Riverdale Heights Vol. Fire Dept. & Rescue Squad, Inc. Co. 13

Riverdale Heights Vol. Fire Dept. & Rescue Squad, Inc. Co. 13 Welcome to the Official page for the Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad, Inc. Co. 13 Founded July 1, 1925, the Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department has served the citizens of this community and Prince Georges County for over 85 years.
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Mission: To Serve and Protect.

Operating as usual

11/16/2020

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for our area. Expect damaging wind gusts up to 60mph and heavy rainfall.

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

11/11/2020

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued for our area. Rainfall amounts of up to 4 inches with locally higher amounts can be expected.

Stay tuned to local news media or NOAA weather radio for updated information and possible warnings.

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

10/29/2020

A Flood Warning has been issued for our area until 5:30pm this evening. 1.5 inches of rain has already fallen with an additional 3 inches possible through the next few hours.

Stay tuned to local news media or NOAA weather radio for additional information or updated warnings. Turn Around Don’t Drown.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
10/29/2020

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

Rain will continue most of the day, occasionally becoming heavy at times.

10/28/2020

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Flood Watch for Prince George's County from late tonight through Thursday evening.

Heavy rainfall from Zeta could lead to some flooding of small streams, creeks, and urban areas. Rain amounts of 2 to 3 inches are expected with locally higher amounts possible, especially in the metro areas.

Scattered incidents of flooding due to heavy rain are possible. Clogged drains due to leaf debris may cause additional flooding
concerns, especially in urban areas.

Do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth.

Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become
unstable and unsafe.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert
for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding
should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

#rhvfd13 #severeweather #floodwatch #volunteers

Volunteers Needed!We have immediate openings for volunteer firefighters, EMTs and administrative personnel to join our r...
10/17/2020

Volunteers Needed!

We have immediate openings for volunteer firefighters, EMTs and administrative personnel to join our ranks here at Riverdale Heights!

No experience necessary! Prospects must be sixteen (16) years of age or older, be able to pass an extensive background check and successfully pass a comprehensive medical evaluation (operational membership). Administrative prospects must only pass a background check.

We offer free training, potential live-in opportunities, Maryland state tax credit, Length of Service Awards Program (Retirement) and much more!

To learn how you can become our next volunteer member, please email our Volunteer Fire/EMS Recruiter at [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you!

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
10/11/2020

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

Rain associated with Post-Tropical Cyclone Delta will overspread the area early Sunday and continue into Monday morning. In general, one and half to three inches of rain are expected with the heaviest rains coming in Sunday night. #DCwx #MDwx #VAwx #WVwx

Sparky The Fire Dog
10/08/2020

Sparky The Fire Dog

Can you find all of the fire hazards in this photo? We will share the correct answer in the comments later today! In the meantime, visit www.fpw.org for information and tips to stay safe! #FirePreventionWeek #cookingsafety

Maryland State Police - Aviation Command
09/27/2020

Maryland State Police - Aviation Command

Very early tomorrow morning marks the 12th anniversary of the Trooper 2 crash. Just after midnight on September 28th, 2008, Pilot Stephen H. Bunker, Trooper First Class/Flight Paramedic Mickey C. Lippy, and Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician Tonya M. Mallard were killed in a helicopter crash while performing a medical evacuation of two critically injured teenagers from Charles County, Maryland. A ground search was initiated and the wreckage was found in Walker Mill Regional Park. Pilot Bunker, TFC Lippy, EMT Mallard, and one of the patients were killed in the crash. The second patient survived and was severely injured. We will never forget our Fallen Heroes.

Please feel free to post any photos of our Fallen Heroes below so we can include them in future posts.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
09/27/2020

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Reach out to your place of worship, local fire department(s), or community groups to participate in Bells Across America. Sign up below and be sure to post your photos and video with #NFFFTribute

www.firehero.org/bells-signup

Please remember not to park in front of or next to fire hydrants! Last night, units from Laurel and surrounding areas we...
09/04/2020

Please remember not to park in front of or next to fire hydrants!

Last night, units from Laurel and surrounding areas were dispatched for a reported apartment building on fire during the severe thunderstorm moving through the area.

The first arriving engine company (shown below) arrived on the scene to find this vehicle blocking access to the fire hydrant.

Adequate water supply needs to be established quickly in order for firefighters to start and complete their tasks.

Photo courtesy of the Laurel VFD

09/03/2020

THE TORNADO WARNING FOR PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is still in effect for our area.

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

09/03/2020

FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Northwestern Prince Georges County in central Maryland until 830 PM EDT.

At 529 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD: Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding.

SOURCE: Doppler radar.

IMPACT: Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.

Some locations that may experience flash flooding include...
Arlington... Rockville...
Bethesda... College Park...
Greenbelt... Langley Park...
Beltsville... Fort Totten...
Howard University... University of Maryland...
Gallaudet University... Aspen Hill...
Potomac... North Bethesda...
Hyattsville... White Oak...
Takoma Park... East Riverdale...
Adelphi... Colesville...
Kemp Mill... Chevy Chase...
North Kensington... South Kensington...
Riverdale Park... Forest Glen...

