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
Current Weather Watches & Warnings
42 minutes ago
WORKING FIRE: Units are operating on the scene of a working house fire on Mitchell Road in the area of the College of Southern Maryland.
🚧Mitchell Road is closed between South Campus Drive and Linden Farm Place 🚧 ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Thanks to a very generous donor we ate dinner tonight from Rucci’s! Thank you, it was delicious and we enjoyed it! ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
🇺🇸 Never lose sight of what today is about. Remember our brave service members who have lost their lives for our great nation while protecting our freedoms. Keep their families in your thoughts and prayers, today and always. 🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Moms, today we celebrate you...the few, the proud, the ones that raised the M1B! 🚒 Happy Mother’s Day, we hope you have a wonderful day. For all you’ve done and continue to do, every day should be Mother’s Day. We love you! 💐
If you haven’t checked out the book, “Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms,” it’s a great read for little ones. You never get too big to give your mama a hug!
#fdlpvolunteers #firefightermom #M1Bmoms ... See MoreSee Less
Have you seen Mr. Brown?UPDATE-MR. BROWN HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE........... CRITICAL MISSING PERSON SHARE ALERT: The La Plata Police Department is Requesting the Public's Assistance in Locating a Critical Missing Individual - Mr. Daquan Brown was last seen in the area of Charles Street and Garrett Avenue in La Plata. Mr. Brown is described as 5-06 and 120 pounds. He was last seen wearing green jacket and black pants. If you see Mr. Brown, please call 911. As always, we appreciate the public's assistance. ... See MoreSee Less
La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is with Papa John's Pizza (La Plata, MD).
3 weeks ago
Shout out to Papa Johns Pizza of La Plata for providing lunch to our members today as they work diligently to polish and shine our apparatus to honor Chief Matthews #fdlpvolunteers ... See MoreSee Less
This could make the difference between life and death. Close before you doze.This training fire shows why we say you should sleep with your bedroom doors closed. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
The La Plata Volunteer Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Past Fire Chief John Matthews, ID #1. Chief Matthews is a legend within our department and exemplified fire service leadership; the camaraderie he built and encouraged within the station is unsurpassable (those talks around the kitchen table, hanging out on the front ramp of the station, and conversations at drills/meetings were priceless--and we all know it). Chief Matthews was not only a wealth of stories (that we couldn't get enough of), he was also a wealth of knowledge that we leaned on often. He witnessed so much history and change within the fire service and, with that wisdom, provided guidance and advice to our members and leaders.
Chief Matthews joined our department on July 1, 1944 and has been a member for just shy of 76 years. Some of his many accomplishments within our department include:
Acting Chief--1 year
Fire Chief--4 years
Assistant Chief--5 years
Board of Director--3 years
Committees served--New Station on Charles Street, Apparatus-Brush Truck Replacement, Apparatus-Pumper Replacement, Uniform
Outside of our department, Chief Matthews also served/was recognized for:
Charles County Volunteer Rescue Squad-Member
Charles County Volunteer Fireman's Association-Chief, 1961
Maryland State Fireman's Association Marbery F. Gates Service Cup Award nominee-2013
Chief Matthew's efforts have truly enhanced our department and the fire service throughout our area. He will be sorely missed by our members, he truly was a special part of our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Rest easy, Chief, we are better because of your leadership, example, stories, and the time you spent with us. ... See MoreSee Less