Company 1's annual elections were held this evening, with all operational and administrative positions up for grabs. Those elected will assume office on January 1st, 2013. The results of the election are as follows:
Congratulations to all!
On Friday April 4th, members of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire company were honored to be part of the Winchester Apple Blossom Parade. The team of 11 led by Lt. David Fierstien and Lt. Dwayne-Eddie Kapauff made their way up to Winchester that afternoon for a great day of firetrucks and friends. We were number 310 in the lineup and got high praise from thousands of onlookers as they watched us pass by. We were very lucky that the weather held out and didn't rain on us, making it an even better day.
Tanker 601 entered the judging at the last minute. Even though we didn't win, it was still worth the effort! Thanks to everyone on the Tanker that made it look extra clean! Thank you to all the members that helped get us ready for the day, it was truly a super event and we look forward to next year!
Photos courtesy of Lt. David Fierstien
On the afternoon of April 25th, several members of Company 1 were honored to assist the builders of Boulder Crest, a new retreat that will be part of the Wounded Warriors project. The facility, located in Bluemont, covers 37 tranquil acres in Western Loudoun County. As part of the project, a significant amount of brush was cleared around the site, resulting in large pile of trees and vines. The builders of the retreat contacted Deputy Chief Brian Gillingham to ask for assistance in burning the pile.
Promptly at 1600 hours, a road flare was tossed toward the pile by PFF John Papaleo. Unfortunately, his first throw sailed over the pile and extinguished itself in the grass. The second throw was much better and slowly a fire grew in the tangle of branches, stumps, and vines. Over the course of the afternoon into the early evening, we supervised the fire while enjoying the amazing views the site offers. As the sun set, the fire died down and we headed back to Leesburg.
It was truly a privilege to offer our assistance to a project that will have such an important role in the healing of injured veterans. Please visit the website for Boulder Crest to learn more. We wish the organizers of this effort every success in fulfilling their vision for a tranquil retreat that will serve our veterans for many years to come.
Photos courtesy of MFF Ian Buchanan
The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company was well represented at the Clark Deener Memorial Awards Banquet, held Sunday, March 18th.
Thirteen of our members were recognized with length of service awards:
The Company was recognized with a team award for training, with highlighted accomplishments including our hosting 6 NFPA-approved training classes. Our company also has one of the best new recruit training regimens and our members often assist with training classes at the county's training center.
Two of our longest serving members were inducted into the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Hall of Fame. Past Chief Tommy Downs, Sr. and Master Firefighter Rick Dizerega were both added to the roster of some of the county's most dedicated public servants. Both men have had long careers serving the citizens of Leesburg and they are very deserving of this honor.
The final award going to a Leesburg member was the John C. Carr, Jr. memorial award, which was presented to Past Chief Ian Buchanan. He was recognized for his leadership and achievements, including holding every operational office with Company 1 and serving on the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Commission for six years.
Company 1 is proud of all our members and the contributions they make to their community on a daily basis. We're especially proud of the recognition our efforts received at this year's awards ceremony.
On Thursday, January 19th, the graduation ceremony for the Fall 2011 Firefighter and EMT-B programs was held at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg. Company 1 had six members participating in the festivities:
While all of Company 1's students performed very well in the programs, FF/EMT-B Jack Kearney received special recognition. He was named top student in the EMT-B program! Not bad for a firefighter! Congratulations to all our graduates. We appreciate the sacrifices you made over the past six to twelve months while obtaining these certifications.
At the December meeting, Company 1 voted to honor two long-serving members with Life Membership in the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company. D. J. Wimer, a member since June of 1975, and Chris Boehret, with Company 1 since November of 1981, were both added to prestigious list of life members. We appreciate their long service to the community and hope they'll continue serving with us for many years to come.
Company 1's annual elections were held this evening, with all operational and administrative positions up for grabs. Those elected will assume office on January 1st, 2012. The results of the election are as follows:
Congratulations to all!
Company 1 provided a fitting gateway to Leesburg for riders in the 2011 America's 9/11 Foundation motorcycle ride. Using Trucks 620 and 601, our members displayed a huge American flag across North King Street outside Ida Lee Park. The procession traveled under it on the way from Shanksville, Pennsylvania to The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
As seen in this picture, the entrance to town was quite dramatic, with the Stars and Stripes overhead and huge crowds lining the streets. Leesburg has a right to be proud for lobbying hard to have this ride come through town instead of being re-routed, as was desired by the Virginia State Police. The ride went very smoothly, taking less than hour to pass through town.
