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
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Fire sprinklers are not just important for homes! The February 20, 2003, Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island is a sad example that demonstrates the need for sprinklers in commercial buildings. There were 100 people killed and 230 people injured in this fire.
This incident also highlighted the necessity of being aware of your surroundings and knowing at least two ways out at all times. Many occupants in the building were only aware of the main entrance they used to enter the building (there were actually 5 points of egress). Because of this (and fire blocking two exits near the stage), when fire broke out 2/3 of the patrons crowded one exit reducing the amount of people who were able to escape.
Lessons learned from the fire resulted in the development of life safety codes that ensure stricter regulation of the building industry in terms of fire safety.
#fdlpvolunteers #fdlpfireprevention #lifesafety #firehistoryOn this day in 2003, the Station Nightclub fire occurred in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring 230. Pyrotechnics from the band on stage, Great White, ignited nearby walls and ceilings and the fire spread rapidly. The blaze reached flash-over within one minute. Immediately, more than two-thirds of the 400-plus individuals in attendance turned and started for the main entrance. But the intensity of the flames and smoke caused the crowd to panic and surge forward, everyone pushing for the front door. Individuals fell, causing others to fall and, in less than 90 seconds, the front door was completely blocked.
Because of the building's age and size, many believed the Station to be exempt from sprinkler system requirements. In fact, the building had undergone an occupancy change when it was converted from a restaurant to a nightclub. This change dissolved its exemption from the law, a fact that West Warwick fire inspectors never noticed. On the night in question, the Station was legally required to have a sprinkler system but did not. However, a fire sprinkler system may have contained the fire long enough to give everyone time to exit safely.
In addition to the club being overcapacity, numerous violations of existing codes contributed to the calamity, triggering an immediate effort to strengthen fire code protections. Within weeks of the disaster, changes to the code for "assembly occupancies” were issued for the national standard "Life Safety Code.” This required automatic fire sprinklers in all nightclubs and similar locations with 100 or more occupants, plus additional crowd manager personnel, and additional exit requirements for new nightclub occupancies, among other things.
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Large Vehicle Accident at Crain Highway and Mitchell Road (2 tractor trailers and 3 passenger cars). Luckily, no patients required transportation to the hospital from this incident. ... See MoreSee Less
So glad no one was seriously hurt. Thank you to all of our emergency personnel.
God bless our firefighters and other emergency professionals! Thanks for your work. Thank God this awful mess didn't include any loss of life!
I got the notice the road was closed over night. That is one expensive accident
Wow scenes like this scare me! Too close to home.
More population, more commerce, more accidents of this type.
We heard it up turkey hill road
🚨 Avoid the area of Crain Highway and Mitchell Road, southbound Crain Highway is closed for an extended period of time. 🚨 RE-13, Chief 1A, and mutual aid units are on the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving 2 tractor trailers and 3 cars. ... See MoreSee Less
CHARLES COUNTY FIRE La Plata US301 S in front MSP Barrack @ Mitchell Road 2 Tractor Trailers vs 3 Cars US301 CLOSED use Alternative route like St.Charles Pkwy. and/or Washington Ave w/ no injuries.
I just heard all the sirens. Prayers for all involved.
Yep got the alwtt
🙏🏻🙏🏻 To all involved
1 week ago
Thank you St Mary's Bryantown for the prayers and support! Feeling the love today! 💞 ... See MoreSee Less
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We can’t stress the importance of working smoke alarms enough! Smoke alarms, practicing a fire escape plan, and sprinklers give you the best chance of survival in a home fire. Keep your family safe!
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Today is the day to support the Culp Family from Bel Alton VFD. Please support this fundraiser to help out a fellow Volunteer. ... See MoreSee Less
When you become a member of the fire department, you gain a whole new family. As a part of that #brotherhood we look out for our own. The house fire on Monday night was a life member and past EMS Chief of Bel Alton VFD. Please consider supporting this benefit for the Culp Family (all donations go directly to the family). Please SHARE! #fdlpcares ... See MoreSee Less