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Sterling Blog: Keeping Us Safe

For a lifelong insomniac, so many things keep me up at night: work, random sporting events, Taylor Swift’s love life. However, one thing that never makes me worry during the wee hours is if my home should catch on fire, would someone be there to help. A large part of the reason I sleep soundly without that worry is the work, effort, and dedication of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company (SVFC). In cooperation with the career firefighters, the SVFC responds to thousands of calls each year.

Becoming a volunteer is not just walking in and saying “I want to fight fires…” Instead, volunteers go through many hours of training and work to make sure that, when you can, they know exactly what to do. Earlier this month, the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System honored 101 graduates of this extensive training, including SVFC Firefighter Trevor Brown. He was awarded top student of the Firefighter I/II class 17-1. Congratulations!

For more than 50 years, these brave men and women have been keeping us safe and helping me sleep—and you can help them. If you’re interested in volunteering with the SFVC, they have an informational night the first Thursday of every month. The next one is coming up on September 7 at Fire Station 18 across Route 7. Volunteer opportunities go far beyond being a firefighter. You can help with fundraising, administration, and public education—and many more. You can also help just by donating to SVFC so that they can continue to serve our community without being kept up at night themselves worrying over their budget. You can register to volunteer, donate, or just learn more about this outstanding organization at their website, http://www.sterlingfire.org.

Girl Scout registration: Does your daughter like camping, crafts, helping others, learning things? More importantly, do you like cookies? If any of the above are true, this is the perfect time to get your daughter involved in our local Girl Scout troops. Registration is going on now for girl scouts of all ages. Our young women have meetings where they learn new skills, explore new topics, and find ways to give back. These troops have done so much in our community to make things better—including recently adding benches to Sully Elementary’s playground and racking up the community service hours all over the area. Also, there’s the cookies, which fund many of their events and activities while encouraging us to go to the gym after destroying a box of Samoas in one sitting (not that I’ve ever done that). To learn more about our local Girl Scouts or to get involved, you can visit http://www.gscnc.org or call 703-777-5644. They’ll help you find the right troop for your daughter and get you in touch with our local leaders.

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