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
5 days ago
Useful information from Calvert ALS!Last year medics and EMTS responded to many reports of copperhead bites in Calvert county with many of them being children. It’s about that time of year again for the copperheads. Here are some helpful hints
1) If an adult bites you, it’s possible you’d only get a dry bite. But go to the hospital as soon as possible anyway.
2) if you smell cucumber for no reason, you are within striking distance of a copperhead and you have already disturbed him.
3) Juveniles often have a yellow tip on the tail and they ALWAYS DUMP ALL THEIR VENOM .
4) Possums eat all snakes they find including copperheads, so leave the possums alone.
5) other snakes such as rat snakes compete with copperheads for food and have been seen eating juvenile snakes just like King snakes eat copperheads, so dont kill other snakes. they are harmless, leave them be. learn to identify all snakes in your area. ... See MoreSee Less
Never knew about the cucumber smell! Good to know!
Thank you for the information.
7 days ago
With potential severe storms impacting our area later today and into the evening, here is a helpful app to install on your phone to provide fast alerts! The ‘Tornado: American Red Cross’ app allows you to monitor several different locations (you could monitor work, home, family members’ locations, etc.) and provides an audible siren alarm whenever a warning is issued. It also lets you know when it is safe and the warning has been cancelled. The app is very user friendly and even comes with quizzes and other safety information. It’s another way to help keep you and your family safe. ... See MoreSee Less
We want to use this day to #thankalineman. We appreciate our SMECO linemen who work tirelessly to ensure we have good electrical service and act quickly to restore lost service. We work together frequently on incident scenes and know these guys are top notch! Thank you to all of our SMECO linemen, YOU ARE APPRECIATED!We appreciate the long hours and hard work of SMECO’s linemen. Every day, we hear how the crews go the extra mile for the Southern Maryland community. In honor of Lineman Appreciation Day, we would love to hear your stories of an experience where your SMECO linemen helped you. #thankalineman ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for all of your dedicated experience and taking care of so many people in your life.
They definitely have my appreciation.
This afternoon LPPD Sergeant Robert Bagley and Fire Prevention Officer Tommy Swann, La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., met with staff and residences of La Plata Manor Apartments to discuss a variety of safety topics. Some of the topics discussed included how law enforcement and fire and rescue handle incidents in a senior community, when to evacuate and when to shelter in place, fire evacuations, severe weather response, other natural disasters, gas leaks, active shooter, suspicious packages, as well as fraud and phone scams.
If your neighborhood or organization would like an LPPD officer to attend a community meeting, please give us a call at 301-934-1500. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to the top call runners in Charles County who were recognized during National Volunteer Week! We want to give a special CONGRATULATIONS to our own Firefighter Brandon Rice who was recognized as the top call runner for La Plata VFD. Did you know that all of the firefighters in Charles County are VOLUNTEERS? Our volunteers are dedicated to providing top quality service to our community. Stop by the station and pick up an application to give back to your community. 🚒Today, the Commissioners recognized Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Top Service Call Runners. 🎉Congratulations to William Caswell; Quincy Cobey; Wallace Danielson; Dawn-Moree Dugan; Matthew Enid; Ronald L. Evans; Timothy Goff, Sr.; Jeff Goldsmith; Wayne Higdon; Barry Howard; Colleen Hughes; Michael Ivie; Donald Latham; Dave McCormick; Edward L. Payne, Jr.; Jimmy Payne; Kevin Plumber-Hershman; Brandon Rice; Mitchell Ruslander; Rick Stegmeier; James Stonestreet; and James Williams. Thank you for your service and dedication to Charles County! ... See MoreSee Less
Proud to be part of La Plata!
Glad for the members
If your area/home experiences a power outage, please remember to consider battery-operated flashlights, lamps, candles -(yes they are out there)- or snap-glo sticks rather than regular flaming candles as a light source. Also, never run a portable generator inside your garage or near doors or windows. Thanks and stay safe through the upcoming Spring storms! ... See MoreSee Less
Please be prepared for storms this afternoon and evening. Secure items outdoors and prepare for possible power outages.NEW!
