Volunteer Information Session

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

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

A good spring house cleaning can significantly help promote fire safety in your home. It's the ideal time to check homes and yards for dangerous materials and unsafe conditions and spend the time to protect families and properties.

Start by taking a few minutes to plan a safety cleanup day. You will want to check each room in your house, and don't forget the garage, yard, and storage shed.

First annual “Fire-N-Dice” Casino Night
Presented by Ted Britt Chevy
Benefiting the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

March 23, 2019 from 7pm to 10pm in Patton Hall (behind Station 18 in Cascades)

Get your tickets today:

sterlingfire.org/casino

Don’t miss out! Come out and enjoy an evening filled with the fun and excitement of Las Vegas-style gaming including;

– Craps
– Roulette
– Blackjack
– Texas Holdem
– And the Fire-N-Dice Derby

Bid on Silent Auction items
Enter to win fabulous raffle prizes

TICKETS ARE LIMITED and can be purchased at:

sterlingfire.org/casino

Early Bird tickets are available for $30 while they last. Ticket price goes up to $40 after that!

Ticket price includes;
– Admission
– $500 in ‘Funny Money’
– Heavy hors d’eouvres
– Two beverage tickets (beer & wine)
– One Fire-N-Dice Derby ticket
– Two raffle tickets

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– Doors will open at 6:30pm
– You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event
– Dress code is business casual

Recent news from SVFC:

March 24th, 12:53 pm

We hope everyone had as much fun at our first Fire-N-Dice casino night as we did!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and to everyone that came out to support the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company last night.

We are blessed to serve such an amazing community.

We'll see everyone next year at our 2nd annual Fire-N-Dice Casino Night!

Here is a link to our photo gallery from last night:

sterlingfire.smugmug.com/Fire-N-Dice-Casino-Night-2019/
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March 23rd, 4:50 pm

Happy to help out one of our local Cub Scout packs (Pack 956) today as they held their Blue and Gold ceremony and celebrated first responders. Scouts had fun checking out the police vehicles and our fire truck. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy to help out one of our local Cub Scout packs (Pack 956) today as they held their Blue and Gold ceremony and celebrated first responders. Scouts had fun checking out the police vehicles and our fire truck.Image attachment

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The scouts of Pack 956 had so much fun! We are so grateful for the time and energy you devoted to the youngest members of our community! <3

Scared me for a minute to see a fire truck at the church, until i realized this was from earlier in the day! I had just been there working in the garden & everything was fine! 😂

March 21st, 7:04 am

Help other drivers see you during low visibility conditions.Get ready for a rainy #Friday around the Commonwealth. Remember to use your headlights with your windshield wipers. It's the law! Stay visible and safe.

#VAwx #VDOT #WipersOnLightsOn #BeVisible #BeSafe
Virginia State Police
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Help other drivers see you during low visibility conditions.

March 18th, 12:02 pm

Thank you Wegmans Dulles for being the perfect picture of a good neighbor. Every time Sterling Volunteer Fire Company has reached out to Wegmans for help, they have come through. From healthy snacks to full meals, they have our back. It is one thing for a company to offer support when we ask but what about reaching out to us without a request? Wegmans does all of this and more. We are proud to have them as a food sponsor for the first Sterling Volunteer Fire Company Fire-N-Dice Casino Night on March 23rd. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Wegmans Dulles for being the perfect picture of a good neighbor. Every time Sterling Volunteer Fire Company has reached out to Wegmans for help, they have come through. From healthy snacks to full meals, they have our back. It is one thing for a company to offer support when we ask but what about reaching out to us without a request? Wegmans does all of this and more. We are proud to have them as a food sponsor for the first Sterling Volunteer Fire Company  Fire-N-Dice Casino Night on March 23rd.

March 10th, 9:42 am

Did you remember to change your batteries and test your smoke and CO alarms? Did you review and practice your eascape plan? It's not too late. Do it today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Also Look on the back. if you have a production date of 6 years ago or older you will want to replace them. The radioactive element decays over time.

Posted and credited. Thanks

Does our FD give away free smoke detectors? I know some of them do.

