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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
Congratulations to our very own Jimmy Cox, who is a career firefighter with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue on completing his probationary period and receiving his black shield. Way to go Jimmy!Congratulations to Probationary Firefighter Jimmy Cox for completing his rookie year. Firefighter Cox received his black shield today from Captain Norris and his Master Tech. John Boyer.
Jimmy completes a year that has seen him finish his probie training, get turned over as an ambulance driver and released as a truck qualified firefighter. Great job Jimmy. Keep up the good work! ... See MoreSee Less
Flash Max with a Fire Prevention Week 2017 home 🔥 fire safety message for children and families. Remember, home fire safety is a TEAM effort for the entire family. Children should always practice their home fire escape plans and safety measures with parental/adult guidance and supervision! ... See MoreSee Less
Mike this is such an awesome ! message and overall Fantastic program you have done!
1 week ago
Less than 3 weeks until our open house! Join us for a fun filled afternoon at the firehouse learning more about what we do! ... See MoreSee Less
Additional video from the Durham Ct fire this afternoon courtesy of Ryan Gick ... See MoreSee Less
Janice Berry Kirk
This evening the La Plata Volunteers were alerted to a house fire on Durham Ct off Mitchell Rd. Chief 1 arrived on scene with fire showing from the garage with extension to the living space of the residence. E12 and T1 along with several other mutual aid companies worked hard to extinguish the fire. E11 reported to the fill site to supply a tanker shuttle. No injuries were reported.
This is the second day the new Truck 1 has been in service and the first fire it has run.
Thank you to Ryan Gick for the video. ... See MoreSee Less
Hope everyone is ok
Great work everyone!
Danny Stonestreet Vinny Mcgovern
Janice Berry Kirk
Thank you so much for all you've done for my Inlaws.
Karyn Kirke, glen Glen W Kirk, Laurie Kirk
We saw the aftermath in the traffic
David, this is where the smoke was coming from last night
As of 1900 hours this evening Truck 1 was officially placed in service and available for calls. Thank you to our Truck Committee, officers, and all our members who put in so much hard work to get to this point. ... See MoreSee Less
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. added 3 new photos.
2 weeks ago
Engine Company 1 and the Assistant Fire Chief responded to a report of several barns on fire on Culver Lane in St. Mary's County. Units arrived on the scene and confirmed two barns fully involved. Engine 12 assisted with extinguishing the fire under the Assistant Chief who was assigned to the attack group and later given the Bravo division. Units operated for several hours ensuring that all the needs of this community were met before packing up. ... See MoreSee Less
If you ever approach a fire scene and see hose on the roadway, don't drive over it! This video courtesy of Indianapolis Fire Department shows what could possibly happen, putting lives at risk!
Indianapolis Fire Department
Because where you're headed is a lot more important than the firefighters inside the burning structure & their life saving water supply #NotCool
Video below was taken during Sunday's fire at 4219 Winding Way.
Believe it or not – this happens more than you know – and it is simply not acceptable. Additionally – this request to NOT drive over our hose is not new. We repeatedly message out that when you drive up on the bright yellow hose in the street, surrounded by all the big red vehicles and flashing lights – stop – turn around and find a different route to where you are headed. In this particular instance a bystander who did just that – recorded the driver (s) blatantly putting firefighters lives at risk and driving over the supply line – clearly hooked to a hydrant. When firefighters stopped the woman’s car, they immediately requested IMPD and when she heard that – she unapologetically sped off. She is described as a 40-ish year old white female driving a black SUV. The bystander turned this video over to IFD which has now been turned into the IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations Unit who is following up.
It is for this reason and other unintentional breakdown’s occurring, that the IFD has in place a Standard Operating Procedure of always securing two supply lines on every working fire. The supply lines are hooked to different hydrants in case one of the hydrants malfunctions. The supply lines are established separately by incoming engines – in case one of the engine’s pumping systems malfunctions. Wear and tear can cause a supply line to break when least expected. Firefighters inspect every section of hose they use on a fire - after every fire. Apparatus engineers are constantly reviewing the status of the hoselines coming off their engines for any unexpected breakdown to occur. A small hole in a hoseline can wreak havoc on the firefighting effort. That small hole can become larger when water is introduced into the line and pressure applied from the pumps. This can cause the hoseline to burst… rendering the hoseline useless and a becoming a flailing weapon that could easily harm a firefighter or bystander on scene. Firefighters depend on this water supply to protect themselves, make rescues and confine the fire. Yesterday’s actions did damage to one 100 foot section of 5” inch hose after the driver ran over it. It’s replacement will cost the department about $500.