A good portion of the #DMV is now under an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms. Numerous severe storms possible 7PM today until 4AM Monday. More persistent and widespread storms that could produce an isolated tornado, wind damage or large hail. ... See MoreSee Less
No hail please
We are expecting similar stuff!
Are your children's car seats properly installed and secure? Here are a few dates and locations for Car Seat Events in the greater Southern Maryland area. By appointment only.
Please share! ... See MoreSee Less
Earlier today E12 operated on a duplex fire in Indian Head. E11 is currently transferred to Calvert Co 2 while they operated on a multiple alarm townhouse fire. ... See MoreSee Less
Cheryl Ann Lateulere Kraft
Special Weather SAFETY Statement:
Target Area: Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's
A dry cold front will move across the area this afternoon
promoting warm, very dry, and breezy conditions. West Northwest winds will strengthen between 15 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 to 30 mph and humidities will drop into the 20 to 25 percent. The strongest winds will occur in northern areas. This will result in an enhanced fire weather threat or near red flag conditions. Any fires that develop have the potential to spread rapidly. Winds will diminish rapidly with sunset this evening, but it will remain dry tonight with poor moisture recovery. PLEASE DO NOT CONDUCT ANY OPEN BURNING WHILE WE EXPERIENCE WINDY CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE REGION!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Spring is here. Keep your controlled burn UNDER CONTROL by playing it safe! Please check your local ordnances and regulations regarding open air burning permits for brush and leaf piles, etc. Contact your local fire station for more information, or if they will do a stand-by for your controlled burn. Don't be the cause of a disaster; your garden hose may not be enough! ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
🍀In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a bit of Irish firefighting history. History and tradition are important in the fire service and we are honored to carry on from our brothers before us.🍀
“As you may know, the Irish settlers were not exactly welcomed to the US. Many of the settlers were mocked and faced hard times in America. During this period there were a limited number of unskilled jobs available and many Americans were worried that the Irish immigrants would be willing to work for lower wages and undercut them for jobs. This led to an increase in anti-Irish sentiment in cities like New York and Boston. Many employers posted “No Irish Need Apply” signs to keep these unwanted guests from taking American jobs. The only jobs these Irish immigrants could get were the dirty and dangerous civil service jobs that no one else wanted. As a result many Irish immigrants became firefighters and police officers.”
Read the full article here:
firefightingthroughmyeyes.blogspot.com/2012/06/are-you-ready-for-little-more-fire.html?m=1 ... See MoreSee Less
MISSING WOMAN LOCATED!!! Thank you for sharing.
UPDATE 2 p.m.: Ms. Fleet was LOCATED by officers a few minutes ago. She is safe and will be reunited with her family. No further details at this time. Thank you for all of your help.
UPDATE: March 10 at 12:40 p.m.: We are still searching for Ms. Fleet. We have received additional photos from her family. Please take a look and continue sharing. Thank you.
UPDATE March 10 at 10 a.m.: Officers continue to search for Ms Fleet. They have been going door to door to homes and businesses in the area and beyond. They have used infra-red devices in the wooded areas and continue to search using K9s. We have learned Ms Fleet is familiar with parts of St. Mary’s County and in particular Lexington Park. Please continue to be on the lookout for her.
On March 9 at 8 p.m., Joan Elaine Fleet, 70, was reported missing from the 4200 block of Southwinds Place in White Plains by members of her family. She was last seen sitting on a bench near her residence at about 5 p.m. According to family, Fleet has dementia. Fleet is 5’1”, 120 lbs, and has gray hair. She may be wearing a red sweater, jeans, and black shoes. She does not have access to a car or money She tends to frequent the CVS in White Plains, Shoppers World, Panera in Waldorf and areas along Smallwood Parkway. Anyone with information is asked to call (301) 932-2222. ... See MoreSee Less