LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg

LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg


Last night members attended the LC-CFRS 2021 Awards & Recognition Ceremony and we are honored to have so many award recipients at LVFC / “The Big House”.

Mark Wynkoop, Lt. C-Shift
LT. Wynkoop was awarded, amongst three (3) others as a member of the Hall of Fame. This award recognizes system members for fire, EMS or direct contributors for outstanding achievement for their many years of service and/or outstanding contributions furthering the advancement of the fire and EMS service in Loudoun County. Lt. Wynkoop is stationed at Fire Station 20 in Leesburg and will finish his career here, but he actually started out as a volunteer with LVFC in the late 80’s. We are honored to get to work alongside such a great leader, mentor, and friend.

Josh Hottle, FF/ EMT
FF Hottle was recognized twice, first on an individual level as the Fire Investigator of the Year. This award is presented to a member of the Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) who demonstrates outstanding performance in the day-to-day ex*****on of his/her duties and his/her dedication of professionalism and service which are keeping with the highest traditions of the fire and rescue system.

John Bolland, FF/ EMT
FF Bolland and FF Hottle of the Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) were awarded a System Recognition award alongside several of their peers – including Canine Dolley! This award recognizes person(s) who have made significant contributions to the progress of the LC-CFRS. The nominee’s activities must include contributions or actions to promote the efforts of the fire and rescue system as well as actions, which influence or enhance the efficiency of the system.

Andrew Bredow, FF/ EMT
FF Bredow was awarded the Robert W. “Hap” Arnold BLS Instructor of the Year. This award is sponsored by the Loudoun County EMS Operations Committee (EMSOC) with input from the LC-CFRS Training Division. It recognizes a BLS instructor for their dedication and commitment in EMS training including contributions to the training process and programs.

Rescue 620, A-Shift
Lt. Chris Jenkins, Technician Aaron Estep, and FFs Shawn Nugent and Ethan Burns assigned to Rescue 620 stationed in Leesburg were recognized with the Life Saving Award for an action within the member’s scope of training and duty involving either fire ground operations or emergency medical services which directed contributes to the saving of a life (or on this particular call, the lives of two (2) teenagers).
Furthermore, FF Shawn Nugent was recognized on an individual level for his actions on this call with a Meritorious Service Award for conspicuous gallantry and bravery at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in action involving either fire ground operations or emergency medical services, of under extreme emergency circumstances that directly resulted in the saving of a human life.

Congratulations to all the award recipients, including some familiar names that are on the plaque hanging on the wall at Fire Station 20 – once stationed there, leaving their mark, but now assigned elsewhere within the county.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
Loudoun County Volunteer Fire and Rescue
LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg
Kelly Burk, Leesburg
Town of Leesburg, Virginia
Shortly before 2:00 AM Sunday morning Truck 620 was alerted for a reported structure fire. Truck 620 along with units from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD responded to the 44300 block of Oakmont Manor Sq in Co. 24’s due.

While fire rescue units were en route, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office units in the area confirmed a working fire at the dispatched residence. A Rapid Intervention Team response was dispatched which brought additional resources, including LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg, to the scene.

First arriving units confirmed all occupants were accounted for and began a defensive fire attack utilizing ladder pipes and additional master streams. Due to the significant amount of fire command requested a second alarm which brought additional resources including Engine 620 and units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to the scene.

Adjacent residences were evacuated and checked for any fire extension, while the bulk of the fire was being extinguished in the primary fire structure. Once the bulk of the fire was extinguished by master streams, units returned into the structure to extinguish hot spots and begin salvage and overhaul operations. Extensive fire spread caused salvage and overhaul operations to continue for several hours.

Units began to be released from the scene shortly after 4:00 AM and began returning to service. The last of the units stayed on scene to assist the Fire Marshal’s Office with their investigation and returned to quarters shortly before 7:00 AM.
This week for our series, The Lost history of the Leesburg Volunteers talks about how 215 Loudoun St. SW became Fire Station 1.