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

09/03/2020

TORNADO WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 5:45PM FOR OUR AREA. PLEASE SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

Stay tuned to local news media or NOAA weather radio for updated information

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

09/03/2020

TORNADO WARNING IN EFFECT FOR OUR AREA (NORTH CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGES) UNTIL 5:15PM.

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09/03/2020

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for our area until 5:30pm. Damaging wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour can be expected.

Remain alert for a possible tornado.

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09/03/2020

A Tornado Watch will be issued soon by the National Weather Service. Severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be expected to intensify over the evening hours. Hail, dangerous lightning and heavy rain can also be expected.

Stay tuned to local news media or NOAA weather radio for updated watches or warnings throughout the evening. Now is time to put away outdoor furniture and items that may blow away.

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

09/02/2020

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until midnight tonight for Prince George's County. Damaging wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and an isolated tornado may be possible.

Stay tuned to local news media or NOAA weather radio for the latest information on possible severe weather warnings.

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks
09/02/2020

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks

Tomorrow, September 3 at 11:00 AM, I will hold a press conference to provide an update to the community on the County’s COVID-19 response and our path forward. Please tune in via Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. #PGCCOVID19

08/28/2020

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
545 PM EDT Fri Aug 28 2020

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for. West central Prince Georges County in central Maryland until 630 PM EDT.

At 545 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Vienna, moving east at 20 mph.

HAZARD: Quarter size hail.

SOURCE: Radar indicated.

IMPACT: Some hail damage to agriculture is expected.

Locations impacted include Fort Washington, Bladensburg, National Harbor

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Large hail and damaging winds and continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature’s leading killers. Remember, if you can
hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

#rhvfd13 #severeweather

08/25/2020
We are saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Mr. Johnny Floyd, II. Mr. Floyd was a well known fire apparatus his...
08/23/2020

We are saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Mr. Johnny Floyd, II. Mr. Floyd was a well known fire apparatus historian and photographer from Laurel, Maryland.

Below you will find some of his photos of our previous apparatus from his photo collection.

May he Rest In Peace.

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
08/06/2020

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect thru this evening. Thunderstorms may produce scattered instances of flooding today into this evening.

08/04/2020
US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
08/02/2020

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

Due to Tropical Storm Isaias' threat to our area, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for counties along the I-95 corridor and east. Flash Flooding will likely be our biggest impact Mon eve - Tue eve. Tidal/coastal flooding (Tue and Tue eve) is also a concern. Stay informed.

07/28/2020

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 3PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Prince Georges County from 3 PM this afternoon until 11 PM EDT this evening.

A slow-moving cold front will intersect a hot and humid air mass resulting in scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms are possible, which could result in isolated rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches in a short amount of time.

These rainfall amounts may result in rapid rises of water on small streams and creeks, as well as in urban and poor drainage areas.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
07/28/2020

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

8:55AM EDT Tuesday, July 28th, 2020: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and evening, especially east of the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Washington DC metro area. Some thunderstorms may contain gusty to damaging winds, heavy rain capable of producing flooding or flash flooding, and frequent lightning.

Our membership committee will be hosting an online Zoom "meet and greet" orientation this Thursday, July 30th from 7:00p...
07/27/2020

Our membership committee will be hosting an online Zoom "meet and greet" orientation this Thursday, July 30th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm for interested prospects wishing to join the Riverdale Heights VFD.

No experience necessary. Must be sixteen (16) years of age or older and must be able to pass a background check. Prospects with current Firefighter/EMT training are encouraged to apply!

You will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers first hand regarding recruitment, training/classes and benefits during this two-hour session.

To reserve a seat for our online meet and greet, please fill out the following online membership inquiry. Our membership chairperson or Recruiter, will contact you via email with the Zoom link. https://www.rhvfd13.com/join/#apply

We look forward to hearing from you!

#rhvfd13 #engine13 #rescuesquad13 #volunteers #memberswanted #servingyourcommunity

07/24/2020

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issues for our area until 9:45pm this evening.

Damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour can be expected.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

07/22/2020

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 415 PM EDT
FOR WESTERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY.

At 342 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from North Kensington to near Dale City, moving east at 25 mph.

These are very dangerous storms.

HAZARD: 75 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

IMPACT: Expect considerable damage to trees and power lines. Your life is at significant risk if outdoors. In addition to some trees falling into homes, wind damage is possible to roofs, sheds, open garages, and mobile homes.

This is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. These storms have
the potential to cause serious injury and significant property damage.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

07/22/2020

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Northwestern Prince Georges County in central Maryland until 630 PM EDT.

At 330 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen in portions of the area and rainfall amounts around 2 to 3 inches are expected within one hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD: Life threatening flash flooding. Heavy rain producing flash flooding.

IMPACT: Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

07/22/2020

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 4:15pm today for Western Prince George’s County.

Damaging winds up to 65 miles per hour and quarter sized hail can be expected.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

07/22/2020

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Prince George's County, Maryland today from 1:36pm to 11:00pm tonight.

