To read more
from Bob Vaccaro,
Seventy-three years ago, the Ashburn (VA) Vol- unteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFRD) was created. In those days, the area it served
consisted of mostly rural farm areas. It has since
become one of the most progressive fire departments
in the Loudoun County Fire Rescue System. It’s
motto: “You Call, We Come.”
The AVFRD is located off Route 7 approxi-
mately 30 miles northwest of Washington, DC. It
consists of 17 square miles with a population of
approximately 55,000, including Lansdown, which
is the department’s second station. According to
Kyle Stephens, assistant chief of operations, the
response area consists of numerous subdivisions
of single-family homes, apartments, and condo-
miniums. It also includes the Dulles Technology
Center, which contains offices of major corpora-
tions, universities, strip malls, schools, and other
The fire department itself is part of the Loudoun
County Fire Rescue System. The Loudoun County
Combined Fire-Rescue System (LC-CFRS) is made
up of the career Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
(LCFR) and 16 volunteer companies.
The area has experienced an explosive growth in
population and building over the past 10 years; so has
the AVFRD. The need for more apparatus to meet
the community’s needs was the department’s main
“Since the community grew so much, we had to
come up with a new design for an aerial,” Stephens
says. “Our 2005 Ferrara/Spartan 100-foot aerial
platform was scheduled to be replaced in the coming
years, so we began planning for a new purchase back
Since 2010, construction in the area has changed.
The streets became tighter, and there is more street
parking of vehicles in the area. “We had numerous
“You Call, We Come”
Ferrara delivers a tractor-drawn aerial to the Ashburn
(VA) Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
• Ferrara Ignitor seven-person cab.
• 100-foot Smeal steel aerial with piped-in
• 450-hp Cummins nine-liter diesel engine with
Allison EVS 4000 automatic transmission.
• Onan 30-k W hydraulic generator.
The Ashburn Volunteer
Fire and Rescue Department took delivery of the
first Ferrara Igniter TDA.
(Photos by Mike Sanders.)