Volunteer Information Session

The next Volunteer Information Session (usually the first Thursday of the month) will be held on Thursday, November 1st, 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.

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

The SVFC is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ‑‑ to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:
• Look for places fire could start.
• Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
• Learn 2 ways out of every room.
While NFPA and the SVFC are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.

Our career partners from LCFR will be visiting local elementary schools during the month of October, and you can visit us at our open house on October 6th, to learn more about how you can prevent fires and protect yourself and others.

Recent news from SVFC:

October 15th, 6:11 am

On the heels of Fire Prevention Week here's a video produced by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

In a house fire, are you safer sleeping with your bedroom doors open or closed? See the dramatic, life-saving difference a door can make. #CloseBeforeYouDozeIn a house fire, are you safer sleeping with your bedroom doors open or closed? See the dramatic, life-saving difference a door can make. #CloseBeforeYouDoze...
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October 13th, 11:18 am

Another in-home fire drill video, this time from FEMA Federal Emergency Management AgencyIn a home fire, you may only have two minutes to get out. Home fire plans give you a plan of action. Make and practice your plan with your family to help eve... ... See MoreSee Less

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October 13th, 6:11 am

Here's a video you can share about LEARNing two ways out of every room of your home.

You can download a worksheet that you can use to create and practice an escape plan for your home:

www.nfpa.org/images/fpw/pdfs/FPW18Grid.pdfLEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter. This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Li...
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October 12th, 11:42 am

Bucket Brigade this weekend!

In addition to our annual fund drive letter (if you didn't get your copy visit sterlingfire.org/letter today) the SVFC will be running our Bucket Brigade this weekend. Find us between 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:

Dulles Crossing Plaza (Lowes and Walmart)
Home Depot
Community Plaza (Burlington and Chick-Fil-A)

If you're shopping in the area and have some change you'd like to leave with us we'll be happy to put it to good use protecting Sterling.
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Bucket Brigade this weekend!

In addition to our annual fund drive letter (if you didnt get your copy visit sterlingfire.org/letter today) the SVFC will be running our Bucket Brigade this weekend.  Find us between 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:

Dulles Crossing Plaza (Lowes and Walmart)
Home Depot
Community Plaza (Burlington and Chick-Fil-A)

If youre shopping in the area and have some change youd like to leave with us well be happy to put it to good use protecting Sterling.

 

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We'll also be at the Cascades Fall Festival on Saturday.

October 12th, 6:11 am

The third part of this year's theme is LEARN.

LEARN two ways out of every room. In a fire, you may have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.
Develop an escape plan with all members of your family. A home escape plan includes:

- two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window;
a path from each exit to the outside; and
- an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone will meet.
- Practice your plan with everyone in your home twice a year.
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October 11th, 6:11 am

Here's a video about LISTENing for the sound of the smoke alarm.LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which sh... ... See MoreSee Less

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October 10th, 6:11 am

The second part of this year's Fire Prevention Week theme is LISTEN:

LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms are the first line of defense in a fire by alerting everyone in time to get out safely. In fact, having smoke alarms in your home cuts your risk of dying in a fire in half.

Make sure your home is adequately equipped with working smoke alarms by taking the following steps:

- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they’re working. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
- Interconnect your smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do.

More specific information about smoke alarms can be found here: www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week/~/~/link.aspx?_id=9E05E4772F9541E88E...

Also, Loudoun County offers free inspections and smoke alarms for those in need via the Put A Finger On It:

www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms
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October 9th, 6:11 am

Here's another video about LOOKing for places fire could start:

youtu.be/SfoMjJND89oLOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them. This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. ...
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October 8th, 11:18 am

Look, listen and learn: The importance of situational awareness - A majority of fire deaths and fire injuries occur in homes, but fires can happen anywhere. A fire in a public space, like a nightclub or hotel without fire sprinklers, can result in many deaths if people are not aware of their surroundings and how to escape. People need to be situationally aware when they are outside their homes. One place this should happen is when you travel. Make sure a place you stay at (hotel/motel) has smoke alarms and sprinkler systems. Look around when you are at other public places such as restaurants so you know where exits are. ... See MoreSee Less

Look, listen and learn: The importance of situational awareness - A majority of fire deaths and fire injuries occur in homes, but fires can happen anywhere. A fire in a public space, like a nightclub or hotel without fire sprinklers, can result in many deaths if people are not aware of their surroundings and how to escape. People need to be situationally aware when they are outside their homes. One place this should happen is when you travel. Make sure a place you stay at (hotel/motel) has smoke alarms and sprinkler systems. Look around when you are at other public places such as restaurants so you know where exits are.

October 8th, 6:11 am

The first part of Fire Prevention Week is "LOOK".

LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and address them. If necessary, have a qualified professional correct hazards.

Learn more by visiting this page at firepreventionweek.org:

www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week/~/link.aspx?_id=1B2E84EFB26A42A081C1...
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