Morningside Volunteer Fire Department Inc.

More Work for the Rescue Squad

Thursday, June 5, 2014  Rescue Squad 27 was dispatched to Suitland Parkway in the area of Naylor Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. As units from Companies 27 and 29 approached the scene PSC advised that US Park Police are reporting a person trapped, the assignment was upgraded and the Rescue Squad went to work. 

Moments later, the Prince George's County Fire Chief having been in the area arrived on scene and established command. This allowed the companies to focus on their tasks and the patient was quickly extricated under the protection of Engine Co. 29s hose line and turned over to awaiting EMS crews. 



Special Alarm - Rescue Squad 27

Saturday, May 24, 2014  Shortly before midnight Rescue Squad 27 was Special Alarmed to Brooks Drive in the area of Suitland High School to assist Company 26 with a victim trapped in an overturned vehicle.  The Squad stabilized the vehicle and quickly extricated the single victim by removing the passengers door. This was one of many runs that Rescue Squad 27 responded to in only a few hours.



Horrific Accident Involving PGPD

Thursday, May 22, 2014  Around 0900 hours while Prince George's County Police Officers were clearing a traffic stop on Pennsylvania Avenue in the area of Walters Lane an out of control vehicle struck three (3) parked police cruisers and came to rest on top of a police officer in a drainage ditch.  Rescue Squad 27 arrived and rapidly extricated the trapped officer via the Hurst Spreaders, Ground Plate and cribbing.  Once free'd the officer was turned over to awaiting EMS units for airlift to a Trauma Center.  

The Members of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department wish to extend their thoughts and prayers to all those affected by these events - especially to the Officer, his family and his colleagues.  We are proud that we could perform in this time of need and help another member of our public safety family.



Morningside Rescue Days

Saturday, May 10, 2014  Mothers Day weekend isn't the most desirable time to conduct a training exercise, but with multiple other time constraints in place it was the only available weekend.  So, the 1st Annual Morningside Rescue Days Training was held and appears to have been a great success.  Over 50 people came together for 2 days and cut up over 25 cars in an event that benefitted the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  We were proud that over $1,000 was raised and donated to the Foundation in the name of our Fallen Brothers - Michael McCarthy and Kenneth "Kenny" Hedrick.  Mr. and Mrs. Hedrick (Les and Cathy to so many) were on hand to receive the donation on behalf of the Foundation and we thank them for their time and commitment to helping others in their darkest hour.

Mr. Isaac Frazier from Tactical Advantage Training, LLC. was on hand to provide some great nationally recognized instruction and the support staff was just as knowledgable. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to work with some of the latest Holmatro, Hurst and Amkus Rescue Tools available in situations that are as close as you can get to real life. This hands on training event focused on putting you in the position to use your skills, build new ones and see some awesome techniques.  With some great sponsors and partners the event went off without a hitch and we would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our event:

  • Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad
  • Blueline Security Services
  • Chesapeake Fire & Rescue Equipment
  • Holmatro Rescue Tools
  • Mikes Mustang Shop 
  • Marlboro Towing
  • ALBAN CAT - Upper Marlboro
  • Paul Davis Fire Restoration
  • Heavenly Ham
  • Miller & Long Concrete
  • Clark Construction



Morningside Days - Tactical Extrication Class

Monday, April 21, 2014  The Morningside Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a two (2) day training event that features Tactical Training Advantages, LLC's Tactical Extrication Program.  The class has many great features and is mainly a hands on practical skills class as we have over 20 cars to work with in the class.

The proceeds from this event are to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in the name of our fallen brother "Kenny" Hedrick.  We are excited to be able to host this event and are even offering housing assistance at the fire station as well as a chance to get a taste of life at Morningside, which is one of the busiest all volunteer departments in the area as well as one of the Busiest Rescue Companies.  Register at and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.



Squad Rescues Child From Escalator

Thursday, April 17, 2014  Shortly before 2100 hours Rescue Squad 27 was alerted to the Iverson Mall area of Company 29s area for a child with his hand stuck in an escalator.  Upon the crews arrival they confirmed that the child's hand was stuck in the return side of the escalator and a massive rescue effort was launched.  After over two hours of work to disassemble the escalator, the child was freed and turned over to awaiting EMS crews.

We are happy to report that the victim was released from the hospital the following day. Job well done by all personnel on scene.   



