Exploring Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad


Station 15, located in Sterling Park, was Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad’s first permanent station, built as a joint project between the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department.

Station 15 was built in 1971 as a single floor station, housing both rescue and fire companies. As the community grew, service requirements grew, the needs of the organization increased, and fire and rescue apparatuses became larger and more complex. More space was needed. In 1989, a renovation added a second floor and bay support areas including sleeping areas, training room and much needed storage.

After serving the Sterling Community for 50 years, it was becoming difficult to meet the needs of the mission, the organization, and the community. The new facility was designed to meet the changes in response equipment, health, and safety of our personnel for today and into the future.

In Fall 2021, the existing Station 15 was demolished to make way for a new facility. Station 15 will live on, as bricks from the old station were recovered to be reused as an element of the architecture for the new station. The new station is now under construction and will be completed in 2022.

The new Station 15 is under construction now and will be completed in 2022. The project is a partnership between the Sterling Park Safety Center and the Loudoun County Government. The new station will meet health and safety requirements, service demands of a growing community and requirements to accommodate changes to rescue and fire apparatuses for years to come. 

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Eastern Loudoun County experienced an explosive growth in development, resulting in a large increase in the population requiring emergency medical services. A small sub-station was built in the Sugarland community in 1984, as a temporary measure, to house equipment for volunteers responding from their homes. The expanding community quickly outgrew this capability.

Station 25, capable of supporting the rescue and fire needs of the developing Cascades community and surrounding areas was built and placed in service on December 24, 1997. Today, Station 25 serves as the operational and administrative headquarters for the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by all-volunteer rescue personnel.

As Eastern Loudoun County continued to grow, a need was identified for additional rescue and fire services on the western side of Sterling. Station 35 was built as an element of a planned community, in a public/private partnership between Loudoun County and the developer. Station 35 was opened in November 2013 and supports the western side of Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad’s area of responsibility.