Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. Accepts Steak-Umm 2nd Chance Challenge

by jsniffin

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. (WVRS) has been chosen to compete in the Steak-Umm 2nd Chance Challenge to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). This event is locally supported by Drink More Water, Giant Food of Wheaton in Westfield Mall, and Speedy Signs of Wheaton.

WVRS has partnered with several local businesses to attempt to raise the most funds possible for the NFFF in a 24 hour period. You can help us beat the competition in THREE ways:

#1) From 6 pm-close on Friday, July 24th, and from 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, July 25th, three local sub shops will serve as collection sites for the NFFF. During these hours, for a $5 or greater donation at anyone of the locations, these restaurants will give you a free bag of chips and drink with the purchase of your sub. The sub shop collection partners are:
• Jersey Mike’s Subs
2800 University Blvd West, Unit D
Wheaton, MD 20902
(240) 388-9975
Friday, 6-9pm. Saturday, 10a-4p

• Filippo’s Italian Specialties
11224 Triangle Lane
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 949-4150
Friday, 6-7pm. Saturday, 10a-4p

• Ledo Pizza
2638 University Blvd. West
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 929-6111
Friday, 6-11p. Saturday, 10a-4p

#2) Collections will be accepted at the Westfield Wheaton Giant (2900 University Blvd., Wheaton MD 20902) on Saturday between 10a-4p. The first 120 donors who contribute $50 or more will receive a voucher for a free 21oz box of Steak-Umm from the Giant’s freezer case plus a recipe sheet with some of the best Steak-Umm dishes submitted by firehouses around the country.

#3) Drive Through Hand Car Wash at WVRS (2400 Arcola Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902), Saturday 10 am- 4 pm. Donations will be accepted, and contributions of $50 or more will get you a voucher to pick up a box of Steak-Umm at the Wheaton Giant. During the car wash, 2014 Steak-Umm Firehouse Challenge finalist Alex Callegari will be on site making his award-winning Boca Steak-Umm Sliders. You can purchase 2 sliders, a bag of chips and a soda for $6.


WVRS’ Adam St. John Receives Maryland Award for Heroism

by jsniffin

WVRS is proud to announce that our own Adam St. John is this year’s recipient of the George W. Colburn, Jr. Cup Trophy Award for an Outstanding Act of Heroism (the Colburn Cup) presented by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA). Also recognized were FF Johnny Ruvolo, FF Julio Deras, and Captain Brett Russell. The annual award was presented this morning at the MSFA Annual Convention and Conference in Ocean City, MD.

Adam St. John was honored for his heroic actions on Tuesday, December 22, 2014 at a house fire in Burtonsville, Maryland where he helped rescue a trapped firefighter. The residents of the house escaped uninjured thanks to working smoke detectors.

Adam St. John also received the Colburn Cup in 2008 for rescuing three children trapped in a house on fire in Kensington, MD. He is the first two-time winner in the over 80-year history of the Colburn Cup. St. John first joined the WVRS as a sixteen year old cadet in 2002.

The dramatic rescue was captured on video by a camera mounted on St. John’s fire helmet. 


Captain Adam St. John (left center), Firefighter Johnny Ruvolo (left), Captain Brett Russell (right center) Firefighter Julio Deras (right) were recognized for their actions at the December 22, 2014 house fire.

New Ambulance in Service

by Jacob DeGlopper

Ambulance Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Rescue Squad

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) recently placed a new ambulance in service. Ambulance 742C c\ommemorates the 60th anniversary of the WVRS with a design featuring the original seal of the WVRS emblazoned on the ambulance’s front doors.While paying tribute to the past, the ambulance also looks to the future by including the latest in safety features and state of the art patient care technology. At a price tag of over $230,000.00 the purchase was made possible by the generous donations of community members. The WVRS’ Spring 2015 fund drive is currently underway to raise funds for the purchase of a new rescue truck at a cost of over $1.5 million. Contributions can be made online at www.wvrs.org . A private, volunteer, non-profit corporation, the WVRS responds to over 11,000 emergency calls annually in partnership with the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. The WVRS is located in the center of Wheaton, MD, a diverse multi-cultural community. Since 1955 it has operated thanks to the generous donations of its neighbors.