At tonight's Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Spring 2011 Graduation Ceremony, Company 1's Steve McBride was named the top graduate from the fire program. Steve has put in a tremendous amount of work throughout the firefighter course and he certainly deserves this honor. Also graduating with Steve and the rest of the volunteers from around the county were:
Congratulations to all three of Company 1's latest fire school graduates. You've all put in a great deal of time and effort; we look forward to seeing you in black helmets very soon!
Company 1 continued their longstanding tradition of participating in the Leesburg Fourth of July Parade this year. Led by our color guard, units participating this year included our Seagrave antique (1929), Command 620, Jeep 601, Engine 601, and Tanker 601. The Leesburg parade started at 10:00 a.m.
Once Leesburg's parade was finished, all units headed west to Purcellville to participate in their parade. The color guard had to be exhausted by the time both parades were complete! Thanks to our members who represented our company in both patriotic events. Special thanks to MFF Pete Comanduras for organizing the color guard and ensuring that all members practiced their marching!
Photos courtesy of Photo 601 Steve Kusterer.
|Asst. Chief Jim Cook||MFF Anthony Jackson||Capt. George Delalian|
At the 2011 Valor Awards Ceremony, held April 4th, Assistant Chief Jim Cook, Master Firefighter Anthony Jackson and Leesburg Police officer Dale Depoy were given the life saving award for their response to a call in 2010 where they saved the life of a man who had fallen off a bar stool at a Leesburg pub, hit his head and was not breathing. Using an AED and CPR methods, the men were able to restore a pulse and natural breathing to the patient, who had ingested illegal drugs along with alcohol.
Related to a separate incident, Captain George Delalian, Leesburg Police Officer Leha Green, and Chief Wagner Grier of Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad were honored with life saving awards for a February 2010 incident in which off-duty Grier and Delalian administered CPR to a man who had slumped over the wheel while driving down a busy Leesburg street. The passenger had been able to stop the car and call 911 after the driver passed out, and Officer Green was dispatched to the scene. There Green found Grier and Delalian already applying CPR. She got the AED and, when it determined a shock was needed, used the equipment. The trio was credited with saving the man's life through their swift and decisive actions.
Great job George, Jim and Anthony; Company 1 is proud to have you!
Company 1 elected a new Captain at our monthly meeting.
George Delalian was elected Captain 1, replacing Nick Martin, who resigned from the position.
Congratulations to George!
Sifting through our report data from the past year reveals a few trends in our call volume for the year past:
Looking at how long it takes us to respond to your calls for service reveals that we're on the scene of calls to which we're dispatched in an average of 5.6 minutes. This number includes an average response time of 1.2 minutes and an average travel time of 4.4 minutes. Our average call duration for 2010 was 30.2 minutes. This represents the time from when we were dispatched until the time we're either back in the fire station or otherwise available for the next call.
We look forward to continuing to serve our community in 2011. Please exercise care and caution in all that you do so that we don't meet by accident! Remember to check your smoke detectors twice each year, and develop and practice an escape plan for you and your family so that you'll be prepared should a fire or other emergency strike your home.
Company 1's annual elections were held this evening, with all operational and administrative positions up for grabs. Those elected will assume office on January 1st, 2011. The results of the election are as follows:
Congratulations to all!
Several years ago, there was a large fire in Bluemont, Virginia. While no units from Leesburg were initially dispatched to the call, our company leadership recognized a problem that was highlighted during the incident. While there was a county Battalion Chief running the main incident, he was overwhelmed with tasks related to it and could not deal effectively with the exposure problems and spot fires being caused by embers from the structure fire he was commanding. Eventually, Company 1 units were dispatched to assist with the exposure situation and a chief officer from Company 1 made himself available and was dispatched to the scene to help.
After this incident, it became clear there was a pressing need to provide a means for incident commanders and the dispatch center to request and dispatch additional command officers when the need arose. Company 1 made a proposal through the Fire Council in the form of a draft Fire and Rescue Guideline (FRG) to provide a means to track and dispatch available command officers. Part of that proposed guideline included a provision that command officers must be prepared to respond in a vehicle that was equipped to handle the responsibilities of incident management.