Thunderstorms may be capable of producing rainfall rates up to 3 inches an hour. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

Stay tuned to local news media or NOAA Weather Radio for continued information or possible warnings.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

07/22/2020

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Prince George’s County, Maryland and surrounding counties from Noon until 7:00pm today.

Damaging winds in excess of 70 miles per hour and large hail in 1.5 inches in diameter could be expected.

Stay tuned to local news media or NOAA Weather Radio for updated information or possible warnings.

#rhvfd13 #volunteers #severeweather

Address

6101 Roanoke Ave
East Pines, MD
20737

General information

The community of Riverdale Heights was subdivided in the year 1920 from farm land owned by the Stephen family, prominent in the history of Prince George's County for more than a century. Around 1947 the old Stephen Mansion, located in the center of Riverdale Heights on the spot it had occupied since before the Civil War, was torn down and the large estate was subdivided to make room for more housing. In the years following World War I the community was slow in developing and in July, 1925, after a series of mysterious Saturday night fires threatened to throw the progress of the town into reverse, a committee consisting of Clifton S. Kernan,Tom Flanagan, Marion W. Watts and Joe Zottoli, set about organizing a Volunteer Fire Department. The original petition, preserved in our files, shows the following signers to be the charter members of the Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department: .. H.W. Baughman, A.C. Boxwell, Sr., H. Bryant, Charles B. Carson, E.O. Closuit, A.H. Colvin, Edward Dorrelle, Wm. H. Feldbush, T.G. Flanagan, Charles B. Ford, Charles Gale, T.C. Gardner, H.W. Gibson, Walter E. Hardster, Mack Henderson, Rex Henderson, Martin P. Hughes, C.S. Kernan, E.A. LeLacheur, W.H. McGinty, James P. Morris, L.W. Nelson, Charles Pugh, John S. Reed, J.F. Sharrets, S.E. Shackleford, K.L. Thompson, D.M. Wagener, M.W. Watts, J.G. Wheeler, William Willour, George C. Wilsher, George Wilson, Charles N. Winters, H.S. Yinger and Joe Zottoli. ..Mettings were held and the first temporary organization was formed with C.S. Kernan as chairman and Lawrence W. Nelson as secretary-treasurer. Following adoption of a constitution and by-laws T.C. Gardner was elected the first Fire Chief and was reelected for 2 additional terms. Our first fire fighting equipment was a hand drawn 50-gallon chemical tank loaned by the Mount Rainier Fire Department. A short time later four such pieces were purchased from a Washington warehouse, and all these engines saw saw valiant service prior to the purchase of our first motor driven apparatus in 1926. This was a model "T" Ford with a 500 foot capacity hose body, mounting two 30 -gallon tanks, all costume built by a Washington body concern. ..The first meetings of the department were held at Willour's Store , then the truck was housed and meetings were held in the chief's basement. The first firehouse was started in the fall of 1927 without a cent in the building fund and completed through the energy, determination and cooperation of the members. The cement blocks were made on site by firemen using Mr. Nelson's hand block machine, from gravel hauled by other members from the Eastern Branch in a converted Model "T" affectionately referred to in the old minutes as "Leaping Lena". Our first pump truck was purchased from the West Annapolis Fire Department in 1932 and its successor of the same make was a brand new truck built by Hahn and delivered in January, 1944. In 1935 there was purchased a new International chassis and on it there was installed a pump and body secured from the Silver Spring Fire Department. This truck was invaluable in forest fire service. The Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first anywhere to carry and use 2 1/2-inch and 1 1/2-inch hose whereby multiple streams could be effectively directed against a blaze from a single source supply. ..Opportunity was presented in 1947 to purchase the renowned trophy winning Buffalo pumper from the Riverdale Fire Department and it proved a valuable addition to our fire fighting equipment. Not only did it see many hours of service as a pumping engine at large fires, and much action in the field as a forest fire truck, but it provided the incentive to many young man to join the fire department and try to win a place in the contest winning teams of this Department. The Buffalo was loaned out to the Chillum fire station and then later sold to Kentland Fire Department in 1953. Feeling a pinch for space, plans started to build a new firehouse in the property that we owned from 60th Pl to 61st Pl, the $100,000 price tag had us "stopped" for while, but through the determination of our members, our present building was built in 1956. To this day, we take pride that we are self-sufficient in providing our own apparatus and equipment through the determination and dedication of our members through fundraisers, and we are proud that we never depend on outside help to supply these items. Through the years, this department has kept up with the evolution of better and more efficient equipment, we have state of the art equipment, we keep up with the latest in training and procedures, etc. With the strong foundation that was laid before us, we are ready to face this new century with optimism that we can meet all the new demands and challenges that will face us. We will carry on the tradition of hard work and determination to secure Riverdale Heights and for the citizens that we serve and protect.

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MSFA Memorial Service was well done. Thanks for the submission. The Black Family
St. John Luthern Church
Older Banquet Invitations
October 4, 1967 Clipping from The Evening Star
Crews are replacing a pipe in the road on 61st Place at the intersection of 61st/Quintana Street this morning. You may want to inter/exit the community via a different route.
Just got word that Life Member and past Deputy Chief John Hixon has prostate cancer. ...Please keep John in your thoughts and prayers
Pride!