Category Archives: Events

Open House 2017

Come join us for this year’s Open House at the Hamilton Safety Center!
Save the date: June 3, 2017 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Bring your friends and family!
We look forward to seeing you.

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See some photos of our 2016 Open House here!

Waterford Fair 2016

After the annual Waterford Fair was canceled in 2015 for the first time in 70 years due to bad weather, the popular event was back again this year from October 7 to 9. Volunteers of the Hamilton Rescue Squad were on stand-by at three locations throughout the village.

Group of volunteers beside an ambulance
Our volunteers at the Waterford Fair

The fair is traditionally attended by a large number of people who enjoy a stroll along the many arts and crafts booths. Observing artisans hand-crafting their goods is an interesting part of the event for children and adults alike, as are the historic village buildings that can be toured, and the Civil War reenactments.

People waiting in line outside a building to get in
Fairgoers waiting in line to tour a building in Waterford

A group of HVRS members staffed our Gator as well, a small versatile vehicle used to swiftly get to patients in crowded areas. This enables our EMTs to begin rendering medical care until the ambulance crew arrives.

Volunteers in a small vehicle at the fair
Company Chief Rodney Krone with volunteers Aja and Devin on the Gator


A group of our volunteers with a dog
Our volunteers with a four-legged new friend at the fair

Our members, along with the support of two paramedics from nearby stations, volunteered a total of 273 hours during the 2016 event weekend. If you wish to become part of our dedicated team, head over to the volunteer application page. For more information on the Fair visit the Waterford Foundation website. Next year’s Waterford Fair is scheduled for October 6-8, 2017 (Columbus Day weekend). See you there!

Close-up photo of the ambulance

Breakfast with Santa

The annual, well-loved Breakfast with Santa was held on December 12, 2015. We thank the visitors for attending and the members of the Safety Center Auxiliary for making this a fun and enjoyable event.

Members of Co. 17 around Santa
Members of the HVRS around Santa

4th of July Parades

In keeping with traditions, volunteers of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad participated in the Purcellville and Leesburg parades again this year.

Three volunteers washing an ambulance
Volunteers bringing the apparatus to a shine prior to the parades.

Our members joined the parades with ambulances and the squad truck as well as our boat.

Three volunteers and the boat

Three of our volunteers on bicycles
The bike team was also present to round it all off.
Numerous people in front of our squad truck
Despite the poor weather, the turnout was great!
Ambulance with a small American flag held outside the side window
At the beginning of the parade.
A closeup of the squad truck during the parade.
Just before start of the Leesburg Parade.

2015 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Our volunteers took part in this year’s Firefighters Parade at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival on Friday, May 1, 2015. The parade is the largest and also among the oldest annual Firefighters Parades in the world, and this was the 88th time it was held.

Utility vehicle with boat hitched up at the 2015 Apple Blossom Festival
The company was represented with the Utility vehicle and rescue boat.

We’re happy to report that our apparatus received 1st Place in the category “Fire Department Special Unit”. Congratulations!

Picture of the plaque

2015 Arrive Alive & Survive Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2015 Arrive Alive & Survive Symposium.

Date: Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25
Time: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Location: MCFRS Public Safety Headquarters – 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Cost: FREE! Thanks to the event sponsors.
Amenities: A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on each day.
All attendees must register for this event by COB Friday, April 17.

This year’s symposium will consist of presentations from regional leaders and experts on the following topics:
• Firefighting in the 21st Century
• Surviving Until Retirement
• Truck 411 – Close Call
• Toxic Hot Seat: Cancer in Today’s Fire Service
• Photovoltaic Emergencies
• HEROES & The Burn Foundation
• Just Wash Your Gear
• It Happened in Seconds
• And much more (please see brochure)

Since its inception, the Arrive Alive & Survive symposium has not only been tremendously successful in delivering outstanding presentations to a large selection of this region’s emergency first responders, but it has also served as a great vehicle for bringing together personnel of all ranks and agencies to collaboratively build awareness of critical emerging safety issues in the field. All levels of personnel are encouraged to participate in this year’s event.

EMS Spring Symposium

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The Reston Hospital Center and StoneSpring Emergency Center are holding a Spring EMS Event. On the schedule are presentations on Chest Pain, STEMI, and Stroke/Dissection, as well as reviews of related cases and outcomes.

DATE: Thursday, April 16, 2015.
TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm

For more information, download the flyer here.

Breakfast with Santa

Volunteers of the Hamilton Safety Center Auxiliary are hosting their popular annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Stop by to enjoy a delicious breakfast in Santa’s company!

Sat., December 13, 2014
8:30am – 10:30am

Adults: $8.00
Children ages 4-10: $5.00
Children ages 3 and under: free

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Leesburg Halloween Parade

On Friday, October 31, members of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad joined in the fun at this year’s Leesburg Halloween parade. The parade is a large event, very well-known and popular in the area, that draws thousands of people each year. The parade began at 6pm at the Ida Lee Park and slowly wound its way through town. Our volunteers represented the rescue squad with our new Utility vehicle.

Two members of Co. 17 waiting for the parade to start
Just before the start of the parade

Coat Drive

The Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad held a very successful Coat Drive on Saturday, October 25. Members of the community donated hundreds of new or very lightly used coats that the HVRS collected in support of Mobile Hope. Mobile Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, and its mission is to assist Loudoun citizens in need, with a special focus on helping children and young adults. The organization provides everyday items that many of us take for granted: food, clothing, hygiene articles, and others.


A volunteer with a large pile of donated coats
Volunteer Michaila Colbert sorting the donated coats


A company member surrounded by tables full of coats
Volunteer Michelle Krone taking inventory of the donations

The event went the entire day, and our dedicated volunteers ensured that it ran smoothly. Members of the Hamilton Fire Department also assisted throughout the day. With such a worthy cause, we are delighted and grateful for the exceptionally generous support from the public.


Michaila Colbert, Richard Bechtold, Michelle Krone at the Coat Drive for Mobile Hope.
Photo Credit: Purcellville Gazette