RVFD Celebrates 95th Anniversary

April 16, 2016 – On March 9, 1921, 51 men gathered to discuss the establishment of a volunteer fire department. The meeting was called following a devastating fire at a store that could have spread to the entire town center if not for the assistance provided by the District of Columbia Fire Department. Representatives from the group met with Rockville’s mayor and council who approved the plans to organize the department. Over the next two years, this group, along with other members… Read more »

Attic Fire in Gaithersburg

March 9, 2015 – RVFD and MCFRS units were dispatched at 2:29p for a reported house fire on Quantum Pl. in Gaithersburg. Company 28 units arrived to find a single family house with fire showing from the roof. RVFD Chief 703G established command. Due to the number of calls received by MontCo Emergency Communications Center, the rapid intervention dispatch had already been sent. Crews attacked the fire from the interior. E703 was assigned to exterior operations and AT703’s crew worked… Read more »

2015 Unit Response Statistics

The 2015 unit response statistics for the four RVFD stations are now available. Station 3 Engine 703 – 2,263 Engine 703B – 745 Aerial Tower 703 – 2,041 Rescue Squad 703 – 1,835 Ambulance 703 – 2,626 Ambulance 703B – 589 Medic 703 – 2,769 Miscellaneous other unit responses – 71 Command Officer responses – 1,030 Total Station 3 unit responses  – 12,926 Station 23 Engine 723 – 2,979 Aerial Tower (or Truck) 723 – 2,178 Ambulance 723 – 2,946… Read more »

Collision with Entrapment

January 8, 2016 – RVFD units were dispatched at 8:20pm for a reported collision at First St. and Maple Ave. in Rockville. Arriving units found a 3-vehicle collision involving two SUVs and one sedan with one patient trapped in the sedan. The crew from Rescue Squad 703 used hydraulic rescue tools to remove the front and rear doors and allow safe extrication of the driver, who was transported to a local trauma center. Units responding: A703, M703, RS703, E703B, Chief… Read more »

Rockville House Fire

December 19, 2015 – RVFD and MCFRS units were alerted at 6:37p for a reported house fire on Eton Overlook in Rockville, just as Station 3 units were about to start their nightly Santa Runs. While enroute, the location was corrected to Barrington Fare. First arriving units found a 2-story single family home with fire showing from the garage area extending to the exterior and interior of the house. Command requested the Rapid Intervention Dispatch for the working fire. Units… Read more »

RVFD New Engine

The RVFD is proud to place in service it’s 2015 Pierce Arrow 1500GPM single stage pumper. The unit is a fully equipped class A pumper with a compressed air foam system (CAFS). The unit will be designated as Engine 703B. The engine has two 1 3/4″ cross-lays, a front bumper “trash line” with 150′ of 1 1/2′ hose, 2000 feet of 4″ supply line, a 400′ 2″ attack line, a 250′ 2 1/2″ attack line and 300′ of 3″ hose for… Read more »

Fatal Collision in N. Potomac

June 25, 2016 – At approximately 11:52 p.m., RVFD units responded to a reported collision in the 13800 block of Dufief Mill Road. First arriving units found a vehicle overturned in the front driveway of a house about 40 feet from the road. Crews determined there were four occupants, one out of the vehicle and three trapped inside. Personnel from RS703 and T731 used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate one occupant, who was transported to a local trauma center with life-threatening… Read more »

Kentlands House Fire Injures Firefighters

May 14, 2015 – Five firefighters suffered minor injuries at a house fire in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg after the roof and part of the second floor ceiling collapsed while they were working to extinguish the fire. RVFD and MCFRS units were dispatched to a reported house fire on Leeks Lot Way at about 1am. First arriving units reported heavy fire showing from the attic and roof. Montgomery County emergency communications sent the rapid intervention dispatch. A second alarm… Read more »

House Fire in Derwood

February 20, 2015 – RVFD and MCFRS units were alerted at 7:27p for a reported house on fire in the vicinity of Derwood St and Yellowstone Way. Due to multiple calls, Montgomery County emergency communications sent the rapid intervention dispatch. RS703 arrived and found a 2 1/2 story single family home with heavy fire showing. Company 3 and 28 units attached the fire and brought it under control. Due to the severe weather conditions and extreme cold, a task force… Read more »