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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.

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La Plata Fire Department
911 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 728
La Plata, Maryland 20646-0728

Phone: (301) 934-9201 / (301) 870-3868
Fax: (301) 934-4217
Hall Rental: (301) 609-7500
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911 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
La Plata Photo Of The Day

House Fire 2588 Hatteras Cir
Friday, July 11, 2014 03:48
Friday morning July 11th, 2014 at 03:48 hours the La Plata Volunteers along with surrounding companies were alerted to the possible "Working townhouse fire" at 2588 Hatteras Cir in Waldorf. Truck Co.1 was on the air immediately after dispatch with 5 personnel. While responding Charles County Communications updated the responding units that an off-duty firefighter was on the scene and reported a "Working Fire" With this information, Engine 11 requested and was granted permission to "run the box". Engine 11 responded shortly thereafter . Truck Co.1 arrived on scene as the "First Due Truck" right behind E-123 from Co.12 and went to work throwing ladders and performing a primary search of the structure. Truck Co.1 "cleared the bed" and threw all the ground ladders carried on the ladder truck with the exception of (1) 35' extension ladder. All total, Truck Co.1 threw 153' of ground ladders consisting of (1)35', (1)28', (1)24' & (1)16' extension ladder; (1)20 & (1)16' roof ladder; and (1)14' combination ladder. Engine 11 arrived on the scene and took position in the rear with their own hydrant, along with Prince George's Truck 832. Shortly after units arrived on the scene, due to deteriorating conditions and the stairs from the first to second floor burning through; Command sounded the "Evac tones" and ordered all units out of the structure. After re-grouping outside and coming up with another plan of attack, units re-entered the structure utilizing ground ladders to access the second floor. Truck Co.1 was given multiple assignments throughout the incident, including a primary search of the fire building and its exposures, checking both exposures for fire extension, and opening up and assisting with overhaul. After the fire was declared under control, Command held Engines 32, 123, 11, 101 and Truck Co.1 and 832 to perform overhaul and assist the Fire Marshall. Truck Co.1 returned to service almost four hours after the initial dispatch at 0742hours. Thanks to Fairfax County Truck Co.411 and St. Mary's Engine 72 for filling in at our quarters while units operated on the incident.

Prince George's Truck 832 and Engine 11 on Side
   Prince George's Truck 832 and Engine 11
      on Side "C"
House Fire 10875 Alyssa Lane
Sunday, June 29, 2014 09:05
On Sunday June 29th 2014, at 09:05 hours the La Plata volunteers were alerted along with surrounding companies to respond to 10875 Alyssa Lane in Waldorf for the possible house on fire. Truck 1 marked up shortly after dispatch, with 6 personnel. While Truck 1 was still responding, units arrived on scene and advised they had smoke showing from a two story, single family dwelling. Units advised further of moderate smoke conditions throughout the house, and after searching further located a fire in the basement. Truck 1 arrived on scene and took position on Chery Blossom Ct. to allow for better access to the rear of the structure. Upon arrival on scene Truck 1 assumed the "second due truck" responsibilities and split into two teams. Team 1 (Officer & Barman) entered the structure and performed a primary search, while Team 2 (Driver, Tillerman, & Hookmen) laddered the roof and threw ladders to every window on the second floor. Upon completing the primary search on the first and second floors, Team 1 proceeded to the basement to continue the primary search and control utilities. Once the primary search was completed and the electricity shut off via the circuit breaker, Team 1 was directed to assist in "opening up" and searching for hidden fire. While Team 1 was operating inside, Team 2 set up two negative pressure ventilation fans in the basement windows to assist with smoke removal and started removing burned/burning siding from side C of the home. Once the fire was deemed "under control" Command held Companies 3 & 12, and Trucks 1 & 11 to complete overhaul and assist the fire marshal with his investigation. Truck Co. 1 cleared the scene at 11:42 hours.

Truck 1 on side B/C
   Truck 1 on side B/C
2014-2015 Election of Officers
The annual Departmental elections were held June 12, 2014.  The following individuals were elected for the 2014-2015 year. 

