OF LIFE MEMBER CLIFF THOMAS
January 2015: The
department regrets to announce the passing of Life Member and former
Chaplain Cliff Thomas.
Cliff passed away on January 19, 2015.
Cliff joined the department in 1970 and served for many years.
During his tenure, Cliff was awarded the “Firefighter of the
Year” award in 1987.
Cliff received this award for performing life-saving CPR on a
pediatric patient near his workplace prior to the arrival of EMS.
Cliff also served as the department Chaplain from 1990 to 2004.
He also received numerous response awards, notably being the top
EMS responder several times.
In the early years of our BINGO fundraising efforts, Cliff
faithfully worked BINGO every Wednesday.
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Monday January 26, 2015 from 0900-1100 hours.
Fireman’s Prayers at 1000 hours.
Service: Monday January 26, 2015 at 1100 hours.
Interment will immediately follow funeral service.
and Funeral Service are being held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
5560 Pleasant Grove Road, Marbury, Maryland, 20658.
BUSY DAY FOR
TENTH DISTRICT VOLUNTEERS
12, 2015 would end up a busy day for the department. At 0200 hours Company
8 was alerted to 4640 Strauss Ave for building fire. Squad 8 responded
along with Duty 8 (Graff) as the Battalion Chief. Units from 7 arrived to
find shed well involved with extension into an adjacent structure. Squad 8
was assigned RIT and Duty 8 was assigned water supply officer. Upon
returning to the station units were alerted to Boxwood circle for the
house fire. Arriving units found single family home with smoke showing.
Squad 8 and Duty 8 responded and were placed in staging. At 1142 hours
Squad 8 and Tanker 8 were alerted to Warehouse Landing Road for the house
fire. Units from 11 arrived and found fire showing on 3 sides of the
residence. The water supply task force was called for upon arrival but
eventually placed in service. Duty 8 as the Battalion Chief was given
water supply. Units operated for approx. 2 hours before returning to
busy day was capped off with a first due Chimney Fire at 4835 Smallwood
Church Rd. 8-3, Tanker 8. Squad 8, Chief 8B and Duty 8 as the Battalion
Chief responded. 8-3 and 21-1 arrived to find single family home with a
reported chimney fire. Crews from 8-3, 21-1 and Squad 7 cleaned out fire
box, checked attic and chimney before allowing occupants to re occupy.
Units operated for about 1 hour before returning to service.
FIRE ON CHRISTMAS EVE
December 24 at approx. 1600 hours Company 8 was alerted to 3860 High
Ground Farm Pl. for the reported house fire. Engine 8-3, Tanker 8, Squad 8
and the Fire Chief responded. Chief 11 was first arriving and reported a
single story single family home with fire throughout. Chief 11 established
command and advised that it was exterior operations. 8-3 and 21-1 arrived
and set up master stream devices on the exterior and began knocking the
fire. Chief 8 arrived and assumed operations with Chief 7 as water supply.
Crews utilized master streams to knock down the bulk of the fire then
utilized hand lines to finish mopping up. Command held units from 8, 21,
11, 7 and all the tankers. Units operated on the fire ground for approx. 4
hours. Thanks to the members who sacrificed their holiday to respond to
the blaze. Also thanks to Oxon Hill for filling our station during the
RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
January 2015: The
department would like to congratulate Assistant Chief Wally Danielson Jr.
Wally was the recipient of the Charles County Firefighter of the
Year Award at the joint CCVFA/EMS banquet that was held on Friday January
2, 2015. Wally
served as the County Fire Chief for three years before not seeking
reelection in December 2013.
