Volunteer Information Session

The next Volunteer Information Session (usually the first Thursday of the month) will be held on Thursday, February 6th, 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.

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms, and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. The NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration are teaming up to help reduce your risk to winter fires and other hazards, including carbon monoxide and electrical fires.

Recent news from SVFC:

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January 21st, 1:56 pm

We're fast, but sprinklers are faster. #fastestwater #SprinklerSaves #firesprinklersAutomatic Sprinkler System in Sterling Townhouse Held Fire in Check as Firefighters Responded

Loudoun County Fire Official’s credit a Sterling townhome’s automatic fire sprinkler system with preventing a garage fire from spreading further before first responders arrived.
On Thursday, January 16, 2020, fire and rescue units from Cascades, Sterling Park, Kincora, Ashburn, and Fairfax County, along with various command staff officers, responded to a report of a car on fire in the garage of a home in the 46,000 block of Pryor Square in Sterling.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a three-story, end-unit townhouse with a car on fire in the garage and the residents safely outside the home. Fire crews quickly extinguished the remaining fire that was being controlled by the automatic fire sprinkler system. Fortunately for the residents and neighbors, the fire and subsequent damages were contained to the vehicle and the garage with no fire extending to the remaining portions of the townhome. No other dwellings were affected and there were no reported injuries to citizens or first responders.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that it was an accidental fire, originating in the engine compartment of the vehicle. Damages to the vehicle and home are estimated at $20,000.
“If the sprinkler heads had not been in place and operated as designed, this fire could have been significantly more severe,” said System Chief Keith Johnson. “This incident is a prime example of the positive impact of automatic sprinkler systems in residential homes. The sprinkler activation kept the fire under control until firefighters could get on scene and damages to the home were directly minimized.” Loudoun County Fire and Rescue officials remain strong advocates of automatic fire sprinkler systems and their safety benefits. To learn more about fire prevention activities and education in Loudoun County, visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or call 703-737-8600.

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January 19th, 2:36 pm

54th Annual Awards & Officer Installation Banquet

As you saw from last night's post, the SVFC meets in January to celebrate the past year and to officially swear in the elected and appointed officers for the upcoming year. Good food and good times are had by all, and we recognize some of our outstanding volunteer members. After an opening prayer by Chaplain Garrett Terry, the members, families, friends, and guests of the SVFC enjoy a meal together.

Our guests this year included Chair Phyllis J. Randall of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System Chief Keith Johnson, Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD Chief Bill Graham, and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief Kathy Herasak and Vice President Jen Ferguson.

After dinner members remarks were by Chair Randall, SVFC President Andy Gode, and SVFC Assistant Chief David Short. Following the remarks, the following awards were presented:

Eight members were recognized for the "Millennial" award, having recorded more than 1000 on-duty hours for 2019. These members are Jason Breen, Christopher Poplar, Karam Mashaal, Christopher Fischer, Richard Berryhill, Cyrus Tang, Andrew Sullivan, and James Biddle. (The average American works--as in, gets paid--around 1800 hours. Our top volunteer...volunteered over 2000 hours to our communities!!!)

SVFC Chief Mickey Buchanan and Assistant Chief David Short announced the award winners from 2019. Congratulations to the following members recognized:

Recruit Firefighter of the Year: Michael North
Alan Dutton Memorial Firefighter of the Year: Chris Fischer
Technician of the Year: Jeff Brown
Officer of the Year: Ron Claar
Administrative Member of the Year: Katrina Stroud
Administrative Impact Award: Chiangxu Lu

Next, the elected and appointed officers were sworn in, with the oath given by Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall.

The 2020 SVFC Board of Directors: President Andy Gode; VP Andy Young; Secretary Kelly O'Grady; Treasurer Nadine DuVal; At Large Members Andrew Fotinos, Peter Gantz, Karam Maashal, and Paul Schomburg.

The evening continued with music and dancing.

We again thank Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD for covering Engine 618 at Fire Station 18, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company for covering Engine 611 and Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company for covering Truck 611 at Fire Station 11, enabling all of our SVFC family to attend our banquet. Additionally, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue career staff are on-duty 7 days a week 12 hours a day at Fire Stations 11 and 18, and 24/7 at Fire Station 24. We thank them for their service to our communities in 2019 and look forward to another year serving the Sterling communities with them in 2020.

Finally, but certainly not least, we need to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to our Social Committee leaders and volunteers for an amazing banquet! The decorations, the car, the food, the music...the FUN......simply an amazing Roaring 20's evening! Great Job!
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My dad Richard Gray was a founding member of this group of awesome volunteers. Both of my brothers, Rick Gray and Rob Gray, we’re part of this team - as well as my nephew Luke Gray. Proud of these men and their unselfish service. Thank you all! May God bless you and keep you safe. Always.

