Volunteer Information Session

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

Freezing Pipes (from Loudoun Water)

Freezing Pipes (from Loudoun Water)

When the weather turns colder, water expands as it freezes and this can put tremendous stress on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Usually pipes that freeze are exposed to severe cold weather, like outdoor hose bibs, water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, garages, or kitchen cabinets. To keep meters from freezing during extreme cold snaps, it is important to have a constant flow of water going through the meter.

During significant cold snaps, follow these tips:

- To prevent your pipes from freezing, allow a faucet to drip cold water slowly. The faucet you choose should be the one that is the greatest distance from your main water shut off valve. This is especially important if your property has experienced frozen meters in the past.
- Open the cabinets beneath any place with a water supply, such as the kitchen and bathroom sinks. This will allow warm air to circulate. (Remove any toxic substances first if there are small children or pets in the home.)
- If your pipes freeze, never thaw a pipe with an open flame. Use warm water to soak towels, then wrap the towels around the frozen pipes.

Here are a few preventive measures that can help you when temperatures dip below freezing:

- Whether you're at home or away traveling, keep your thermostat set no lower than 55F. Travelers will often make the mistake of turning their thermostats off thinking it will save on their heating bill when in reality, they'll come home to frozen pipes.
- Shut off and drain the pipes leading to your outside faucets and/or hosebibs so no water is left to freeze, expand and cause a leak in these lines.
- Keep doors and windows to the outside tightly closed.
- Insulate pipes in any unheated or drafty areas. Hardware and plumbing supply stores carry insulation to keep pipes from freezing.
- Seal all leaks in crawl spaces and basements.
Know where your main shut off valve is and label it. Minimize the potential for water damage by ensuring that everyone in the household knows how to shut off the water in case of an emergency.

Freezing pipes are one of the most expensive risks homeowners face. Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. Minimize the potential of water damage by ensuring that everyone in the house knows how to shut off the water in an emergency.

As the weather remains colder, remember the importance of preventing frozen pipes and meters. If you suspect a frozen pipe or meter, you can contact Loudoun Water one of several ways:

- Call 571-291-7880 during regular business hours.
- Call our after hours emergency number at 571-291-7878.

Recent news from SVFC:

January 23rd, 9:00 am

The volunteers of SVFC put in many hours every year serving our communities. These hours range from responding to fires, auto accidents, and EMS calls...to many hours of training...to joining with our neighbors at their events...to our own Open House in October. At our banquet every year, we look back at the year just passed in pictures and video, to celebrate and honor the public service mission of the SVFC. We are pleased to share that video with you.

youtu.be/E5sXx5Q368QSVFC year in review video.
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Great video! Thank you!

Many Thanks ...

Thank You! :) <3

Shannon Mashaal

January 22nd, 8:42 am

The SVFC and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue are busy with broken water pipes during freezing temperatures. Please do what you can to prevent it from happening to you.Our region is predicting very cold temperatures on Sunday and Monday which means it's important to protect your home's pipes as much as possible. Preventative measures include: - Monitoring the weather to know when to take precautions - Allowing a faucet to drip cold water slowly when temperatures get below freezing to keep water moving through your meter and pipes - Keeping your thermostat set to at least 55F, whether you're home or away - Keeping doors, windows and garage doors closed and insulated It is extremely important to take these preventative measures if you have experienced frozen pipes or meters in the past. More information: http://bit.ly/2hqYBQZ ... See MoreSee Less

The SVFC and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue are busy with broken water pipes during freezing temperatures.  Please do what you can to prevent it from happening to you.

January 20th, 3:59 pm

53rd annual Officer Installation Banquet

The SVFC meets in January to celebrate the past year and to officially swear in the elected and appointed officers for the upcoming year. Awards are handed out, speeches are made, and good food and good times are had. After an opening prayer by Chaplain Charlie Grant, the members, families, friends, and guests of the SVFC enjoyed a meal together.

After dinner members heard remarks from Loudoun County Fire & Rescue System Chief Keith Johnson. Following Chief Johnson's remarks, the following awards were presented:

21 members were recognized for the "Millennial" award, having recorded more than 1000 on-duty hours for 2018.

SVFC Chief Mickey Buchanan and Assistant Chief David Short announced the award winners from 2018. Congratulations to the following members recognized this year:

Recruit Firefighter of the Year: Joseph Cooper
Alan Dutton Memorial Firefighter of the Year: Carlos Ablaza
Technician of the Year: Karam Mashaal
Officer of the Year: David Short
Administrative Member of the Year: Jace Greenman
Administrative Impact Award: Scott Shelley

Next, the elected and appointed officers were sworn in, with the oath given by Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall along with Supervisor Koran T. Saines (Sterling).

The evening continued with music and dancing.

