Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD

Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD Welcome to the Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department page! The Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (AVFRD) is a volunteer fire & rescue department that provides fire and emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of Ashburn, Lansdowne and surrounding communities.
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Like all fire & rescue companies in Loudoun County, AVFRD is part of a combination career and volunteer system. Loudoun County Fire & Rescue career personnel staff both stations between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and volunteers staff both stations between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Station 6 also houses a twenty-four hour career Medic. Currently, AVFRD has approximately 200 active members. We are your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and the "strangers" you chat with in line at the grocery store. We represent a wide range of occupations, with a wide range of skills, but we share one professional goal: to be there when you need us. AVFRD is always looking for hardworking and dedicated members. Take the time to read our membership section (www.ashburnfirerescue.org) to learn more about volunteering in your community.

Like all fire & rescue companies in Loudoun County, AVFRD is part of a combination career and volunteer system. Loudoun County Fire & Rescue career personnel staff both stations between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and volunteers staff both stations between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Station 6 also houses a twenty-four hour career Medic. Currently, AVFRD has approximately 200 active members. We are your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and the "strangers" you chat with in line at the grocery store. We represent a wide range of occupations, with a wide range of skills, but we share one professional goal: to be there when you need us. AVFRD is always looking for hardworking and dedicated members. Take the time to read our membership section (www.ashburnfirerescue.org) to learn more about volunteering in your community.

Mission: The Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (AVFRD) is committed to protecting the lives and property of Ashburn and Loudoun County residents and visitors by providing the best possible fire, rescue, emergency and medical response services. We pledge to perform our duty with courage and dedication. We also strive to be active in our community and proactive with public education and prevention campaigns.

Operating as usual

Something about the heat has us thinking about Christmas in the middle of July. These will make a great addition to your...
07/12/2020

Something about the heat has us thinking about Christmas in the middle of July. These will make a great addition to your tree. Speaking of which can’t wait to see you when trees go on sale ... we always sell out!! #christmas #christmasinjuly #ornaments #avfrd #neighborshelpingneighbors

There is a real blood shortage. Won’t you consider donating?
07/09/2020

There is a real blood shortage. Won’t you consider donating?

Stay safe everyone!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸
07/04/2020

Stay safe everyone!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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07/01/2020
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Automatic Sprinkler System Limits Damages in Sterling Apartment Fire

AVFRD would like to recoginize and congratulate our graduating high school seniors!  Here are the first three.  Adil wil...
06/23/2020

AVFRD would like to recoginize and congratulate our graduating high school seniors! Here are the first three.

Adil will attend George Washington University, where he will study Pyschology.

Blake is looking to enter the field of medicine and his EMT skills will certainly be an asset.

Dominic will be learning welding with plans to transfer to UNOH.

Well done graduates!!!

Let's face it - pancakes and masks just don't go together.  We'll be cancelling our Pancake Breakfast at the Ashburn Fir...
06/06/2020

Let's face it - pancakes and masks just don't go together. We'll be cancelling our Pancake Breakfast at the Ashburn Firehouse for June. Taking care of our neighbors and our volunteers is priority #1 right now. We will continue to re-evaluate as we move through the summer months and hope to host you and your family at a breakfast as soon as it is appropriate. We miss you!

We've lost a great leader, neighbor and friend. Loudoun is a better place thanks to the long, selfless leadership of Lee...
06/02/2020