While Company 1 already had one command vehicle, our leadership at the time felt it was necessary to have a second fully equipped vehicle to provide a resource beyond our first due when needed, while still maintaining the ability of another officer to remain in our primary service area in case another incident was dispatched. A budget line item was proposed and a second command vehicle was added to our apparatus plan. Financial constraints prevented the purchase of this vehicle for three years, but in 2010, funds became available
On Tuesday, August 31st, our vision was realized when Command 620 was placed into service. The vehicle is a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, with a command module built by Fast Lane Emergency Vehicles in Purcellville, Virginia. The vehicle is very well laid out, yet it is very simple in design. Chief Whetsell and Deputy Chief Cook were the main architects of the vehicle and used every means necessary to keep the cost in check. Emergency lights were procured separately from the main purchase, saving approximately 2,000 dollars. Striping was done separately as well, saving more than 1,000 dollars.
Command 620 will be utilized by one of the three Leesburg Chief Officers when they are running a command shift. Our older command unit will still be available and can be used by any of our other line officers. The combination of the two vehicles will provide a great deal of flexibility for Company 1's operational leadership to ensure effective incident management in our first due area and beyond when needed.
Photos courtesy of Lt. Ian Buchanan.
Company 1 appointed a new Lieutenant at our monthly meeting.
Chris Krueger was appointed Lieutenant 103, replacing David Fierstien, who resigned from the position.
Congratulations to Chris!
Company 1 held a special election to fill open slots in both the line and administrative sides of the company.
Ali McConnell was elected as Secretary, replacing Andrew Durham, who resigned.
Ian Buchanan was elected as Lt. 105, taking the place of Richard Wolfe, who recently moved from the area.
Jimmy Csizmadia was elected Chief Engineer, taking over from Tommy Downs, who resigned the position.
Congratulations to the newly elected company officers!
On April 30th, 2010, several members of Company 1 attended the 78th annual Firefighter's Parade at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia. Of course, you can't attend a parade without vehicles! This year, we took our new Tanker and our Jeep. While we didn't come back with any trophies, we did have a good (if a bit long) day in Winchester, capped off by a quick speech by Randolph Mantooth at the awards presentation. Click on the small pictures for larger versions of Jeep 601 and Tanker 601, taken (we think) by Mike Sanders of the Ashburn Fire and Rescue Department.
31 cent scoop night was a big success! On April 28th, the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company assisted the Leesburg Baskin Robbins store by scooping ice cream, displaying two fire suppression vehicles, and being on hand to answer questions and hand out fire hats to the kids. We strongly support Baskin Robbins in their efforts to help the Fallen Firefighters Foundation, to which they donated $100,000. We look forward to next year, when we'll hopefully exceed this year's total number of scoops, which was somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,800!!. Thanks to the community for your support.
Company 1's annual elections were held this evening, with all operational and administrative positions up for grabs. Those elected will assume office on January 1st, 2010. The results of the election are as follows:
Congratulations to all!
|A/C Paul Earley||MFF John Earley|
At the November 2, 2009 Company Meeting, Assistant Chief Paul Earley was made a life member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company. This honor represents a tremendous amount of work and dedication to Company 1. Paul has now been a member for over 20 years!
During his career with Leesburg, Paul has held every line position and has been elected chief 3 times. Paul has also been the chairman of our apparatus committee for a number of years and has worked tirelessly to ensure we have an excellent fleet of vehicles with which we serve our community. Congratulations Paul, on your outstanding contributions to Co. 1!!! We look forward to your 50th anniversary with us!
The fire company also voted to make Master Firefighter John Earley a life member of the organization. John was originally a cadet member of the company, then became one our most active firefighters once he reached the age of eighteen. He held the rank of Sergeant when he was hired by Loudoun County to be a career firefighter. After his recruit school was complete, he returned to active duty with Company 1. In his career position, he'd been promoted to Lieutenant. On May 25, 2008, John was serously injured in a fire on Meadowood Court in Leesburg while working as the Lieutenant on Tower 606.
Company 1 is honored to have John "Bones" Earley as a life member of our organization.
At 1900 hours on August 8th, 2009, the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company proudly placed a new pumper tanker into service. Members of the fire company and some special guests gathered at Station 20 beginning at 1800 hours in preparation for the ceremonial "push-in". Several past chiefs of the fire company were on hand, including Tommy Downs, J. B. Anderson, Paul Earley, and Billy Fiske. Chief Fiske was the guest of honor, though he didn't really know it when he first arrived. Billy was invited up a small ladder to remove a cover from the dedication seal on the side of the cab. Much to his surprise, he found his name and his wife Rose's name on the decal. Tanker 601 is dedicated to Billy and Rose Fiske for their long and dedicated service to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company. Both are life members of the fire company. Billy has 46 years of service, while Rose has 41.
