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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.

Contact Us:

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

Mutual Aid Building Fire
Saturday, March 14, 2015 04:42
In the early morning hours (04:42), E-11 and Foam Tanker 1 responded to a working fire at 9125 Crain Highway in Bel Alton.

Statewide Recruitment Drive
Sunday, April 12, 2015 
Are you looking for a new challenge in your life?  Want to help out your fellow citizens?  Have you always wondered how you could give back to your community? 

Join us for the first ever, statewide volunteer fire/EMS recruitment event on April 12th!  Stop by the station and pick up a membership application.  Feel free to talk to our firefighters about their experiences and see if it is something you might want to do.  Volunteering in the fire service has a multitude of benefits!  Some of them are giving back to those in difficult situations, a major sense of accomplishment, joining a life-long brotherhood, acquiring FREE training that can lead to career opportunities, college credits (also from the FREE training), tax incentives, and a host of other benefits.

Our department is always seeking new firefighters.  We do not have administrative-only positions available on the operational side, but our Ladies Auxiliary is always seeking new members as well.  The Auxiliary is a vital part of our fire department family which provides refreshments at emergency scenes and training/station events and fundraising efforts.  There's a spot for you on our team!

Change Your Clock--Change Your Battery
Saturday, March 7, 2015 
In anticipation of daylight saving time (DST) beginning in the early morning hours of March 8th, the State Fire Marshal is urging Marylanders to "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes. Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family's chance of surviving a home fire and/or unsafe carbon monoxide levels, the State Fire Marshal says Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries. "Please take the little time required to help ensure the safety of your family and friends by maintaining these early warning life saving devices." A Maryland law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving "battery only" smoke alarms used in residential properties. When these "battery only" smoke alarms have reached their 10-year life span, they need to be replaced with new long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features. The silence/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations. The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm. The new law also requires homeowners to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and outside sleeping areas, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations. It is recommended to place them in each bedroom as well. If your property is protected with 120 volt electric smoke alarms, they also should be replaced every 10 years with new 120 volt smoke alarms w/ battery back-up to ensure proper and timely operation in the event of a fire.

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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