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. added 2 new photos — at Chick-fil-A La Plata.
1 week ago
We had a great time at the Military Appreciation Night event put on by Chick-fil-A of La Plata yesterday. We enjoyed seeing everyone and having a very special “visiting fireman” as a part of our crew! 🚒🐮 #cfalaplata ... See MoreSee Less
I've seen him or her at many of the blue crab games
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms! Thank you for your unfailing support of our endeavors. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Probationary Firefighter Alexis Hobble for winning a scholarship from the SMVFA LA! Keep up the fine work!GREAT NEWS: This past Friday evening while attending the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary meeting, our very own Cadet Alexis Hobble was chosen to receive a $500.00 scholarship for college upon graduation this year from high school. Congratulations Cadet Hobble, way to represent our High School Cadet Program...pictured with SMVFA Ladies President Kelly Otta ... See MoreSee Less
OUTDOOR FIRE SAFETY MESSAGE FOR ALL TO SHARE:
MARYLAND OPEN AIR BURNING AND BURN BAN QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Residents are reminded of safety and jurisdictional requirements when burning outdoors. Open air burning is defined as a fire where any material is burned in the open or in a receptacle other than a furnace, incinerator, or other equipment connected to a stack or chimney. It also includes other fires such as campfires.
Alternatives to open air burning include: composting, disposal at a local landfill where the yard debris can be turned into mulch or periodic curb-side pick-up by your regular trash collector (where available).
If you must burn, take the time to ensure that all safety and regulatory precautions have been taken. Permits may be required for all open air burning except for small recreational fires such as campfires. The permit from the Department of Natural resources is in addition to and does not substitute for a permit from the local health department.
Tips for open air burning:
• Don’t burn on windy days.
• Have hand tools and a ready water supply on site.
• Never leave the fire unattended.
• Clear the area around the site for a minimum of ten feet.
• Burn at a safe distance from your home, shed or other structures.
• Never use gasoline! Gasoline fumes can ignite and cause serious injury and possible death.
Hazardous items are never allowed to be burned. Proper disposal of hazardous items such as tires, plastics, aerosol cans, oil, etc., can be disposed of through means provided by your local government.
Residents need to use caution when burning outdoors. The expense associated with extinguishment of out of control fires can be easily controlled by being attentive and following established guidelines provided by local authorities.”
The MDE open burning ban is in effect annually between June 1 and September 1. This burn ban involves the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore City. The ban does not affect backyard barbeque grilling or open fires for recreational purposes, such as campfires. For more information on the burn ban contact Maryland Department of the Environment Office of Air Quality at (410) 537-3231 or go online at:
Open Air Burning regulations are enforced by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Violations carry fines up to $1000 and/or one year in prison. The landowner can be charged with all of the costs associated with extinguishing the fire. Even small campfires can cause wildfires if they are not fully extinguished. Soak the coals with lots of water and make sure they are out cold! ... See MoreSee Less
E12 and FTA1 operated on a working fire off Poorhouse Rd this evening. Units found a three car detached garage fully involved. E12 operated as second due engine assisted Co8 with extinguishing the fire. FTA1 assisted with water supply. ... See MoreSee Less
🚧 TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! 🚧
Never attempt to drive through flood water, you don’t know what hazards are lurking beneath.
According to the National Weather Service, “Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.” www.nws.noaa.gov/om/water/tadd/ ... See MoreSee Less
A lot of people will just not listen or pay attention they think they can get through