News and Events

Updated Maryland Smoke Detector Law in Effect

The final phase of Maryland’s revised smoke detector law requiring homeowners to replace their older-style removable battery detectors with the newer sealed-in battery detectors went into effect on January 1, 2018. For more information about this law, click here. The law originally went into effect in 2013 and outlines a phased-in approach that started with new construction. The final phase affects all smoke detectors in all homes. The sealed battery detectors do not require or allow battery replacement or removal. After… Read more »

Kidde Smoke Alarm Recall

Kidde is recalling 226,000 TruSense Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms.  The recalled units are Kidde Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070 Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms.  Only alarms with the TruSense logo or “AMBER=FAULT” printed on the front of the alarm are included in this recall.  The model number is printed on the back of the alarm. The recall was initiated because some sensors in these series failed to alert. NOTE: RVFD and Montgomery County Fire/Rescue… Read more »

RVFD Marks 100th Anniversary

In February 1921, a major fire at a store on East Montgomery Ave. in old downtown Rockville threatened to rage out of control and burn the entire block. The fire was only contained with the assistance of apparatus and firefighters from the Washington, DC fire department. A local barber whose shop was on the same block as the burned store went to the town council to request that a fire department be formed to protect the town. On March 9,… Read more »

Chief Scott Emmons

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Deputy Chief Scott Eric Emmons at the age of 48 from complications after a medical event he suffered on February 6, 2021.  Chief Emmons joined the RVFD on May 29, 1991 as a student live-in at Station 31. Originally form Wallingford, CT, Chief Emmons served the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years, rising through the ranks to become the Fire Chief in January 2011,… Read more »

2020 Santa Run Schedule

RVFD is pleased to announce the 2020 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 »

Rockville Chamber of Commerce Honors RVFD Volunteers

The 2020 Rockville Public Safety Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce,  was held a little differently this year. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the usual ceremony, typically held in June. Instead award presentations were held separately for each public safety agency in Rockville at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza on Sept 9, 2020. Awards were presented to personnel from the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Rockville City Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the Montgomery County Department of Corrections… Read more »

Help Us Help You – Donate Today

Can you donate to RVFD today? We at the RVFD know that this is an incredibly difficult time for all of us. Our members remain dedicated to serving this great community. You have been there for us over the years and we want to continue to be there for you as first responders as well as your neighbors. To make a cash donation, visit our donation page by clicking HERE. We also need other donations such as: N95 masks Surgical… Read more »

Coronovirus

The virus is a type of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”… Read more »

RVFD Training Day

January 4, 2020 – RVFD members took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to conduct hose evolution, master stream and pumper operator training. Three candidate pumper operators were evaluated to become qualified emergency engine driver operators during the all-day session held at the Montgomery County Public Service Training Academy. Evolutions included hooking up and pumping “heavy water”, fire department terminology for flowing high volumes of water from a single hydrant using a single pumper or two pumpers. Flows included multiple… Read more »

Deceptive Telemarketing Scheme Uncovered

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection has uncovered a deceptive marketing scheme whereby alleged donations were solicited for volunteer fire departments. Heroes United PAC and its telemarketing network of vendors used three local maildrops and engaged in caller ID spoofing to mislead consumers into believing that donations would benefit local volunteer firefighters. RVFD does not solicit donations by phone or by door-to-door campaigns. RVFD donation solicitations are only by mail. Montgomery County’s OCP has entered into a settlement agreement… Read more »