returned to go door to door delivering the following message to residents:

On Saturday January 14th at approximately 12:23 a.m., units from Sterling Park, Cascades, Kincora, Sterling Rescue, Ashburn, and Fairfax County responded to a home on East Staunton Avenue for a reported house fire. First arriving fire units were on scene 4 minutes after dispatch and encountered smoke showing from the front door and the eaves of the roof. Fire was located on the first floor which had extended to the second floor, the roof area and down to the basement. It took about 15 minutes to declare the fire under control and about 30 to ensure all the fire had been extinguished completely.

The two adult occupants who were home at the time of the fire were fortunate to be awoken, as there were no working smoke alarms in the house. Both residents were transported to Reston Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has classified the fire as accidental, due to a malfunctioning furnace unit. The estimated dollar loss is approximately $235,000.

This incident serves as a powerful reminder that a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Smoke is a deadly mix of particles and gas that is made by fire. Smoke alarms will warn you that there is a fire before you see, hear, or smell it. Smoke alarms give you extra time to escape. A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. Today’s homes, along with their synthetic furnishings and contents, are burning hotter and faster than ever before. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office – Public Education wants to remind residents to protect themselves from a home fire by following these safety tips:

* Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries and replace units as specified by the manufacturer’s instructions, which is typically every 10 years.
* If possible sleep with bedroom doors closed. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire reducing fire growth and spread. It can also provide the extra seconds needed to escape safely.
* If there is a fire, close the doors behind you when escaping a room or building.
* Conduct regular home fire drills and to make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out and stay out in the event of a fire.
* Don’t try and fight the fire. If you open a door or window to go back inside, you let in oxygen. That’s all the fire needs to engulf a room. It could also force the fire and smoke through the window you just opened.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue offers free home fire safety checks to Loudoun County residents. They also offer free smoke alarm assessments. Contact the Public Education Manager at 703-737-8093 or lifesafety@loudoun.gov or visit loudoun.gov/smokealarms
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Crew 2 back in Sterling Park 

Just 16 hours after fighting a fire in the neighborhood, the volunteers of Crew 2 returned to go door to door delivering the following message to residents:

On Saturday January 14th at approximately 12:23 a.m., units from Sterling Park, Cascades, Kincora, Sterling Rescue, Ashburn, and Fairfax County responded to a home on East Staunton Avenue for a reported house fire.  First arriving fire units were on scene 4 minutes after dispatch and encountered smoke showing from the front door and the eaves of the roof.   Fire was located on the first floor which had extended to the second floor, the roof area and down to the basement. It took about 15 minutes to declare the fire under control and about 30 to ensure all the fire had been extinguished completely.

The two adult occupants who were home at the time of the fire were fortunate to be awoken, as there were no working smoke alarms in the house.  Both residents were transported to Reston Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has classified the fire as accidental, due to a malfunctioning furnace unit.  The estimated dollar loss is approximately $235,000.

This incident serves as a powerful reminder that a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Smoke is a deadly mix of particles and gas that is made by fire. Smoke alarms will warn you that there is a fire before you see, hear, or smell it.  Smoke alarms give you extra time to escape.  A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. Today’s homes, along with their synthetic furnishings and contents, are burning hotter and faster than ever before. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office – Public Education wants to remind residents to protect themselves from a home fire by following these safety tips:

* Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries and replace units as specified by the manufacturer’s instructions, which is typically every 10 years.
* If possible sleep with bedroom doors closed. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire reducing fire growth and spread.  It can also provide the extra seconds needed to escape safely. 
* If there is a fire, close the doors behind you when escaping a room or building.
* Conduct regular home fire drills and to make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out and stay out in the event of a fire.
* Don’t try and fight the fire.  If you open a door or window to go back inside, you let in oxygen. That’s all the fire needs to engulf a room. It could also force the fire and smoke through the window you just opened.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue offers free home fire safety checks to Loudoun County residents.  They also offer free smoke alarm assessments.  Contact the Public Education Manager at 703-737-8093 or lifesafety@loudoun.gov or visit http://loudoun.gov/smokealarms

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Gl WelchI loved the write-up by the fire department and the push to make sure we all have working smoke detectors. But they mentioned the cause was a faulty furnace. Let's also make a push to make sure everyone does annual furnace maintenance.

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William JamesRhonda Church Harrison need a new furnace.

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Fouad A. HaddadWell done & documented and a great advice my "Hero" son Julian and I am glad you and your crew are safe and sound. I will definitely reforfwad this to as many people & friends as possible. I will make sure Adrian has A fire extinguisher, at least it might help & of course will follow your advice. Stay safe you & your crew & god bless you for your years of sacrifice as a volunteer fire fighter. How many is it 22/23 years. Love you, Dad & Mum N.B. I hope the community appreciates what you men are accomplishing!!!!!

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Margaret KincaidHard working people.

