We would like to bring your attention to a significant incident that occurred on April 21st at 11:10 AM this year. A devastating fire broke out on the 40200 block of Browns Creek Place in Leesburg, Loudoun County. This incident required an immediate emergency response from various units across the county, including the dedicated firefighters from the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Although the Fire Marshall’s Office estimated damages worth $2.15 million, we are grateful that no residents were injured. However, one firefighter was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
We are proud to highlight the exceptional response of our community volunteers on that day. In addition to their regular 6 PM to 6 AM shifts, eight trained and certified volunteer firefighters stepped forward to staff Fire Station 22 in Lansdowne, which would have otherwise been left vacant during the large fire. Their dedication and quick action ensured continuous service to our community. This example exemplifies the commitment and sense of duty that our volunteers consistently demonstrate.
On a daily basis, our volunteers are at the forefront, responding to every emergency call that is made in the neighborhoods of Ashburn and Lansdowne. In fact, we receive over 4,800 calls each year, and our department is always ready to respond promptly, regardless of the time of day. Our personnel undergo rigorous training, often sacrificing time with their families and friends, to ensure they are prepared to protect our community. The dedication of our volunteers is unwavering, and they train and work tirelessly throughout the year.
Our Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) undergo over six months of intensive training, mastering various aspects of medical calls such as preparatory measures, airway management, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, infant and child care, and operational procedures. Some EMTs go a step further by becoming Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, capable of administering medications and monitoring critical cases. Moreover, our paramedics invest over two years of training to become highly skilled providers in the field. Paramedics are called upon for Advanced Life Support situations, as they are equipped to handle any critical medical condition.
Becoming a fully certified firefighter requires 18 months of training, encompassing certifications such as HazMat Operations, Firefighter I and II, LPG Emergencies, Mayday and RITco Operations, and Emergency Medical Technician. On top of meeting and maintaining these stringent requirements, our volunteers serve twelve-hour night shifts, ensuring coverage in our community seven days a week, 365 days a year. During these shifts, they remain ready and available to respond to any 911 call in Loudoun County and neighboring jurisdictions.
The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department relies on the support of our community to continue providing these essential services. Your generous donations not only assist in training and equipping our firefighters and emergency medical personnel but also enable our volunteers to remain active within Loudoun County, Virginia. This year, AVFRD is fundraising to support general operations and replace two aging fire engines. We sincerely hope we can count on your support to make these critical initiatives a reality.
Thank you for your ongoing support and consideration.