Station 1 is mainly used as an auxiliary station these days with up-staffing additional units out of 215 Loudoun St. SW in addition to the 24/7 fully staffed units at Station 20 on 61 Plaza St. NE.

Engine Company 20 and Truck Company 20 are staffed by members of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM each night and by Loudoun County Fire and Rescue staff from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day. LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg is staffed by LCFR staff 24/7.

Engine Company 1 and Truck Company 1 are staffed by member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company on a regular basis, as well as during times of expected increased call volume (such as during significant weather), and during times when a significant amount resources are tied up during extended incidents throughout the county. By up-staffing Company 1 units during these times, provide additional resources to the Town of Leesburg, Virginia and Loudoun County.

Come visit us at 215 Loudoun St. SW on the last Saturday of each month to see the history of Station 1!

Are you interested in joining the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company? We are always accepting new members for both operational and administrative roles. To learn more visit or message us on Facebook!

Loudoun County Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Members of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue staff responded to 462 emergency calls in the month of January out of Fire Stations 1 and 20. Company 1/20 units responded to an average of 14.9 total calls per day. 65% of those calls were EMS calls and 35% were fire related incidents to include 18 reported structure fires, 77 automatic alarms, and 28 vehicle accidents.

LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg
Loudoun County Volunteer Fire and Rescue
2021 was a busy year at the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company. Our volunteers and career staff from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue ran a total of 4,210 calls for service, which is an 18% increase from 2020. This makes Co. 1/20 the busiest station in the county.

Co. 1/20 housed the busiest Engine Company in the county with 2,111 calls for service, as well as the busiest Truck Company in the county with 1,766 calls for service. LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg had 1,516 calls for service making it the second busiest Rescue Company in the county. All combined that averages out to over 14 calls for service answered daily by Co. 1/20.

As our call numbers increase year over year, the wear and tear on our apparatus and equipment increases with it. The tremendous support we get from the community, donations, and fundraising events helps keep our fleet up and running with the most up to date apparatus and equipment.

Are you looking to try something new in 2022? We are always accepting new applications. Learn more at

While never expected but always greatly appreciated, monetary donations can be made at

Looking for other ways to support? We are also on Amazon Smile, to sign up visit and search “Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company”.

Loudoun County Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Ashburn House Fire Displaces Four

Loudoun County Fire officials determine cause and offer safety tips after yesterday’s house fire in Ashburn that displaced a family of four.
At 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, February 9th, Loudoun County’s Emergency Communications Center received several 9-1-1 calls reporting fire coming from the garage of a two story home in the 42,000 block of Ringneck Place in Ashburn. Fire and rescue units from Brambleton, Dulles South, Kirkpatrick Farms, Moorefield, Ashburn, Leesburg and Fairfax County, VA, were dispatched to the incident along with accompanying Command Officers.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find heavy fire and smoke conditions coming from the detached garage of a large, two story residence that was quickly spreading to the rear of the home and two vehicles in the driveway. The homeowners were located safely outside upon their arrival. Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire as crews on the exterior protected nearby homes from the heat and flames. Once inside the structure, it was determined that the fire had spread into the attic area. Secondary crews worked to extinguish the fire in the attic as truck crews opened up the walls to search for further extension. Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters remained on scene to help the family gather personal effects and assist the Fire Marshal’s Office in their investigation.
Four residents were transported to a local area hospital for evaluation of minor injuries. The residents were displaced from their home and are staying locally with family friends. There are no injuries to first responders.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire was accidental, due to ashes from a smoker being improperly discarded in the garage. The estimated dollar loss as a result of this incident is $736,000 to the primary fire structure and its contents. An additional $50,000 in exterior damages were reported at two of the neighboring homes for a total of $836,000 in fire damage.