It is because of the intentional, careless disregard as illustrated by this video, that we continue to message out – not to drive over hose and across the country, remain stupefied that drivers still do it. It’s just as important as not parking in front of the hydrant, not going around stopped fire apparatus when they are clearly on an incident, pulling to the right and having a working smoke alarm in your home. When you do this you are endangering the very lives of the firefighters that are trying to protect your life and your property.
Police officers can issue the driver a Uniform Traffic Ticket or elevate it to Interfering with the Duties of a Firefighter - which is a misdemeanor and lead to fines of up to $2500 ... See MoreSee Less
I think it should be a $10,000 fine if anyone runs over hose . People just don't care at all.
That road just should have been blocked off with no vehicle access.
I did that once and busted my oil pan. I learned my lesson, never again.
What idiots!!!!! Common sense isn't common.
What's really messed up, It is every car in the video, they all have the intent to cross. Bunch of idiots in that clip.
1 month ago
Engine 12 is currently on a standby at the Charles County Fairgrounds while a second crew is back at the firehouse ready for any calls for service. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you all for the assistance and commitment to this event
1 month ago
Gladly helping out our neighboring company.A big thanks to our brothers from the LaPlata Volunteer Fire Department for assisting us with getting our flag-pole back in service today. Congratulations to them on the purchase of their beautiful, new tractor-drawn aerial. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Posey and Spencer taylor
Great Job as always Flash !
Swing by the station parking lot for an Outback dinner tonight! It's always a popular fundraiser sponsored by our Ladies Auxiliary. ... See MoreSee Less
Well darn. I missed it.
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. shared their post.
2 months ago
Tomorrow evening!Calling all card players! Our next Texas Hold'em is coming up and we hope to see you there, it's always a great time! ... See MoreSee Less
Calling all card players! Our next Texas Hold'em is coming up and we hope to see you there, it's always a great time! ... See MoreSee Less
Please share the hell out of this. trying to fill the house tomorrow night. Thanks
2 months ago
Our senior members are of utmost importance to our department. Their years of knowledge, experience, and dedication have made our department a success. This video from Lansdowne VFD echoes what you will hear from any senior fireman in the business. We love what we do as a 100% VOLUNTEER fire department and can't imagine doing anything else. We'd love to have you as part of our fire department family! Give back to your community as a Firefighter or Ladies Auxiliary member, get started today by coming by the station for an application!
Lansdowne Vol. Fire Dept. - Maryland
Do you ever wonder why we do what we do? Listen to one of our oldest members tell the story of why he comes to the station every day. We are always looking for new members to add to our family. Visit lansdownevfd.com to apply today! Thank you to Senior Airman Brown from the Defense Information School on Fort Meade for telling the story of the volunteer fireman! ... See MoreSee Less
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. added 4 new photos.
3 months ago
Crews were out and about last night to celebrate National Night Out with our community. We enjoy getting the opportunity to meet those we serve during community events and spreading the word about life safety.
Special thanks to Sagepoint Senior Living Services and Chick-Fil-A at La Plata for the photos (we were so busy having fun with everyone we didn't get our own!)! ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
Check out our new video that highlights just some of our almost 2000 responses this past year. Thank you to PFF Burns for taking the time to put together the video.youtube.com ... See MoreSee Less
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. added 8 new photos.
3 months ago
The La Plata Volunteer Fire Department is excited to take deliver of the new Truck 1 this morning. Truck 1 is a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 100' TDA. In the coming weeks tools and equipment will be mounted on the truck as well as extensive training to ensure all our members are familiar with all the new features it has to offer. We look forward to placing this truck in service to serve the citizens of La Plata and the surrounding areas. ... See MoreSee Less
Nice looking truck .
Great looking truck.
Beautiful piece of equipment!
Looking forward to training on it!
Sharp looking truck, great job! What did the total length end up being?
Keep up the good work... with your new truck ❤️👍
Thank you for your selfless dedication to the community.
Beach/water safety tips!
U.S. Coast Guard
Following a rash of rip current-related deaths along the Mid-Atlantic coast in June 2017, the #USCG and United States Lifesaving Association have teamed up to impart to beachgoers the dangers of rip currents and related safety tips.
Watch the video to learn more about what to look for and how to help yourself if caught in a rip tide.
Have fun this summer and head to the beach, but do so safely. ... See MoreSee Less