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 »

RVFD Christmas Tree Sales-Coming Soon

The RVFD on-line Christmas Tree store opens on or about December 1, 2020 RVFD will offer contactless pickup and home delivery in the Rockville area (for a small fee) More information to follow: pickup and delivery hours Tree sizes – 4ft to 9ft Varieties include: Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce and Concolor Tree prices range from $40 to $95, depending on size Wreaths – $25 On-line credit card payments accepted – pre-payment only Tree lot is located at RVFD… 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 »

Serious Collision in Rockville

October 26, 2019 – RVFD personnel responded to a serious single vehicle auto collision on N. Washington St. in downtown Rockville. A single vehicle with three occupants apparently lost control while turning from Beall Ave. onto N. Washington St. and struck a tree. A703, responding to another incident, came across the collision shortly after it occurred. After requesting the full ALS assignment, the crew immediately initiated care to the rear seat passenger who was found in cardiac arrest. ALS703, returning… Read more »

New Tower Ladder

RVFD recently placed in service a 2019 Seagrave Marauder Aerialscope. The 95 foot aerial platform, costing $1.6 million, was purchased by RVFD using donations and grant funds. The unit was placed in service during a ceremony in September at which the aerial tower was dedicated in memory of RVFD Capt. Sander Cohen, who was killed in the line of duty in December 2017 while assisting a motorist on I-270 in Rockville. After final updates and training, the new tower ladder… Read more »

MoCo Requires CO Detectors

Beginning July 1, 2019, a new law in Montgomery County will require many existing single-unit, two-unit and townhouse dwellings to have Carbon Monoxide Alarms located outside sleeping areas and on every level of a home. Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms are designed to emit an alarm when high levels of CO are detected but before they reach life-threatening levels. The new law requires all single, two-unit, and townhouse dwellings built before 2008 that have a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage… Read more »