Fire Chief – Matt Gilroy

Deputy Fire Chief—Doug Hutchins

Assistant Fire Chief—John Shymansky

Captains—Matt Posey, Liberato

Lieutenants—Kevin Wood, Jarrell Reeder, Spencer Taylor

Engineer—Ronnie Spittle

Deputy Engineer—Roy Kline


President—Butch Frazier

Vice President—Steve Shahan

Secretary—Beth Gilroy

Treasurer—Lynn Gilroy

Chaplain—Joe Gardiner

Board of Directors—Luther Della, Dave Dodson, Ron Talley, John Latimer, Jr.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers!  We also want to say THANK YOU to our 2013-2014 officers for their dedicated service to the Department.

AFA turns into Odor of Smoke- 102 Centennial St
Sunday, June 8, 2014

On Sunday June 8th 2014, while Truck 1 was operating at 5200 River's Edge Pl in Potomac Heights, the La Plata Volunteers along with the fill-in crews from Mechanicsville and Hollywood were alerted to respond for a Automatic Fire Alarm at the Facchina building at 102 Centennial St. Within seconds of dispatch Engine 12, Mechanicsville Engine 24, and Hollywood Engine 73 were on the street with 10 personnel. Engine 12 arrived on scene side A of a four story, Type 2 commercial building, with the alarm sounding and their own hydrant. Engine 24 arrived and nosed into Engine 12's position, while Engine 73 secured a secondary hydrant across from 105 Centennial St. All three crews went in to investigate and search for any signs of fire. Upon reaching the lower parking level, crews encountered an odor of something burning. Engine 12 notified Communications of the same and requested the assignment for an Odor of Smoke in a Commercial Building. Communications dispatched the assignment and advised units on the scene to switch to Tac-5 for operations. Engine 12 did so and established the "Centennial St Command" at the front of Engine 12, and advised all incoming units with the exception of the first arriving special service to stage in line of approach of Centennial St. Meanwhile, Engine 24 repositioned to the entrance of the lower parking level and pulled a 350' 1-3/4" attack line, while Engine 12 hooked up to the standpipe system. Communications then advised that they were recieving calls for an AFA at 105 Centennial St, Command sent Engine 102 to investigate the second alarm, which turned out to be caused by Engine 12 opening up the hydrant to supply the standpipe system at 102 Centennial St. Truck Co. 3 arrived on scene and reported to side A to assisted crews inside with locating the source of the odor. Chief 3B as the North Side Battalion Chief arrived on scene and assumed Command. Shortly thereafter, units inside located the source and determined it to be caused by an burned up elevator motor, and recommended that the assignment be held with 3 Engines and 1 Truck. Command held Engines 12, 24, 73 and Truck Co. 3 at 102 Centennial St and Engine 102 to investigate 105 Centennial St further. Command was terminated and units returned to service at 18:39hours. Many thanks to the crews from Mechanicsville, Hollywood, and Leonardtown Fire Departments for filling in while the Truck was in Potomac Heights. All photos courtesy of Mechanicsville VFD

Units: Engines 12 & 14

Smoke Showing in Hughesville
Sunday, June 8, 2014 08:17
After a busy night in Waldorf on the truck, the engine went out the door at 8:17 am for the commercial building fire in Hughesville at 7732 Leonardtown Rd, Randy's Ribs. Engine 23 arrived on scene with smoke showing from the roof of the structure. Engine 12 arrived with 4 men, picking up 23's line and completing the water supply to the first due company. Engine 12 pulled a back up line and assumed 2nd due responsibilities assisting Engine 23 wih extinguishment.

It was determined to be a grease fire in the kitchen with minor extension to the structure. The assignment was quickly scaled back to units operating on the scene and shortly after, Engine 12 returned to service.

