Volunteer Information Session

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

Annual Fund Drive

Annual Fund Drive

Local residents should be receiving our December fund drive letter (the follow up to our September letter). To those who have already donated, THANK YOU!. To those who haven't yet, please consider doing so before the end of the year.

The SVFC is only partially funded by your tax dollars. We rely on your financial support to ensure we have the latest equipment and training to serve you and our community. Please read through it and consider making a donation. Some of you may be receiving one for the first time, as recent construction has increased the area we serve. If you get a letter that means that the SVFC is the closest fire company to your home.

Please consider how you can help the SVFC better serve the residents, businesses, and visitors to the Sterling area. If you miss the letter in your mailbox it's also available online at sterlingfire.org/letter where you can read it, download it, print it, or share with friends and neighbors.

Have plans for holiday shopping?

Have plans for holiday shopping?

Did you know that you can shop at Amazon and also support the SVFC? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the SVFC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to the SVFC.

It’s also easy to do. Follow the link below or go to http://sterlingfire.org/smile, then shop like you normally do. You should see "Supporting: Sterling Park Volunteer Fire Co Inc" at the top of the page. That’s it! If you have an Amazon account it should remember your choice, so in the future, you can just shop at smile.amazon.com. If you don’t start at smile.amazon.com your purchases won’t count, so go to smile.amazon.com every time you visit Amazon.

Recent news from SVFC:

December 11th, 4:58 pm

Oakgrove Road Fire Displaces Sterling Family

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation into Sunday evening’s Sterling house fire found the fire to be accidental, caused by a heat lamp that was placed too close to combustible materials.
At 6:20 p.m. Sunday, December 10th, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting on a house on fire in the 22000 block of Oakgrove Road in Sterling. Fire and rescue units from Moorefield, Fairfax County, Sterling, Kincora, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority – Dulles, and numerous command officers responded to the incident. Firefighters arrived to find a two-story, single family dwelling with significant fire showing from the attic of the house. Due to the volume of fire upon arrival of the first engine company a second alarm and a Rapid Intervention Team were requested bringing additional units from Sterling, Fairfax County and Ashburn. Firefighters confirmed that the residents were not home at the time of the fire.
Due to the advanced state of the fire, units made a defensive attack from the exterior of the home to knock down the bulk of the fire. Multiple hoselines were deployed around the residence and a master stream from a ladder truck was utilized to extinguish the fire.
There were no injuries to any occupants or first responders. The Red Cross responded to assist the seventeen family members, ten adults and seven children, displaced by the fire. One neighboring home received minor damage to the siding but the occupants were able to remain in the home.
The Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined the fire originated under the rear deck as a result of a heat lamp placed too close combustible materials. Damages are estimated at $714,000.

Photo below courtesy: Collin Gould, Sterling Volunteer Fire Company
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December 11th, 1:27 pm

Crew 3 from the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company had a busy shift this Sunday. Just before sitting down to dinner, Engine and Tower 611, Engine 624, and units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD), Dulles Airport, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad were dispatched for a house fire in the Oakgrove subdivision. Due to this neighborhood's close proximity to Herndon, FCFRD units were the first arriving.

The fire had progressed quickly and spread throughout much of the house prior to the first units arriving. All crews worked to contain the fire to the house of origin and prevent the spread to the neighboring structures.

Once the incident was stabilized, the incident commander took the time to swap out units and replace FCFRD Ladder 436 with SVFC Tower 611. The Tower unit has a platform at the end of the ladder that allows for better reach and a working area for firefighters to overhaul and extinguish any fire still hidden within the walls and roof line of the structure.

During the incident off duty volunteers staffed reserve units, and other resources were transferred into the area to ensure adequate protection. These included Engine 605 from Hamilton and Tower 619 from Dulles South (South Riding).

While units were still working at the Oakgrove fire, Engine 618, Tower 619, and other units responded to a separate incident at Dominion High School These units were dispatched to an automatic fire alarm and discovered a small fire in one of the classrooms. The fire was held in check by the building's sprinkler system and finally extinguished by the first arriving units. Damage was kept to a minimum and school officials worked throughout the night to ensure that the school would open on time.
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December 9th, 8:45 am

Volunteer crews from Ashburn's Stations 6 and 22, along with Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg and career staff Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were alerted to this house fire in Ashburn Village Neighbors shortly before 8:30pm last night. A transitional attack was initiated, using master streams from elevated ladder trucks and exterior hand lines to knock down a bulk of the fire before going inside to complete extinguishment and overhaul. The last crews from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD left the scene around midnight. ... See MoreSee Less

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December 8th, 11:22 pm

Photos With Santa 2017. Two days, 22 hours, 213 families, over 2,500 images compressed down into 3 1/2 minutes of absolute joy! Thank you to everyone that comes out to support the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company time and time again! We are truly blessed to serve the Sterling community.... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great event every year! Thanks for hosting Santa!!

Thank you for this great event. We look forward to it every year.

Thank was awesome! Santa must be exhausted!! Thank you for the great pics!

Christina you guys are in this around 1:40!

December 8th, 2:49 pm

Some helpful tips from AAA and the Virginia State Police about how you can stay safe if you cannot stay off the roads when it snows.

1. Don’t stomp on the accelerator or the brakes. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.
2, Slow down. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement.
3. Increase following distance. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds. The extra distance will increase your margin of safety if you have to stop.
4. Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
5. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
6. Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
7. Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
8. Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.
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And remove the snow from the roof of your vehicle!!

December 8th, 10:39 am

Come find out how you can be part of the Sterling Fire family. We need volunteers to ride the trucks and volunteers to manage the company (recruitment, fundraising, 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: sterlingfire.org/virf

Jan 4, 7:00pmSterling Volunteer Fire CompanyCome find out how you can be part of the Sterling Fire family. We need volunteers to ride the trucks and volunteers to manage the company (recruitment, fundraising, 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: sterlingfire.org/virf
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SVFC January Volunteer Information Session

December 8th, 10:38 am

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

December 8th, 9:14 am

The SVFC is preparing for our first snow of the season. Are you?Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for tonight and Saturday for the area shaded below, where the confidence of 2-4" of snow is the highest. Today will be fine, with snow starting after the PM commute. As the picture becomes clearer, the Advisory area may change. Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less

The SVFC is preparing for our first snow of the season.  Are you?

December 7th, 2:21 pm

Chief Alan W. Dutton
Feb 18, 1955 - Dec 7, 2010A tribute to Chief Alan W. Dutton
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Beautiful Farewell, Peace be with Mr. Dutton.

Big Al was a great friend. Miss you Big A!

Miss him

Was just thinking about you Chief. God bless you and your family.

Rest Easy

Rest In Peace my Brother

Thanks sir

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December 7th, 10:25 am

Today's #TBT is from Feb of 2011. A single vehicle accident left the driver stuck. The SVFC, along with Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, worked to free the driver while providing needed medical care. ... See MoreSee Less

Todays #TBT is from Feb of 2011.  A single vehicle accident left the driver stuck.  The SVFC, along with Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, worked to free the driver while providing needed medical care.Image attachment