SVRS is one of the few 100% volunteer operated Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies in Northern Virginia. We have been in operation almost 50 years and we are located in the suburban community of Sterling, Virginia. Sterling is located about 25 miles northwest of Washington, DC. SVRS provides EMS & Rescue response to the residents of the neighborhoods of Broad Run Farms, Cardinal Glen, Cascades, Countryside, Dulles, Great Falls Forest, Lowes Island, Oak Grove, Potomac Falls, Richland Acres, Sterling, Sterling Park and Sugarland Run or to locations directed by Loudoun Country Fire & Rescue.
Sterling Rescue’s service area is bounded by the Potomac River to the north, Dulles Airport to the south, the Fairfax County line to the east, and Ashburn to the west. Overall, our response area covers about 25 square miles of eastern Loudoun County, Virginia, serving a population of approximately 28,000.
It is the mission of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad to provide the highest level of emergency medical care and technical rescue services to those that require our assistance. We do it with dedication, excellence and compassion. Our 162 active members and 7 ambulances provide around the clock professionally trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Paramedics responding to emergencies ranging from chest pain or trouble breathing to automobile injuries. We then provide medical transport to most appropriate and nearest hospital.
SVRS provides more than just emergency medical care. Rescue services and other dedicated programs enhance the value of SVRS to the community.
- Technical Rescue Operations
Technical rescue operations are primarily conducted from Rescue 615, a heavy rescue apparatus. This vehicle carries extrication equipment for automobile accidents and numerous pieces of specialty equipment for rescue situations. This vehicle has a light tower to provide lighting of nighttime incident scenes and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) cylinders used in firefighting and other rescue situations. Rescue 615 carries a crew of 6-8 members.Sterling Rescue operates a Technical Rescue trailer and a support unit that respond to structural collapses and emergencies involving trenches or confined spaces. These units carry extensive amounts of equipment specific to structural and trench rescue operations.
- Water Rescue
SVRS operates two boats and a jet ski to for water rescue services. The Potomac River forms the northern border of Loudoun County, and is within SVRS’s first due area. There are also several ponds within our first due area. SVRS operates two inflatable Zodiac type rigid hull inflatable boats, one from each station. The Yamaha jet ski, a quick response and search tool for the river, operates from Station 25. SVRS also maintains an inventory of cold weather and ice rescue equipment, as cold weather rescues are possible. SVRS personnel must obtain water rescue certifications before joining the water rescue team.
- Bike Team
The SVRS EMS Bike Team was established in 1996 as a new, innovative method of delivering EMS to a unique population. Within Loudoun County and the surrounding area there are hundreds of miles of highly populated bike paths, trails and parks that are out of reach to most fire and rescue vehicles. The team is frequently requested to assist surrounding jurisdictions with searches, event stand-bys and public relations events. In addition, the team attends community events, picnics, block parties, and parades.The Bike Team operates in units of two riders and actively patrols surrounding trails and parks during peak times to promote public awareness and safety education and provide EMS care when needed. During larger functions, as many as 10-12 riders are deployed to provide coverage over a larger area. Deployed EMS Bike teams maintain constant communication with dispatchers, hospitals and other units through the use of portable radios and cellular phones.
- NOVA Task Force 8
SVRS has a very unique unit, the Northern Virginia Disaster Task Force 8 (TF8). TF8 is a state disaster response unit composed of 34 SVRS members. It is deployed at the request of the Governor or the Office of EMS to provide assistance to parts of Virginia affected by disasters