Between dedication to our department, as well as time devoted to
the County Association, Wally has devoted a large part of his life to the
fire service. Congratulations
and thank you for your service
RESPONDS TO HOUSE FIRE IN NANJEMOY
11 at 1248 AM- The Engine and Tanker were dispatched to the 10,200 block
of Adams Road in Nanjemoy for a house on fire. Engine 8-3, Tanker 8 and
Safety 8 (Burroughs) responded with a total of five members. Upon arrival
of first due Engine 4-2 (Nanjemoy), they found a fire on the rear of the
house extending into the attic. While Engine 4-2's crew got a line on the
fire, the crew of Engine 8-3 was sent to the roof to open up and assist
with ventilation. Tanker 8 was placed in service on the scene. Safety 8
was assigned to the Vent Group (Engine 8-3). The company operated on the
fireground for an hour. Thanks to the Accokeek VFD (Prince George County)
for covering our station while Engine 8-3 was working the incident.
SAFETY FILL A FIRE TRUCK HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
The Charles County Volunteer
Fire and EMS Associations in partnership with Charles County Government
and the Department of Emergency Services are asking the public for their
assistance in making sure every citizen in Charles County has food during
the Christmas Season. All Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS
Departments are accepting donations beginning on December 15th. Please
help us help others by donating! Beginning December 15th, you can drop any
non-perishable and/or canned food donations to the 10th District Volunteer
Fire Department or at any of the Charles County fire or EMS
stations. All donations benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. Food
drive ends on December 30th, 2014. Click here to
COMES SANTA! The Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department will be
escorting Santa through the area on Saturday, December 20th and Sunday,
December 21st, click here for additional details.
Charles County Mobile Intensive Care Unit Company 60 and the Accokeek
Volunteer Fire Department Company 24 regret to announce the passing of
Life Member Michael Raymond Willett. Mike
was also a former member of the Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department.
are as follows:
will be on Monday, December 8 from 1600 to 2000 with Fire Department
Memorial Service at 1900 at the Accokeek Fire Station located at 16111
Livingston Road in Accokeek, Md.
will be on Tuesday, December 9 at 1100 at the Christ Church Old Durham
Parish at 8685 Ironsides Road in Nanjemoy.
department wishing to provide apparatus for the Tuesday service, please
contact Chief 8A Mike Gordon at 240-427-7662.
November 2014 - Members of the Tenth District Volunteer Fire
Department donated 16 ready to heat meals including Turkey and
sides to feed area families in need. Click
here to read the full story at SouthernMarylandNews.com
fire station is also supporting a coat drive. The Charles County
Department of Social Services in collaboration with the
Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS Associations are sponsoring
the winter coat drive. Station 8 has a box to collect new or
gently used coats, gloves, scarves and hats. The drive will run
through November 31st. Click
here to view the flyer.
|Staff photo by ANDREW
from Southern Maryland News.com
TO WORKING BARN FIRE
21, 2014 at 6:39 PM - The Engine Company and Tanker were dispatched on a
barn fire in the 8000 block of Rosier Place in Bel Alton. Engine 8-2 and
Tanker 8 responded within minutes. Upon arrival, units were confronted
with a large barn that had been struck by lightning and was fully
involved. Engine 8-2 established a water supply to fill tankers from a
pond at a farm off of Fairgrounds Road. Tanker 8 shuttled water along with
several other tankers. Both units were released after two hours.
May 16, 2014
at 0806- The Surface Water Rescue Team was dispatched to Fenwick Road at
Ward Place for a Vehicle in the Water with injuries. Rescue Squad 8
responded with five members (four of them being Swift Water Rescue
Technicians). First arriving Chief 11A advised that there was a vehicle
stranded in the water with three occupants inside. Upon arrival of RS 8,
three members were dressed and ready to enter the water. Those members,
along with a technician from the Charles County Volunteer Dive Rescue Unit
(Company 13) made entry in the fast moving water to remove the three
persons to safety. The three occupants of the vehicle were not injured and
required no further assistance from the crew. Ironically, at this same
location two weeks earlier, the crew of Rescue Squad 8 performed a similar
rescue removing two occupants from a stranded vehicle in rising waters.
Those two persons also were not injured. We want to remind everyone that
it is not safe to attempt to drive into flooded roadways. It only takes a
small amount of water to stall a vehicle or move a vehicle from the
roadway or the roadway could be washed away causing the vehicle to become
consumed in the water. Remember, turn around don't drown.
