Volunteer Information Session

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

Think safety during Spring Cleaning

Think safety during Spring Cleaning

As spring approaches thoughts turn to cleaning up from the long winter, making repairs around the home and enjoying the outdoors. Keeping a few safety thoughts in mind will help you make your spring experience much more enjoyable.

Recent news from SVFC:

May 26th, 7:57 am

Congratulations to the SVFC Honor Guard, and to everybody else (including many folks with ties to the SVFC) on their awards!Exceptional evening with exceptional people. Great job to all of our Deener-Carr award presenters and congratulations to our recipients. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to the SVFC Honor Guard, and to everybody else (including many folks with ties to the SVFC) on their awards!

May 25th, 8:27 am

9 years ago today the SVFC responded to this, one of the most significant calls in the history of the Loudoun County Combined Fire Rescue System.Today marks the 9th anniversary of Meadowood Court.

On May 25, 2008, fire and rescue personnel from Loudoun County responded to a structure fire at 43238 Meadowood Court in Leesburg. Crews from Company 6 arrived on the scene to find heavy fire coming from a two-story single-family home. Four firefighters quickly searched the home for occupants and initiated a fire attack while the two apparatus operators conducted exterior tasks.

A rapid and catastrophic change of fire and smoke conditions occurred in the interior of the house. Four personnel from Engine 6 and Tower 6 became trapped on the second floor due to the intense fire, heat and smoke conditions. A Mayday transmission was made and the 4 firefighters were forced to self-rescue from the structure.

During the course of the incident, seven responders were injured. Of those injured, four firefighters received significant burn injuries, two firefighters sustained orthopedic injuries, and one EMS provider was treated for minor respiratory distress. One firefighter, Lt. John Early, was medically retired due to his burn injuries.

There were several investigations, including one conducted by OSHA which included a citation.

There was a long list of changes identified that needed to be done with how we operate as a department. Through the years, we have been chipping away at the list, however, there are a few significant items which still remain unaddressed. Number 1 on the list of recommendations (Meadowood Report Appendix 1-Recommendations) is:

1. Increase the System-wide minimum staffing level to at least four qualified Firefighters on all fire suppression units, including engine, truck, and rescue companies.

A more detailed background on that recommendation can be found on page 44 in the Meadowood Report under the “Effective Firefighting Force” section.

The 4th firefighter is critical for the safety of our crews as they provide more manpower on EMS and fire scenes. The NFPA Technical Committee reviewed numerous studies, evaluations and stakeholder reports containing empirical data on departmental response and mitigation of fire. These studies clearly demonstrate that for safe, effective, and efficient fire suppression each responding company needs a minimum of four firefighters. Numerous studies support the four-person minimum. Studies have also shown that more resources on scene of EMS calls means quicker transport time to the hospital and reduces injuries.

In the west end of the county, resources are spread out and crews have to wait a significant amount of time for the next arriving apparatus and manpower to arrive on scene. Having a 4th firefighter would improve fire ground and EMS operations tremendously.

The department is also gearing to adopt NFPA 1710 (Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments) in the near future. NFPA 1710 addresses proper staffing levels of apparatus, which includes a 4th firefighter on the engine, as well as response times. The OSHA citation also addresses the need to adhere to NFPA 1710.

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Investigative Report into the Meadowood Court Fire:
iaff3756.org/meadowoodct/Meadowood%20Court%20Significant%20Injury%20Investigative%20Report.PDF

Investigative Report into the Meadowood Court Fire video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihc_Lz7Yh_4
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9 years ago today the SVFC responded to this, one of the most significant calls in the history of the Loudoun County Combined Fire Rescue System.

May 20th, 4:29 pm

Members of SVFC Crew 2 and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office work together to help clear a tree that fell and blocked the road on Millwood Square. ... See MoreSee Less

Members of SVFC Crew 2 and the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office work together to help clear a tree that fell and blocked the road on Millwood Square.

May 19th, 6:34 pm

Come visit our EMS partners at their open house!

