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The La Plata Volunteer Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services to residents, businesses and visitors of the Charles County Area. We provide mutual aid to our neighboring departments and counties. We respond to all emergency situations including all aspects and measures related to the prevention, detection, control and extinguishment of fires, hazardous material and emergency medical responses. We are located 30 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Contact Us:

La Plata Fire Department
911 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 728
La Plata, Maryland 20646-0728

Phone: (301) 934-9201 / (301) 870-3868
Fax: (301) 934-4217
Hall Rental: (301) 609-7500
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911 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
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Thank You Chief Robey
Thursday, April 2, 2015 
From La Plata VFD Chief Matt Gilroy: On behalf of La Plata Volunteer Fire Department I would like to thank the Fire Chief of Colonial Beach VFD, Dave Robey, for his actions today in La Plata. He alerted occupants of the house that was on fire and removed one from her bedroom window. JOB WELL DONE.

House Fire Reported Persons Trapped
Thursday, April 2, 2015 
4/2/2015: Today's working fire with reported subjects trapped on Charles Street called in by Colonial Beach VFD Chief 1. Chief 1A arrived, established command, and reported occupants of the home had been rescued. Crews worked to extinguish the fire and later ran a second working fire (Company 12's first due). Two occupants were transported to CRMC for smoke inhalation, no firefighter injuries were reported. Special thanks to CBVFD Chief Dave Robey for his heroic actions in assisting occupants from the home prior to the arrival of additional units and crews. Strong work Chief! (Photos courtesy of Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association)

(Photos courtesy of Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association)
   (Photos courtesy of Charles County
      Volunteer Fire and EMS Association)
(Photos courtesy of Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association)
   (Photos courtesy of Charles County
      Volunteer Fire and EMS Association)
Statewide Recruitment Drive
Sunday, April 12, 2015 
Are you looking for a new challenge in your life?  Want to help out your fellow citizens?  Have you always wondered how you could give back to your community? 

Join us for the first ever, statewide volunteer fire/EMS recruitment event on April 12th!  Stop by the station and pick up a membership application.  Feel free to talk to our firefighters about their experiences and see if it is something you might want to do.  Volunteering in the fire service has a multitude of benefits!  Some of them are giving back to those in difficult situations, a major sense of accomplishment, joining a life-long brotherhood, acquiring FREE training that can lead to career opportunities, college credits (also from the FREE training), tax incentives, and a host of other benefits.

Our department is always seeking new firefighters.  We do not have administrative-only positions available on the operational side, but our Ladies Auxiliary is always seeking new members as well.  The Auxiliary is a vital part of our fire department family which provides refreshments at emergency scenes and training/station events and fundraising efforts.  There's a spot for you on our team!

Let's Not Meet by Accident!
A friendly reminder from the La Plata Volunteers, please don't text and drive. If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.  A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.

Facts About Texting & Driving

  • The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.
  • According to FocusDriven®, up to 80 percent of all crashes involve some form of driver distraction.
  • During any point of the day, 11 percent of drivers are talking on their cell phones, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • A study from the University of Utah indicated that the reaction time of a teen driver using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone.
  • According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an auto crash than driving when intoxicated.
  • The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute installed cameras on dashboards inside truck cabs. From the video footage, on average it took five seconds with their eyes off the road when driver's experienced distractions. The distance covered in five seconds of driving at 55 mph is equivalent to the length of a football field.
Sources: AAA, United States Department of Transportation, University of Utah, FocusDriven® Nationwide Insurance study, National Highway Trac Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

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