David Morgan (15) a member of North Potomac Boy Scouts Troop 291, is working towards becoming an Eagle Scout. One of the activities required is to select, plan and lead a community service project. David decided he wanted to help an organization he admires and supports, the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.
On Sunday March 2, 2014, he and about 30 other Scouts and parent volunteers constructed a new picnic table and benches and a “corn hole” game set. They also cleaned up the small patio next to Station 3 and put down mulch.
The members of RVFD express their deepest appreciation to David and his fellow Scouts. The picnic table will be used often in the summer months. We wish David best of success in his endeavor to become an Eagle Scout and hope he and his fellow Scouts consider becoming volunteer firefighters when they reach age 16.
March 3, 2014 – RVFD and MCFRS units responded to a reported house fire on Evans St. in Rockville. Upon arrival, units found a small fire behind aluminum siding apparently caused by the homeowner attempting to melt ice. The fire was quickly extinguished. Station 3 units opened the wall up to confirm no extension. There were no injuries and some damage to the home.
February 27, 2014 – RVFD and MCFRS units responded to a reported building fire at a City of Rockville facility on the Glenview Mansion property. RS703, the first arriving unit, reported smoke showing and the rapid intervention group was dispatched. The crew then found a small fire in a bathroom of one of the workshops. The fire was quickly extinguished and no extension was found. The cause appeared to be a plastic mop bucket placed too close to an electric wall heater.
February 22, 2014 – RVFD units responded to a reported collision at W. Montgomery Ave. and Research Blvd. Units found two vehicles involved with one driver trapped in the vehicle due to the impact on the driver’s door. While waiting for the rescue squad to arrive, E731′s crew was able to pry the door open and the driver was extricated. After evaluation, the driver was transported to a local trauma center. The other driver was uninjured.
February 12, 2013 – RVFD and MCFRS units were dispatched just after 6am to a Washington Gas repair truck dispatch facility on Nebel St. in south Rockville. First arriving units found heavy fire inside the garage with vehicles on fire. A second alarm was requested.
After initially fighting the blaze with handlines, command determined a defensive attack with master streams was necessary. In addition to the vehicle fires, tires stored inside the garage were also involved. More details will be provided as they become available. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
February 11, 2014 – RVFD units responded to a single vehicle collision on Wooten Pkwy. Arriving units found a single vehicle on its side with the driver trapped. After stabilizing the vehicle, the crew from RS703, assisted by E703B, removed the roof and extricated the driver, who appearde to have only minor injuries.
February 6, 2014 – RVFD units responded to a report of a collision with one pinned on Bou Ave. in south Rockville. Upon arrival, Station 23 units found a single vehicle that had struck a tree at high speed, pinning the driver. RS703′s crew with assistance from Station 223 units, cut away the driver’s door and used a hydraulic ram to push the dashboard away from the victim. The victim was transported to a local trauma center by M723.
February 9, 2014 – While vacationing with his family in Brazil in 2009, RVFD volunteer firefighter Ricardo Guerreiro Costa witnessed a serious collision involving a car and motorcycle. He stopped to render aid, along with other bystanders. Ricardo remained on the scene for 30 minutes and although local police were there, no ambulance had arrived. His inability to further assist the injured motorcyclist and the frustration of having no ambulance respond prompted him to join RVFD where he became a firefighter/rescuer II. When a job change meant a return to his native Brazil in 2012, one of the first things he did was establish an organization to encourage creation of volunteer fire and rescue departments and volunteerism for fire and rescue in general.
While about 70% of the fire departments in the United States are volunteer, there is no long history of volunteer fire departments and outside of the large cities, EMS may not be readily available.
In December 2013, a major Brazilian news magazine, Voce S/A, published an article about Ricardo and his organization. Click here to view a translated copy of the article or here to see the original in Portuguese.
January 8, 2014 – The recent cold weather in the Rockville area, that say temperatures drop below 0 degrees, greatly taxed fire and rescue services. Throughout Montgomery County, calls were received for water issues related to broken water pipes, fire alarms triggered due to broken sprinkler pipes and medical calls for falls due to ice. On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 RVFD Station 3 responded to 67 incident in 24 hours, believed to be a record number of calls in one day.
County resources were further impacted by a two-alarm fire in Gaithersburg on Wednesday afternoon that resulted in the death of a 4-year old child.