Also on hand to witness the ceremony were other members of the Fiske family who'd been hidden inside the station until the ceremony began. Thanks to Past Chiefs J. B. Anderson, Tommy Downs, and Terry Frye for working out all the logistics to get everyone to the station without knowing the whole reason they were there. Billy and Rose were certainly surprised! They both deserve this honor and we're very grateful for the opportunity to recognize their service and dedication.
Here are a few photos from the event, provided by Photo 1 Steve Kusterer. Click here to see them.
As always, Company 1 is working hard to stay ahead of the curve. We've added a piece of equipment to our new tanker that we hope will make it possible to obtain a water supplies from ponds not normally reachable with heavy fire apparatus. Tanker 601 carries a TurboDraft fire eductor. In conjunction with 5" LDH, this device can provide up to 670 gallons of water per minute for fire fighting operations.
With it's advanced Husky dual agent foam system, this vehicle will be very useful for combating fires involving flammable liquids as well as those involving normal combustibles. Some possible applications (and examples of calls we've run in the past) include airplane incidents, tanker truck crashes, large mulch fires, etc.
Tanker 601 was designed, built, equipped, and placed in service in about 12 months. A big thank you to everyone on the apparatus committee who spent many hours developing a specification, wading through bid documents, travelling to the factory for inspections, and performing training with the vehicle once it arrived. The Tanker 601 committee was comprised of the following members:
Company 1 looks forward to utilizing Tanker 601 for many years to come. Thanks to all those that made it a reality. A special thanks to the members of the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department for allowing us to use Tanker 608 for several months while we worked to get our new tanker in service.
Congratulations to Company 1's newest Black Hats...FF Randy Luckette and FF David Chinn. These two were awarded their black hats after a training burn held September 26th, 2009 in Winchester. FF Luckette had previously distinguished himself by being named the top student in the Summer 2009 Loudoun County fire school. FF Chinn also did very well in fire school and will surely be an excellent asset for Company 1 for many years to come.
Great job to both our new firefighters!
On July 4th, 2009, the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company renewed a once-common tradition of marching ( well, maybe we should just call it walking) in the local Independence Day Parade. Smartly outfitted in our white uniform shirts and black ties, we led some of our other members who rode our 1929 Seagrave antique, Wagon 601, Canteen 601, Jeep 601, and our brand new Pierce Tanker. We got lots of positive comments along the way from parade watchers, so it's likely we'll do this again next year.
Our thanks to Master Firefighter Pete Comanduras for inspiring us to renew this tradition. We're counting on him to teach us how to march by next year's parade.
All photos courtesy of Photo 1, Steve Kusterer
Getting arranged by size before heading out to march.
The new Tankger 601 coming out into the sunshine.
Great company shot with the new tanker.
Making our way down King Street.
Click here for the latest set of pictures from our final inspection trip to Pierce for Tanker 601.
UPDATE: For the latest pictures, click here....and don't be alarmed, I only posted the best 100 or so out of the 250 I took!!
Tanker 601 is making great progress at Pierce. Thanks to Randy Schwartz for the latest pictures, taken 5/28/09.
In the middle of 2008, Company 1's apparatus committee developed a specification for a new vehicle to replace our year 2000 Luverne pumper tanker twins. As the specification developed, it became clear that the best option was a new pumper tanker with a much larger tank capacity than we had with the Luvernes. Late in 2008, the specification was sent to several manufacturers for bid proposals. Ultimately, Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wisconsin won the bid and we signed a contract with Randy Schwartz from Singer Associatesin December.
Fast forward to May, 2009 and our new pumper tanker is now under construction! We're anticipating a delivery date in late June and are targeting August 1st for an in-service date. If you'd like to see a full line drawing of our new tanker, click here. For those interested in specifications, here are a few:
The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company is anxiously awaiting delivery of this new piece of apparatus that will greatly enhance our water carrying capabilities for non-hydranted areas. Check back for photos as they become available.
Company 1's annual elections were held this evening, with all operational and administrative positions up for grabs. Those elected will assume office on January 1st, 2009. The results of the election are as follows:
Congratulations to all!
A special thanks to the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Company and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department for providing fill-in crews for us while we handled our elections.
Late in the evening of November 11th, 2008, Treasurer Glenn Barnhardt and Chief Ian Buchanan signed a contract with Randy Schwartz of Singer Associates to purchase a 2008 Pierce Pumper Tanker. While these two gentlemen got to sign the document, it was really the hard work of the apparatus committee that got us to this point.
