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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.
911 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. shared La Plata Mill & Rental Center's post.
2 days ago
Thank you La Plata Mill & Rental Center for housing Old Engine 12! We are appreciative of those who support of our department and recognize the proud history of service and dedication our volunteers have provided since 1929.We had a visitor this week, when the La Plata Volunteer firehouse has special events we help to house their 1962 Open Cab Mac Firetruck, she's a beauty is she. They now close the cabs for safety issues and to protect against the elements. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Thank you to Nelson Emergency Vehicle Lighting for doing a great job on our new utility, we are extremely happy with the results and can’t wait to see what they have in store for the new chief’s vehicle in the coming weeks.
Nelson Emergency Vehicle Lighting
NEVL would like to thank La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. for selecting us to outfit Utility 1 with a complete Whelen Engineering Company, Inc. light package and a Plastix Plus LLC center console. Thank you for your business. ... See MoreSee Less
That is some of what Todd McIntyre does in Adrian, MI!!
Thank you La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and we are excited to outfit your chief vehicle as well.
Road Closure: Shinning Willow Way will be closed on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The closures will be after the shopping center entrances on Shinning Willow Way and at Washington Avenue. The road closure is due to a memorial service and funeral for a life long member of the Charles County Rescue Squad, Susan Grote. ... See MoreSee Less
GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY: ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.09 declaring a state of emergency beginning Friday, March 2nd in the wake of damaging winds resulting in power outages, downed trees, and dangerous travel conditions across the state due to Winter Storm Riley. The executive order will allow the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional assistance to local jurisdictions. Dangerous conditions may continue throughout Saturday, March 3rd.
“I want to caution all Marylanders that these dangerously strong winds will continue this evening and into tomorrow. We are continuing to see a number of serious accidents on bridges and roadways, and power outages throughout the state,” said Governor Hogan. “Please use common sense, heed all warnings, and stay inside and off the roads if possible.”
The Hogan administration has directed state agencies to stand ready to respond to the effects of this storm, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). ... See MoreSee Less
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. added 3 new photos.
2 weeks ago
Special thanks to our volunteers who have been manning the station during the severe weather! We have responded to 48 calls since 0530 and they are still coming in. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for all that you did and do! 😊👏
Thank you for your service. Be safe
Thank you for your service, please continue to be safe.
Thank You & please stay safe
Thanks for keeping us safe. It’s been a crazy day.
Good job brothers. Take a well deserved break when it’s over.
Thank you all for what you are doing and continuing to do. We may not say it all the time but you're all appreciated.
Thank you for your Service
Thank you all for what u do.... Tiffany Keesee make sure u let brandon know i said same 💙
Please be safe out there
3 weeks ago
Early this morning the Structural Collapse Team operated by the La Plata Volunteers responded to Budds Creek Rd in St. Mary's County for a tractor trailer into a house with multiple people trapped. All subjects were rescued and transported to hospitals for medical care. Crews assisted with shoring and securing the building.
Additional information on the call:
www.sdvfd5.com/apps/public/news/newsView.cfm?News_ID=388Crews from Station 5 along with many surrounding companies just finished operating on a vehicle into a structure with subjects trapped. A full story will be posted later at www.sdvfd5.com
We would like to thank to all crews and personnel who worked at this scene throughout the morning from the below departments/agencies. Crews did an outstanding job to ensure the safe and effective rescue of all victims involved in this incident.
Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department
Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, INC.
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Dept & Rescue Squad
Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad
Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office
Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack ... See MoreSee Less
Great job LP VFD !
hope those injured recover fast
2 months ago
Truck 1 and Foam Tanker 1 assisted Waldorf VFD with 11 vehicles on fire this morning at the Coparts auto auction off of Billingsley Rd in White Plains.Waldorf Volunteers along with Laplata, Hughesville, Bryan’s Road and Bel Alton Volunteers working multiple autos on fire this morning.
Initial assignment for the Undetermined Fire:
RE-33, RE-123, Truck-1, Squad 2, PA-60 and Chief 3A.
Water supply task force:
RE-113, Engine-121, Tanker-2, Foam Tankers-10, Foam Tanker-11, and Foam Tanker-1. ... See MoreSee Less
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. added 5 new photos.
2 months ago
The La Plata Volunteers responded to a house fire in Co 10’s (Bel Alton) first due. Units arrived on scene with smoke and fire showing from the third floor. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. ... See MoreSee Less
Los bomberos voluntarios de la Magdalena 36 de Lima Peru, saludan a sus hermanos y caballeros de fuego de La Plata Volunteer Fire
Please be sure to discard your hot ashes properly! Each year we respond to several house fires caused by improperly disposed ashes. It’s an unfortunate tragedy that can be prevented by practicing these safety tips.Friends, PLEASE SHARE this!
Please properly dispose of your fireplace ashes, even if they are several days old, in an ENCLOSED METAL CONTAINER, far away from your house; NEVER in a paper or plastic bag on your back porch or deck!! ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
We have received numerous inquiries about Maryland’s new smoke detector law, hopefully this graphic helps people understand the law and how it effects them. This law effects only battery powered detectors, if you have hardwired detectors with a battery back-up they do not need to be replaced, unless it is 10 years after manufacture date. If you live in La Plata and are in need of a new sealed battery detector please contact the station and we will work to get them to you. For additional information visit: www.mdlifesafety.org/ ... See MoreSee Less
Donna Anderson Padgett
Thanks La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.!
