Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue

Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Loudoun County utilizes volunteer and career personnel to provide fire and EMS emergency response.
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Make a difference in your community by becoming a volunteer firefighter, EMT, or administrative member. No experience necessary and we provide all training at NO COST to the volunteer. We also provide various benefits. Visit us at www.answerthecall.info or call 703-777-0595 for more information.

Meet Angelique Cadang, Polynesian-American, recent high school graduate, Certified Nursing Assistant, nursing student, a...
04/25/2019

Meet Angelique Cadang, Polynesian-American, recent high school graduate, Certified Nursing Assistant, nursing student, and Loudoun County Volunteer Associate Member. Angelique says volunteering was ingrained in her at a young age. Her mother, father, and an older brother are volunteers at Loudoun County Fire-Rescue. As a volunteer Angelique's most memorable experiences are dinners her family provides fire crews. Good food and friendly conversation have made fire crews members of her family. Angelique's advice to anyone considering volunteering: Pay a visit to your local fire-rescue station, speak with volunteers, and get a quick glimpse of everyday responsibilities. Come and join Angelique. Open new doors in your life at www.OpenNewDoors.org.
NOTE: This is a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.

Meet Cyrus Tang, Asian-American, cyber architect, certified running coach, and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter/EMT....
04/11/2019

Meet Cyrus Tang, Asian-American, cyber architect, certified running coach, and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter/EMT. In May 2016, Tang ran the Cascades Fire Chase 10K benefiting the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company (SVFC), placing first in his age group. Tang was invited to SVFC station meeting. Inspired by professionalism in volunteers and career personnel, impressed with their knowledge and available advancement, Cyrus signed up on the spot. Tang's favorite memories are in friendships created during Fire/EMT School, learning from all levels of rank and the many thank you’s from patients on Cyrus’s medical calls. “Being a Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter is exciting and rewarding, the responsibility to the community is humbling.” States Cyrus. If you have a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and grit to work through challenge Join Cyrus and open new doors in your life! www.OpenNewDoors.org
NOTE: This is a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue

Meet Kathleen Leary, optometrist and Loudoun County Volunteer EMT. Kathleen has had lots of fun and interesting memories...
04/04/2019

Meet Kathleen Leary, optometrist and Loudoun County Volunteer EMT. Kathleen has had lots of fun and interesting memories volunteering, but the best is the excitement of responding to emergency calls, controlling the chaos, stabilizing patients, and helping them feel better during their ride to the hospital. Kathleen’s advice for anyone thinking of volunteering: The training and duty hours are extensive, but the reward of helping your community is worth it. You can make time for anything you feel is important. My work, volunteer, and family life feels well balanced and I am happy to have the opportunity to do it all. Join Kathleen and see what she means. www.OpenNewDoors.org

NOTE: This is a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.

Meet Thomas Arroyo, veteran, federal law enforcement recruit, and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter.  After his milit...
04/02/2019

Meet Thomas Arroyo, veteran, federal law enforcement recruit, and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter. After his military discharge Thomas was left with an empty feeling and was longing for an opportunity to be part of something bigger than himself again. Thomas found that opportunity as a volunteer at his local fire station. Thomas’ advice for our youth in High School getting ready to step out into the world: “Before you exploit all of what America has to offer you, at the bare minimum you should serve your community. You can pay for an education all you want, but you will not learn comradery, having an esprit de corps, and most importantly in what doing something that's bigger than one’s self feels like.” Join Thomas and see what he means. Open a new door in your life. www.OpenNewDoors.org

NOTE: This is a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.

Meet Megan Kingston, six months from a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology and an administrative volunteer with ...
03/29/2019

Meet Megan Kingston, six months from a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology and an administrative volunteer with Loudoun County Combined Fire Rescue System. Megan says volunteering was ingrained at a young age as her grandparents and parents were members of the local fire company. In the military and working for the government, Megan has lived in more than one place but wherever she lived Megan always found a place to volunteer in emergency services. For those who want to volunteer, Megan’s advice is, Do it! It will change your life. You’ll learn so much and make everlasting friends. Join Megan and open new doors in your life. www.OpenNewDoors.Org

NOTE: This is a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue

So proud of our fire-EMS graduates!
03/27/2019

So proud of our fire-EMS graduates!

