LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg

LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg Rescue Co. No. 20 in Leesburg, VA. All pictures are from off duty/non incident essential personnel. Posts do not represent Loudoun Co. Gov't/LCFR
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Operating as usual

Rescue 20 members pictured yesterday drilling in Downtown Leesburg on fire escape access to upper floors of occupied bui...
07/13/2021

Rescue 20 members pictured yesterday drilling in Downtown Leesburg on fire escape access to upper floors of occupied buildings and placing portable ladders in tight alleys. Downtown Leesburg is full of unique building features that can prove to be challenging at fires, so we train to have a good plan ahead of time.

It was a hot one yesterday so we made sure to stop by Gruto's Soft Serve for a cold treat after training!

07/08/2021

It is with tremendous sadness and regret, that the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System announces the unexpected passing of Firefighter/Paramedic Jeffrey Rizzo. Firefighter Rizzo began his career as a firefighter in Loudoun in November of 2017 and was stationed at Aldie Fire station #7. Please keep Firefighter Rizzo's family, friends and fire department brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers.

Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

06/21/2021

Rescue 20 operated at this townhouse fire on the second alarm in Sterling. R-20 operated a line on the third floor and opened up.

06/20/2021

The Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 would like to wish every father, and father figure, a happy Fathers Day! Among our membership in the Company, 11 of our 15 members are proud fathers!

Rescue Co. 20 representing at the IAWRP Symposium in South Bend
06/11/2021

Rescue Co. 20 representing at the IAWRP Symposium in South Bend

The Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 would like to take a moment to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of so many bra...
05/31/2021

The Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 would like to take a moment to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of so many brave men and women of our armed forces on this Memorial Day. This day means a lot to the men in this company, and we promise to never forget those sacrifices.

Here is a quote from the Gettysburg Address, given by President Lincoln:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 would like to take a moment to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of so many brave men and women of our armed forces on this Memorial Day. This day means a lot to the men in this company, and we promise to never forget those sacrifices.

Here is a quote from the Gettysburg Address, given by President Lincoln:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

05/10/2021

Rescue 20 operated first due at this townhouse fire this morning

03/30/2021

Some parting words from the boss, Captain Charles:

“Truly humbled today. As I concluded my final day as Captain of LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg I reminisce on the road to this point.

I recall back in 2006 when we placed dedicated service on the only Rescue Company in Loudoun County. While there was service provided prior, we initiated the development of a Rescue Company specialized in Fire Supression, Rope Rescue, Vehicle Entrapment, Confined Space, Trench Rescue, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, Emergency Boat Operations Rescue, and Structural Collapse.

Without a framework in place all the personnel were chosen based on their willingness, drive, motivation, and prior experience. They were the ones that paved the way to where we are today. Their relentless push to provide the highest level of service to the citizens of Loudoun County and any jurisdiction requesting assistance is, and will always be the heartbeat of Rescue Company 20. We never have had a light hand to perfection, we criticized ourselves to the highest degree and looked for any deficiencies that could lead to improvement. Filterless, we addressed any imperfections with strict transparency, because that’s the only way to truly grow.

The personnel assigned through the years were never assigned without desire. This proved to be the catalyst for a successful company. This will always be the BEST assignment in any fire department. Hated by many and liked by few, if you do it right. We have always chosen to lead by example. While others talk, we do, while others criticize, we teach. We have and always will choose the higher road of integrity because that is the will of the Rescue.

I recall conversations with higher ranking personnel who mentioned that our company was cocky, my response was that we were confident. Being cocky is talk; we don’t talk, we do. If you know me, you know I said this with a stoic demeanor of conviction, the topic was no longer addressed.

Through the years, the Company has grown, not as fast as any of us would have liked, but it grew. Our vision is to mitigate high risk low frequency emergency incidents with highly skilled motivated personnel. This has been the foundation of the company through the years and has proved to be the pillars of success.

Each of the personnel assigned, while not required, went through a lengthy conversation with me to thoroughly evaluate their capacity. We have obtained personnel that were diamonds in the rough, the ones that were not known, but their characteristics shined through when given an opportunity. We pride ourselves on our drive, willingness for perfection, and acceptance of nothing but the highest level of skill.