We've lost a great leader, neighbor and friend. Loudoun is a better place thanks to the long, selfless leadership of Leesburg's Chief Anderson.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a true Leesburg Legend, past Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Chief, James B. Anderson II, on May 29, 2020. Known as J.B. to his friends, he lived his entire life in the fire service. He was the grandson of Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Member James “Big Jim” Anderson, who served in the fire company from 1936 to 1955 and was a well-known citizen of Leesburg. J.B. grew up among the old timers of the LVFC. Raised in an apartment house on Loudoun Street; where the Town parking garage is now, many of JB’s neighbors were firemen. It was just a short run from his house to the old fire station on east Loudoun Street where they volunteered. His grandfather often brought J.B. to the fire house where he got to know the company members from as far back as the 1930’s. J.B. joined the Fire Company in 1966, and a few months later, left town to serve four years in the Air Force as a nuclear bomb technician with the 509th Bomb Wing of the 8th Air Force. He had the distinction of being one of a the very few who had ever diffused a live nuclear bomb. A B-52 bomber had returned to base with a live device that had accidentally armed itself and J.B. was called on to make it safe. Despite never having been trained for this sort of dangerous operation, he crawled into the bomb bay of the aircraft, disassembled the activated bomb, and made it safe. J.B. received several accommodations and high praise from the base commander for his bravery. Always the electronics enthusiast, J.B. switched jobs and became a Communications Specialist, working as a M.A.R.S. radio operator. The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is a collection of radio stations used to broadcast and relay messages to all parts of the globe as part of a contingency communications system. After the service, J.B. operated his own Ham radio set for decades and set up a base station at station 1 for the fire company. While in the Air Force, J.B. was still running calls with the fire company when he came home on leave. After he was discharged in 1970, he returned home and back to the fire company where he met his future wife, Jill. In 1974, he received permission to use the fire house for his wedding to Miss Jill Bell, on June 22, 1974, – all Company members and family were invited. Jill’s father was Walter Bell, also a member of the Fire Company who served from 1960 into the 1970’s. Mr. Bell was a member for many years as a driver, company secretary, director, Captain and treasurer. Jill’s mother; Aurelia Bell, was one of the original members of the Ladies Auxiliary when it was organized on July, 25, 1967. In 1975 and 1976, J.B. was elected Captain 1; Assistant Chief in 1977, then Chief from 1978 through 1980. JB became a Fire Marshal with the County and started work as “FM-4,” under O.R. Dube’ in 1980. In 1981, he was the Assistant Chief, then Captain from 1982 through 1984. In 1992 and 1993, he was elected Assistant Chief. J.B. served as the Company parliamentarian on and off for over forty years and was a Company Photographer, taking thousands of photos and videos of Company operations.

J.B.’s passion for teaching fire safety started when he saw first-hand the cost of not knowing what to do in an emergency. As a fire marshal, he had investigated a fatal house fire in which a woman and her child died. Late at night she awoke to find the first floor of the house on fire. The rest of the family had already escaped out of the second-floor windows but the woman tried to use the stairs. While holding the baby in her arms, she opened the door to escape and was immediately overcome by the heat and smoke. There were no working smoke detectors in the house. J.B. never forgot them. He organized visits to schools, made up his own fire prevention coloring books to hand out, and produced public service messages on WAGE radio. In 1975, the LVFC received honorable mention in the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) fire prevention contest thanks to the hard work of J.B, Anderson.

During his career, J.B. served in many diverse capacities in emergency services. He was a Life Member of the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad where he served as an Emergency Medical Specialist Technician, and First Aid Trainer & CPR instructor. During the mid-1990’s, he worked as the Drug Task Force Coordinator for NHP where he was responsible for the implementation and operations of a Federal grant for the elimination of drug activity, drug awareness education, training & education for residents of community. He coordinated and facilitated the Loudoun House Coalition Inc., a consortium of 20+ service agencies, and local police agencies. From2000 to 2002, J.B. worked for RPI Consultants as a program analyst with the Emergency Management Division of Research Planning. He provided support to the Department of Justice Domestic Preparedness Program (DPP) – Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) working on the design, development and facilitation of nationwide Chemical and Biological Tabletop and Functional Exercises. Individual exercises had to be specifically tailored to each city for Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction Domestic (NBC-WMD) Terrorism Preparedness Training.