Good advice, posting on my Chair Randall page

March 9th, 6:53 am

Townhouse Fire for Crew 3

Early Wednesday morning Engines 618, 624, Engine and Truck 611, Engine 622 and Truck 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Rescue 439 and Battalion Chief 401 from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Medic 625 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Battalion Chief 601, Safety 601, and EMS Supervisor 601 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a townhouse fire in Countryside. Engine 618 arrived to find smoke coming from the front door and prepared for fire attack. Engine 624 was right behind 618 and secured a water supply and pulled a 2nd hoseline to assist with fire attack. Battalion 601 arrived soon after and assumed command from Engine 618. Engine 622 established a 2nd water supply and pulled a 3rd hoseline, positioned to the rear of the row of townhouses. Truck 606 positioned in front of the townhouse and split their crew, with the interior crew beginning a search to ensure that all occupants were out while the exterior crew put ladders in place and secured external utilities. The fire was quickly extinguished and operations transitioned to smoke removal and other salvage operations while the fire marshal began their investigation.
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Where is this

Bob Dorsett show Mom

Was that your old townhouse?

March 8th, 10:17 am

“Spring Forward”, Change Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke Alarm Batteries


Sunday, March 10th, 2019 we “spring forward” and set our clocks ahead one hour in observance of daylight saving time. As we change our clocks, our fire prevention team asks that you use this opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and practice your home escape plan.

Smoke alarms are on duty, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, scanning the air for fire and smoke and ready to alert your family if there is a fire in your home. “It’s critical that these life-saving devices are checked and tested frequently to ensure they’re working properly,” said Chief Linda Hale of the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. “We recommend that smoke alarms are placed, at a minimum, in each bedroom, outside sleeping areas and on every level of the home. Early warning in the event of a fire can provide the lifesaving seconds you may need to escape.”

Remember, smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. To keep smoke and CO alarms in optimal condition:

• Test smoke and CO alarms monthly.
• Clean away any dust or debris from the alarm.
• Replace batteries according to manufacturer’s recommendations (alkaline versus 10 year lithium).
• Completely replace all smoke alarms after 10 years or if the alarm does not respond properly when tested.

The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System’s Smoke Alarm Program offers free home safety inspections and smoke alarms to all residents. If your smoke alarms are broken or outdated we will replace them with battery powered alarms at no cost and install additional alarms as necessary. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the smoke alarm hotline 703-737-8093 or visit www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be fatal at relatively low levels so properly installed and maintained CO alarms are critical to your safety. CO alarms should be installed on every level of the home and in hallways outside of sleeping areas. If the CO alarm sounds or you suspect CO poisoning evacuate immediately and call 9-1-1. Common symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, light-headedness, and flu-like symptoms.

Last but certainly not least, every household needs a home escape plan! As a household, identify two possible exits routes for each room and designate a safe meeting place outside. Use the attached home escape planning tool from the National Fire Protection Association to create your family home escape plan. For more information on fire prevention and life safety resources in Loudoun County, please visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or call Public Education Manager Lisa Braun at 571-258-3222.
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March 7th, 12:34 pm

The SVFC is proud to be a part of the first responders in Loudoun County, including working with Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at incidents to protect and assist victims and reduce risk of further problems. And this is an opportunity for a great reminder...when you see our red lights and the blue lights of law enforcement officers, #SlowDown and #MoveOver.LCSO would like to say #thankyou to our colleagues at Loudoun County Fire and Rescue for always having our back. We are lucky to have LCFR and LCFR Volunteers as partners! We work daily with the great men and women of these two departments! Thank you for your service! ... See MoreSee Less

The SVFC is proud to be a part of the first responders in Loudoun County, including working with Loudoun County Sheriffs Office at incidents to protect and assist victims and reduce risk of further problems. And this is an opportunity for a great reminder...when you see our red lights and the blue lights of law enforcement officers, #SlowDown and #MoveOver.

March 6th, 6:00 pm

We'll have our own post out about the second fire soon.Two Fires in Loudoun County Displace Three and Cause Significant Damages

Two fires in Loudoun County within eight hours of each other fortunately resulted in no injuries, but displaced three residents, several animals and did over a half million dollars in damages. Fire Officials issue important safety reminders as we usher out the winter season.