OF TOM MILSTEAD
Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department sadly announces the passing of
Tom Milstead on May 9, 2014. A Life Member of the Department, Tom was
currently serving as Secretary and was a Past Chief of the Department. Tom
was also a Past President of the Charles County Volunteer Firemen's
Association and a former member of the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire
Department and the Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department.
will be held on Tuesday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the
Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department, 7035 Poorhouse Road, Indian
Head, MD, followed immediately by the Memorial Service. Burial will follow
at Chicamuxen United Methodist Church Cemetery, 6255 Chicamuxen Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Tom’s memory to the
Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department.
Contact Chuck Burroughs, 301-848-3395, for further information.
SQUAD EXTRICATES PATIENT PINNED UNDER TRACTOR
March 2014: Just
after noon in the height of the snow storm, the station was alerted for a
report of a rollover motor vehicle collision in the 4700 Block of Montaine
Squad 8, PA169 (from 8), and Duty Officer 8 responded.
While en route, communications provided further information that
this was a tractor roll-over with the operator trapped underneath.
Units arrived and confirmed that a tractor was on it’s side with
a male patient pinned underneath the canopy frame.
The Rescue Squad crew utilized two Hurst hydraulic spreaders to
lift the tractor off the patient.
The extrication took less than two minutes.
The patient was then moved to PA169 and transported to a local
NEWMAN GETS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF FIRE CAPTAIN AT NDWFD
members of the TDVFD would like to congratulate Technician Emmitt Newman
on his promotion to Fire Captain with the Naval District Washington Fire
Department. Captain Newman will be assigned as Captain at Bolling AFB on
Engine 41. Congratulations Emmitt on your promotion and the department
wishes you the best. Good Luck!
MEMBER WELCOMED INTO THE TDVFD FAMILY
members of the TDVFD would like to congratulate Jessica and Camp Campillo
on the birth of their new baby girl Ellie Rose Campillo. She was born on
2-17-14 at 1545 hrs and weighed 7lbs 3.2 ozs. Both mom and baby girl are
doing well and are expected home any time now.
and good luck to both of you.
TRAPPED ON MASON SPRINGS RD.
Saturday February 16, 2014 just after midnight Company 8 was alerted to
the 5800 block of Mason Springs Rd. for the MVA with reported subjects
trapped. Squad 8, Engine 8-2, Paramedic Ambulance 8-7, and Chief 8A
responded within minutes. Company 8 units arrived to find a single vehicle
on its side into a tree. Chief 8A established the command and Engine
8-2’s officer was assigned as the extrication group leader. A plan was
quickly thought out and Squad 7’s winch along with our cum-a-long was
utilized to pull the vehicle off the tree. Once the vehicle was removed
from the tree the crews from Company 8 went to work extricating the
patient from the vehicle. The patient was extricated within minutes and
transferred to the back of PA 209. PA 209 transported the patient to the
LZ at Gale Bailey School Priority 2 where Engine 21-1 has set up the LZ
and Trooper 2 was on the ground awaiting their arrival. Units operated on
the scene for approx. 1 hour before returning to service.
FIRE IN POMFRET
7, 2014- The Engine Company was alerted for a garage on fire on Preston
Lane in Pomfret. Engine 8-2 was out the door within seconds with a crew of
five. Chief 8 was in the area and arrived first and advised he had a
garage well involved. Chief 11 established command and advised Engine 8-2
to lay an additional supply line to the rear of the neighboring address.
Crews advanced two attack lines to assist with extinguishment. The crew
had to overcome a fence to get to the fire building by using two ground
ladders. Chief 8 was assigned Operations. Crews operated on the fireground
for two hours.
TRAINING ON FROZEN MATTAWOMAN CREEK
Today, crews decided to take advantage of the extreme cold
temperatures and snow that have pounded the region to conduct some Airboat
Operator training over the frozen Mattawoman Creek.