80 First Responders Graduate Fire Rescue Training

Leesburg, VA. - The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System is honored to announce the graduation of 80 first responders personnel who successfully completed various levels of fire and rescue training. A graduation ceremony was held on Monday, March 25th, 2019 at Heritage High School in Leesburg and recognized the accomplishments of numerous men and women who have made the commitment to serve their communities.
Eight students completed the Emergency Medical Responder course, 22 completed the Emergency Medical Technician, 10 completed the advanced EMT course, 15 completed the paramedic course, and 24 students completed the Firefighter I-II course. All of the graduates spent countless hours over the last six months in demanding training programs preparing for Loudoun County, Virginia State and National Certification examinations.
System Chief Keith H. Johnson, Board of Supervisor Chair At-Large Phyllis Randall, Leesburg District Supervisor Kristen Umstattd, Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne Volpe, and County Administrator Tim Hemstreet attended the ceremony to recognize the graduates. Chair Randall addressed the graduates, recognizing them as true heroes in our community and urged our heroes to reach out for help when they need support in this stressful occupation. “You are worth it, those who love you are worth it, and we need you,” said Randall.
Supervisor Umstattd recounted her personal experience of how fire rescue personnel came to the aide and provided emergency care to her loved ones. “Our anxiety disappears when you arrive because we have confidence in your skills and abilities,” said Umstattd. All speakers graciously thanked the graduates for their time and dedication given to the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System.
During the ceremony each class coordinator presented awards to the top student in each class. Top students are chosen for their high level of dedication, academic performance, punctuality, and their ability to lead and motivate others. The top students, pictured below, that were recognized during the ceremony included: Emergency Medical Responder: Gabriel Fulton, Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department; Emergency Medical Technician: Nicholas Mets, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company; Advanced Emergency Medical Technician: Amanda Palmieri, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad; Emergency Medical Technician to Paramedic : Cody Simpson, Loudoun County Fire Rescue; Intermediate to Paramedic: Jason Dice, Loudoun County Fire Rescue; Firefighter I-II: James Biddle, Sterling Volunteer Fire Company.
For more information about the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System visit www.loudoun.gov/fire or to learn about fire and rescue volunteer opportunities visit www.OpenNewDoors.org.
To view a complete listing of the 2019 Spring Graduates visit http://ow.ly/HUtk30odxyU.

Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756
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Meet Omar Mendoza, professional chef, husband, father of three children ages three, five and six, and Loudoun County Vol...
03/27/2019

Meet Omar Mendoza, professional chef, husband, father of three children ages three, five and six, and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter. Omar always wanted to be a firefighter and found the opportunity while balancing work and family life. Omar favorite thing about volunteering in fire and rescue is the new family of volunteers he acquired within the firehouse. Omar’s advice for anyone seeking to volunteer: If you love serving your community and learning lifesaving skills, this is definitely where you need to be! Join Omar and open new doors in your life! www.OpenNewDoors.org
NOTE: This is a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue

Meet Chelsea Bhargava, Mexican-Indian-American, full-time straight-A student of cellular biology on the dean’s list an...
03/20/2019

Meet Chelsea Bhargava, Mexican-Indian-American, full-time straight-A student of cellular biology on the dean’s list and Loudoun County Volunteer EMT. Growing up Chelsea always admired her grandmother, a nurse, and her father, a volunteer EMT. At an early age Chelsea knew that she wanted to help people—EMS, the perfect place. Chelsea’s favorite experience volunteering is having a second family–the entire Saturday shift eating breakfast together at Joe’s every week 😁. Chelsea’s advice to anyone seeking to volunteer: When things are challenging or overwhelming, remember you‘re a part of something bigger than yourself. You have a whole family of volunteers ready to back you up! Come join Chelsea and open new doors in your life! www.opennewdoors.org
NOTE: This is a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.