You state the hardwired detectors do not need replaced but the graphic says if they are over 10 years old they do.
Barbie Barkett Randles
Kristina Noell Gardiner
Does Lowe’s sell the new required ones? I need to get 2.
3 months ago
Strong work by the Colonial Beach VFD and Westmoreland VFD taking care of the family of one of their own who tragically passed recently.We had received word that the oldest son of our recently lost brother, Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department Capt. 2 David Jones, wanted a fire truck for Christmas. So together with WVFD Fire Chief, Calvin Balderson, we decided to take a toy fire truck we were once given and have it personalized by our friend Al at Al Brown Signs. Yesterday afternoon our Fire Chief, Dave Robey and Chief Balderson, met at the Jones' residence to give Tripp and his little brother Flynn the truck. It was an incredibly special moment for David's wife, Alex, the boys and several family members and friends. There is absolutely no question that precious memories of Captain Jones thrive within their home and will continue to be a shining light of comfort for all of his family. ... See MoreSee Less
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. added 7 new photos.
3 months ago
E11, FTA1, and Chief 1 responded to Chicamuxen Road yesterday for a reported house fire. Units arrived on scene with fire through the roof. E11 assisted with extinguishing the fire. FTA1 shuttled water to the fire ground as this was a non-hydrant area. No injuries were reported.
I'm just curious... why would anyone stand in front of someone's home taking pics of it in this state, then post it to Facebook. If this were my home or my family I would be furious.
Hello Ms. Fanelli,
The photos in question were taken by me. I am a volunteer firefighter with LaPlata Volunteer Fire Department, and have been since 1986, as well as a career firefighter in a nearby jurisdiction. Since the photos are mine, and reposted and shared with my permission to the LPVFD Facebook page, I am replying to your comment with permission from our Fire Chief.
First, thank you for your inquiry and taking the time as a taxpaying citizen to make your concerns known. As a homeowner myself and family man, I can certainly understand and relate to your question and concern as to why anyone would take photos of an emergency incident which would include someone's precious home burning. Chances are, I would be inclined to have the same emotions and questions myself given similar circumstances.
This incident occurred not very far from where my family and I live. I was on the road at the time, not far away, and without any of my firefighting gear. When I received notice of the call, I drove to the scene, where the first unit had literally just arrived. I was able to assist the first-in units with some related duties on scene until more help arrived. *(There is no such thing as an 'off-duty' firefighter).
Incident photos can prove beneficial and useful on many levels, some of which include: review for training purposes; public information, documentation and awareness of your taxpayer dollars at work in the communities we serve and protect; recruitment and retention, and prevention and life safety awareness. My two primary motivations for sharing and allowing reposting of these photos occur on two levels: public fire prevention awareness, (which is a personal passion of mine that I have been involved with for many years), and requesting prayer for the family affected, on a spiritual one. Also, particular to this incident, the demonstration of the unity of career mutual aid companies working hand-in-hand with dedicated county volunteers to mitigate an incident which struck at a particularly misfortunate time of year, just prior to the Christmas Holidays.
Having said that ma'am, all photos and/or videos that are taken at incident scenes are stringently reviewed by individual companies for adherence to strict media content policies so that no personal information, identification or other concerns, such as HIPPA, are violated. At no time do I, nor the LPVFD, ever intend to sensationalize or embellish any emergency incident for any personal or selfish gain. It should be noted that none of my photos that were shared were above and beyond that which may have been viewed by any other eyewitness on scene, or seen in any media publication (s).
On that note, in a world of social media where pictures and videos may surface from anywhere, I would like to submit that they are two-dimensional, and oftentimes do not 'tell the whole story' beyond the efforts put forth on scene......
Please know that several members of the volunteer companies on scene this day are now personally involved in attempts to provide logistical and financial aid and assistance, above and beyond what the Red Cross has provided thus far, especially again given the proximity to the holidays, which makes this loss especially tragic, especially since a majority of your volunteer firefighters have families of their own and empathize with such a heartbreaking loss.
Ms. Fanelli, I realize this has been a very lengthy reply, but it is my hope that it has perhaps both shed light on a different perspective from our point of view, and raised awareness to others reading this of the dangers incurred in a home fire.
In closing, I/we encourage every family to install and maintain working smoke alarms on every level of their home, and develop and practice a family home fire escape plan. Thank you again for commenting with your legitimate concerns.
We hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ma'am.
Santa will be making his final trip through La Plata tonight visiting Kerrick Dr, Hawkins Gate Rd, and Glen Albin Rd (From Oak Ave to Spring Hill Newtown Rd). Santa will be leaving the station at 6pm. ... See MoreSee Less
We will be waiting
Thank you guys so much
Lyndsay Kret Kelly
Santa drove thru Kerrick Dr., went up the culdesac before my street (Shannon Court) and left. Thanks alot we were (my grandchildren) waiting for Santa.
Thank you guys so much!
Thanks for coming back
Santa is on the way! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you! We’ve been faithfully waiting!!!!
Thank you for coming to our street! So exciting to see you and all those amazing trucks!
Santa Runs are currently delayed E11, E12, FTA1, and Chief 1 are currently operating on a chimney fire off Rose Hill Rd. ... See MoreSee Less
What time do you think you'll make it to Elaine Ct?
Be safe! Do they still plan on heading out for the runs tonight?
It was the best yet!! 🙏 Thank you, La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc!😀
Where is Santa tonight?