Recent News & Highlights

 
Open Burning Restrictions: “4p.m. Law” Commences February 15th

For Immediate Release:

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office is reminding citizens that open burning is restricted in Loudoun County between February 15th and April 30th. The regulations, which prohibit open air fires, or open burning as it is commonly referred to, between the hours of midnight and 4p.m., are enforced by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal and the Virginia Department of Forestry. Known as the “4p.m. law,” these restrictions are in place due to the potential for rapid fire spread across woodland and grassland areas as a result of dry outdoor fuels, high winds and temperature increases that are normally present in the late winter and early spring season.

 

During this period, residents may conduct open burning between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight, subject to other restrictions. Open air fires for leaves, trees, brush, yard and garden trimmings generated on site are allowed between 4 p.m. and midnight, except in the town limits of Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and subdivisions ("urban or built up areas") throughout the County and in the Town of Leesburg. Ensure that any permissible outdoor burning is conducted at least fifty feet away from any structure. 

 

 Persons conducting open burning must contact the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center at 703-777-0637 prior to igniting a fire and at the end of the burning. Fires may not be added to after midnight. Persons are responsible, at all times, to ensure the fire is maintained under control and that it is attended to by a competent adult, 18 years of age or older, with provisions immediately available to extinguish the fire.   

 

 The Loudoun County Fire Marshal may impose regulations, at any time, based upon complaint, atmospheric or other environmental circumstances, to restrict or extinguish any fire that is otherwise permitted according to these guidelines. Any person who violates the fire code could be convicted of a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of a fine up to $2,500.00 and up to a year in jail. If convicted, a person may be required to compensate the locality for the full costs of fighting a fire.

 

  Questions regarding open burning regulations and the “4 p.m. law” should be directed to the Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office website www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or by calling 703-737-8600

Arcola Volunteer Fire Department - Annual Report 2017

June 01, 2018

The Arcola VFD annual report is pleased to announce the release of annual report and available for download as PDF file. The report provides a summary of our actions in FY 2017. The download time may vary based on your INTERNET connection.

LCFR and LCSO issue Safe Halloween Tips

OCT 24, 2017

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue along with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to stay safe this Halloween by following a few simple tips.

LCFR Newsletter OCT 2017 provides information on damages caused by Accidental Fire

October 24, 2017

Click on the newsletter PDF down below to learn more about some of the common fire causes in Loudoun County and the cost of damages associated with each cause. Take a moment to determine what you can do to prevent these fires in your home or business.


This newsletter provides a reader friendly version of the accidental fire data and contains safety tips pertinent to the top causes and dollar loss as well as upcoming seasonal safety tips. More information can be found by going to www.loudoun.gov/firerisk. 

LCFR Fireworks Safety Tips and 2017 Public Firework Displays

June 21, 2017

If you choose to use fireworks, PROCEED WITH CAUTION and follow these safety tips! Remember, the safest
way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

LCFR encourages residents to follow and teach the water safety tips below before your next trip to the pool

June 15, 2017

*Source: Virginia Department of Health https://www.virginia.gov/

Grill fires are preventable! Following just a few key safety tips can keep you and your family safe!

May 31, 2017

 For additional fire prevention information visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or contact Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager, at 571-258-3222.

Prevent Dangerous Mulch Fires Around Your Home or Business

April 28, 2017

 

For Immediate Release:

Prevent Dangerous Mulch Fires Around Your Home or Business

 

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency management reminds residents and business owners to use caution and common sense when it comes to landscaping mulch. 

 

Each year during spring and summer, hundreds of mulch fires are reported across the nation.  These fires often start out small and undetected, but can quickly grow into a devastating fire, causing major damage to buildings, homes, and other structures.

 

The most common cause of mulch fires is human carelessness through improper discarding of smoking materials.  Smokers often discard lit smoking materials, including matches, into landscaped areas as they enter or exit a building.

 

“Businesses and residences should provide and maintain a safe receptacle for the disposal of smoking materials,” said Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr.  “Sturdy metal containers with sand, placed away from the structure, are best.”

 

Fires that start in landscaping mulch can spread quickly into shrubbery, up exterior walls and into the home or building.  For this reason, we recommend leaving 18 inches between mulch and the exterior walls of all structures. 

             To help prevent mulch fires around your home or business, please follow these safety tips:

  • Use only approved receptacles to dispose matches, cigarettes and cigars.  Do not throw smoking materials into vegetation, potted plants, landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, or other flammable materials. 