Meet Jesse Michaud, veteran, technical security engineer, and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter. Jesse missed the bro...
03/16/2019

Meet Jesse Michaud, veteran, technical security engineer, and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter. Jesse missed the brotherhood of the Marine Corps and refound it volunteering. Jesse says to balance a full-time job, family, and training has been challenging but extremely rewarding. As a volunteer Jesse’s most memorable experience came when he responded to his first fire—his eyes as big as saucers. Jesse’s favorite experience was treating a child no more than a year and a half old with a high fever who had a mild seizure. Jesse gave advice for those who want to volunteer. If you've thought about it, that's enough. Go to your local firehouse and get started. Jesse says that having volunteered since 2013 it's something he still loves to do every time he goes on duty. So join. You'll see what he means. www.OpenNewDoor.org
NOTE: This is the third of a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.

Meet Aja Wade, administrative manager and a Loudoun County Volunteer EMT. Aja’s first ride-along was pretty awesome an...
03/12/2019

Meet Aja Wade, administrative manager and a Loudoun County Volunteer EMT. Aja’s first ride-along was pretty awesome and just reeled her right in! Aja has had lots of fun and interesting things happen during her five years, but the best is becoming a family with a group of people that she probably never would have met or talked with outside of the rescue station. Aja’s advice to new volunteers: You come from various backgrounds but somehow fit together very nicely! Come join Aja and open new doors in your life! www.OpenNewDoors.org

NOTE: This is the second of a series of posts highlighting diversity and inclusion in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.

Public safety partnership
03/09/2019

Public safety partnership

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!

Meet Mashaal Karam, Muslim, federal government contractor, adjunct professor--and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter. ...
03/08/2019

Meet Mashaal Karam, Muslim, federal government contractor, adjunct professor--and Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighter. Mashaal heard a radio spot calling for volunteers and knew right away it was for him. Mashaal was impressed. All the training free. He could become a firefighter! Mashaal has favorite memories. Camaraderie and brotherhood, exceptional people, diverse backgrounds, putting others before themselves. Mashaal’s thoughts for new volunteers? What you do has a direct impact on people’s lives. Not many jobs, paid or volunteer, can make that claim. If you ever wanted to do something challenging and hugely rewarding in the service of community, volunteering for Fire/EMS is unrivaled. Join Mashaal and open new doors in your life!
www.OpenNewDoors.org

NOTE: This is the first of a series of posts highlighting diversity in Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.

A successful Firefighter Family Day with class 18-2.  Graduation March 25.
02/16/2019

A successful Firefighter Family Day with class 18-2. Graduation March 25.

Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad Explorers spent the day at Winchester Medical Center.  They tested their medical mat...
02/15/2019
EMS Explorers at Winchester Medical Center

Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad Explorers spent the day at Winchester Medical Center. They tested their medical math skills, handled a real cow heart, pig heart and lungs, learned how to give shots, use PPE, and a bunch of other hands-on activities. Amazing group of teens!

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Firefighter Family Day is ON!  Sat 2/16  9 AM - 11:00 AM.  16600 Courage Court, Leesburg, VA   Dress Warm!
02/14/2019

Firefighter Family Day is ON! Sat 2/16 9 AM - 11:00 AM. 16600 Courage Court, Leesburg, VA Dress Warm!

So proud to be a member of LCCFRS.
02/07/2019

So proud to be a member of LCCFRS.

Last night at our monthly meeting, our 2019 officers were sworn in by Assistant Chief Tobia from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. This group of highly dedicated individuals has devoted, already, hundreds of hours to making sure our organization runs smoothly both inside the station and in the community. Help us congratulate these amazing people!

Loudoun county COMBINED fire rescue - supporting each other!
01/27/2019

Loudoun county COMBINED fire rescue - supporting each other!

