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On December 17th and 18th the Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department will be escorting Santa throughout the area. Click here to view the tentative times and locations 





On Sunday, August 14 at 1939, the Fire Boat was dispatched for a boat that was overturned in the Potomac River near Buoy 51 (just off of the Navy Base in Indian Head). Boat 20 (NSWC, Indian Head) arrived first and advised that there was a vessel overturned with six persons in the water. Boat 8 arrived shortly after and picked up three victims with Boat 20 picking up three also. All victims were transported to the NSWC Marina by Boats 8 and 20. Only one victim required medical attention. Boat 8 returned to service at 2030.    


On Saturday, August 13 at 1306, the Fire Boat was dispatched for a boat on fire in the Potomac River just south of the Rt. 301 (Nice) Bridge. Fire Boat 8  responded immediately with a crew of three as members were still in the station cleaning up from the morning drill. Upon arrival, Boat 8 joined Fire Boat 6 (Cobb Island) who was on location mounting an attack on the fire. The vessel was a 48 foot motor yacht with an active fire in the engine room with extension to the cabin of the boat. Boat 8's crew advanced an attack line inside of the vessel to extinguish the blaze. Crews took a beating as the outside temperature was 98 degrees. The vessel was towed to the Morgantown Power Plant by a private tow boat so overhaul could be completed. Boat 8 returned to service at 1600. 





August 9, 2016 at 1608- The Rescue Squad and Paramedic Ambulance responded to assist Company 1 (La Plata) with a two vehicle accident with one person trapped on Port Tobacco Road at Mary Lane. Upon arrival, RS 8 was assigned by command (Chief 1B) to work with Rescue Engine 13 who was already engaged in extricating the patient. Both units removed the roof and performed a dash roll to extricate the patient who was then flown to an area trauma center. RS 8 returned to service within the hour


The Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Life Member and Past Fire Chief Ernest K. Tunney on July 2, 2015.  Chief Tunney was also a Life Member of the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS and served the citizens of Charles County for nearly 50 years.  Friends may call at the Marbury Baptist Church, 4670 Bicknell Rd, Marbury, MD 20658 on Thursday, July 9, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m.  Firefighter service will be held during service.  Interment to follow at Park Hill Cemetery, Marbury, MD.  Any department wishing to provide apparatus is asked to contact Chief 8 Danny Hudson at 240-320-7413.



The Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Life Member Kenneth "Dizz" Dean on March 7, 2015.  His family will be accepting condolences at the Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department, 73 Glymont Road, Indian, MD, on Saturday, March 14, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.  A Memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m.  


Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department, Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department or Turner Syndrome Foundation.



Congratulations to Joey and Jessica Tilley on the birth of their son, Wyatt Lee Tilley. Wyatt was born on February 18th at 1:59pm and weighed 8 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. Mother, dad and baby are all doing well. Welcome Baby Wyatt!



22 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:



Viewing: Monday January 26, 2015 from 0900-1100 hours.  Fireman’s Prayers at 1000 hours.


Funeral Service: Monday January 26, 2015 at 1100 hours.  Interment will immediately follow funeral service.  


Viewing and Funeral Service are being held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.  5560 Pleasant Grove Road, Marbury, Maryland, 20658.






January 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 service.

The 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.



On 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 incident.



6 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



December 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.



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 download flyer

HERE 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.  






The 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.

Arrangements are as follows:

Viewing 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.

Funeral will be on Tuesday, December 9 at 1100 at the Christ Church Old Durham Parish at 8685 Ironsides Road in Nanjemoy.

Any department wishing to provide apparatus for the Tuesday service, please contact Chief 8A Mike Gordon at 240-427-7662.



25 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


The 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 MICHAELS 
Photo from Southern Maryland News.com


May 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.


The 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.

Viewing 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.





3 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 Place.  Rescue 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 trauma center.





The 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!



The 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.


Congratulations and good luck to both of you.



On 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.   


February 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.  



29 January 2014:  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.





26 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 responded.  While 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 injuries.  After the investigation was completed by Maryland State Police, the crew from Rescue Squad 8 completed the extrication. 



19 January 2014:  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 Leader.  The crew from Engine 8-3 advanced a pre-connected handline to the second floor.  Crews found a working fire in the attic.  Engine 21-1 (NDW-Stump Neck) advanced a backup line into the structure.  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.





16 January 2014:  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 these achievements.  



On 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 area. 




On 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.