  • Recognize that hot and dry spells, along with windy conditions allow mulch fires to start more readily.

  • Immediately report any smoke or fire in a mulch bed via 9-1-1.

  • Maintain at least 18 inches of clearance between the edge of the mulch bed and combustible building materials, such as exterior vinyl siding and decks.

  • Use non-combustible materials such as river rock, pea gravel or crushed rock for the first 18” around the base of a building with combustible siding and around gas and electrical meters.

  • Consider using brick or non-combustible exterior siding when building or renovating a structure.

  • Keep landscaped mulch beds as moist as possible.

For more information on fire prevention, please visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or contact Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager, at 571-258-3222.

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For Immediate Release :Open Burning Ban

April 11, 2017

 

Fire Marshal’s Office Institutes Immediate Open Burning Ban

 

Effective immediately an open burning ban has been placed into effect for all of Loudoun County.  The Virginia Department of Forestry has predicted that current conditions are such that fire danger is HIGH and fires will start easily from most causes.  Control of fires can become extremely difficult especially in heavy fuels.  The conditions will be re-evaluated on Monday, April 17th and a decision made by noon to extend or rescind the open burning ban.

                For questions or additional information about open burning, please contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 or visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal.

COMMUNITY EVENT - Instructor-led CPR/AED class

Feb 14, 2017


Heartsaver AED/CPR 
March 4, 2017 ● 9 AM – 12 PM


The AHA's Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course is a classroom, instructor-led course designed to prepare students with knowledge to provide CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid skills demonstration and a CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course completion card, valid for two years 

Why do you need CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, performed properly and promptly can help victims survive until the rescue personnel trained in an advanced medical techniques arrive on the scene. Almost two thirds of deaths from cardiac arrest occur before the victim reaches the hospital. Many of these deaths could be prevented if victims had received prompt help.

Make the commitment to learn CPR.
Perhaps a loved one suffers from heart disease. Maybe your job handles medical emergencies. No matter what your reason, it is important to
realize that just knowing how to properly perform CPR will make you a more useful member of your community. Brain death occurs within 4-6 minutes after the heart stops beating. Speed in starting CPR and calling 911 is the key in helping save lives.

So you want to learn CPR…
Volunteers from Arcola Volunteer Fire Department teach American Heart Association CPR. Please consider signing up for the upcoming class. Class size is limited to 12 participants and subject to cancellation. You must be at least 16 years of age and if below 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. A charge of $25 dollars per participant covers the cost of class materials only. Checks should be made out to Arcola VFD or Cash at the day of the class. 


Please print out and fill in the information on the PDF to register and enroll in the class.

Charitable donations are always welcomed. Use donate button on the top right corner of this page to show us your continued support !
 

Arcola VFD 2017 Officers & Board of Directors Elected

December 13, 2016

 

The 2017 Officers and Board of Directors for Arcola VFD were elected this past Monday evening. The Officers and Directors elected, by a vote of the membership, are:

 

Note : Please visit the Officers page for incumbent officers list.

 

Officers

President - Jay J Brown

Vice-President - Christopher Stone

Secretary - Elizabeth Koenecke

Treasurer - Patty Cornwell

Fire Chief - Christopher Meier

Assistant Fire Chief - Travis Orrison

Rescue Chief - Derrick Bennett

Assistant Rescue Chief - Kymber Weese

 

Board of Directors

Director (2 year) - Mike Gordon

Director (2 year) - Greg Romaniak

Director (1 year) - Brendon Park

 

 

New Engines E609 and E609B

Nov 12, 2016

Two new Seagrave Pumper - Engines added.

The Arcola Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) is excited to announce the two new additions to its Apparatus fleet and is looking forward to serve the community with them for many years to come. We will be announcing the inauguration and dedication ceremony planned to happen before the end of the year.

Vehicle for Sale

Remember: Bid ends July 22, 2016 and you must bid to buy the vehicle.

 

 

Update : The vehicle has been sold  as of July 26,2016.

The Arcola Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) plans to sell a 2003 Ford F350 XL Super duty 4WD Truck with Plow.  The method of sale will be by Sealed Bid only.  All Bids must be in writing and submitted by Friday, July 22, 2016.  The opening of the bids and the award of the successful bid will take place at the AVFD Board of Directors meeting on Monday, July 25, 2016.