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January 18th, 7:02 pm

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is celebrating another year, and welcoming a new Board as well as recognizing some outstanding members! We’re celebrating roaring 20’s style!

Thank you to the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD (E618), the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (E611), and the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company (T611) who are covering for us tonight. We greatly appreciate your service to our communities while we celebrate.

We’ll post more tomorrow, including some pictures!
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The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is celebrating another year, and welcoming a new Board as well as recognizing some outstanding members! We’re celebrating roaring 20’s style!

Thank you to the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD (E618), the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (E611), and the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company (T611) who are covering for us tonight. We greatly appreciate your service to our communities while we celebrate.

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Have fun, and do the charleston dance and poop poopy do!

January 16th, 10:14 pm

Welcome to Fire-N-Dice Casino Night 2020!

Benefiting the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

Presented by Ted Britt Chevrolet

Ring in the new year! Don’t miss out! Come out and enjoy an evening filled with the fun and excitement of Las Vegas-styled gaming including;

- Craps
- Roulette
- Blackjack
- Texas Holdem

And the very popular Fire-N-Dice Derby!

- Bid on silent auction items
- Enter to win fabulous raffle prizes

Purchase your tickets at:

sterlingfire.org/casino

Tickets are limited!

Price includes:
- Admission
- $500 in Funny Money
- Tasty hors d’oeuvres
- Two drink tickets (beer & wine)
- One Fire-N-Dice derby ticket
- Two raffle tickets

Enjoy our photo gallery from last years event:

sterlingfire.smugmug.com/Fire-N-Dice-Casino-Night-2019/

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Doors open at 6:30pm

You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event

Dress code is business casual
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Welcome to Fire-N-Dice Casino Night 2020!

Benefiting the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

Presented by Ted Britt Chevrolet

Ring in the new year! Don’t miss out! Come out and enjoy an evening filled with the fun and excitement of Las Vegas-styled gaming including;

- Craps
- Roulette
- Blackjack
- Texas Holdem

And the very popular Fire-N-Dice Derby!

- Bid on silent auction items
- Enter to win fabulous raffle prizes

Purchase your tickets at:

http://sterlingfire.org/casino

Tickets are limited!

Price includes: 
- Admission
- $500 in Funny Money
- Tasty hors d’oeuvres
- Two drink tickets (beer & wine)
- One Fire-N-Dice derby ticket
- Two raffle tickets

Enjoy our photo gallery from last years event:

https://sterlingfire.smugmug.com/Fire-N-Dice-Casino-Night-2019/

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Doors open at 6:30pm

You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event

Dress code is business casual

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What is the derby ticket?

Tina Cross that was fun.

January 15th, 10:17 am

On January 15, 1972 EMERGENCY! debuted. It would run for 122 episodes (and 6 TV movies) and would revolutionize emergency medical services throughout the US. It also inspired many to volunteer or seek a career in fire and/or EMS. ... See MoreSee Less

On January 15, 1972 EMERGENCY! debuted.  It would run for 122 episodes (and 6 TV movies) and would revolutionize emergency medical services throughout the US.  It also inspired many to volunteer or seek a career in fire and/or EMS.

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Meant loved this show

I lived this show!

January 14th, 2:37 pm

This week's update (Jan 5-11)

The week ended with the first full live burn evolution for the recruits. They're putting together all the lessons they've learned and practiced. In the weeks ahead they're run more complex scenarios, continuing to build muscle memory and refine their skills.A look at the weeks SVFC recruits spend at the academy learning the basic skills necessary to operate safely as a firefighter.
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January 14th, 2:32 pm

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This week's update (Dec 22-28): This week the recruits were focusing on fire behavior and flashover. Students spent time in the burn building watching fires grow in real-time, seeing in action the things they've been learning in the classroom. The week ended with a trip to Loudoun's Flashover Simulator. A flashover is the near-simultaneous ignition of combustible material in an enclosed area and will reach or exceed temperatures of 1100 degrees. Firefighter recruits are taught to recognize the preconditions and signs of a flashover. They learn to recognize the fire, smoke patterns, colors that may occur prior to flashover. The simulator is a specially constructed enclosure that allows students to remain (relatively safely) on the lower level below the fatal temperatures of flashover occurring in the upper level.

This week's update (Nov 17-23): Have you ever wondered how firefighters breathe in smoke-filled environments? Simple. They bring their own air. The Self-contained Breathing Apparatus or SCBA is the breathing air source carried by each firefighter. The SCBA is a system that every firefighter must be able to use even with fire gloves on and with their eyes closed. Fun Facts: The SCBA cylinder is filled with air, not oxygen, and can provide air to a hardworking firefighter for over 30 minutes (depending on how hard they are breathing of course).