I leave this Company in good consciousness knowing the personnel will carry on with what our roots have been bred to be. While not always endorsed, we will continue to be the silent personnel striving for perfection in the areas of low frequency. However, when called upon we will execute our skills with nothing less than perfection. I truly appreciate all the personnel that have been assigned to the company that have taught me, challenged me, and allowed me grow. While many feel I have taught them, they have taught me by far.

Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to a Company that continues to define success. I have been blessed to lead the company through the years and it will always be the most coveted assignment in the fire service.

-Strictly Business”

March 28th marked the final tour for Captain Henry Charles, the Captain of Rescue Co. 20. Early this morning a few hours...
03/29/2021

March 28th marked the final tour for Captain Henry Charles, the Captain of Rescue Co. 20. Early this morning a few hours before shift change, he got to ride the rig one last time to a working fire in the first due.

Thanks for your years of dedicated service to the Company, and to the citizens and visitors of Loudoun County. We will miss you on the fire floor Capt, see you at the kitchen table whenever you want some hot coffee or a meal!

March 28th marked the final tour for Captain Henry Charles, the Captain of Rescue Co. 20. Early this morning a few hours before shift change, he got to ride the rig one last time to a working fire in the first due.

Thanks for your years of dedicated service to the Company, and to the citizens and visitors of Loudoun County. We will miss you on the fire floor Capt, see you at the kitchen table whenever you want some hot coffee or a meal!

03/12/2021

Rescue 20 is operating at this house fire in Ashburn

Today the Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 honor the memory of Army Pvt. Bryan Nicholas Spry, 1/504 82nd Airborne, ...
02/14/2021

Today the Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 honor the memory of Army Pvt. Bryan Nicholas Spry, 1/504 82nd Airborne, the brother of our own Technician Mike Spry-R20 C shift.

Pvt. Spry made the ultimate sacrifice on February 14th 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We will never forget.

Today the Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 honor the memory of Army Pvt. Bryan Nicholas Spry, 1/504 82nd Airborne, the brother of our own Technician Mike Spry-R20 C shift.

Pvt. Spry made the ultimate sacrifice on February 14th 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We will never forget.

01/30/2021

It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of firefighter/EMT Keith Gehman. Firefighter Gehman had recently graduated from recruit school and was assigned to Station 13 in Leesburg. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of firefighter Gehman as well as his fire and rescue family.

Rescue Fireman Wes Kidwell taking a blow after today’s 2 alarm fire
01/24/2021

Rescue Fireman Wes Kidwell taking a blow after today’s 2 alarm fire

Rescue Fireman Wes Kidwell taking a blow after today’s 2 alarm fire

Rescue 20 was first arriving to this 2nd alarm building fire in Downtown Leesburg today
01/23/2021

Rescue 20 was first arriving to this 2nd alarm building fire in Downtown Leesburg today

01/13/2021

Rescue 20 is operating at this working house fire in Waterford

The Truck and Rescue from Leesburg operated on this working house fire in Round Hill this morning
12/29/2020

The Truck and Rescue from Leesburg operated on this working house fire in Round Hill this morning

Early this morning, #Loudoun County firefighters responded to a house fire in Round Hill that displaced five residents and caused $586,000 in damages. http://ow.ly/3apf50CVDNL

12/14/2020
Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

Rescue 20 is operating at this working fire in the first due

•••BOX ALARM-WORKING FIRE••• Units are operating at a working townhouse fire with reported people trapped in the 300 block of Harrison St SE in Leesburg. Engine Company 20 is on scene of a two story townhome with smoke showing.

Happy Veterans Day from the Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20!Three of our members are U.S. veterans, Technician Dav...
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day from the Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20!

Three of our members are U.S. veterans, Technician Dave Mauldin-US Navy, Firefighter Ken Noe-US Army, Firefighter Max Walsh-US Marine Corps

Thank you to all who have served this great nation

11/09/2020
Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

R-20 operated as the second due special service at this incident

•••BOX ALARM-WORKING FIRE••• Units operated at a working house fire this morning in the 21500 block of Awbrey Pl in Ashburn, Engine 23 had a bedroom fire on the second floor and extinguished the same

Rescue Co. 20 and Rescue Co. 35 pictured at today’s high angle rescue drill at Panda Stonewall power plant in Leesburg. ...
10/23/2020

Rescue Co. 20 and Rescue Co. 35 pictured at today’s high angle rescue drill at Panda Stonewall power plant in Leesburg. As the Departments two staffed heavy rescues, it is our responsibility to handle high angle rope rescue incidents county wide. Today was a great chance to practice rope techniques and operate with our counterparts at an excellent drill.

