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How to Respond to Excessive Heat Events

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, July 29

◾Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
◾Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
◾Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
◾Drink plenty ... (Full Story & Photos)

President Gilroy presenting Charlie with a gift to his favorite diner
President Gilroy presenting Charlie with a gift to his favorite diner

Charlie Wills Honored for 60 Years Continued Service to the County and State

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, July 28

July 26th PHVFD hosted a celebration for one of our most valued members. On July 18th of this year Charlie Wills completed his 60th consecutive year as an active member of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service. At the age of 14, Charlie Wills joined the Indian Head Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. on July 18th 1955. He transferred to the Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department and ... (Full Story & Photos)

11th Annual Fallen Firefighter Gala Coming Soon

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, July 27

To All: Presidents, Chiefs and Emergency Service Members and Associates


will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901 Dual Highway Hagerstown, MD 21740

There is reserved a block of rooms at The Clarion Hotel ... (Full Story)

Hot Weather Safety Tips We All Can Live By

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, July 21

Never Leave Children, Disabled Adults or Pets in Parked Vehicles

Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle. Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous ... (Full Story)

Passing of Past Chief Ernest K. "Ernie" Tunney, Tenth District VFD

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, July 06

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 ... (Full Story)


Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 19

I have been a part of the volunteer fire/EMS family in Maryland for 37 years of my life. Together we’ve all witnessed situations throughout our tenure that the general public for the most part just could not understand what it truly takes to “give back to your communities”. We share all the nice moments together by attend birthday parties, weddings, family gatherings and the like; but allow me to ... (Full Story)

Obituary for EMS Deputy Chief Monday

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 15

Deputy Chief Vernon Chester Monday, Jr. of Waldorf, MD, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata. He was 58 years old. He is remembered as a proud father, grandfather, and brother.

Born on June 24, 1956 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Jeannette Windsor Quader and the late Vernon Chester Monday, Sr.

Deputy Chief ... (Full Story & Photos)


Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 12

It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that the Waldorf Volunteer Department, Inc. announces the passing of Vernon Monday, Life Member and past Deputy Chief. Vernon served our Country, community, and department with the highest loyalty and honor. He will be missed greatly.

Visitation is set for Wednesday, June 17th at New Life Wesleyan Church, 9690 Shephards Creek Pl White Plains, MD, from 1300-1600 ... (Full Story & Photos)

Passing of Elaine Wedding

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 05

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Founding Member Margaret Elaine Wedding of Charles County Mobile Intensive Care Unit and Life Member of Ironsides Volunteer EMS. Elaine died peacefully at her home this morning at approximately 0300 hrs. with her family at her side. Funeral arrangements will be passed on this afternoon, we ask everyone keep Elaine, her family and members of Charles ... (Full Story & Photos)

Trooper 2 Memorial

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 04

Tragedy Strikes Trooper 2 and the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department

On September 27th, 2008, Trooper 2 responded to Waldorf, Maryland to assist the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department with a motor vehicle crash. Working alongside first responders, two patients were identified for transport. A second medical provider would be required to assist with patient care in the helicopter. Trooper 2 encountered ... (Full Story & Photos)

NVFC Launches Volunteer Recruitment Portal for Fire Departments to Combat Declining Volunteerism

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, June 01

Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation's fire service, yet the number of volunteers has declined by about 12 percent since 1984. At the same time, call volume has nearly tripled. In addition, the average age of the volunteer fire service is increasing as departments are finding it difficult to reach millennials - those within the 18-34 age range.

To help departments counter these ... (Full Story)
Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS Recieve Recruitment Advertisement Grant

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, May 27

We would like to thank the Maryland State Firemen's Association and the Maryland Fire Chief's Association for the grant opportunity to enhance our recruitment effort in Charles County. This project is a "pilot program" for the state to identify the affordability in the future while measuring the success to our volunteer system. The billboard signage is located northbound Route 301 just north of the ... (Full Story & Photos)

Waldorf Volunteers Respond to Reported House Fire with Occupant Trapped

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, May 26

Waldorf Volunteers were alerted to Pineview Ct for the outside fire in the Fox Run neighborhood. B-3 responded with 3 and were advised to switch over to TAC 2 and that the outside fire was going to be a House on Fire with one trapped on Greenwood Dr. Once the assignment was dispatched Charles County Communications relayed to E-33 that the Charles County Sheriffs Office were on the scene with a working ... (Full Story & Photos)


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