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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
1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.
4 weeks 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.
4 weeks 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?
Santa Runs will continue as scheduled tonight, we look forward to seeing you out there! ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
It is with deepest sorrow RVFD announces the death of Lt. Sander Cohen as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle incident on I-270 on Friday December 8, 2017. Lt. Cohen, 33, had stopped to assist another motorist when he was struck by another vehicle.
Lt. Cohen joined the RVFD in April 2003. He was an active member who was the shift leader for the Thursday shift. He previously was a member of the Board of Directors. In his service to the community, Lt. Cohen had received multiple commendations for service and heroism. Lt. Cohen was a Deputy Chief and Commander of the Northeast Region with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal , an agency of the Maryland State Police
Lt. Cohen grew up in Rockville and was a graduate of Winston Churchill High School. He will be sorely missed by his many friends within the fire/rescue and law enforcement communities.
Funeral Arrangements will be posted when they become available. ... See MoreSee Less
So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace
Sending prayers. Very sorry for your loss.
Attention Residents of Kerrick Manor and Hawkins Gate Rd. Santa Runs have been rescheduled to the Saturday December 16,2017 make up day. ... See MoreSee Less
What time on Simms landing rd
Unfortunately we were unable to visit Kerrick Drive and Hawkins Gate Rd for Santa Runs tonight. Keep an eye out for make up dates! ... See MoreSee Less
Susie Lockwood Sheriff
Jackie Cooksey I thought it was next weekend but we can still make it depending on the date
Do you go through Gleneagles North/South and Sheffield neighborhoods?
Omg we waited past 10 pm last night; kids were sad. I thought I checked Facebook but I missed this post. Hopefully soon!! We are waiting ))) happy holidays
Kristin Quade Kenny Golway
Due to receiving emergency calls at the end of Santa Runs we were unable to bring Santa to the Ellenwood Neighborhood off of Charles St this evening. Santa will visit Ellenwood first thing tomorrow evening during Santa Runs. ... See MoreSee Less
God Bless You Guys/Gals! Stay Safe!
Thank you guys so much for coming, you made my kids night! They were bummed Saturday!
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. shared a post.
2 months ago
Swing by the station this Friday to get pictures with Santa and shop with various vendors.
Here’s a Thanksgiving safety tip from Flash Max. Our volunteers wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! 🦃
Flash Max and 'Tom' with an important Thanksgiving fire safety message about outdoor turkey fryers. Please share, and also subscribe to the new family-friendly Flash Max Fire Safety Superhero YouTube channel. Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving! ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Thanksgiving have a safe & quiet day.
Santa Runs to start this Friday! Check out the schedule go see when we are coming to your neighborhood! ... See MoreSee Less
Kathleen I get off work at 5 Friday. What time should we come down?
Last year we waited and never saw him. How about Hemlock Court in laplata? What time does it normally start?
Do they Do this in Waldorf?
Just a quick thank you for your annual Santa ride through the streets! Made a six year old little man very happy and excited. Hope Santa and all his firefighter elves enjoyed the applesauce bread.
Lynn Wallace Hopkins
We missed it.... dag we had family to visit with in dahlgren.....
Is santa still out????
When are you doing Pennshill rd?
I thought the runs are in order of the flyer? We held of on dinner and putting our youngest in bed because our neighborhood was 3rd on the list...
We waited for you guys tonight but you only went north on Quailwood Parkway and our house is on the south side. My girlies were disappointed! Hopefully we’ll catch you next year☺️
We would love it if you turned down Prospect Hill Road this evening while you’re in the area!
Since Santa is going to Town Hall for Christmas Party tomorrow (Dec 3), does that mean that his run through the neighborhoods will be later than normal?
Did we miss tonights run? Trying to keep thy little one up long enough to see Santa.
How do I find out when the Greenhaven Run will occur?
What time do the runs start? Our neighborhood is on the list for tonight but wanted to make sure we would be home!
Are you still coming out tonight
Kids loved it as always.
SANTA RUN Dec 9, 2017 UPDATE, on a chimney fire. Santa runs will be delayed tonight.