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New Apparatus

Wednesday, October 7, 2015   For those who are following progress with the acquisition of our new tower ladder truck, it is complete and ready for final inspection. We will be visiting the folks at Pierce Manufacturing again in Appleton WI during the last week of October to perform final inspection and sign off. Delivery to the station should follow by a couple of weeks. We anticipate mounting equipment on the tower during the Christmas tree sales period and placing it into service following that activity.



Reading to Children about Fire Safety

Tuesday, October 6, 2015  Fire Prevention Week in 2015 is October 4-10. To mark the occasion, the Chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System and the President of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company read to twenty-five children and their parents at the Purcellville Library on Tuesday 6 October. Pretty impressive that Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. and President Brad Quin could take time out of their busy day to press the fire safety message. Also impressive that the book read was co-authored by Chief Brower and is one in a series of children’s’ books focusing on key issues like health and safety. This one was devoted to fire safety. The kids seemed to enjoy learning about fire protection and certainly liked climbing on the apparatus.

Chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System W. Keith Brower, Jr.

Chief of the Loudoun County Combined
      Fire-Rescue System W. Keith Brower, Jr.

President of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company Brad Quin

President of the Purcellville Volunteer
      Fire Company Brad Quin


Firefighters enjoy home cooked meals

Tuesday, October 6, 2015  Liz Tenney Jarvis has been coordinating a once-a-month home-cooked meal for the firefighters at the Purcellville Fire Station for the past three years. This came out of her position as the organizer for Community Outreach while involved with the Moms Club of Purcellville, now Western Loudoun Parents Group.

Jarvis says the effort served two purposes. First, it is a nice way to show community support for the firefighters and provide the crew with a home-cooked meal during their busy monthly meeting night and second, involving kids in the preparation and delivery of the dinner provides a way for them to see how important it is to contribute to the town. Families sometimes paired up to prepare the meal that feeds up to twelve hungry firefighters, said Jarvis.

As the program enters its fourth year, Wendy Sellers will now be leading the efforts. This is a very personal undertaking for Wendy, as her home was devastated by fire last February. Many thanks to the Purcellville Gazette for allowing us to re-post the article from their 2 Oct, 2015 edition, page 7. 



Safety Center Open House CANCELLED

Thursday, October 1, 2015   Due to the uncertainty of the weather forecast for flooding rains this weekend, the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company and Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad have decided to error on the side of caution and CANCEL its Open House event at the Purcellville Public Safety Center on Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 11am – 3pm. There is no reschedule date planned at this time.



Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thursday, October 1, 2015  Today marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) which is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, and sometimes also involves violence against children in the family. Domestic violence includes physical, verbal, emotional, economic and sexual abuse. We know that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. We know that young people between the ages of 16-24 experience domestic violence at the highest rates. We know that DC police receive a domestic violence related call every 17 minutes. But, we also know that domestic violence can be prevented.

As the scope of the problem has become better understood, domestic violence is now acknowledged as a significant legal and public health issue, not only a private family problem. There are laws in every state that make domestic violence illegal. There is also federal funding available in all states to provide shelter and services for victims of domestic violence.

For information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, domestic violence and other community resources, call the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program at 703-777-0417 or go to or



October is Fire Prevention Month in Loudoun County

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has officially proclaimed October 2015 as Fire Prevention Month in Loudoun County.

According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three of five, or 60% of reported home fire deaths from 2007-2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In line with this year’s safety theme, the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System joins NFPA to remind residents to “Hear the Beep, Where you Sleep: Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm!” Firefighters and safety advocates will focus on the importance of having adequate numbers of functional smoke alarms in your home and testing smoke alarms monthly.

Critical safety tips regarding smoke alarms:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
• Clean dust, dirt, and any debris that might have accumulated in small openings and screens covering the smoke alarm’s sensors. Never paint smoke alarms, it clogs their sensors, voids the warranty and could result in a false alarm or no response in an emergency.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if not working properly.

“Smoke alarms are a huge priority for our department, says Chief Fire Marshal Linda Hale. “The goal of our Put-A-Finger-On-It smoke alarm program is to ensure every resident of Loudoun County has adequate and functional smoke alarms in their home. By communicating the importance of smoke alarms and encouraging the public to attend our fire prevention month events, we hope to prevent residents from suffering a damaging lesson due to a fire in their home."

In 2014, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue personnel visited 15,071 homes, performed 350 home safety inspections, and installed 410 smoke alarms for Loudoun County residents. Through the Put-A-Finger-On-It smoke alarm program residents can receive a free home fire safety inspection and are eligible to receive free smoke alarms, installed at no cost. For information visit or call our hotline 703-737-8093.



Annual Hose Testing

Friday, September 25, 2015  People watching the Volunteer and Career firefighters from Purcellville pitch together to conduct the annual testing of all of Station 602's fire hoses, might think of the strong American tradition of communal work. It was in some ways reminiscent of a barn raining where friends and neighbors come together to accomplish what one person can't. As they say, many hands make lighter work.

In this instance, fourteen Volunteer firefighters under the direction of Chief Bob Dryden, were joined by the five 'B' shift Career firefighters under Capt Kelly Williams for some serious manual labor on Thursday 24 September. It involved 11,350 feet (or nearly 38 football fields) of hose. These nineteen men and women worked from 730AM - 3PM helping a contractor lay out the hoses, charge them to the manufacture's suggested water pressure, and then closely look at each for mildew, rot, cuts, burns, and abrasions. All of this was to verify that no delamination or separation was seen, which then allowed the contractor to certify them in compliance with a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard. This standard helps insure that our equipment is ready to fight fires, and also to protect the lives and property of those in peril, including firefighters themselves.

And just as before, you couldn't tell who was a volunteer and who was paid staff as everyone pitched in to drain, roll and repack the hoses on to the apparatus. Remarkable teamwork and teambuilding all around. 

Probationary Fire Fighter Warren Van Der Merwe with some of the hoses

Probationary Fire Fighter Warren Van Der
      Merwe with some of the hoses

Capt Kelly Williams Instructing Probationary Fire Fighter Lindsey Zuckerman how to rack the hoses

Capt Kelly Williams Instructing
      Probationary Fire Fighter Lindsey
      Zuckerman how to rack the hoses


August Was a Busy Training Month

Published in the PURCELLVILLE GAZETTE ⋅ September 12, 2015 Edition 
By Bill Eggleston

School already? Where did the summer go? The August count of calls run was 59. Not an especially busy month for volunteer firefighting, which is very good. However, it was a busy training month. We had three members complete the State Emergency Vehicle Operators class, which certifies them as safe to drive our apparatus. This equipment can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs, so it is a difficult and important skill to master. Another three members completed the four-week Hazardous Materials Operations course, which is a foundational skill for all of firefighting. It teaches safety and incident management whenever there is risk from such hazardous materials as chemicals, fertilizers, radioactive material, flammable and combustible items, low-level nuclear waste, fuels and explosives.
Also in August, several from our company completed an always timely and relevant rural water supply course. A large part of our area of responsibility (our first due) is not served by water hydrants which makes fire suppression an even greater challenge. Rural water supply relates to moving water into non-hydranted areas after first choosing a fill site like a stream, pond or other source, setting up hard suction/strainers, and then operating a dump site close to the fire ground. These are skills and training that we must constantly practice and remain proficient. Too many of our rural neighbors count on this protection to do otherwise.

We also had members participate in elevator and escalator training at the Metro training facility at New Carrollton, MD. They learned about various types of elevators and escalators and then about train cars and tunnel egress procedures. There were simulated entrapments, how to handle emergency power-off overrides, and other critical skills. There are elevators in our first due area, but no escalators yet. However, the Loudoun County Combined Fire Rescue System is being proactive and preparing for Metro coming out to Loudoun. When that happens, we will be ready for emergencies on trains and at stations.

There was other training of course, but now I’m going to kick off a recurring vignette to spotlight some of our members. I hope it will give the reader a sense of the people who unselfishly volunteer their time working to protect us all. The first member is an accomplished cyclist who cut an impressive path through firefighter qualification and training. His name is John Carney, and he and his wife have lived in Purcellville since 2003.

His love of cycling is what first brought him here. After biking from Sterling on the W&OD trail, he stopped at the Purcellville Train Station to take in and admire our small town ambiance and decided on the spot that he needed to live here. Within six months he moved and hasn’t looked back since. He doesn’t look back in other areas, either. Just this summer, for example, he rode in the Firefighter 50 near Westminster, MD and before that in the Police Unity Tour from New Jersey to D.C. These fundraisers highlight his love of bicycling and service to others.

Becoming a firefighter was full speed ahead as well. He joined PVFC in August of 2012 after first attending an open house like our upcoming one on October 4. After a thorough physical, CPR, HazMat, and meeting other pre-requisites, he entered the county five-month fire school, graduating in January 2014. Next was another five months training to become an EMT, graduating in March of 2015. He also took Emergency Vehicle Operator training this summer, which he is still finising.

Although applicants don’t pay for any of this training, why did he do it? Is it because he can take a 12 hour shift once every six nights with Captain Scott Maple and the rest of Crew 6? Or because he can also take one 12 hour shift per month with the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad? No, he says he does it for all the positive energy he gets, the opportunity to meet new friends, and the rewards that come from being involved in a great community like Purcellville. All in all, he usually volunteers around 60 hours a month, which is a great deal for local residents and taxpayers. Pretty amazing.

For those who want to meet John and other members and perhaps find out how to become a firefighter, the next open house is October 4th from 11am to 3pm. Everyone is invited to come see our firefighting apparatus, take a tour of ambulances, police cars, and specialty equipment, plus enjoy kids activities, demonstrations, food and refreshments.

Our new tower cab from Piece Manufacturing continues to progress. The torque box and body were mounted on the chassis and installation of wiring, plumbing, shelving, trim and other components is well underway. We’re anxiously looking forward to delivery this fall 



In rememberance of Army Spc. Stephan L. Mace

Monday, September 14, 2015   Today, the PVFC participated in the Stephan L. Mace golf tournament, recognizing the Army Specialist who gave the last full measure of devotion to his country. On behalf of the PFVC family we thank all of those who have served, who will serve and who sacrificed their lives so we could be free.



Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppies Visit

Tuesday, September 8, 2015  On Wednesday 2 Sept, 2015, we were honored to play host to guide dog puppies in training at our station. Eight dogs associated with Shenandoah Region - Guiding Eyes for the Blind with their fostering families, gained familiarity and a calming experience by walking around our large firefighting apparatus. They also met members dressed in full personal protective equipment, all of which is intended to make the dogs accumulated to a scene that we hope they will never encounter.  



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