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Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 31

I wanted to personally invite you and your respective department to join us on Friday, September 11, as we honor heroes like yourselves who courageously keep our communities safe everyday. All Fire, Police, and EMS personnel will receive a free sandwich as a small token of our appreciation for everything you do, beginning at 11am and continuing until we close that evening at 10pm. Please note that ... (Full Story & Photos)

Hole Sponsors/Golf Tournament for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 27

Message from President Gilroy:

SMVFA has been asked to host a fund raiser for the National Fallen Firefighter's Foundation (NFFF) in Southern Maryland. The tournament will be held on September 23, 2015 at Wicomico Shores Gold Course, Budds Creek. Registration deadline is September 11, 2015. We are in need of Hole Sponsors as well as other Sponsors to help off set costs so more monies can be given ... (Full Story & Photos)

MFCA and MSFA - Leadership, Recruitment, Retention and Safety Training

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 24

To All Fire Service: Presidents, Chiefs, Officers, Fire Chaplains and Emergency Service Members and Associates

The Maryland Fire Chiefs and the Maryland State Firemen's Will be holding Leadership, Recruitment, Retention and Safety Training in Western Maryland Starting on September 24 - 26, 2015

Please review and post the attachments in your stations and send them out to your members and your email ... (Full Story)

"Barn On Fire" Shook Amish Community

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 24

A Waldorf firefighter received a minor injury after an electrical malfunction inside an Amish cabinetry barn at 9035 Glock Place in Charlotte Hall caused a fire and then an explosion Tuesday afternoon, destroying the barn. It was the second fire in as many days in the Amish community.

On Monday, a fire at 10195 Fairhaven Road in Charlotte Hall burned a home belonging to an Amish family.

According ... (Full Story)

Blue Crab Ticket Vouchers

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 20

We have been given a large amount of Blue Crab Game Vouchers for this weekend, Friday Night game time 7:05 P.M. and Saturday Night game time 6:35 P.M. Just take voucher to the box office window at the stadium, get your seat ticket and enjoy the game. Vouchers available at the Administrative Services Office or contact me for distribution. We thank Blue Crabs Baseball for the support and partnership ... (Full Story & Photos)

Monster Mile and NFFF Team Up Again to Support Families of Fallen Firefighters

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 06

Hospitality Ticket Package for September 30 "AAA 400" to Raise Money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

As has become tradition during the fall race weekend at Dover International Speedway, both the Monster Mile and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will again join forces to raise funds for the survivors of fallen firefighters.

The partnership between the Monster Mile ... (Full Story & Photos)


Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 04

On August 4, 2015, volunteer fire departments from Charles County assisted by mutual aid units from PG County responded to a reported house on fire across from 2301 Kanegis Drive. After a 911 call to the communication center and the 1:27 A.M. dispatch; units arrived quickly and found fire on the first and second floors through out. Companies made an excellent stop on this well advanced fire. Searches ... (Full Story & Photos)

Maryland Fire Chief's is seeking to hire one part-time Project Coordinator

Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith, August 04

The MFCA is seeking to hire one part-time person to help develop and implement a strategic plan that will enable our association and its member companies to meet the goals of the MSFA/MFCA SAFER grant. We intend to hire a part-time (estimated 15-20 hours per week) Project Coordinator to work with the MFCA committees in identifying projects that meet the goals of the SAFER program required for the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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)

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)

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

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)


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