Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company will be holding its annual open house on October 4th, from 10am-2pm. We would like to invite the community over to Fire Station 20, located at 61 Plaza St. NE Leesburg VA 20176, for a day full of fun activities, cool demonstrations, fire truck rides, kids games, station tours, food, drinks, and more. All are welcome and admission is free. We look forward to seeing you!
On the evening of May 3rd, 2014, Medic 613 was called to the Catoctin Skate Park for an ALS injury. After evaluation, the medic crew decided to fly the patient to Fairfax Hosptial, the closest trauma center. The initial plan was to rendezvous with Aircare at the Leesburg Executive Airport, but the helicopter stationed there was already on a call. Station 20 became the landing site for Aircare 4. The field beside Station 20 makes a good LZ, due to a lack of obstructions, proximity to suppression apparatus and personnel, and easy access from paved roads.
Photos courtesy of Brady Grim.
At approximately 1336 hours on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, Engine 620 was dispatched to the Loudoun County Landfill for a machinery fire. FM611 arrived on scene first and advised a large piece of trash grinding machinery was on fire. Upon arrival, Engine 620 (LCFR Captain Murphy) requested additional units, including Tanker 601 and an additional engine. Due to wind conditions and the location of the fire in relation to brush, additional units were requested to deal with the exposures. Engine 620 had command initially till it was transferred to Battalion 603 (LCFR - Kiger).
Engine 620's crew utilized the onboard Class B foam system to combat the fire. The equipment was leaking diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid, which resulted in a HazMat situation. Tanker 601, staffed by Capt. Jim Fazekas (dressed in a suit no less since he was planning to attend a funeral), supplied Engine 620 with water and additional foam as needed. Muddy conditions at the landfill made operations even more challenging.
Units were in service by 1835 hours, when major cleanup activities ensued. During the call, additional volunteers staffed Engine 601 in Leesburg to ensure our first due was covered. No injuries occurred on this call. Photos courtesy of Capt. Fazekas.
Early this morning (March 9th), units were dispatched to the 400 block of Lawford Drive for a house fire. The first arriving medic unit advised the structure was fully involved with two exposure structures being threatened. They requested a Level 1 RIT assignment and a second alarm. Engine and Truck 601 arrived shortly thereafter. After confirming that all residents had escaped from the house, they initiated an aggressive attack to protect the exosures and extinuish the bulk of the fire. Handlines, a BlitzFire, deck gun, and ladder pipe were all utilized in the attack.
Chief 601 (Cook) was the Leesburg duty officer and he had "Lawford Command". The four residents of the home who had taken refuge at a neighbors house all required EMS. Two were transported to an area burn center and two were treated locally. No fire personnel were injured. The fire remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal's office.
Update: The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's office has determined that the cause of this fire was improperly discarded smoking materials. For tips on safely handling smoking material, click here.
More details will be reported as they become available. (Photos courtesy of Photo 601 - Steve Kusterer.)
Subject: 210th Anniversary of the Fire Company
The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company is beginning a yearlong celebration of 210 years of service. To commemorate the Fire Company�s early roots, antique fire apparatus (a turn-of-the-century hand-drawn hose cart and a 1929 Seagrave pumper) will be featured in the Town�s Fourth of July Parade. The hose cart is similar to those used by the Fire Company from the early 1800�s all the way up to 1925, when the first motorized fire truck was purchased by the Town of Leesburg. The 1929 Seagrave is the first fire truck purchased by the Fire Company and restored to almost original condition.
The Fire Company recently discovered documents in the County Archives that confirm the original incorporation was on November 15th, 1803, almost 210 years ago. Since the opportunity to celebrate 200 years has been missed, the Fire Company is celebrating its �bicentennial plus ten�.
A Gala event will be held on November 16th, 2013 to officially begin the 210th celebration and to recognize the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company as the 6th oldest fire company in Virginia. The celebration will continue through the following year and include presentations to the Town, historical features and another large event next summer.
For some interesting historical information about the origins of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, visit our history page.
In conjunction with our annual mail fund drive, we're kicking off a recruitment event as well. We hope you'll consider joining the ranks of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company as either an operational firefighting member or by playing a critical role as an administrative member. Were looking for great people to help us continue the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor in the community we love.
As a firefighter, you'll receive free training to gain certifications in fire suppression, emergency medical services, and hazardous materials to name a few. Training courses are offered at the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue training facility off Sycolin Road on evenings and weekends. If you've always had the dream of becoming a firefighter, we'd love to talk to you!
Maybe crawling around on your hands and knees in a smoke-filled environment isn't for you. That's okay with us; we need members to help us with administration, fundraising, public outreach, hall rental, special events, and fire ground support roles such as our canteen unit.
To get started on an amazing journey, just click here to go to our membership application page and fill out a brief online form. Submitted applications are received by our membership committee who will contact you within a day or two. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you soon.
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