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April 16th, 1:23 pm

Last week the Wednesday night volunteer duty crew started their shift with a structure fire in Ashburn. Engine 618 arrived 4th due, took the Rapid Intervention Team assignment and helped establish a water supply for Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD Engine 606. Truck 611 arrived as second truck and assisted with extensive ventilation of the structure. Later that night Engine 618 was dispatched to investigate a flare in the area of Potomac Sports Complex. Aided by Loudoun County Sheriff's Officeffice they eventually made contact with people stuck on Sharpskin Island who needed assistance. This brought Chief 6Sterling Volunteer Rescue SquadSquad, and swift water rescue teams Loudoun County Fire and RescueescueFairfax County Fire and Rescue Departmenttment. If you'd like to help your neighbors in need visit join.sterlingfire.org and find out more. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week the Wednesday night volunteer duty crew started their shift with a structure fire in Ashburn. Engine 618 arrived 4th due, took the Rapid Intervention Team assignment and helped establish a water supply for Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD Engine 606. Truck 611 arrived as second truck and assisted with extensive ventilation of the structure.  Later that night Engine 618 was dispatched to investigate a flare in the area of Potomac Sports Complex.  Aided by Loudoun County Sheriffs Office they eventually made contact with people stuck on Sharpskin Island who needed assistance.  This brought Chief 611, @Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, and swift water rescue teams from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.  If youd like to help your neighbors in need visit join.sterlingfire.org and find out more.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Team work makes the dream work!

April 16th, 7:56 am

A view of the Truck 611 crew heading to the roof of a local high-rise building. Units were dispatched for a report of smoke in the structure, and Truck 611 was assigned to check the HVAC units on the roof. If this looks like something you would like to try visit join.sterlingfire.org ... See MoreSee Less

A view of the Truck 611 crew heading to the roof of a local high-rise building.  Units were dispatched for a report of smoke in the structure, and Truck 611 was assigned to check the HVAC units on the roof.  If this looks like something you would like to try visit join.sterlingfire.org

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Nope. Fear of heights.

Thank you for all you do!!

Yaaay, that's what's up

April 15th, 7:04 pm

The SVFC Salutes Our Dispatchers
April 14-20, 2024 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Emergency dispatchers are the unsung heroes in the ranks of first responders. As the first to make contact with those facing an emergency, dispatchers routinely provide the instructions that can make the difference between life and death. They are the FIRST first responders. They can expect to deal with the panic and fear of people having the worst day of their lives every time the phone rings. The SVFC thanks all of our dispatchers at the Loudoun Emergency Communications Center (ECC); past and present, and dispatchers everywhere, for the tireless work that they do day in and day out.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Loudoun County Sheriff's Officeffice
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The SVFC Salutes Our Dispatchers
April 14-20, 2024 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Emergency dispatchers are the unsung heroes in the ranks of first responders. As the first to make contact with those facing an emergency, dispatchers routinely provide the instructions that can make the difference between life and death. They are the FIRST first responders. They can expect to deal with the panic and fear of people having the worst day of their lives every time the phone rings. The SVFC thanks all of our dispatchers at the Loudoun Emergency Communications Center (ECC); past and present, and dispatchers everywhere, for the tireless work that they do day in and day out.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue 
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department 
Loudoun County Sheriffs Office

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Thank you to the dispatcher with whom I spoke yesterday when a small fire started in our bathroom. Your service is invaluable! And thank you to all the firefighters in Sterling and from surrounding companies (there were so many I couldn't keep track of who came out to help). We appreciate all that you do to keep us safe ~ more than I can express in words! God bless. 🙏🙏

April 15th, 4:38 pm

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Determined Cause of Sterling Structure FireThe Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office (LCFR-FMO) determined Saturday’s house fire in the 21000 block of Parc Dulles Square in Sterling was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

At approximately 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2024, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Kincora, Cascades, Sterling Park, and Ashburn, as well as units from Fairfax County, were dispatched to a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, crews located a fire on the 3rd floor balcony, threatening to extend into the 3rd floor apartment. Fire and rescue personnel quickly extinguished the fire on the balcony before it extended to any other parts of the building. Ultimately, no occupants were displaced and no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

The LCFR-FMO investigators determined the fire was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Damages are estimated at $25,000.

Improperly discarded smoking materials can cause devastating home fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the 2021 national estimates for residential building smoking fires and losses show there were 7,800 fires, 275 deaths, 750 injuries, and $361,500,000 in dollar loss. These fires are preventable by following a few simple tips:
- If you smoke, do so outside.
- Ensure cigarettes are fully extinguished, every time.
- Ensure smoking materials are discarded in appropriate containers and clean them often. Never use plastic, potted plants, mulch, grass, leaves, or anything that can burn to extinguish smoking materials. Remember that mulch, potting soil, etc. is combustible and will burn quickly when exposed to heat.
- Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Hot ashes can smolder for days.
- Use a deep, sturdy ashtray and be sure it is placed on a surface where it will not tip over.
- Place containers away from the house. Never place containers on front porches, decks, or just outside the door.
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace units as specified by the manufacturer’s instructions. For smoke alarm information, visit www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms or call 703-737-8093.

Photo courtesy of Sterling Volunteer Fire Company.

View this press release on our website: www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=9066

Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756
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Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Determined Cause of Sterling Structure Fire
April 12th, 2:01 pm

The community comes first! Yesterday evening, our volunteers on Engine 618 were just beginning a fire safety demonstration for the cub scouts when they were dispatched for a fire alarm. A false alarm, thankfully. They then turned their focus towards dinner, but that would have to wait as they were dispatched to an auto accident just as they sat down to eat. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Engine 624, and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad Ambulance 635B and Medic 615 were also dispatched. Once Engine 618 arrived on scene, they placed Engine 624 and Ambulance 635B in service. Fortunately, there were no injuries. E618 remained on scene to assist Loudoun County Sheriff's Officeffice with traffic control until a tow truck could clear a disabled vehicle from the scene. E618 then went in service....and finally got to eat dinner.

Eating a meal late, or being interrupted during a meal is not unusual. We gladly accept this small inconvenience as a cost of serving our community. If you don't mind an occasional late meal, you should think about becoming one of us: join.sterlingfire.org

More photos: sterlingfire.smugmug.com/2024/Incidents/2024-04-11-MVA-THU-LCFR-2024-00015374/Public
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The community comes first! Yesterday evening, our volunteers on Engine 618 were just beginning a fire safety demonstration for the cub scouts when they were dispatched for a fire alarm. A false alarm, thankfully.  They then turned their focus towards dinner, but that would have to wait as they were dispatched to an auto accident just as they sat down to eat. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Engine 624, and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad Ambulance 635B and Medic 615 were also dispatched. Once Engine 618 arrived on scene, they placed Engine 624 and Ambulance 635B in service. Fortunately, there were no injuries. E618 remained on scene to assist Loudoun County Sheriffs Office with traffic control until a tow truck could clear a disabled vehicle from the scene. E618 then went in service....and finally got to eat dinner.

Eating a meal late, or being interrupted during a meal is not unusual.  We gladly accept this small inconvenience as a cost of serving our community.  If you dont mind an occasional late meal, you should think about becoming one of us: join.sterlingfire.org

More photos:  https://sterlingfire.smugmug.com/2024/Incidents/2024-04-11-MVA-THU-LCFR-2024-00015374/PublicImage attachment