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By Lieutenant Scott Maurice
May 5, 2017

On 5 May 2017, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company hosted an Ice Cream and Desert Social for the residents of the Falcons Landing Retirement Community. Over the years, the community has donated over one million dollars to Sterling Rescue and Sterling Fire. The article below recently ran in "Falcons Landing News", the community newsletter. Sterling Rescue sincerely appreciates the continuing support from Falcons Landing and the community at-large, we couldn’t do it without you! “Thanks a Million!”

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Over the years, the Falcons Landing Retirement Community, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company have continued a unique relationship that has benefited not only these three groups, but the community at-large.

For their part, the residents of Falcons Landing have raised over one million dollars and donated those funds to Sterling Rescue and Sterling Fire to procure life-saving equipment that has benefited the community. Recently provided funding have enabled Sterling Rescue to procure a new Advance Life Support vehicle (designated ALS625) and a new rescue boat (designated IBT625), which will enter operations during the summer of 2017.  Sterling Fire has been able to purchase life-saving tools and add to their new fire engine fund. With your support, both organizations have been able to make a bigger difference in our community.

The Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad was established in 1964, and was joined two years later by the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company. Operating from Fire/Rescue stations in Sterling Park, Cascades, and Kincora (Dulles), Sterling Rescue and Sterling Fire provide around the clock emergency fire, medical, and rescue response to the residents of Ashburn, Broad Run Farms, Cardinal Glen, Cascades/Lowes Island, Countryside, Dulles, Great Falls Forest, Oak Grove, Potomac Falls, Richland Acres, Sterling, Sterling Park and Sugarland Run.  
Working in close coordination with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Sterling Rescue continues to be one of two remaining 24/7/365 EMS agencies in Loudoun County, while Sterling Fire takes over fire protection services from career staff from 6pm to 6am, Monday through Friday and 24-hours a day on weekends, covering a large swath of Loudoun County.

Sterling Rescue’s mission is to provide the highest level of emergency medical care and technical rescue services to those that require our assistance, while Sterling Fire provides fire protection and EMS first response. With over 180 active members, Sterling Rescue also supports an active Special Events Team, a swift water rescue team, and is active in many community events.

Sterling Rescue and Sterling Fire volunteers are from all walks of life, but they often have the same goal when joining their respective organizations, to help other people and to serve their community. They say it in a variety of different ways, perhaps with different words, but it’s really all the same.  While they may share a common goal, the men and women of Sterling Rescue and Sterling Fire volunteer for different reasons. Many of our volunteers enjoy the excitement and adrenaline rush that emergency services offers, while others feel it’s their obligation to serve their community. Everyone at Sterling Rescue and Sterling Fire is proud of being at their best while helping others who are dealing with what could be one of the worst moments in their lives.

The officers and members of both Sterling Rescue and Sterling Fire value their longtime partnership with the residents of the Falcon’s Landing Retirement Community, and we thank-you, the residents of Falcon’s Landing, for your generous and unwavering support, we couldn’t do it without you! “Thanks a Million!”

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