In 2006, J.B. was hired by Loudoun County Schools to design and teach the first Firefighter / EMT Curriculum Instructor at the Monroe Technology Center. He taught the first two years of this successful program which continues today under the supervision of another LVFC member. From there, he moved on to work at the National Fire Academy (NFA) at Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was a training specialist assigned to Fire Prevention responsible for the development of new courses, projects and curriculums. Beginning in 2010, J.B. spent two years working for Organizational Strategies Inc. (OSI). As a manager for Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, & Emergency Management, he coordinated the development and implementation of a Command Training Center (CTC) for the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFD) in Washington, D.C. J.B. had an extensive career in fire service education. He was an Adjunct Instructor for Virginia Department of Fire Programs, a Test Site Supervisor/proctor. His list of credentials included being a Pro Board-certified instructor for -Hazmat Responder Operations, Firefighter II, Officer IV, Instructor IV, Investigator III, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Aerial and Pumper, Safety Compliance Officer, Inst IV, Test Site Supervisor, FF1/2, EVOC, HazMat Awareness/Operations. J.B. was also a National Fire Academy Instructor for Building Construction – Combustible and Non-combustible, Conducting Basic Fire Inspections, Arson Detection-First Responder, Emergency Response to Terrorism-Strategic Considerations for the Command Officer, Community Emergency Response Teams, ICS for Fire, ICS for EMS, Unified Command - Multi-agency & Catastrophic Incidents. He taught Prevention & Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings as a New Mexico Tech (NMT) Homeland Defense Courses Instructor. He was also a Louisiana State University (LSU) Course Instructor for Law Enforcement Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction.

During his time in the Company, JB has had a hand in almost every aspect of our operation. With fifty-two years of service, he was recently attending company meetings when his health allowed. His knowledge of the Fire Company history has been invaluable in piecing our heritage together. He is responsible for saving over one thousand important Company documents; including meeting minutes, by-laws, newspaper clippings and photos, from as far back as 1925. His work on our history has been instrumental in allowing us move forward with documenting and publishing our legacy. J.B. was a recipient of many awards but one of his proudest moments came in 2017, when the Fire Company honored him by dedicating the new Pierce Enforcer engine in his name.

J.B. leaves behind a loving wife and family as well as countless friends and colleague’s in Leesburg and around the country. His contributions to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and the fire service in general have been tremendous. J. B. Anderson was truly a Leesburg Legend and will be remembered for generations to come. Rest in Peace Chief, we’ve got it from here.

05/28/2020
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

Join Lieutenant Joshua Pebler for a Books and Badges reading of The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery. #BooksandBadges

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The '6' on our tower at Fire Station 6 is lit in blue this week to honor National EMS Week.  A huge thanks to our EMS pr...
05/19/2020

The '6' on our tower at Fire Station 6 is lit in blue this week to honor National EMS Week. A huge thanks to our EMS providers who night after night volunteer their time to serve our community during this difficult time.

EMS week usually corresponds to our annual spring Open House. Due to COVID-19 we're not hosting an open house this month. We hope that we'll be able to welcome you and all of our neighbors in the fall for an afternoon of fun and education!

Thanks to River Bend Insurance LLC, Erie Insurance and Passion Fin for your support by providing an awesome dinner to ou...
05/19/2020

Thanks to River Bend Insurance LLC, Erie Insurance and Passion Fin for your support by providing an awesome dinner to our crews last night! #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors

With the help of Erie Insurance, we were able to partner with Passion Fin to deliver meals to the whole crew at Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD. Thank you for all you do! #ERIEAgentsGivingBack #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors #InThisTogether

Member Spotlight on Andrew KingName: Andrew KingRank/Title: Firefighter / pending EMTDuty Crew: WednesdayWhen I am not a...
05/12/2020

Member Spotlight on Andrew King

Name: Andrew King

Rank/Title: Firefighter / pending EMT

Duty Crew: Wednesday

When I am not at the firehouse I work as: In everyday life, I am a Sr. Technical Program Manager for Amazon Web Services. I’ve been a computer scientist for a number of organizations for the last 18 years and am blessed to love what I do.

Interesting facts about me: I am originally from the West Coast, but made the East our home about ten years ago. I am married, have two birth, and three bonus daughters. Yes, the pain is real. It’s me against six. I love to spend time with family & friends, hike, run, boat, read, off-road, shoot, or hit the local wineries. Experimenting with food, whether it’s at home or a new eclectic restaurant, always makes me smile. And I can’t tell you how rewarding it has been to build a new family with my fire school class, at the station around the table, and now in EMT school. Learning new skills, pushing my boundaries, giving back to our community, and working and training with awesome people who have a vast amount of knowledge have been beyond amazing experiences.