After performing some ice rescue training over the weekend, it was
determined that the ice was roughly 6” to 8” thick in some areas.
Crews worked on launching and recovering the boat without the
assistance of the boat ramps, approaching a stationary target in the
water, as well as just getting acquainted to operating the boat on ice.
Six operators participated in the training.
COLLISION IN WELCOME
January 2014: At 0115 hours, Station 8 was alerted for a motor vehicle
collision in the 7200 block of Port Tobacco Road.
Rescue Squad 8, Paramedic Ambulance 8-9, Engine 8-2, and Chief 8
en route, communications advised that the CCSO was on the scene and had
patient information that dictated a priority 1 response.
Upon arrival, crews found a single vehicle on it’s side resting
in the trees. After
assessment, it was determined that the occupant had succumbed to his
the investigation was completed by Maryland State Police, the crew from
Rescue Squad 8 completed the extrication.
DUE WORKING HOUSE FIRE
Around 0830 hours, company 8 was alerted to the 2700 Block of
Sweden Point Road for a reported house fire.
After investigating in the area, and further information from
communications, units arrived in the 5900 block of Lucille Thornton Place
to find a 2 story single family dwelling with smoke coming from the second
floor and attic. Chief
8 established the Command, and Engine 8-3 was assigned as the Attack Group
crew from Engine 8-3 advanced a pre-connected handline to the second
found a working fire in the attic.
Engine 21-1 (NDW-Stump Neck) advanced a backup line into the
crew from Rescue Squad 8 performed searches and controlled utilities.
Crews from Tower 9 (Indian Head VFD) and Engine 7-2 (Potomac
Heights VFD) were assigned to the roof to vertically ventilate and gain
access to the fire that was confined in the void spaces.
Truck 11 (Bryans Road VFD) assisted with opening up the interior.
Engine 11 (LaPlata VFD) set up a draft site at the boat ramps at
Smallwood State Park, however they were not used.
Crews operated on the scene for approximately two hours.
COMPLETE FIREFIGHTER AND EMT TRAINING
The department would like to congratulate several members for
completing training recently.
Tiffany Crawford and Nichole Sires both recently completed the MFRI
Firefighter I program.
This program started in September, ran two nights per week, as well
as many Saturdays. Melody Hudson, Travis Johnson, and Jim Sires recently completed the
Maryland Emergency Medical Technician Basic training.
This program also began in September, ran three nights per week,
and many Saturdays as well.
The department would like to congratulate all five members for
WITH SUBJECTS TRAPPED
Jan 10 at approx. 0630 hrs Company 8 was alerted to Poorhouse Rd. in the
area of Harley Davidson Pl. for the MVC with reported subjects trapped.
Squad 8, Engine 8-2, Safety 8, and Chief 8A responded. While enroute Chief
10 arrived on the scene and advised that he had a 2 vehicle accident, one
overturned and 1 subject trapped. Squad 8 arrived and went to work on the
vehicle extricating the patient. The vehicle was down a steep embankment
so the crew from Squad 8 rigged a safety line to travel up and down the
steep embankment. The extrication took approx. 10 minutes to complete and
the patient was transported to the hospital by Ambulance 78 with the
paramedic from PA 168 on board. Command (Chief 10) held Company 8 and the
transport units. Due to dangerous ice conditions
numerous accident occurred in the area so once Squad 8 extricated the
patient Engine 8-2 and Chief 8A were rerouted to another accident in the
8 RUNS WORKING BARN FIRE IN LAPLATA
Jan 9 at 1313 hrs Squad 8 was alerted to 11675 Englewood Dr. for the
reported barn fire.
Chief 1A arrived to find a barn with heavy fire showing. Upon
arrival Squad 8 and Engine 7-3 were assigned as the RIT Group. After
assembling all of our RIT equipment Squad 8 and Engine 7-3 established RIT
on side “A”. Units performed some exterior operations while the crews
from Company 1 operated inside. Units operated for approx. 1 hour before
returning to service.