🚨🚨🚨Each year Loudoun County Firefighters respond to devastating fires that are caused by improper disposal of hot coals or ashes from fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, grills, fire pits and even cigarette butts. Residents must use caution when disposing of fireplace ashes or any hot materials in or around your home. It is critical to soak ashes thoroughly with water, in a metal container with a lid, and allow them to cool for 48 hours. The metal container should be kept outside, a safe distance away from your home or any other structure By taking these additional measures, you can help ensure these items are fully extinguished and do not pose a fire hazard to you or your neighbors.🚨🚨🚨

Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-Rescue
Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756
Kirkpatrick Farms Fire Station 27
Dulles South Fire Station
Arcola Volunteer Fire Department
Moorefield Station
Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department - AVFRD
LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg

Photos courtesy LCFR and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

Rescue Co. No. 20 in Leesburg, VA. All pictures are from off duty/non incident essential personnel. Posts do not represent Loudoun Co. Gov't/LCFR


•••ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT••• Rescue 20 is operating at an auto accident with entrapment at the intersection of Sycolin Rd and Ashburn Farm Pkwy in Ashburn. Battalion Chief 4 has the command of an accident with one person trapped in the vehicle.

Photos from Carroll Manor Fire Co. 14/28's post 02/19/2022

Photos from today’s crash on Rt. 15


Rescue Co. 20 operated this afternoon at an auto accident with one patient pinned at the intersection of James Monroe Highway and Lovettsville Rd in Lucketts, VA (E-10 first due). Rescue 20 was the second Rescue Company on the assignment, the Company arrived and assisted units on scene with stabilization and extrication. The Rescue operated for approximately one hour.

Photos from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue's post 01/21/2022

Members of Rescue Co. 20 using a public service call to train on ice rescue techniques. Remember to stay off the ice this winter!


Happy Veterans Day to all the great vets that have faithfully served our Country! We are proud to have six veterans serving in Firehouse No. 20. These personnel are:
Technician Dave Mauldin-U.S. Navy
Firefighter Ken Noe-U.S. Army
Firefighter Max Walsh-U.S. Marine Corps
Firefighter Jeremy Cappert-U.S. Army
Firefighter Patrick Hargrove-U.S. Navy
Firefighter Cameron Hohenschutz-U.S. Army (currently deployed overseas)


The Engine, Truck, and Rescue Company from Leesburg are operating at a confined space rescue with two victims in the 42000 block of Victory Ln outside of Leesburg. Battalion Chief 1 has command.


Rescue Company 20 is operating at this working fire in Prince William County, VA

•••MUTUAL AID BOX ALARM-WORKING FIRE••• Engine Co. 19, Engine Co. 9, Engine Co. 27, Engine Co. 7, Rescue Co. 20, and Battalion Chief 3 are responding mutual aid to a working house fire in the 1400 block of Loudoun Drive in Prince William County, VA. Engine 515 is on scene of a single family dwelling with smoke showing from the attic.

Prince William Professional Firefighters

Pic from fire buff extraordinaire Joe Sullivan

Photos from LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg's post 08/27/2021

On August 27, 2015, Rescue Co. 20 received additional staffing and was moved to the Firehouse on Plaza Street, making it the first Rescue Company in Department history to be staffed 24 hours a day. Six years later, we still carry on the proud tradition of excellence, and love to serve our citizens and visitors in Leesburg.

Here’s to many more years of service!


“The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” - Seneca

Captain Joshua Laird made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the citizens of Frederick, MD last evening at a house fire. It is because of brave and noble men like him that ordinary people live to see another day, knowing that he might even die if it means protecting the people he swore to protect.

Captain Laird was the man in the arena, and is a shining example of the selfless nature of the fire service and its members. It takes steadfast courage to enter a burning building hoping that you will make a difference for the people you serve, not knowing what extreme hazards are in that building.

Rest In Peace, Captain. You made a difference in people’s lives and embodied service before self.