Our crews returned to the east for our annual banquet coverage for the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad. We staffed 5 units—3 medic units and 2 BLS units—over a 21 hour period with a total of 336 man hours, running 22 calls in the process. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue! Thanks to SVRS for the wonderful dinner and congratulations on another year of strong service! Thanks to all of our personnel who spent the night in Sterling, as well as our crew back home covering calls in Purcellville!

Congrats to Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s honorees. Thank you for your service and dedication.
01/24/2019

Congrats to Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s honorees. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Every year, the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad and our Auxiliary have a banquet to celebrate the past year and thank our family and friends for their support. We also recognize some of our outstanding members for their service and dedication. The 2018 honorees are listed below:

Squad/Auxiliary Combined Award

▪️Ed Kitts Memorial Award - Anthony Mino

Squad - Combined Operational / Administrative Awards

▪️Squad Person of the Year - Holli Avakian (Pictured)
▪️Outstanding Service Award - Nolan Anthony
▪️Career Partner Award - James Mangelli

Squad - Administrative Award

▪️President's Administrative Award - Anna Peach

Squad - Operational Awards

▪️Chief's Operational Award - Dan Pickard
▪️Outstanding Training Award - Morgan Urick
▪️Rookie of the Year - Phillip Trankovich
▪️Most Calls (aka "The Crystal Squirrel") - Michelle Beatty

Auxiliary Awards

▪️President's Operational Award - Ashley Cogar
▪️Outstanding Service Award - Jamie Mangovski
▪️Squad Partner Award - Holli Avakian

Junior Awards

▪️Junior Member of the Year - Mary Aina Lois Sapla
▪️Junior Leadership Award - Katherine Rodriguez Ramos

Congratulations to all the honorees and thank you to ALL our of members for their service!

Thank you to Karam Mashaal and his family for his service to our community. Congratulations on his achievement as Techni...
01/21/2019

Thank you to Karam Mashaal and his family for his service to our community. Congratulations on his achievement as Technician of the year from Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

“When I considered becoming a fire fighter several years after hearing a radio commercial for “answer the call” something clicked inside me… I was thinking I really want to do this but how will I break this to my wife and have her even consider it? Of course, I had doubts. Was I too old? Was I physically capable? How can I fit this in my schedule? Was I just out of my mind? Later on that… Well it was a very cold February several years ago that I convinced Shannon that we should go check out the local fire station and understand their opportunities. Mind you she was 7 months pregnant with our third child at the time. I also told her they were looking for and needed lots of help (still do). She looked at me like I was crazy but agreed to humor me by going to an information session. Nonetheless, we went down to the station on an extremely cold night and sat and listened. The more I heard the more I knew this was my path. I was just hoping my wife would agree. I was not going to take on a life changing event without her agreeing and understanding the impact. In the end, she said that she thinks I should “give it a shot.” I was in disbelief but I did not hesitate and I immediately got my paperwork together and signed up before she could change her mind. I believe it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I am extremely proud to be part of SVFC and in the LC-CFR system. I have met some of the most amazing and capable people who make me want to be better at everything I do both in and out of the fire service. I was taught by my driving instructor in high school, “if you are going to hit them, hit them hard!” I approach every challenge by working to do my very best. SVFC works to bring out the very best out of everyone. We are all brothers/sisters in the fire service and by training everyone to the best level possible we are all helping one another and our communities.

I was deeply honored and humbled to receive Sterling Volunteer Fire Company's Technician of the Year 2018. Sterling Volunteer Fire Company is an outstanding organization that I have had the privilege to serve providing emergency services to my community. This recognition would not have been possible without the support of my family - Shannon Mashaal and the kids, and my fire family including Captain Ron Claar, Technician Jeff Brown, my crew and all the other brilliant and hardworking operational and administrative members of SVFC. I would also like to thank Chief Buchanan, Assistant Chief Short, and LCFR (outstanding training and support). If there is anyone I inadvertently left off please forgive me.”

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Leesburg, VA
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