One Trapped On Pennsylvania Avenue

Tuesday, March 18, 2014  While Volunteers were in the process of relieving each other to cover the afternoon and evening shifts a Rescue Local was struck for a motor vehicle accident on Pennsylvania Avenue in the area of Woodyard Road in Company 23's area.  As the Rescue Engine was approaching the scene they were returned by Ambulance 823 who had a located an accident in the median just prior to Woodyard Rd.  Just minutes later Engine 823 located an overturned box truck with the driver pinned inside and requested the assignment be filled.

Rescue Engine 27 as the Rescue Squad arrived just moments after the assignment was requested.  The crews discovered a box truck on its side, down the embankment and against a tree, with the driver pinned under the steering wheel.  The vehicle was quickly stabilized and secured via chain back to a nearby guardrail as the crews gained access to the patient. The roof and the steering wheel had to be removed in order to free the occupant and where in close contact with the patient as the extrication effort was conducted.  The occupant was quickly freed and packaged prior to the arrival of an EMS Unit.  Once the unit arrived patient care was turned over and the Rescue Engine was back on the street, only to respond on three more back to back runs before returning to quarters.



Annual Banquet and Awards

Saturday, February 8, 2014  Last night the members of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Dept. celebrated our annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Fire Station. We were able to offer our active members the night off thanks to the generosity of the "Senior" members of the Department and the support of Company 56/57 who assisted us in staffing the Ambulance. A big thanks to them for their support.

After a nice dinner and swearing in of this years Administrative and Operational Officers, we dove into the awards. We were able to give the Kenneth Michael Hedrick Memorial Award this year to the crew of Rescue Squad 27 and Engine Co. 272 for affecting the rescue of a civilian on Alice Avenue. This is one of the most prestigious awards of the MVFD and was presented to the recipients by Kenny's parents Les and Cathy Hedrick. Congrats to all and here is the list of awards and this years officers.

Administrative Officers: President - Dave Hansen, Vice President - Charlie Phillips, BOD - Les Hedrick, BOD - Dave Fuller, BOD - Charlie Phillips, BOD - Michael Poetker, Treasurer - Jamie Hansen, and Secretary - Lisa McKlveen

Operational Officers: Fire Chief - Michael White, Sr., Assistant Chief - Michael Poetker, Deputy Chief - Stephen Truesdell, Station Captain - Michael Williams, Engine Captain - Dave Riley, Station Lieutenant - Michael Stout, Squad Lieutenant - Joey Goldberg, Engine Lieutenant - Michael Mavaddat, Sergeant - Phil Tran, Sergeant - Pat Canino

2013 Rookie of the Year: Joey Goldberg

2013 Firefighter of the Year: Patrick Canino

2013 Fire Chiefs Award: Michael Stout

2013 Presidents Award: Lisa McKlveen

2013 KMH Memorial Award: Stephen Truesdell, Michael Williams, Joey Goldberg, Michael Mavaddat, Mark Shayne, Patrick Canino, Ryan Kelly, Ronnie Martin, Patrick Wise, Brandon Howell, Mike Olszewski

Special thanks to Blueline Security Services for sponsoring our Department's banquet and providing other items for us, such as Dewalt Batteries for the apparatus. We are proud to partner with them to serve the public. This was the 3rd year they have sponsored our banquet and we cant thank them enough. 



1- Month Strong

Sunday, January 26, 2014  Today marks 1 - Month Strong as a 100% Volunteer Station 100% of the Time. We have built some pretty impressive stats over the past 4 - weeks. We have turned out on 429 Runs and logged over 3,600 man hours of participation. This equates to an average of more than 16 runs per day. 

This would not be possible without the commitment of our outstanding Membership, they are proud to serve you and we are proud of them. No matter what story is in the news, how severe the weather, or how controversial the times, we are here providing this outstanding service. We look forward to many more successful months to come...

Want to be apart of a 100% Volunteer Department that is constantly improving? Contact us today to join us tomorrow. 


MVFD 100% Volunteer Trailer - Movie Coming 2/14


Early Morning Cut Job in Upper Marlboro

Thursday, January 23, 2014   As the morning rush was about to get underway, Rescue Squad 27 was alerted to respond to the intersection of Ritchie-Marlboro & Brown Rds. for a personal injury accident with a report of entrapment. First arriving companies reported an accident involving a total of 3 vehicles, with one requiring extrication. After the vehicle was stabilized, the Squad crew performed a total driver's side removal of both doors and the "B" post, allowing for the patient to be easily accessed and handed over to awaiting EMS personnel. Rescue Squad 27 cleared the call in just under an hour.



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