Why I joined AVFRD: I’ve wanted to volunteer for a long time, but as a single parent, finding time can be quite challenging. So as my babies got older, I knew it was time to make the jump. My daughter wanted to run EMT and I thought it would be a great thing for us to do together, though funny enough, she wouldn’t run the same night as me :).

Safety Tip: Close all the doors inside your house. Fire spreads much slower with the blocking of oxygen flow between rooms. By keeping rooms closed, the chance of survival, even in an active fire rises significantly. If you can’t get out, get to a window and open it partially, don’t open it all the way, and signal to rescuers that you are there. We have a much better chance of getting you out if we can see you or know where you are

A big thanks to all of the mothers who volunteer with us, and all the moms who gave us all of our amazing volunteers! Ha...
05/10/2020

A big thanks to all of the mothers who volunteer with us, and all the moms who gave us all of our amazing volunteers! Have a great mother's day!

A mother's day thank you to Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System's Moms.
We have volunteers who are Moms, full-time employed in and outside the home, and first responders.
To all of our first responder moms - your dedication to serve is sincerely appreciated.

A huge thank you to the Lund family - one of our Ashburn Village Neighbors - who paid for a Rubinos Pizzeria dinner for ...
05/07/2020

A huge thank you to the Lund family - one of our Ashburn Village Neighbors - who paid for a Rubinos Pizzeria dinner for our whole crew (20 hungry firefighters and EMTs) tonight. Your generosity means so much to us (plus, Rubinos is one of our favorites)! #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors #AwesomeAshburn #TogetherWeAreStrong

We were honored to participate in thanking our healthcare partners at Inova Loudoun Hospital this evening with our broth...
05/02/2020

We were honored to participate in thanking our healthcare partners at Inova Loudoun Hospital this evening with our brothers and sisters in fire, rescue, and law enforcement. We're all in this together and will be there when our community needs us! Check out Fox 5 DC's coverage of our visit to Inova tonight here: https://www.fox5dc.com/video/680148.

#NeighborsHelpingNeighbors
#inovaheroes
#heroesthankingheroes
#inthistogether

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A big thank you to Erika & Ann’s Creations for the donation of handmade face coverings for our volunteers!  We appreciat...
04/25/2020

A big thank you to Erika & Ann’s Creations for the donation of handmade face coverings for our volunteers! We appreciate our #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors!

04/23/2020
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AVFRD Celebrates 75 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. This is the video that was created for our banquet and is a compilation of photos through the years. (This is better quality video.)

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04/22/2020

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04/19/2020
Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD

Due to COVID 19 events have all been canceled, but this is a perfect time to be thinking about future events. This year’s 5K race is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th. You can sign up now and take this time of social distancing to get out and go for a run or just take a walk in preparation!!

https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/2020-ashburn-volunteer-fire-amp-rescue-5k

And they're off! Our inaugural 5k race has started. Next stop House 6 Brewing Co. for the after-party!

Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Spotlight on Alexandra Quist.Name: Alexandra QuistRank/Title: Sergeant/ EMT-BDuty Crew...
04/12/2020

Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Spotlight on Alexandra Quist.

Name: Alexandra Quist
Rank/Title: Sergeant/ EMT-B
Duty Crew: Friday
When I am not at the firehouse I work as a certified Medical Assistant for a family practice.

Reston, Virginia is where I grew up, but I moved out to the Ashburn area to be closer to my grandma to help take care of her. I have always loved helping people, so when I got the letter in the mail from AVFRD asking for volunteers, I knew that's exactly what I wanted to do. Incidentally, I met my husband, Matt Quist, at the firehouse where he is also a volunteer as a Sergeant Firefighter/EMT. We currently live on a farm out in Lovettsville where we have two dogs, six chickens, two ducks, one guinea fowl, three goats and our neighbor’s cows that stay on our property. When I have free time I love to paint, draw, read and garden.

Safety Tip: STAY HOME! Wash your hands and make sure your smoke detectors are up to date.