In order for all SVFC members to attend our banquet, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company volunteers staffed Fire Station 11 in Sterling Park and Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD volunteers staffed Fire Station 18 in Cascades. The SVFC extends our thanks to those companies for helping us celebrate the past year with colleagues, family, and friends. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue staffs Fire Station 24.
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It was a great night, thanks for allowing me to join you. See you soon. Thanks & Congratulations

Congratulation. Another very successful adventure. Love you dear bro

January 18th, 9:42 am

The National Weather Service had issued a dense fog advisory for the area. Combined with road spray it's difficult to see on the roads. If you're driving please turn on your headlights to help other drivers see you. Also, if you haven't cleared all the snow off of your car please do so it won't fly off and hit other cars and/or blind other drivers. ... See MoreSee Less

January 18th, 9:03 am

Today we are pleased to recognize the Fire-N-Dice Derby sponsor for our casino night being held on Saturday March 23rd; Joe's Cafe

Joe's Cafe is a favorite of our crews. You'll often catch our volunteers enjoying breakfast here during weekend duty shifts. Joe's Cafe is a local institution and you really must stop in and try it for yourself. It's surely to become a favorite of yours, too!

Joe's Cafe, an all American diner that has something for everyone! Whether its breakfast, lunch, or subs you’re looking for, their diner will surely deliver what your appetite desires. Visit their website (www.joescafesterling.com/) and take a look at their breakfast platters – they have waffles, pancakes, french toast and a kids menu with just the right portions. Their extended lunch menu has subs, burgers, sandwiches and platters. Joe's Cafe proudly serves breakfast and lunch all day during our hours of operation.
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Today we are pleased to recognize the Fire-N-Dice Derby sponsor for our casino night being held on Saturday March 23rd;  Joes Cafe

Joes Cafe is a favorite of our crews.  Youll often catch our volunteers enjoying breakfast here during weekend duty shifts.  Joes Cafe is a local institution and you really must  stop in and try it for yourself.  Its surely to become a favorite of yours, too!

Joes Cafe, an all American diner that has something for everyone! Whether its breakfast, lunch, or subs you’re looking for, their diner will surely deliver what your appetite desires.  Visit their website (https://www.joescafesterling.com/) and take a look at their breakfast platters – they have waffles, pancakes, french toast and a kids menu with just the right portions. Their extended lunch menu has subs, burgers, sandwiches and platters. Joes Cafe proudly serves breakfast and lunch all day during our hours of operation.

January 16th, 8:35 pm

Today we recognize three great bronze level sponsors for our Fire-N-Dice Casino event being held on Saturday March 23; Keplinger Repair Service Inc., McLean Insurance Agency, Inc and Lowes Island Dentistry.

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company has a long history with Keplinger Repair Service Inc.. They have helped maintain and keep our fire engines and trucks in peak running condition so they are ready when you need us! Based in Winchester, Keplinger Repair Service Inc. operates a seven-bay full service repair facility, and four fully-stocked mobile service trucks which provide on-site repair and maintenance service in many parts of Virginia and eastern West Virginia. The success of their organization can be attributed to one common focus: THE CUSTOMER! Just having "satisfied" customers is not good enough for a business to remain viable. Customers deserve prompt, reliable service when it is needed most. At Keplinger Repair Service Inc. they strive to provide the best customer service available

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The McLean Insurance Agency, Inc offers a comprehensive portfolio of insurance and risk management solutions for individuals, families, and businesses. Headquartered in the Potomac Falls/Sterling area, we specialize in serving Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington metropolitan area, but is also licensed to provide personal and business insurance coverage in over 35 states. Their caring and conscientious team at McLean Insurance Agency, Inc, is not just professional; they aim for the highest level of integrity and dependability. They have attained some of the industry’s most respected credentials, including: Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR)

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Lowes Island Dentistry offers friendly and professional comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry services to the Potomac Falls, Virginia, community. Their expert dental team makes patient comfort their main focus. They greet patients in the lobby and give their undivided attention while they’re checking in. The professionals at Lowes Island Dentistry actively listen to what patients desire for their future smile and do everything they can to help them achieve those goals. Lowes Island Dentistry provides comprehensive services including, dentures, state-of-the-art implants, fillings, and routine checkups. They’re skilled in providing root canals if needed, as well as X-rays and photographs for easier insurance claims. If insurance coverage is a concern, they also offer flexible payment plans.
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Today we recognize three great bronze level sponsors for our Fire-N-Dice Casino event being held on Saturday March 23; Keplinger Repair Service Inc., McLean Insurance Agency, Inc and Lowes Island Dentistry.

