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Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department

Ashburn , VA
Ask any resident of the Ashburn area, and they will tell you that Ashburn is the community where you want to raise your children. It illustrates the American value of community – from schools to sports, community members volunteer in support of their neighbors. Seventy years ago rural Ashburn’s farming community chartered the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department, with community members stopping what they were doing to assist their neighbors in time of need. Today Ashburn’s urban community continues that tradition. Although helping neighbors today is defined considerably different than 70 years ago, the Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department’s slogan remains “Neighbors helping Neighbors.” The AVFRD is a reflection of what is great about America, and in particular the value of community. This department is unique because its focus is community risk reduction. AVFRD responds when called, but prevention through education is its primary focus. A birthday tour for small children includes a safety message. Second- and third-grade children get “stop, drop and roll” as well as exit drills. Teenagers are briefed on dangers of drunk driving before prom. A safety inspection of private residents is done upon request. Finally, firefighters are always present at events held in retirement communities to give advice on cooking safety or to take blood pressure. In addition to the almost weekly events, AVFRD holds a spring and fall open house each year, attracting more than 1,000 visitors each time. Education opportunities at the open houses include dialing 911, finger printing, blood pressure checks, extinguisher demonstrations, electrical safety, home safety and fire prevention. How is the Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department different? When they say they are the community, they mean it. Sixteen-year-olds are eligible to become junior members or join the scouting group (providing school grades are satisfactory). The adult community is the department’s primary target for recruitment. However, they have a very large contingent of senior members as well. Every age group has something to offer the community and AVFRD. What makes AVFRD different is that its members reach out to everyone, in as many ways as possible, to reduce risk in the community. And when education fails, they respond.