This week's update (Nov 3-9): The class was met with some cold temps Saturday and even a little ice on the training ground. More fire attack practice took the recruits from the truck to the simulated fire inside the burn building. They varied the process by attacking the simulated fire on the first floor and then resetting and attacking a second-floor fire. The exercise tested their hose management skills, teamwork, and physical fitness. In about 2 months, the fires will be real. While one group was working on fire attack skills, another was working on the delicate process of "throwing ladders". The term is fitting especially during a real fire when lives depend on having every available exit available to firefighters. The recruits practiced how to deploy both fixed-length ladders and extension ladders. The recruits also practiced their searching skills in a limited visibility environment. Well, suffice to say, those pictures didn't come out.

This week's update (Dec 31-Jan 4): Fire attack training. The fire attack drill starts at the fire engine and doesn't stop until recruits have deployed a charged hose line to the second floor of the Burn Building. The goal for the drill is to accomplish all tasks and put water on the fire in less than 1 minute and 30 seconds. The first live burn is just a week away and the recruits of Fire School 19-2 are doing well.

This week's update (Jan 5-11) The week ended with the first full live burn evolution for the recruits. They're putting together all the lessons they've learned and practiced. In the weeks ahead they're run more complex scenarios, continuing to build muscle memory and refine their skills.

This weeks update (Nov 10-16): Building proficiency in throwing ladders, getting comfortable working from ladders, and using ladders to rescue victims.

I miss my days in Bunker Gear... 🙁

I remember those days We did not have a training bld so we used old houses for our live fire training both with smoke drills and live fire. My FF1 class went thru the MAZE from Fairfax co. for confined search and SCBA training. All my other training was in house or at different stations. I loved every minute of my service with the SPFD Co 11/18 1978-1991 I was a original member of Co 18 in Sugerland station.

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January 7th, 7:50 am

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This week's update (Dec 22-28): This week the recruits were focusing on fire behavior and flashover. Students spent time in the burn building watching fires grow in real-time, seeing in action the things they've been learning in the classroom. The week ended with a trip to Loudoun's Flashover Simulator. A flashover is the near-simultaneous ignition of combustible material in an enclosed area and will reach or exceed temperatures of 1100 degrees. Firefighter recruits are taught to recognize the preconditions and signs of a flashover. They learn to recognize the fire, smoke patterns, colors that may occur prior to flashover. The simulator is a specially constructed enclosure that allows students to remain (relatively safely) on the lower level below the fatal temperatures of flashover occurring in the upper level.

This week's update (Nov 17-23): Have you ever wondered how firefighters breathe in smoke-filled environments? Simple. They bring their own air. The Self-contained Breathing Apparatus or SCBA is the breathing air source carried by each firefighter. The SCBA is a system that every firefighter must be able to use even with fire gloves on and with their eyes closed. Fun Facts: The SCBA cylinder is filled with air, not oxygen, and can provide air to a hardworking firefighter for over 30 minutes (depending on how hard they are breathing of course).

This week's update (Nov 3-9): The class was met with some cold temps Saturday and even a little ice on the training ground. More fire attack practice took the recruits from the truck to the simulated fire inside the burn building. They varied the process by attacking the simulated fire on the first floor and then resetting and attacking a second-floor fire. The exercise tested their hose management skills, teamwork, and physical fitness. In about 2 months, the fires will be real. While one group was working on fire attack skills, another was working on the delicate process of "throwing ladders". The term is fitting especially during a real fire when lives depend on having every available exit available to firefighters. The recruits practiced how to deploy both fixed-length ladders and extension ladders. The recruits also practiced their searching skills in a limited visibility environment. Well, suffice to say, those pictures didn't come out.

This week's update (Dec 31-Jan 4): Fire attack training. The fire attack drill starts at the fire engine and doesn't stop until recruits have deployed a charged hose line to the second floor of the Burn Building. The goal for the drill is to accomplish all tasks and put water on the fire in less than 1 minute and 30 seconds. The first live burn is just a week away and the recruits of Fire School 19-2 are doing well.

This week's update (Jan 5-11) The week ended with the first full live burn evolution for the recruits. They're putting together all the lessons they've learned and practiced. In the weeks ahead they're run more complex scenarios, continuing to build muscle memory and refine their skills.

This weeks update (Nov 10-16): Building proficiency in throwing ladders, getting comfortable working from ladders, and using ladders to rescue victims.

I miss my days in Bunker Gear... 🙁

I remember those days We did not have a training bld so we used old houses for our live fire training both with smoke drills and live fire. My FF1 class went thru the MAZE from Fairfax co. for confined search and SCBA training. All my other training was in house or at different stations. I loved every minute of my service with the SPFD Co 11/18 1978-1991 I was a original member of Co 18 in Sugerland station.

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