May 20, 10:00amDulles Town CenterJoin the members of Sterling Rescue as we celebrate the begining of EMS Week, the open house is free and open to the public. See the latest in our equipment. Moon bounce, Ambulance Rides, see a heavy rescue truck, ATV, Boats and other fun and interesting pieces of equipment.
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Sterling Rescues Open house

May 18th, 8:28 am

Auto Accident for Crew 6

On Wednesday evening Engine 611 was alerted, along with Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, for an auto accident. Additional information about someone trapped in the vehicle upgraded the call to an auto accident with entrapment. This added Tower 611, Rescue 615, Truck 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, and Medic 623, Battalion 601, Safety 600, and EMS601 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. E611 began extrication and was able to free the patient, who was then turned over to EMS for evaluation and treatment.
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Auto Accident for Crew 6

On Wednesday evening Engine 611 was alerted, along with Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, for an auto accident.  Additional information about someone trapped in the vehicle upgraded the call to an auto accident with entrapment. This added Tower 611, Rescue 615, Truck 606 from Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD, and Medic 623, Battalion 601, Safety 600, and EMS601 from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.  E611 began extrication and was able to free the patient, who was then turned over to EMS for evaluation and treatment.

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Great Job, as usual... The best

Thank you.

Great job SVFD SVRS AVFRD and LCFR I miss all you guys There's not a better Team of FIRE AND EMS professionals

Alex Jinnah

May 16th, 1:08 pm

Our career partners working to keep our community safe.Today LCFR Engine and Tower 11 - Sterling Park visited The Patriots Preschool program and conducted a public education event teaching the children about fire safety. Afterwards members got suited up in their gear to show the children what fire fighters look like fully equipped and what tools the fire trucks carry. ... See MoreSee Less

Our career partners working to keep our community safe.

May 11th, 8:22 am

Help yourself and others stay safe in the rain.The rain has settled in....Wipers On? Headlights On! It's the law! ... See MoreSee Less

Help yourself and others stay safe in the rain.

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Saw 6 vehicles around me today and none of them had their headlights on.

May 11th, 6:42 am

Mother's Day Shopping to support the SVFC

A group of local business owners are once again holding a sale to support the SVFC. Come out to Patton Hall, behind the Fire Station 618 (46700 Middlefield Drive) in Cascades from 10a-1p on Saturday, May 13th, and shop for LuLaRoe, doTERRA, Scentsy, paparazzi, younique, and Tupperware.
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Mothers Day Shopping to support the SVFC

A group of local business owners are once again holding a sale to support the SVFC.  Come out to Patton Hall, behind the Fire Station 618 (46700 Middlefield Drive) in Cascades from 10a-1p on Saturday, May 13th, and shop for LuLaRoe, doTERRA, Scentsy, paparazzi, younique, and Tupperware.

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Come join us on Saturday from 10-1. Shop for the LuLa-Loving ladies in your life, or for yourself, to benefit a great cause!!!

I am SO excited to PARTY with this AMAZING group of ladies on Saturday! Come out and SHOP some FABULOUS pieces for that special Mom in your life!! 💕

May 8th, 12:28 pm

Thank you Falcons Landing

On May 5, 2017, the SVFC and the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad hosted an Ice Cream Social for the residents of the Falcons Landing Retirement Community. The event kicked-off their annual fund drive event. A major sponsor and supporter of the SVFC and SVRS, the community has donated over a million dollars to both organizations in the last 19 years. As the residents arrived they were warmly welcomed by volunteers from both organizations. After a brief welcome and introduction, the residents were given the opportunity to tour our station and learn about the SVFC and SVRS, our vehicles, tools, and the latest fire and rescue techniques. After the tour, our volunteers served the residents with an assortment of delicious baked goods and ice cream. The SVFC truly appreciates the continuing support and partnership from Falcons Landing and the community at-large. Everyone’s support allows us to do what we do best, to provide superior fire protection to our community through the use of highly trained and motivated firefighters, the most up to date equipment, responsible financial planning and the cooperation of our neighboring companies!

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Thank you Falcons Landing

On May 5, 2017, the SVFC and the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad hosted an Ice Cream Social for the residents of the Falcons Landing Retirement Community. The event kicked-off their annual fund drive event. A major sponsor and supporter of the SVFC and SVRS, the community has donated over a million dollars to both organizations in the last 19 years. As the residents arrived they were warmly welcomed by volunteers from both organizations. After a brief welcome and introduction, the residents were given the opportunity to tour our station and learn about the SVFC and SVRS, our vehicles, tools, and the latest fire and rescue techniques. After the tour, our volunteers served the residents with an assortment of delicious baked goods and ice cream.  The SVFC truly appreciates the continuing support and partnership from Falcons Landing and the community at-large.  Everyone’s support allows us to do what we do best, to provide superior fire protection to our community through the use of highly trained and motivated firefighters, the most up to date equipment, responsible financial planning and the cooperation of our neighboring companies!

Text by:  Herbert Valle (SVFC)

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Thank you Falcons Landing for your support!