R-20 and R-35 operating yesterday at a high angle rescue drill in the first due
10/23/2020
Loudoun Fire-Rescue Trains at Panda Power - Loudoun Now

R-20 and R-35 operating yesterday at a high angle rescue drill in the first due

Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System personnel got a chance to train at a high-stakes, high-altitude spot Thursday morning: the Panda

Rescue Co. 20 is back in quarters on Plaza Street at the No. 20 firehouse after a renovation and temporary relocation of...
09/17/2020

Rescue Co. 20 is back in quarters on Plaza Street at the No. 20 firehouse after a renovation and temporary relocation of the Company. Excited for many more years on this street!

Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

09/11/2020

Rescue Co. 20 operated first due at an auto accident with multiple people trapped this morning on Rt 15 at Farm Ln. The Rescue arrived to a 2 vehicle accident with one vehicle fully involved in flames and extricated two patients.

Honor and remember.
09/11/2020

Honor and remember.

09/04/2020

Rescue is operating first due at an auto accident with entrapment in the unit block of Catoctin Cir SE. Engine 1 is on scene with a car into a tree, the car is on fire with the driver pinned.

Today Rescue Co. 20 celebrates 5 years as a 100% staffed rig in Leesburg, previously it was Rescue Co. 13 and only had d...
08/27/2020

Today Rescue Co. 20 celebrates 5 years as a 100% staffed rig in Leesburg, previously it was Rescue Co. 13 and only had day time staffing.

We are proud to serve the citizens of the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County, and looks forward to many more years of service!

The Rescue Company, with our rescue boat, operated at several water rescue incidents last evening in the Leesburg area. ...
08/07/2020

The Rescue Company, with our rescue boat, operated at several water rescue incidents last evening in the Leesburg area. A dangerous flash flood incident occurred and several vehicles became disabled and stuck in high water.

A reminder to NEVER drive through a flooded area!

Our old rig with a new face lift, R70099 lives on
07/28/2020

Our old rig with a new face lift, R70099 lives on

What did you get for your 50th anniversary? We got a new car!

As you might remember from our previous posts, our department took delivery of this 2009 Pierce Lance from LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg in March of this year. As soon as it backed into the station, our rescue committee got to work to make the rescue "ours." Hundreds of hours were spent re-configuring compartments, updating the hydraulic rescue tools, purchasing new technical rescue equipment to give us additional capabilities, developing training programs, and much more. The hundreds of hours our volunteers (with their mechanical backgrounds) put into the project saved the county tens of thousands of dollars, and gives our members an "investment" into the rig.

We'd like to thank Powhatan County Fire and Rescue and the Powhatan County, Virginia Board of Supervisors for their support of the project, MISSION BBQ for catering our event tonight, and each of our members who contributed to this undertaking.

New Rescue 702 entered service at 1915 hours (7:15pm) tonight - exactly 6 years to the day after we placed our new Engine 702 in service.

The community is welcome to come by any time to see our new vehicle!

#DiscoverTheCharm Town of Leesburg, VirginiaGetting out in the neighborhood to drill! Can any of our followers guess the...
06/23/2020

#DiscoverTheCharm Town of Leesburg, Virginia

Getting out in the neighborhood to drill! Can any of our followers guess the street this picture was taken on?

Today we placed in service our primary rescue rig, R72001. In keeping with tradition, off duty and on duty members of th...
06/18/2020

Today we placed in service our primary rescue rig, R72001. In keeping with tradition, off duty and on duty members of the Company pushed the rig into quarters.

Today our new Pierce Velocity Heavy Duty Rescue went into service with a special ceremony. This unit's primary function is responding to technical rescue incidents, structure fires, vehicle extrications, and emergency medical calls.

Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756 Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue

06/08/2020
Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

The Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local-3756 denounces the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arberyand, and so many others. We recognize that our community and Association members, specifically our Black community, are hurting as a result of ongoing discrimination, racism, and hate.

As a Association built on professionalism, trust, integrity, and dedication we strongly condemn racism and discrimination and acknowledge that silent racism is just as dangerous as acts of blatant racism.

As always, your Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association will be there for you and we are committed to helping our members and our community.

We will continue to foster a culture that is inclusive and celebrates diversity where members are comfortable bringing their whole, authentic selves to work.

We will continue to communicate and reinforce that racism and hate will not be tolerated and that Black Lives Matter.