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company has a long history with Keplinger Repair Service Inc..  They have helped maintain and keep our fire engines and trucks in peak running condition so they are ready when you need us!  Based in Winchester, Keplinger Repair Service Inc. operates a seven-bay full service repair facility, and four fully-stocked mobile service trucks which provide on-site repair and maintenance service in many parts of Virginia and eastern West Virginia.  The success of their organization can be attributed to one common focus: THE CUSTOMER!  Just having satisfied customers is not good enough for a business to remain viable.  Customers deserve prompt, reliable service when it is needed most.  At Keplinger Repair Service Inc. they strive to provide the best customer service available

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The McLean Insurance Agency, Inc  offers a comprehensive portfolio of insurance and risk management solutions for individuals, families, and businesses. Headquartered in the Potomac Falls/Sterling area, we specialize in serving Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington metropolitan area, but is also licensed to provide personal and business insurance coverage in over 35 states.  Their caring and conscientious team at McLean Insurance Agency, Inc, is not just professional; they aim for the highest level of integrity and dependability. They have attained some of the industry’s most respected credentials, including: Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR)

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Lowes Island Dentistry offers friendly and professional comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry services to the Potomac Falls, Virginia, community. Their expert dental team makes patient comfort their main focus. They greet patients in the lobby and give their undivided attention while they’re checking in. The professionals at Lowes Island Dentistry actively listen to what patients desire for their future smile and do everything they can to help them achieve those goals.  Lowes Island Dentistry provides comprehensive services including, dentures, state-of-the-art implants, fillings, and routine checkups. They’re skilled in providing root canals if needed, as well as X-rays and photographs for easier insurance claims. If insurance coverage is a concern, they also offer flexible payment plans.

January 15th, 10:22 pm

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is very happy to recognize two of the silver level sponsors for our Fire-N-Dice Casino Night event on Saturday March 23rd; Jenkins Restorations and Koons Sterling Ford

Jenkins Restorations specializes in the repair, reconstruction, and restoration of commercial and residential properties damaged by water, fire, storms, vandalism or burglary. No matter what disaster you have found yourself in, their team is here to provide 24/7 emergency services to get you quickly and professionally restored. Jenkins Restorations mission has always been simple: to restore property and people’s lives with a servant’s heart. They believe that a business can be successful without sacrificing the core values of honesty, integrity, understanding and trust. They strive to be an active part of the communities they serve. And they have the vision to see past the damage, and the faith and experience to walk with you through it.

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Once you experience working with Koons Sterling Ford, you will understand and appreciate the Koons difference. Customers from greater Fairfax, Chantilly, Manassas, Ashburn, Sterling, and Herndon Virginia and Washington DC choose Koons for used cars and a large selection of new Ford cars, trucks and SUV's. They also provide award winning service and parts for all your car repair needs.
Koons Sterling Ford has been awarded the Triple Crown Award two years in a row, 2016 & 2017! It is the highest honor a dealership can receive from the Ford Motor Co. In order to be recognized, a dealership must receive all of Ford's top awards, including: The president's Award for customer service; The Ford One Hundred Club, an honor based on vehicle sales; and The Ford Premier Club for top Parts and Service performance.
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The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is very happy to recognize two of the silver level sponsors for our Fire-N-Dice Casino Night event on Saturday March 23rd; Jenkins Restorations and Koons Sterling Ford

Jenkins Restorations specializes in the repair, reconstruction, and restoration of commercial and residential properties damaged by water, fire, storms, vandalism or burglary. No matter what disaster you have found yourself in, their team is here to provide 24/7 emergency services to get you quickly and professionally restored.  Jenkins Restorations mission has always been simple: to restore property and people’s lives with a servant’s heart. They believe that a business can be successful without sacrificing the core values of honesty, integrity, understanding and trust. They strive to be an active part of the communities they serve. And they have the vision to see past the damage, and the faith and experience to walk with you through it.

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Once you experience working with Koons Sterling Ford, you will understand and appreciate the Koons difference. Customers from greater Fairfax, Chantilly, Manassas, Ashburn, Sterling, and Herndon Virginia and Washington DC choose Koons for used cars and a large selection of new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs. They also provide award winning service and parts for all your car repair needs.
Koons Sterling Ford has been awarded the Triple Crown Award two years in a row, 2016 & 2017!  It is the highest honor a dealership can receive from the Ford Motor Co. In order to be recognized, a dealership must receive all of Fords top awards, including: The presidents Award for customer service; The Ford One Hundred Club, an honor based on vehicle sales; and The Ford Premier Club for top Parts and Service performance.

January 12th, 9:14 pm

When you're digging out from the snow don't forget to clear out your neighborhood fire hydrant. Please clear 3' all around, and a path to the street. Should you or your neighbors have an emergency we want to help as soon as possible. The time we take finding and digging out the hydrant keeps us from doing other things. ... See MoreSee Less

When youre digging out from the snow dont forget to clear out your neighborhood fire hydrant. Please clear 3 all around, and a path to the street. Should you or your neighbors have an emergency we want to help as soon as possible. The time we take finding and digging out the hydrant keeps us from doing other things.

 

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I'd be happy to, if we'd gotten any snow LOL

Not too much snow but did it anyway 😊

Super Patriotic Job 🇺🇸❤️

Great advice!

Lupy Gamez-Garcia

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January 12th, 9:11 pm

Engine 618 on a Fire Alarm during the Jan 22-24 2016 snowstorm. Photo By: Charles Frey ... See MoreSee Less

Engine 618 on a Fire Alarm during the Jan 22-24  2016 snowstorm.  Photo By:  Charles Frey
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