Just after 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call from the occupant reporting a structure fire at 36000 block of Kidwell Road in Purcellville. The homeowner called 9-1-1 when they arrived at the residence and found smoke coming from the roof and saw fire through the windows. Fire and Rescue units from Loudoun Heights, Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville, Hamilton, and Frederick County, MD were dispatched to the scene along with numerous command officers.

Fire crews arrived on scene and reported smoke coming from the roof with fire visible through the first floor windows of a two-story, single family home. Based upon the amount of smoke and fire inside the structure, command requested additional units from Loudoun and Frederick County, MD.

Once firefighters confirmed all occupants were safely out of the structure, firefighters brought hoselines inside to attack the fire. Quickly upon entering the structure, firefighters encountered sections of the first floor that had already burned through showing significant fire in the basement. For the safety of all crews operating on the scene, firefighters pulled out of the structure and transitioned to an exterior fire attack extinguishing the flames through windows and doorways. Once the fire was under control and visibility improved, crews safely re-entered the structure to check for extension and extinguish any remaining fire.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire to be accidental in nature, caused when a heat lamp used to warm chicks ignited bedding materials. Smoke alarms were present and sounding when the homeowner discovered the fire. Damages are estimated to be $420,000. The single occupant of the home will be displaced for an extended period of time. Three horses housed in a stable located on the property were uninjured and are being relocated. There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel or civilians.

Also, just after 12:25 a.m., Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, the ECC received a 9-1-1 call for smoke in a townhome on Millard Drive in Sterling. The resident advised that they had tried to shut down their wood burning fireplace and now their home and the home next door were both filled with smoke. Fire and rescue units from Cascades, Kincora, Sterling, Lansdowne, and Fairfax County were dispatched to the incident along with numerous command officers.

The first unit arrived to find a three-story, middle unit townhouse with smoke coming from the front of the townhome. Once firefighters determined that this was a working fire with many exposures, additional units from Leesburg and Fairfax County were dispatched to the scene. Crews discovered fire in the floor space next to a woodstove that had also spread into the chimney space. Firefighters worked to uncover and extinguish the fire with the scene deemed under control within 25 minutes.

Firefighters remained on the scene performing salvage and overhaul measures in the building of origin and checking on neighboring homes and residents.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation ruled the fire accidental in nature, resulting from the improper installation of the wood stove inside the townhouse. Two adults were displaced and will be staying locally. Smoke alarms were present and functioning on all floors but homeowners exited prior to activation. Damages resulting from the fire are estimated at $150,000.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds you to stay diligent about fire safety as we close out the winter months. Please have a qualified professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys. Clean the inside of your stove periodically using a wire brush. Allow all ashes to cool before disposing of them in a covered metal container, kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or residence. Portable space heaters, heat lamps, fireplaces and stoves all need to be kept a safe distance away from anything that can burn. It is recommended to have at least a three foot safe space around heating devices to ensure they are operating safely. For more fire safety tips, please visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal.
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March 6th, 10:07 am

Townhouse Fire for Crew 2

On Monday, about 30 minutes into SVFC's monthly membership meeting, Engine 618, Engine and Truck 611, Engine and Tiller 606 and Engine 622 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, Battalion Chief 601, Safety 601, and EMS Supervisor from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and Medic 615 and Rescue 635 from Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad were alerted for a townhouse fire a few blocks away. Before all units marked responding Truck 611 was already on scene. With fire showing to the rear of the townhouse a RIT Level 1 dispatch was started bringing additional units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Engine 439, Medic 404, and Tower 401. Chief 600, Chief 611, Assistant Chief 618, and Canteen 611 added on to the call. Truck 611 began to search the home to locate the fire and ensure that all occupants were out. Engines 611 and 618 pulled hoselines to begin extinguishing the fire. As other units arrived they assumed other duties including assisting with extinguishment and checking neighboring homes to ensure fire hadn't spread. Within 15 minutes the fire was extinguished and units changed focus to smoke removal and other damage mitigation tasks.
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Great job SVFC (and supporting companies)! Any injuries (occupants or fire crews)? Thanks for all you do!

Ridwan Adhami

Thank you so much, firefighters! Great job.

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