Led by Chairman Paul Earley, the team consisted of:
With a goal of providing a vehicle that will greatly increase our water carrying capacity while still functioning as a Class A pumper should the need arise, the committee designed a vehicle with the following capabilities:
More details and pictures will be posted as the project progresses.
On July 31st, 2008, Fuddruckers Restaurant in Ashburn, Virginia hosted a benefit to support the John Earley Relief Fund. No one went and asked them to do this; the owners contacted us and asked how they could help. And help they did!
The restaurant agreed to donate 10 percent of their sales for a 4 hour period on the 31st...all we had to do was supply the patrons. With the help of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and our own members, the word got out far and wide. According to the restaurant owners, they've never been busier, not even at their grand opening. Loudoun County's volunteer and career fire and rescue workers showed up in droves. Even more gratifying was the support shown from other counties and cities.
In addition to receiving a portion of the night's sales, volunteers from Company 1 and Company 6 helped man boots outside the restaurant for donations and sold "Livestrong-style" bracelets to help the cause. The final surprise was the restaurant owner's decision to add their own contribution to the fund. Needless to say, it was a great night of fellowship and support that resulted in a sizable donation to a worthy cause.
As most of you know, John Earley was released from the hospital shortly after the benefit, and continues to recover at home. Your generous support and donations continue to assist him and his family with the healing process.
Thank you to everyone who has helped thus far. Special thanks to Co. 1 FF Andrew Durham for coordinating this event.
At last night's (8/4/08) monthly meeting, Treasurer 1 surprised everyone by announcing that a limited number of jumpsuits had been purchased for members. Specifically, 25 of the coveted coveralls had been purchased and were handed out to active members who were present at the meeting. Who knows if we'll be able to afford more, but for now, Lt. Fazekas is definitely happy as he modeled his new fire-retardant Nomex jumpsuit for all to see.
August 1st was a great day for fire and rescue in Loudoun County. More than two months after being hospitalized for burns sustained while fighting a house fire in Leesburg, LCFR Lieutenant and LVFC Master FF John "Bones" Earley returned to the county. He made the final leg of his journey back to Ashburn's Station 6 aboard Tower 6, the unit to which he was assigned on the day of the fire.
For everyone in the county, it was great to hear John's voice on the radio announcing that Tower 6 was in quarters. The ECC responded with an appropriate "Welcome home, Lt. John Earley." (Click here for the audio.) This marks a very significant step in John's continued journey to recovery.
Welcome home Bones!
The benefit night at the Ashburn Fuddruckers on July 31st was a huge success. With lines out the door and around the building, patrons were very patient as they waited to place their orders. Between donations directly into the boots and the 10% of sales donated by Fuddruckers, the John Earley Relief Fund will be seeing a big increase. Thanks to everyone who helped out with the event. Check back in the next day or so and we'll provide a total donation amount.
Well, it happened...the new Truck 1 is now in service! Our 2007 Seagrave Marauder II tillered ladder went into service unceremoniously on June 23rd at about 1830 hours. It was on its way to the fuel pumps when a call for a cardiac arrest was dispatched. Not exactly prime ladder truck material, but that was its first call. After clearing that, it responded to its next run, yet another EMS assist for a choking patient. Once clear of that one, it was off to a residential lockout for a mother who'd accidentally locked herself out of her house with the kids inside and the stove still in operation. She was able to gain access before the truck reached the scene, so the crew was finally able to return to the fuel pumps.
Keep an eye out for our new truck, coming soon to an emergency near you!
Update... Want to see video from the polo event? Click here to watch the CW Network's coverage of the event. (If you look closely, you might catch a glimpse of Jeep 1! HINT: Check 8:40 and 17:52 into the video.)
For the second year in a row, Company 1 was on site at Morven Park for the America's Cup of Polo to provide fire suppression services. Asst. Chief George Delalian was the suppression branch supervisor for the duration of the event. Fortunately, the event was not marred by any unplanned fire emergencies, so the Company 1 crews were not called to provide any active service. Reserve Tanker 1 and Jeep 1 were on active standby during the fireworks, and were held for a little while afterwards as the fire marshal's ensured that any "duds" were properly handled.
Overnight rain the night before the event left the area quite damp and muddy, so the risk of outside fires was quite low. Wagon 1, Reserve Tanker 1, and Jeep 1 were on hand, along with various members of the fire company throughout the day. Personnel on hand were treated well this year, with plenty of food and hydration on hand. For a few pictures from the event, please click here. (Photos courtesy of Chief 1.)