Photos from LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg's post 07/13/2021

Rescue 20 members pictured yesterday drilling in Downtown Leesburg on fire escape access to upper floors of occupied buildings and placing portable ladders in tight alleys. Downtown Leesburg is full of unique building features that can prove to be challenging at fires, so we train to have a good plan ahead of time.

It was a hot one yesterday so we made sure to stop by Gruto's Soft Serve for a cold treat after training!


It is with tremendous sadness and regret, that the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System announces the unexpected passing of Firefighter/Paramedic Jeffrey Rizzo. Firefighter Rizzo began his career as a firefighter in Loudoun in November of 2017 and was stationed at Aldie Fire station #7. Please keep Firefighter Rizzo's family, friends and fire department brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers.

Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756


Rescue 20 operated at this townhouse fire on the second alarm in Sterling. R-20 operated a line on the third floor and opened up.


The Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 would like to wish every father, and father figure, a happy Fathers Day! Among our membership in the Company, 11 of our 15 members are proud fathers!

Photos from PFD Warrior's post 06/11/2021

Rescue Co. 20 representing at the IAWRP Symposium in South Bend


The Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 would like to take a moment to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of so many brave men and women of our armed forces on this Memorial Day. This day means a lot to the men in this company, and we promise to never forget those sacrifices.

Here is a quote from the Gettysburg Address, given by President Lincoln:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”


Rescue 20 operated first due at this townhouse fire this morning


Some parting words from the boss, Captain Charles:

“Truly humbled today. As I concluded my final day as Captain of LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg I reminisce on the road to this point.

I recall back in 2006 when we placed dedicated service on the only Rescue Company in Loudoun County. While there was service provided prior, we initiated the development of a Rescue Company specialized in Fire Supression, Rope Rescue, Vehicle Entrapment, Confined Space, Trench Rescue, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, Emergency Boat Operations Rescue, and Structural Collapse.

Without a framework in place all the personnel were chosen based on their willingness, drive, motivation, and prior experience. They were the ones that paved the way to where we are today. Their relentless push to provide the highest level of service to the citizens of Loudoun County and any jurisdiction requesting assistance is, and will always be the heartbeat of Rescue Company 20. We never have had a light hand to perfection, we criticized ourselves to the highest degree and looked for any deficiencies that could lead to improvement. Filterless, we addressed any imperfections with strict transparency, because that’s the only way to truly grow.

The personnel assigned through the years were never assigned without desire. This proved to be the catalyst for a successful company. This will always be the BEST assignment in any fire department. Hated by many and liked by few, if you do it right. We have always chosen to lead by example. While others talk, we do, while others criticize, we teach. We have and always will choose the higher road of integrity because that is the will of the Rescue.

I recall conversations with higher ranking personnel who mentioned that our company was cocky, my response was that we were confident. Being cocky is talk; we don’t talk, we do. If you know me, you know I said this with a stoic demeanor of conviction, the topic was no longer addressed.

Through the years, the Company has grown, not as fast as any of us would have liked, but it grew. Our vision is to mitigate high risk low frequency emergency incidents with highly skilled motivated personnel. This has been the foundation of the company through the years and has proved to be the pillars of success.

Each of the personnel assigned, while not required, went through a lengthy conversation with me to thoroughly evaluate their capacity. We have obtained personnel that were diamonds in the rough, the ones that were not known, but their characteristics shined through when given an opportunity. We pride ourselves on our drive, willingness for perfection, and acceptance of nothing but the highest level of skill.

I leave this Company in good consciousness knowing the personnel will carry on with what our roots have been bred to be. While not always endorsed, we will continue to be the silent personnel striving for perfection in the areas of low frequency. However, when called upon we will execute our skills with nothing less than perfection. I truly appreciate all the personnel that have been assigned to the company that have taught me, challenged me, and allowed me grow. While many feel I have taught them, they have taught me by far.

Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to a Company that continues to define success. I have been blessed to lead the company through the years and it will always be the most coveted assignment in the fire service.

