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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Thumbnail picture of the Breakfast with Santa flyer

Thanksgiving at Company 17

We had a great turnout for our Thanksgiving dinner at the station on November 27. Numerous members joined in sharing a delicious meal of traditional turkey and plentiful side dishes.

Our volunteers waiting in line for the Thanksgiving turkey

Member Randy Breton graciously provided the turkey and ensured nobody went hungry.

Member Pat Sheen preparing food

Volunteer Pat Sheen helping to serve a meal.

Upcoming Holiday Bazaar

Mark the date! On Saturday, November 22, the Safety Center Auxiliary is having a Holiday Bazaar at Harmony Hall, behind the Safety Center. There will be many vendors selling a variety of goods and gifts. A raffle table and bake sale are part of the Bazaar as well. Get a head start on Christmas shopping and come for lunch, take home delicious baked goods and try your luck on our many raffles.

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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

Waterford Fair 2014

One of the county’s biggest events, the Waterford Fair, took place over the first October weekend, Oct. 3 to 5. The fair draws a big crowd each year, and this year it was no different: The hosts of the event estimate that the visitor count reached about 25,000 over the weekend.

For us at the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Waterford Fair is a great opportunity to interact with the public. We have a long-standing history – 30 years – of providing medical evaluations, interventions, assistance, and standby services at the event. This year we had a great presence of volunteers. We staffed two ambulances at the fair, plus one ambulance in Hamilton for emergencies in town. On all three days we had Gators available for rapid responses in crowded spots at the fair. Two out of the three days we also had a bike team at the event. An advanced-level provider (paramedic) was available all three days as well. This means that on any given event day there were about 15 volunteers on call and ready to assist with emergencies.

This year, our volunteers primarily responded to bee stings, falls, and scrapes. Fortunately, it was the second year in a row where none of the patients required transport to the local hospital. On average, our HVRS volunteers assisted 7 patients each day of the fair weekend.

With each medical standby service comes a lot of planning, establishing a command structure, and other behind-the-scenes tasks to make it all happen and function properly. Our volunteers invested about 400 combined hours of their time to plan, prepare, coordinate, and provide hands-on emergency services for this year’s Waterford Fair weekend – and now that this year’s fair is over, we have already begun to plan for next year’s.

LCFR Poker Run

The Poker Run took place on Sunday, September 28th, from 10am until 2pm. It was sponsored by Company 9, Arcola Volunteer Fire Department. While the event was open to all vehicles, it was especially geared toward motorcycle riders. The participants paid $25.00 a piece and could ride to all fire-rescue departments in Loudoun County, where they chose a playing card. Their participation card was marked by each company.

A participant draws arandom playing card from a basket

A participant of the Poker Run drawing a playing card

Volunteers Rafe Nichols and Randy Breton from our Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad staffed a refreshment booth to provide water and fruit, and Bob Moore and Bill Clare helped on behalf of the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department.

Refreshment table in front of the building

The event started and ended at the Arcola station. Prizes were awarded for the players with the best hands as well as worst hands, plus random door prizes drawings. The participants were also rewarded with gorgeous weather for the event.

Photo shows many participants at the rescue station

Great turnout at the event

FARE Walk 2014

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), 15 million Americans cope with some degree of food allergy. The FARE Walk for Food Allergy is a nationwide initiative that draws thousands of people each year, with the mission of raising funds for research on food allergies and promoting awareness on the topic. This year’s FARE Walk for the Northern Virginia region took place on September 28 at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, and the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad provided an ambulance for standby services.

Three Company 17 volunteers in front of the ambulance with the FARE mascot

Above: Volunteers Curt, Evan, and Austen with the DC United mascot, Talon.

The event was geared towards the whole family, and many young children stopped by to visit our volunteers and get a close-up look of the ambulance.

A mother and young daughter talk to the three HVRS volunteers

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Cook-out at the HVRS

Volunteers of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad had the opportunity to socialize and get together for a fun, enjoyable cook-out on Saturday, August 30.

Cook-out at 17

Chief Rodney Krone grilled the burgers and hot dogs, and all other members brought side dishes. There was plenty of delicious food for seconds and even thirds.

Pastor Gary Smith

We are especially glad that Pastor Gary Smith, who volunteers for the company as chaplain for families of cardiac arrest patients, was able to attend, along with his wife, Sue.

Hamilton Rescue at the Fair

This past week, from July 21 through July 26, the annual Loudoun County Fair took place on the fair grounds off Dry Mill Road in Leesburg. We had a great turnout of volunteers to ensure that the EMS standbys were covered for the major events.

Volunteers at the fair

We had not only one ambulance there, but several times we staffed two and even three ambulances (with a little help from other companies’ members) plus the squad truck and the Gator. Our standby services were requested especially for the Demolition Derby and the ever-popular bull riding events.

Demolition Derby

Our volunteers enjoyed the great view from atop the squad truck.

Rescue Truck at the Fair

The bull-riding events on Thursday and Saturday drew a big crowd. Despite some spectacular falls, none of the riders required medical care.

Bull riding

A cowboy, naturally on horseback, ensured that any bulls roaming the arena without a rider were safely escorted out.

Bull Riding

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