3 Alarms of fire in Ashburn-1/9/15

On January 9th at approx. 1013 hours, Box Alarm 6-38 was transmitted in the area of Gloucester Pkwy and Loudoun County Pkwy for a building on fire with people trapped on the roof. A large column of smoke was visibile while enroute and BFC 1 requested the Level 1 RIT Task Force and a second alarm. Units arrived to the 21000 block of Smith Switch Rd to a large onestory tilt slab data center with fire showing.

(Late entry-9/4/14) "Old Timers" Day/1st due working fire

As part of our yearly tradition of hosting a lunch for all current and former members of Companies 11, 18, and 24, the men of Company 11 got together and set up old logbooks, photo albums, equipment (Including the 1996 Pierce Dash wagon formerly assigned at 11) in the Engine bay and prepared for a good day of brotherhood...and of course food!

Lunch with the new Assistant Chief

January 13, 2015 -  Today the members at company 11 were priviledged to have new Assistant Chief Matt Tobia visit the firehouse and have lunch with us.  Chief Tobia was doing a ride-along with Battalion Chief Cooper, in the first Battalion.  While there the Chief was given a tour and brief history by our resident historian, FF Max Walsh.  Also, Chief Tobia was able to meet two longtime volunteer members of Sterling Fire, Chaplain Charlie Grant and Chief Engineer Bob Watts.

During his visit there was the usual firehouse chatter going on and the Chief was right in the middle of it the entire time.  He gave us some background on his career in Anne Arundel and the history of that fine department.  But, he also stressed his commitment to our department and its future and wanting to make it better.  He opened up the table for questions and he answered on a variety of topics, from staffing, to operational questions, to transfer concerns, even questions on uniforms.  As he said, he has only been here for 35 days, so he has not seen everything yet, so deferred on a couple questions, but he did take notes on several questions, saying he would look into the topic.

After lunch we presented him with Station 11's challenge coin and we were about to get a group photo when the tower and BC601 were dispatched for an apartment fire in Company 23's area.  He did manage to say he wanted to come and do a ride along with Company 11, so we look forward to that.

I think all members who were at today's lunch came away with a good first impression and are looking forward to working for Chief Tobia.

See you on the fireground, Chief!

A New Boss at Station 11

December 18, 2014 - Starting today newly promoted Captain Brandon Frieder is going to be the station commander "In the Park".  Captain Frieder has been with Loudoun County for almost 10 years and has worked his way up through the ranks to his new position.

He has worked in several stations throughout the county including station 11 and 18 as a firefighter.  He was on duel promotional lists, Technician and Lieutenant, when was lucky enough to get the Lieutenant position.  From there he worked at station 10(Lucketts) for a short period, then station 20(Leesburg), 2 years at the Training Center teaching several recruit schools and his last assignment was station 6(Ashburn).

Everyone is looking forward to working for Captain Frieder and continuing the tradition of excellent work and pride at station 11.

Welcome Back, Frito!

Last Day for Captain Schumacher

December 16, 2014 -  After more than two years of service at station 11 Captain Mark Schumacher is leaving.  A station commander position opened up at station 8, in Philomont, and Captain Schumacher requested a transfer to that station.  We want to take this opportunity to thank him for his hard work and leadership while assigned to station 11 and also to wish him well at his new assignment.

Thanks Captain Shoe!  Good Luck at your new assignment.

Auto accident with entrapment, Old Ox Rd/Douglas Ct 8/12/14

At 0559 hours, Company 11 was alerted to the intersection of Old Ox Rd and Douglas Ct for the report of an auto accident with people trapped. Engine 11 and Rescue Squad 15 arrived and confirmed a multi vehicle accident with a patient trapped. Rescue 15 and Engine Co. 11 went to work and extricated the patient within minutes despite the vehicle being badly crushed. One patient was transported to Fairfax Trauma Center.

House Fire in Sugarland 7/24/14

On the 24th of July at 1607 hours, units were alerted to the 100 block of S. Fox Rd in Sugarland (Co. 18s area) for a house on fire. Engine 18 arrived to a one story, "Balboa" type single family dwelling with smoke showing from the Alpha side and stretched a line inside while Battalion Chief 1 requested the Level 1 RIT task force. Moments before the fire departments arrival, a neighbor ran inside the house past the fire and rescued an elderly resident from their bed. Engine 18 quickly knocked the kitchen fire and the assignment was held for about an hour. One civilian received injuries at the incident.

"Just making friends"

A sight that isn't seen everyday but is certainly not surprising....Tower 11 pictured here on side "A" of the Reston Hyatt at a recent run.

Second Due Building Fire-4/15

At 1238 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for 100 Executive Drive for a fire in a building. Engine and Tower 11 were third and first due respectively, but arrived together and assumed first due responsibilties to a large one story commercial building with smoke showing. A RIT Level 1 Task Force was dispatched and units went to into offensive mode. Tower 11 went to the roof and discovered a fire isolated to the roof which originated inside the roof trusses. Tower 11 went to work with a rotary saw to ensure no further fire spread and a line was deployed to the roof to extinguish the remaining smoldering fire. There was no fire found inside and the assignment was released after an hour on scene.

First Due Basement Fire and PIA w/ one trapped 3/13

At 0853 hours (while First battalion units were attending a drill in The Park) on Thursday, March 13th, box 11-10 was transmitted for the house on fire "in the area of" 303 E. Charlotte St. E699 (Acting E18) was already enroute to Sterling Park for the drill and assumed the first due engine responsibilities, arriving at the corrected address of 301 E. Charlotte St to a 2 story split foyer with smoke showing all sides from the second floor.