November 03, 2014 - The CPVFD would like to wish a huge congrats to PGFD Captain Dan Hughes on his final shift after working for thirty years. From Medic 8 (now known as Medic 12) to EMS Duty Officer, you were always a huge asset to our department. Best of luck with all of your future endeavors. Thanks Capt!
October 30, 2014 - Around 2330hours, Truck 812 was alerted as the third due truck to the 1000 block of Merrimac Drive in Company 34's area for numerous calls reporting a vacant house on fire. Units arrived to find a 1.5 story single family with heavy fire showing from the rear. As units stretched on the fire and overcame some water supply obstacles Truck 812 arrived and established the RIT on side A of the structure. Truck 812's driver was temporarily assigned as the incident scene safety officer and the rest of the crew ensured the structure was opened up on the exterior and crews had adequate means of egress. The Truck remained on the scene for about one hour before returning to service.
October 25, 2014 - The CPVFD would like to wish a big congratulations to Chief Corrigan and his bride Megan on their marriage. We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate! A special thanks to Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance with the ladder arch in front of the Memorial Chapel.
October 18, 2014 - This year's University of Maryland homecoming weekend was another busy one in the books for Company 12 capped off by a great Terps win! Units from Company 12 logged 49 unit responses on Saturday alone with many more and still counting for Sunday including a shooting in the first due and a brush fire on University Boulevard taken in by Engine 812 and Foam 812 for additional water. Through the weekend crews maintained staffing on multiple ambulances (3 during game time) and multiple suppression crews as well as an additional career staffed Paramedic Ambulance to provide additional ALS service during the game.
October 14, 2014 - It is with deep sadness that the CPVFD announces the passing of Professor John L. Bryan, Life Member of the College Park Volunteer Fire Department and founding Professor of the Fire Protection Engineering Department at the University of Maryland. Professor Bryan's accomplishments were vast, well beyond his years of dedicated service to the CPVFD. Professor Bryan not only taught many of our members in the classroom, but also out in the field on the rigs putting into practice all that he taught, turning out some of the best, most influential fire protection engineers in the business. Professor Bryan's name and accomplishments will forever live on with the CPVFD in the official name of the Sackroom, the John L. Bryan Fire Service Dormitory.
September 26, 2014 - Congratulations to CPVFD Alumni Member Gordon Routley, Division Chief in the Montreal (Canada) Fire Department for being named Canada's full-time Fire Chief of the year as given by the CAFC! Great job Chief!
September 20, 2014 - Just after crews were finishing station clean up, Ambulance 812 was alerted to the 6700 block of Riverdale Road for a personal injury accident involving a Metro Bus called in by Medic 830. The SUV rear ended a full Metro Bus at a high rate of speed causing multiple injuries and sending several transport units to the scene. Ambulance 812 and Medic 830 both transported Catagry C traumas to PG Trauma, while 4 non-trauma patients were transported to area hospitals.
September 12, 2014 - Just as crews were starting to think about dinner, PSC struck the box for a report of a townhouse on fire. Units from Company 9 arrived to find a middle of the row townhouse with fire on all floors and extension to both exposures. The interior crew from Truck 812 went to work completing primaries and checking for the extension. The exterior crew went to work throwing several hundred feet of ground ladders and performing other outside duties. Truck 812 operated on the scene for about three hours before returning to service.
September 11, 2014 - The Officers and Membership of the College Park Volunteer Fire Department would like to take a moment to acknowledge those who were lost on September 11, 2001. Please keep those in mind that continue to develop illnesses that are related to that tragic day. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
September 10, 2014 - Around 1115 hours, Truck 812 was alerted as the third due truck on the box for the 6800 block of Riverdale Road in Company 13's first due for a report of an apartment fire, possibly in the boiler room. First arriving units reported a three story garden style apartment building with smoke showing and requested the working fire dispatch. Units found a fire that originated in the basement mechanical area and had extended to the first floor through the floor and pipe chases. A second alarm was requested for additional manpower to check exposures and help open up. Truck 812 initially established the RIT on side A and assisted throwing ground ladders and clearing windows. Once the fire was knocked down the truck was reassigned to help open up in the fire building. Chief 812 was the division one supervisor for the duration of the event and the truck operated for about three hours before returning to service.
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