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20688 Ashburn Rd
Ashburn, VA
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We believe that when neighbors help neighbors, our community becomes stronger and safer. The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFRD) has been serving our neighbors since our founding in 1944. Today, our 150+ volunteers freely give of their time and energy - often at the expense of family time, overtime pay and sleep - to respond to our neighbors’ calls for help from Station 6 (Ashburn) and Station 22 (Landsdowne) as part of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue system. We are a diverse group of men and women, with ages from 16-90, representing the wide variety of cultures, professions and families in our community.

Our volunteers, past and present, share a common set of values - pride, dedication, sacrifice, family, diversity, duty and a sense of community. If you share these values and are looking for a challenge, a way to give back to your community or to be a part of something that truly matters, come, be a part of our tradition; Volunteer as an EMT or Firefighter. You don't need to be a resident of Ashburn to join us, and no experience is necessary - we'll provide all of the training you need. The skills and experiences our volunteers gain through their training and service are taken back into the community where they benefit our day jobs, our families, our neighbors and ourselves.

Our volunteer ranks also include administrative members. Want to be part of the action, but not interested in running into burning buildings or riding on an ambulance? Our Administrative Members provide administrative and fund-raising support for the operation and the business of our department. From accounting, computer support, public relations, marketing, maintenance, IT, community education and administrative functions – there’s plenty to do behind the scenes. Anyone who does not have the desire to participate directly in operational services, or those who cannot meet the physical demands for serving as a Firefighter/EMT or EMT are encouraged to bring their unique skills to the community as an Administrative Member of AVFRD.

As a non-profit organization, we rely on the community that we serve to support us. Visit our website at https://ashburnfirerescue.org for more information on how you can support us through our fundraising events and general donations.

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Thank you AVFRD for being our frontline heroes.. Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion and Ashburn Village thank you for everything you do to keep us safe.
Hi! Many,many...many years ago, when I was running the Explorer Post, we did a controlled burn at the intersection of (now) LoCo Parkway and Waxpool Road where all the data centers are. The house was sitting by its lonesome on the SW corner. Do you all have a "before" picture by ANY wild chance?
January 18th -12:00-4:00pm. AVFRD CHILI DAYS Fundraiser - we're back for our 6th year at Old Ox Brewery, Guilford Drive, Ashburn!!- Come and join the fun. Family Friendly. Celebrity chefs and you pick the “Best of” Chili and enjoy our special AVFRD brewski. see our website for more details: www.ashburnfirerescue.org/events. Sponsorships available, contact [email protected] or 703 405 7137.
CFC Season has officially begun!!! Be sure to sign up and share with all your friends ! Our CFC number is 51668
thank you for helping Mike last night. your service was prompt and appreciated! this is why we donate each year. Mike is doing well today. his collar bone was badly broken and scapula is fractured. he never would have gotten off the trail with out your help! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
HAPPY SNOW DAY!!! It's a perfect time to think about throwing an amazing holiday party. Let us help you host your event or let's take some pressure off and cater it! #tistheseason #holidayparty #catering #delivery #happyhour #festive #meetmeatthefinn #blackfinnashburn #FINNFAM *** also all first responders get 15% off all food ALL THE TIME*** Thank you for all that you do and we hope to see you soon!!!
James O'Donnell shared their photo. Published by Michael Martin · A Good Friend of mine, Lt. James O’Donnell has written a new book titled “ Sons Of Valor Parents Of Faith” In his book Lt. O’Donnell looks at the lives of Ten First Responders, Nine Of which were Members of the New York City Fire Department and One a Member Of the New York City Police Department whose lives were Tragically cut short due to the Terrorist Attack on September 11 , 2001 at the World Trade Center and how their Families have had to cope with the loss of a Loved One on 9-11; exploring their spiritual and emotional journeys Please Everyone Like and Share this Page Lt O’Donnell is donating All proceeds from the Sale of this Book to Various FDNY 9-11 Charities. Book available @ Amazon and Barnes and Noble .
Thanks for letting the Sterling Lions join you this morning to sell or remaining Florida Oranges and Grapefruits. We will be there about 9, need time to pack up and move our inventory. 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the community.
Another great Boy Scout Troop 58 lawnmowing service project for the firehouse today! Just a small token of appreciation for all of the support our Troop gets from the firehouse team.
December 7-8, 2017 Grant Management Class Hosted by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
THANK you all , for your services.