-Strictly Business”


March 28th marked the final tour for Captain Henry Charles, the Captain of Rescue Co. 20. Early this morning a few hours before shift change, he got to ride the rig one last time to a working fire in the first due.

Thanks for your years of dedicated service to the Company, and to the citizens and visitors of Loudoun County. We will miss you on the fire floor Capt, see you at the kitchen table whenever you want some hot coffee or a meal!


Rescue 20 is operating at this house fire in Ashburn


Today the Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20 honor the memory of Army Pvt. Bryan Nicholas Spry, 1/504 82nd Airborne, the brother of our own Technician Mike Spry-R20 C shift.

Pvt. Spry made the ultimate sacrifice on February 14th 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We will never forget.


It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of firefighter/EMT Keith Gehman. Firefighter Gehman had recently graduated from recruit school and was assigned to Station 13 in Leesburg. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of firefighter Gehman as well as his fire and rescue family.

Historic Leesburg Virginia Fire January 23rd 2021 01/27/2021

Historic Leesburg Virginia Fire January 23rd 2021

Rescue Co. 20 first arriving to the Unit block of W. Market St this past weekend

Historic Leesburg Virginia Fire January 23rd 2021 Historic Leesburg Virginia Fire January 23rd 2021


Rescue Fireman Wes Kidwell taking a blow after today’s 2 alarm fire

Photos from LCFR Rescue Company 20, Town of Leesburg's post 01/23/2021

Rescue 20 was first arriving to this 2nd alarm building fire in Downtown Leesburg today


Rescue 20 is operating at this working house fire in Waterford


The Truck and Rescue from Leesburg operated on this working house fire in Round Hill this morning

Early this morning, County firefighters responded to a house fire in Round Hill that displaced five residents and caused $586,000 in damages.


Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

Rescue 20 is operating at this working fire in the first due

•••BOX ALARM-WORKING FIRE••• Units are operating at a working townhouse fire with reported people trapped in the 300 block of Harrison St SE in Leesburg. Engine Company 20 is on scene of a two story townhome with smoke showing.


Happy Veterans Day from the Officers and Members of Rescue Co. 20!

Three of our members are U.S. veterans, Technician Dave Mauldin-US Navy, Firefighter Ken Noe-US Army, Firefighter Max Walsh-US Marine Corps

Thank you to all who have served this great nation


Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 3756

R-20 operated as the second due special service at this incident

•••BOX ALARM-WORKING FIRE••• Units operated at a working house fire this morning in the 21500 block of Awbrey Pl in Ashburn, Engine 23 had a bedroom fire on the second floor and extinguished the same


Rescue Co. 20 and Rescue Co. 35 pictured at today’s high angle rescue drill at Panda Stonewall power plant in Leesburg. As the Departments two staffed heavy rescues, it is our responsibility to handle high angle rope rescue incidents county wide. Today was a great chance to practice rope techniques and operate with our counterparts at an excellent drill. 10/23/2020

Loudoun Fire-Rescue Trains at Panda Power - Loudoun Now

R-20 and R-35 operating yesterday at a high angle rescue drill in the first due Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System personnel got a chance to train at a high-stakes, high-altitude spot Thursday morning: the Panda


Rescue Co. 20 is back in quarters on Plaza Street at the No. 20 firehouse after a renovation and temporary relocation of the Company. Excited for many more years on this street!

Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Loudoun County Fire and Rescue


Rescue Co. 20 operated first due at an auto accident with multiple people trapped this morning on Rt 15 at Farm Ln. The Rescue arrived to a 2 vehicle accident with one vehicle fully involved in flames and extricated two patients.


Honor and remember.


Rescue is operating first due at an auto accident with entrapment in the unit block of Catoctin Cir SE. Engine 1 is on scene with a car into a tree, the car is on fire with the driver pinned.

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The Rescue Company enroute to Company 23s area for a box alarm this evening





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