Latest News and Events

2022 Santa Run Schedule

RVFD is pleased to announce the 2021 Santa Run schedule. Santa and other fire trucks will visit various neighborhoods in the Rockville area to welcome the Christmas season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to stop along the route or pass out candy canes as in previous years. Come to your window or come to the curb and wave to Santa as we pass through your neighborhood. Be sure to wear a mask and maintain your… Read more »

No RVFD Christmas Tree Sales

Unlike in past years, RVFD will not be selling Christmas trees this year. If you would like to support another volunteer fire/rescue department, the following are selling trees this year: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad – 5020 Battery La. Bethesda, MD Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad – 2400 Arcola Ave. Wheaton, MD Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department – 8001 River Rd. Bethesda, MD Read more »

New Maryland Move Over Law

Beginning October 1, 2022, the Move Over Law in Maryland will expand to require motorists to make a lane change or slow down when approaching any stopped, standing, or parked vehicle displaying warning signals – including hazard warning lights, road flares, or other caution signals including traffic cones, caution signs, or non-vehicular warning signs. The expanded law is in place to protect law enforcement, emergency responders, and any motorist that may encounter a roadside emergency and must stop near travel… Read more »

Training Day for RVFD

RVFD members participate in training almost every day. Some attend classes at the Montgomery County Public Service Training Academy (PSTA), some attend outside conferences or seminars and most participate in training on their duty shift. Occasionally special training is conducted, such as on Saturday June 11, 2022 when RVFD members went to the Maryland Fire/Rescue Institute (MFRI) in College Park to improve their skills during a “live burn”. A live burn is an exercise where members can experience live fire… Read more »

Rockville Chamber Honors RVFD Volunteers

The Rockville Chamber of Commerce honored several RVFD volunteers at their annual Public Safety Awards ceremony held on Wednesday June 8, 2022. The award ceremony, now in its 33rd years, recognizes the outstanding achievements by the members of the public safety agencies based in the City of Rockville, which include RVFD, Rockville City Police, Montgomery County Sheriffs and Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. RVFD volunteers who were honored were: Distinguished Service Citation – Master Medical Attendant Albert Tang… Read more »

Rockville’s One-Man Fire Department Webinar

Check out Montgomery History‘s upcoming webinar – George W. Meads: “Rockville’s One-Man Fire Department.” From 1895 through 1920, Prior to the founding of the RVFD, the volunteer fire department in Rockville consisted of a dedicated group of civic-minded Black men led by the first Fire Chief in the town’s history: George Meads. Archivist Sarah Hedlund relates the story of Meads’s extraordinary life as a fireman, deputy sheriff, school trustee, entrepreneur, and family man, intertwined with the early history of firefighting… Read more »