On the morning of Saturday, April 12th, the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company assisted the Leesburg Girls Softball league with their opening day ceremony, held at Freedom Park in Leesburg. "New" Truck 1 was used to display the American flag over the outfield fence while the ceremony took place.
On hand from Co. 1 were:
Truck 1 set up in the parking lot behind the fields to display the American flag
An 8' pike pole tied to the end of the ladder made displaying the flag a cinch.
This is a view from the 3rd base dugout.
Four members of the "Mighty Mustangs" came to visit Truck 1's crew. From left to right are Cheryl Anne, Haley, Megan, and Mable. Good luck this season girls!
Joe, Jeff and Steve try to look like they're not having their picture taken.
The ladder makes a great spot for photographing the ceremony. We offered to let a reporter from the Loudoun Times Mirror climb up for a better vantage point, but she politely declined.
Since you know Chief 1 would never let anyone take his new camera to the end of a ladder, this can only mean one thing....he actually climbed the ladder himself!
Nice view of the remote controlled nozzle pinned in the rescue position on the 100' ladder.
Thanks for inviting us to participate in your opening day! Best of luck for a fun and safe season!
Photos courtesy of Chief 1.
Spring 2008 brought many changes to the career staff assigned to Station 20. March 19th was the last day in Leesburg for Lt. Mike Johnson, Technician (now Lt.) Brian Fluharty, and FF/EMT Gordon Mackison.
Lt. Johnson has been transferred to the Training Center, where he'll be teaching career recruit classes. Newly-promoted Lt. Fluharty has been sent west to Hamilton (Co. 5), and FF Mackison is now on a 24-hour shift in downtown Aldie (Co. 7). We wish all three of these gentlemen the best in their new assignments and thank them for the service they provided to the citizens of Leesburg during their time with us at Company 1.
Taking their slots (can they truly be replaced?) are Lt. Jimmy Gray, who is coming from Station 5, Technician Brian Beaulieu, most recently at Station 12, and FF/EMT Nicholas Riese from Station 7. Another addition to the staff at Station 20 is FF/EMT James Shelton.
Company 1 welcomes our new career staff personnel. We hope you enjoy your stay with us!
On Saturday, January 12th at 1800 hours, Company 1 placed two new Seagrave engines in service. Designated Wagon 601 and Engine 601, these two units will be our first-out engines from both Stations 20 and 1. (To hear the Loudoun ECC special announcement for these units, click here. Thanks to Jeff Brown of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department for providing the audio.)
Among the many features of these Marauder II twins, one of the most special is the dedications they carry on their decorative bells and the cloverleaf decals. Wagon 601 is dedicated to Hubert Welch, a life-member of the fire company who passed away in October, 2006. As part of the housing ceremony for Wagon 601, many of Hubert's family members and friends were on hand to "push" this pumper into Station 20. Engine 601 carries a dedication as well. It is dedicated to all our members, past, present and future, who have and will continue to serve the Leesburg community.
It took a great deal of work to get to the point of putting these new vehicles into service. First and foremost, our apparatus committee deserves a lot of credit for the number of hours they put into designing, spec'ing, inspecting, and equipping these engines. The committee members were:
Also deserving of thanks are all the members of the fire company and our career staff who helped rack hose and place equipment onto the vehicles.
Wagon 601 sits behind Station 20, waiting for final equipment installation and a cleaning.
The new Wagon is dedicated to Hubert Welch, life-member of the LVFC.
Company 1 members prepare for the big push!
And they're off! Engine 601 on the left and Wagon 601 on the right.
The Wagon is in the house, thanks to the efforts of Hubert's family and friends.
The Engine was guided by the main architect of these engines, Paul Earley.
Here's the apparatus committee. Thanks for your hard work!!!
Looks like this place is becoming a Seagrave house....again.
December 21st marked the last day of service to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company for Wagon 1. This morning, MFF Steve Earley and Chief Paul Earley met three members of the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Company and took Wagon 1 out for a final pump test before turning her over to her new owners. As always, Wagon 1 was reliable, passing the pump test with flying colors.
Back in Leesburg, "old" Wagon 1 was photographed next to "new" Wagon 601 in front of Station 1. Once she was fueled and loaded with gear, she made the last trip up Loudoun Street and turned onto South King, then on the road to Montross, Virginia. Her new owners hope to place our former Wagon in service in January, 2008, where she'll be running first out as Wagon or Engine 5.
We all truly hope that our beloved 1988 Pierce provides years of good and faithful service in her new home.
For pictures from today's activities, courtesy of Chief Earley, please click here.
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