06/07/2020
Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

Rescue is operating first due at a working house fire currently

•••BOX ALARM-WORKING FIRE••• Units are operating at a working house fire in the 200 block of Wildman St NE in Leesburg. Engine 1 is on scene with a 2 story split level with smoke showing, Battalion Chief 2 has requested a Level One RIT.

Very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Chief JB Anderson of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, a great friend of the...
05/30/2020

Very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Chief JB Anderson of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, a great friend of the members of our firehouse and a mentor to many. We are glad to look back on the fond memories with JB, rest East Chief! Our thoughts are with the Anderson family and our entire firehouse family during this difficult time.

Great post! Thank you LVFC for the many years of a great working and personal relationship
05/22/2020

Great post! Thank you LVFC for the many years of a great working and personal relationship

20th Anniversary of LVFC Career Staff in Leesburg - May 22, 2000 – May 22, 2020

This month, the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company is recognizing a milestone – 20 Years with LVFC Career Staff. Before we reflect on the two decades of combined career/volunteer service, we’d like to take a minute to remember LVFC’s first “paid guy”, Hubert “Hube” Welch. Hube joined the fire company as a volunteer on February 18, 1963, and then went to work for Fairfax County Fire Rescue as a mechanic in 1965. He remained semi-active and often did work for the Company until his retirement in 1989, when he returned full time. In the early 1990’s, as the call volume increased, help was needed for the many day time calls, so the Company hired Hubert as a paid driver and engineer. Hubert was a staple of Station 1 for many years. A larger than life character with a heart of gold, his work in supporting the LVFC has never been forgotten.

In 2000, Loudoun’s population had exploded to almost 170,000 people, a ninety-seven percent increase from 1990. Property values had jumped significantly, and many residents took advantage by selling and getting out. Huge areas of farm land were sold to developers, who began turning Loudoun’s quiet horse country into a suburb of Washington DC. Many of Loudoun’s volunteers either sold and left or simply couldn’t afford to live in the same communities in which they volunteered, while the new residents had little time or interest in volunteering. As the number of volunteer members dwindled, the need for career staffing increased throughout the County. More fire and rescue companies had paid firefighters, EMT’s and medics staffing apparatus, mostly during the daytime. Volunteers were still responding from home during the day with second units when needed as well as running all night. Pagers had replaced Plectrons for call notifications; and, most of the house sirens in the County had been turned off. The LVFC had just moved into the newly built Station 20 on Plaza Street and were running duty crews each night with home response during the day.

The call volume became so great that on May 22, 2000, at the Company’s request, career staff went to work at Station 20. Loudoun County’s second recruit school had just graduated and the new firefighters were immediately assigned to Companies 12, 3 7, and 20. This was the first full length recruit school in Loudoun. Station 20’s first career staff consisted of Captain Mike Richardson, Technician Steve Rogers, Fire fighters Angie Bradley, Nick Pierson, Brent Harne and Danny Wilson. They worked in shifts of three, to staff one unit from 0600 to 1800, Monday through Friday. The volunteers continued to respond from home to get the rest of the apparatus out for weekday calls and were responsible for all calls on the weekends. Over the next fifteen years, Leesburg’s call volume went from about 1500 calls per year to over 5000 in 2020. The number of County Firefighters at Station 20 increased as well, to eventually include both the engine and the truck, from 0600 to 1800, seven days a week, while utilizing volunteer duty crews every night. In August 2015, the Big House got a little bigger when Rescue Squad 613 transferred to Station 20, along with sixteen career firefighters, staffing it 24 hours a day with four crews of four.

The Leesburg Volunteers have enjoyed a great relationship with the LCFR Career Staff through our shared values of professionalism, respect and the pride of the job. It is with this teamwork that we will continue our tradition of providing outstanding service. In 1803, the Leesburg Fire Department started as a company of citizen volunteers who used buckets to protect the Town with little or no training. It has since developed into a well-organized and dedicated Volunteer Fire Company, which continues to serve the Town of Leesburg and the surrounding communities with bravery, fidelity, and commitment. It is because of the hard work and dedication of the members who have gone before us, the selflessness of our present members, and the outstanding commitment of our Loudoun County Career Staff, that we are all honored to be “The Pride of Old Town.”

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61 Plaza St NE
Leesburg, VA
20175

Telephone

(703) 771-9103

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