Conditions:

  1. AVFD reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

  2. The Motor Vehicle is being sold in an 'as is' condition and the AVFD expressly disclaims all warranties.

  3. Inspection of the vehicle can be scheduled by contacting the AVFD President via email or mobile phone.

  4. Bids may be hand delivered and placed in the AVFD President’s mailbox at the station (23675 Belmont Ridge Rd., Brambleton, VA)

  5. Bids may be mailed to (AVFD is not responsible for delays in delivery):

 

Jay J. Brown, President

Arcola Volunteer Fire Department

42395 Ryan Rd. #112-809

Brambleton, VA 20148

 

  1. Payment will be made by Cashier’s Check.  The vehicle can be picked up after the check clears the bank.

  2. Contact information for the President is:

 

Jay J. Brown

Email: jbrown@arcola.vfd.org

Mobile: 703-505-0575

 

 

Grilling Safety

May 22, 2016

 

For Immediate Release:

Grilling Safety

 

            Fire in the grill is a welcome sight at the family cookout but fire anywhere else can make your summer barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. Please take a moment to read the safety tips.

For additional fire prevention information visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or contact Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager, at 571-258-3222. Also visit the tips published on our website under services > Health and Safety > Seasonal Safety > Grilling Safety.

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Prevent Dangerous Mulch Fires Around Your Home or Business

March 16, 2016

 

For Immediate Release:

Prevent Dangerous Mulch Fires Around Your Home or Business

 

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency management reminds residents and business owners to use caution and common sense when it comes to landscaping mulch. 

 

Each year during spring and summer, hundreds of mulch fires are reported across the nation.  These fires often start out small and undetected, but can quickly grow into a devastating fire, causing major damage to buildings, homes, and other structures.

 

The most common cause of mulch fires is human carelessness through improper discarding of smoking materials.  Smokers often discard lit smoking materials, including matches, into landscaped areas as they enter or exit a building.

 

“Businesses and residences should provide and maintain a safe receptacle for the disposal of smoking materials,” said Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr.  “Sturdy metal containers with sand, placed away from the structure, are best.”

 

Fires that start in landscaping mulch can spread quickly into shrubbery, up exterior walls and into the home or building.  For this reason, we recommend leaving 18 inches between mulch and the exterior walls of all structures. 

             To help prevent mulch fires around your home or business, please follow these safety tips:

  • Use only approved receptacles to dispose matches, cigarettes and cigars.  Do not throw smoking materials into vegetation, potted plants, landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, or other flammable materials. 

  • Recognize that hot and dry spells, along with windy conditions allow mulch fires to start more readily.

  • Immediately report any smoke or fire in a mulch bed via 9-1-1.

  • Maintain at least 18 inches of clearance between the edge of the mulch bed and combustible building materials, such as exterior vinyl siding and decks.

  • Use non-combustible materials such as river rock, pea gravel or crushed rock for the first 18” around the base of a building with combustible siding and around gas and electrical meters.

  • Keep landscaped mulch beds as moist as possible.

For more information on fire prevention, please visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or contact Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager, at 571-258-3222.

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Winter Weather Advisory and Loudoun County Alerts
 

Loudoun County Press Release (January 19, 2016)--Winter Storm Preparedness

 

With the likelihood of winter weather impacting our area, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue reminds residents to take additional safety precautions for your home and personal safety. Please spend some time to look into some critical safety tips listed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVFD and Loudoun County Encourages Citizens to Sign up for Alert Loudoun

 

With a significant winter storm expected to hit the region this week, Loudoun County officials remind everyone that now is a good time to sign up for Alert Loudoun or to make sure your account is up to date. 
 

Alert Loudoun is one of the county’s communication tools that is used to send emergency information, news releases, traffic information, weather alerts and more through texts and emails. People who are interested in receiving notifications regarding status changes for the Loudoun County government and its facilities are encouraged to sign up for a newly added category called “County Facility Closures/Status Changes.” Visit www.loudoun.gov/alert to sign up for Alert Loudoun and to update your account.
 

This is also a good time to get ready for the storm in other ways:
 

• Prepare an emergency supply kit. Imagine that you can’t leave your home for three days.  You need basic emergency supplies.

• Make a plan. Everyone needs an emergency plan. It’s not hard to do. Find out how at www.loudoun.gov/readynova.

• Stay informed. In addition to signing up for information from Alert Loudoun, follow Loudoun County on Twitter at www.loudoun.gov/twitter ; and on Facebook at www.loudoun.gov/facebook

 

For more information on winter preparedness, including links to safe driving tips, home heating safety information, and the VDOT Snow Plow Tracker, go to www.loudoun.gov/winter.

 

 

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