Arson in Potomac Heights
Sunday, June 8, 2014 
A mansion on the water known as Rivers Edge, formerly owned by preacher, "Dr. Shine," was engulfed in flames by 2pm Sunday afternoon. An incident action plan put together by Potomac Heights VFD was initiated, quickly shuffling units on the fireground and establishing the proper operations and water supply. Chief 7 had the command, staging units on Glymont Rd until further advised of their assignment. Foam Tanker 1 began water shuttle operations as Truck 1 arrived in staging, and was then quickly put to work by command.  Command requested the crew to complete a primary search due to a possible homeless person being seen in the area. The crew pulled a handline to the rear of the structure and began removing plywood boards from the windows in order to extinguish the fire. Truck 1 operated on side charlie for about 10 minutes before command made the decision to move to utilizing elevated master streams.

Truck Company 1 repositioned on side alpha, beaching the truck in the front yard, driving through grass 3 feet tall to gain the best position. Water supply was quickly reverted from handlines to the ladder truck as fire was blowing from the roof of the structure. Truck 1 and NDW Truck 20 flowed both ladder pipes, extinguishing visible fire.

Command re-evaluated the incident after reports of conditions inside the structure were given from Chief 11, and the decision was made for crews to move to the interior of the home with hooks and handlines to finish extinguishing the flames. Truck 1 operated on inside the home for about an hour, opening up the ceilings and walls to uncover the hidden fire.

After the interior crews made progress inside the structure and the bulk of the fire was extinguished, crews backed out as Fairfax County Foam Unit 441 prepared for further operations. Water supply was again diverted to Truck 1, which was now being supplied with a water and foam mixture, to apply a blanket of foam on the structure.

Truck 1 operated on the scene for 7 hours before returning to service.

Fire Showing - 11700 block Sunningdale Place
Sunday, June 8, 2014 
As Engine 12 was wrapping up from the MVC on Port Tobacco Rd, tones rang out for the townhouse fire in Company 3's area. The engine responded back to the station on Washington Avenue for the ladder truck. The engine crew quickly staffed the truck, and the men in black were off to another one.

Engine company 3 arrived on scene of a 3 story townhouse, middle of the row, with fire showing. Duty 3 established the Sunningdale Place command. When Truck Company 1 arrived, the officer and interior crew began conducting a primary search of the residence, and adjacent townhomes while the truck driver and tillerman began laddering the front and rear of the structure. The aerial ladder was placed in service to check the attic of the structure, as fire rolled up the front of the house and into the soffet. The truck driver went up the aerial as the tillerman continued running ladders, lights, and staging ventilation fans. Power was secured to the home by SMECO, and Truck Company 1 began the extensive overhaul of the home to uncover and remove any burning material and complete extinguishment. Truck 1 remained on scene to for roughly 2 and a half hours before returning to quarters.

Motor Vehicle Collision, 8700 block of Port Tobacco Rd
Saturday, June 7, 2014 
As the members were completing their nightly station clean up, the station alarm rang for the motor vehicle collision on Port Tobacco Rd. Engine Company 1 and EMS Station 51 due on the call. Engine 12 responded with 6 volunteers. The crew arrived on scene to find a 3 vehicle collision with numerous patients requiring medical care. As the Officer In Charge called for more EMS resources, Engine 12's crew began triage of the continuously growing number of patients.

As more transport units arrived on the scene, patients were delegated by the Officer In Charge and Engine 12 began assisting EMS crews with packaging patients for transport with neck collars and immobilizing using backboards. A total of 7 patients transported from the scene quickly and efficiently. Engine 12 remained on scene for about an hour before returning to service.

Let's Not Meet by Accident!
A friendly reminder from the La Plata Volunteers, please don't text and drive. If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.  A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.

Facts About Texting & Driving

  • The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.
  • According to FocusDriven®, up to 80 percent of all crashes involve some form of driver distraction.
  • During any point of the day, 11 percent of drivers are talking on their cell phones, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • A study from the University of Utah indicated that the reaction time of a teen driver using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone.
  • According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an auto crash than driving when intoxicated.
  • The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute installed cameras on dashboards inside truck cabs. From the video footage, on average it took five seconds with their eyes off the road when driver's experienced distractions. The distance covered in five seconds of driving at 55 mph is equivalent to the length of a football field.
Sources: AAA, United States Department of Transportation, University of Utah, FocusDriven® Nationwide Insurance study, National Highway Trac Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

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