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January 14th, 6:01 am

House Fire for Crew 2

Just after midnight early Saturday morning Engines 611, 618, 624, and Tower 611, along with Engine 404, Tower 436, and Rescue 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Medic 615 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS), Battalion Chiefs 601 (staffed by SVFC) and 603, Safety Officer 600, and EMS Supervisor 601, were alerted for a house fire in Sterling Park. E611 arrived first to find smoke showing from the house and called for a Rapid Intervention Team Level 1 to be dispatched, adding Tower 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Engine 436, and another EMS unit from SVRS.. Battalion Chief 401 and Deputy Chief 615 added on to the call. Engine 611 began extinguishing the fire, while Tower 611 began to search the home ensuring everybody was out. Medic 615 evaluated and treated the residents. Arriving units assisted with additional hose lines, secondary searches, etc. The fire was quickly extinguished and the scene turned over to the Fire Marshal's office for investigation. Due to the number of units on scene and the time involved, Canteen 611 responded to provide refreshments. Once the Fire Marshal gave the OK crews began to secure the house and pack up, returning to service as they were ready. Engine 601B from Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company was transferred to Sterling to provide service while the Sterling units were unavailable. Both E601B and Engine 439 answered additional calls while units were operating on the house fire.
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Millie PerdueThank you all for being there.

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Karli HopkeThank you for being there and helping the family. You all deserve many thanks.

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Anna Pinti SizemoreThank you for all that you do!

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Rachel M AhlertThank you, tho you didn't give an address, I'm pretty sure this is my dear friends... 🙁

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Sterling Volunteer Fire CompanyPress release about this call: www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3733

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Shelley Blackman KeysThank you for all you did to help our friends.

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January 10th, 6:00 am

In the United States when calling 911, the emergency dispatcher will usually start the question by saying something like "What's your emergency?"

To expedite help, it’s best to be prepared with the following information and use a clear, calm voice. Take a deep breath while calling to focus and calm yourself.

The dispatcher will ask questions to solicit the information needed to send an appropriate response team and keep them informed.

* Nature of emergency: Such as vehicle collision, fire, medical or trauma emergency, behavioral emergency, a situation requiring law enforcement, or special situation (such as hazardous materials spill or other issue requiring containment or special rescue).
* Location of emergency: Be as specific as possible. Examples: The specific area of the building or property, which side of the road or intersection and any instructions for accessing the site including the direction of approach or gate/security codes
* A call back number: In case the call is disconnected or responders have trouble finding the site.
* Number of people affected and their conditions: This is important so an appropriate number of resources can be sent. Helpful basic information to include: whether the victims are breathing, pulse present and any significant bleeding or other life-threatening injuries.

(Sean Ewen, founder and executive director of Allied Medical Training)
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January 9th, 8:56 am

Reported structure fire for Crew 3

Just after 3am on a bitter cold Monday morning Engines 624, 618, Engine and Tower 611, Engine 622 and Truck 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Ambulance 615C from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and Battalions 601, 603, EMS601 and Safety 600 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department, were alerted for a structure fire in Countryside, with smoke reported in the structure. Engine 624 arrived first, reported nothing evident, and began investigating. Engine 618 and Tower 611 arrived next, assisting with the investigation, while BC601 assumed command. No immediate hazards were found and most of the responding units were soon returned to service. The cause was eventually determined to be an overheated HVAC unit, likely due to a dirty filter (which required the unit to work extra hard to circulate air). Please remember to perform annual service, and keep on eye on things like filters that need more frequent replacement.
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Reported structure fire for Crew 3

Just after 3am on a bitter cold Monday morning Engines 624, 618, Engine and Tower 611, Engine 622 and Truck 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Ambulance 615C from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue 439 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and Battalions 601, 603, EMS601 and Safety 600 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department, were alerted for a structure fire in Countryside, with smoke reported in the structure.  Engine 624 arrived first, reported nothing evident, and began investigating.  Engine 618 and Tower 611 arrived next, assisting with the investigation, while BC601 assumed command.  No immediate hazards were found and most of the responding units were soon returned to service.  The cause was eventually determined to be an overheated HVAC unit, likely due to a dirty filter (which required the unit to work extra hard to circulate air).  Please remember to perform annual service, and keep on eye on things like filters that need more frequent replacement.

January 6th, 12:20 pm

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company added an event.

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: tinyurl.com/svfc-virf
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Feb 2, 7:00pm

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

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 de...

SVFC February Volunteer Information Session

January 6th, 7:07 am

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company shared Loudoun County Fire and Rescue's photo.

Not necessary for today, but please keep this in mind this winter. Help us help you!
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Don't forget to keep snow & ice cleared 3 feet around fire hydrants so they can be accessed in an emergency! 🚒 #FireSafety FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

Not necessary for today, but please keep this in mind this winter.  Help us help you!

January 4th, 11:19 am

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company added an event.

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: tinyurl.com/svfc-virf
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Jan 5, 7:00pm

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

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 de...

SVFC January Volunteer Information Session

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Sterling Volunteer Fire CompanyThank you to Chaplain Boyle for facilitating tonight's session, we look forward to receiving membership packets from the seven interested candidates!

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December 31st, 11:58 pm

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company added 3 new photos.

Happy New Year from the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company. As we close out the year of our 50th Anniversary, the crews that are on duty tonight are drinking a toast (of grape juice) in glasses from our 25th Anniversary thanks to past Chief Scott Milligan and Honorary Member Beth Milligan.
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Happy New Year from the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company. As we close out the year of our 50th Anniversary, the crews that are on duty tonight are drinking a toast (of grape juice) in glasses from our 25th Anniversary thanks to past Chief Scott Milligan and Honorary Member Beth Milligan.

December 31st, 5:19 pm

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Ring in the New Year the smart way! Don't drink and drive...have a designated driver or call Sober Ride. Loudoun County Government Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg...