Busy “Box” night for Crew #2

January 20th was quite a busy night for Crew 2 for the Leesburg Volunteer’s. From the moment they walked into the station, they were dispatched out for a call. For the next 10 hours, a combination of Fire Alarms, Inside Gas leaks and a total of 3 Structure fire calls were ran.

The last Structure fire was at 715 Children’s Center Road (Monroe Tech). Numerous callers advised flames shooting 30-40 feet in the air from the back of the school, extending into the school. Units from LVFC and Ashburn were in the middle of an inside gas leak call at Wegmans in Leesburg when the structure fire call was dispatched. Upon not finding anything at Wegmans, all units proceeded to the structure fire at Monroe tech. Rescue 620 was the first unit on the scene as they were still AIQ. R620 marked on the scene with smoke and small fire from the rear of the structure. Upon further investigation, six acetylene tanks were found compromised toward the back of the school. It was a long evening for all units on the scene doing roof work and securing the tanks in the back of the structure but ended up just being a big outside fire with some extension to the rear. The last unit, truck 620, cleared the scene around 5 AM. No injuries were reported just a significant amount of property damage.

To top off the morning, around 5AM, as units were clearing, a Hazmat was dispatched at Lansdowne Hospital, but did not involve units from LVFC. Long night, long morning, but that’s what we’re here for.

For all the structure fire calls, Volunteer units from Leesburg, Ashburn, Purcellville, Hamilton, Sterling and the surrounding areas all pitched in and worked well together. Many units from LCFR and Fairfax were also involved.

Fire from the back of Monroe.

Car Fires – Beware of Magnesium Components in Today’s Cars

Many of the fires firefighters respond to are car fires and today’s car fires must be approached with great caution. To make cars lighter for better fuel mileage, many components are made of Class D magnesium.  Applying water or foam will cause a dangerous explosion that could cause injury to the firefighter or damage to expensive gear.

In this video, you will see firefighters confronted with a fully involved, magnesium steering column burning at over 5,000ºF. These firefighters were using only 1% F-500 EA, and yet you will see there were no magnesium explosions. Although we recommend Class D fires be approached with a 3% solution of F-500 Encapsulator Agent, 1% F-500 EA is safe for the small amount of magnesium in car fires. It just takes a little longer to cool the magnesium.

Using F-500 EA on car fires not only provides that extra margin of safety, preventing magnesium flash, but also is recommended by third parties for today’s lithium-ion battery, hybrid and electric car fires. And if there’s a fuel spill, F-500 EA will not only extinguish both polar Class B ethanol-blended E10 and nonpolar Class B diesel fuel, but it will safely encapsulate the fuel spill, allowing the fuel to quickly evaporate without the fear of ignition.


Interested in Volunteering?

Are you interested in becoming a part of our team?  The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company is in need of dedicated individuals looking to serve their community! LVFC is seeking operational members as well as administrative members!

Not sure if operational is for you?  Schedule a ride along!  You can also come by the station for a tour anytime!  During a Ride Along/ Tour, current members will be able to answer any and all questions you have regarding volunteering with our company.

No Experience Necessary!  Free, Nationally Recognized training is offered to members! Training offered includes ; NFPA Firefighter I/II, NFPA Hazmat Operations, National Registry EMR/EMT, EVOC, and many more!

For further information on volunteering, Check out the pages listed under the Recruitment tab! Or, Email membership@leesburgfire.org

Engine Company 1 Dedicated to Past Chief JB Anderson II

On the afternoon of Sunday February 26th,

The men & women of Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company as well as LCFR Staff assigned to Leesburg, gathered beside Representatives from the Town of Leesburg, Leadership from Loudoun County Fire – Rescue, and the public, to celebrate the Dedication of Engine Company 1.

Engine 1 (601) is the newest addition to our fleet. A 2016 Pierce Enforcer, replacing former Engine 1 (2007 Seagrave Marauder II) Was dedicated to Past Chief/Life Member JB Anderson II.

JB, has served the citizens of Leesburg, Virginia for nearly his entire life. JB, similar to many who served a life in the Fire Service, is currently battling cancer. JB continues to be a major influence on the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and every one of its many volunteers!

Small Kitchen Fire for Duty Crew 2

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Just after 1900 hours on September 15, 2016, Jessica Fazekas, the wife of LVFC Captain James Fazekas, and her neighbor were outside talking when they heard a nearby smoke detector activate. After a minute or so they went across the street to investigate and immediately saw smoke in the townhouse. Not seeing any car out front and knowing that there were small children living there, the neighbor called 911 while Jessica forced the front door. Once inside she was met with a moderate smoke condition but no heat. She made her way to the kitchen where she found a fire inside the oven but could not find a fire extinguisher so she went back outside. After passing along the information about the fire contained to the oven to 911, she went back into the house and checked the second floor to make sure the children were not in the house. While checking each room she had to stay low due to the amount of smoke. Finding no one upstairs she went back outside, called 911 and advised them that everyone was out. This information was then relayed to the units who were now responding for the structure fire.

Upon arrival,    members of Duty Crew 2 on Engine 20 took a line to the front door while Truck 20 laddered the structure and performed a search along with Rescue 20. The fire was contained to the oven and damage to the house was minimal. All other units were quickly put in service while crews used fans to remove the smoke. Units were on scene for 45 minutes.

Mrs. Fazekas acted on instinct and with no fire training and in her bare feet, located the fire and conducted a primary search of the house. While the LVFC does not condone civilians entering a burning building and encourages everyone to get out and stay out, we do want to recognize Jessica Fazekas for her actions.

Photo Credit for all side A and B photos: D. Sanchez

Photo Credit for Side C photo: Trish Megica
Important note for the side C photo: The bright glow coming from the house is not from a fire, it is from the work lights inside

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Storms cause Multiple Incidents in 1st Battalion

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On the evening of May 2nd, Storms rolled thru the area that reeked havoc on the area. The men of Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company were staffed with 24 personnel between Fire Stations 1 & 20. The evening began with a box alarm being dispatched in the 06 box area. Truck & Rescue Company 20 took in the assignment. As the storms rolled thru, an additional box alarm was sounded in the 06 box. Engine Co. 20, as well as Engine & Truck Co. 1 turned out with 13 volunteers. Fire was reported from the eves of the roof of a single family home. Truck Co. 20 cleared the initial box alarm and responded on the 2nd box. Truck Co. 20 arrived to take 1st due Truck, followed by additional units from Ashburn and Sterling. Engine 20 arrived to take the 4th due assignment, as Truck Co. 1 arrived to take the 3rd Truck assignment. Fire was contained quickly by initial arriving units, and Truck Co. 1 / Engine Co. 20 cleared. While returning to Leesburg, a third box alarm was sounded in the 24 box. Engine Co. 1, Engine Co. 20, Truck Co. 1, & Rescue Co. 20 were due on the assignment. Units arrived to find no fire, and quickly returned to service. Units continued to answer regular as well as weather related emergencies all throughout the night and early morning.

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Truck & Rescue Co. 20 take in 2 Box Alarms in the 2nd Battalion

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On the evening of Monday, February 1st, the 1st alarm was sounded in a 02 box. Truck & Rescue Co. 20 responded with 9 men. Shortly after 2100 hrs, returning from the first box, Communications sounded the 1st alarm for box 0211K for a building fire in the 18000 block of Lincoln Rd. Truck & Rescue Co. 20, as well as Engine Co. 1 responded on the first alarm, joined with Engine Co. 20 & Asst. Chief 1 due on the Level I working fire assignment. Crews from Truck & Rescue Co. 20 worked into the early morning hours to contain the fire.

Pictured below members of Truck Co. 20 after the Lincoln Rd Fire.

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Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company