The Fabulous Hubcaps Return on 7/18

by nhrabak

The Fabulous Hubcaps

Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Doors open at 7:00pm

Tickets:  $30.00 in advance, $300 per table of 10, $40 at the door

Admission includes one beverage of choice!

Ballroom at Wheaton Glen
2400 Arcola Avenue
Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Come join us as we travel back in time to the good old days of Rock & Roll! Cash Bar, Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle, Pull-Tab Games, Old Fashion Shakes & Rootbeer Floats, Burgers and Fries!!!

Help us raise $1,000,000.00 for a new Heavy Squad Truck!

Click Here to Buy Tickets!

The Fabulous Hubcaps
Event Flyer


WVRS Spring Fund Drive

by Matt Jorge

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. (WVRS) needs your support! Our Spring 2015 fundraising request is in the mail.

WVRS saves Montgomery County taxpayers an estimated $4 million per year by providing volunteer emergency medical, fire, and rescue services. With your support, the WVRS and our dedicated volunteers can continue to provide reliable, dedicated life-saving services to the community.

Please consider donating today so that we may continue to provide state-of-the-art response.

To donate online go to www.wvrs.org/donatenow or click on the “DONATE NOW” button on the WVRS homepage (www.wvrs.org). We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Call (301)949-9673 for more info.

Thank you for your support!


The Officers, Members, and Alumni of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad

WVRS Recruitment Open House

by Matt Jorge

Commercial Building Fire in Silver Spring

by Jacob DeGlopper

On Thursday March 19th, around 1 am, Rescue Squad 742 was dispatched along with numerous other MCFRS units for a report of smoke from an older commercial building on Georgia Ave in downtown Silver Spring. Engine 701 arrived with fire from a storefront and heavy smoke from the floor above. Rescue Squad 742′s crew searched both floors and the basement bar, controlled utilities, and assisted with opening up to check for hidden fire. The squad returned to the station around 4 am and found RS703 had been transferred in to cover.

Crew: Chief Mark Dempsey, D/C Jacob DeGlopper, MFF Dave Shaklan, FF Sean Andrews.

Join us for the Latin Gala on March 28!

by Matt Jorge

The WVRS Latin Gala

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

8:00-11:30pm  (Doors open at 7:00pm)

$25.00 per ticket for Adults or Children 12 and over.  Children under 12 may attend for free.

Come join us for an evening of dancing with a live 10-piece band, performing Salsa, Cuban and Latin Jazz music! Cash Bar, Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle, Cash Games, Latin Food (for sale).

Arrive at 7:00pm for a free Latin dance lesson provided by Flying Feet Enterprises.

Special performance by Titanes Salseros Latin Dance Team from Albert Einstein High School.

Ballroom at Wheaton Glen
2400 Arcola Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Help us raise $1,000,000 for a new Heavy Squad Truck!

Click Here to Buy Tickets!

Press Release (PDF)

Event Flyer

Business Sponsorship/Donations

WVRS Shrimp & Oyster Feast

by Matt Jorge

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad for a Shrimp & Oyster Feast!

Event is SOLD OUT – Thank you!

Date:  Sunday, March 1, 2015

Time:  1PM-5PM

Location:  Ballroom at Wheaton Glen
2400 Arcola Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Menu and Events:

  • Raw Oyster Bar
  • Fried Oysters
  • Steamed Shrimp
  • Ham and Sides
  • Sodas & Beer Included
  • Vegas Style Tickets & Door Prizes

House Fire

by Matt Jorge

At approximately 1800 hours on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 16, Rescue Squad 742B, Chief 742, and Chief 742B were dispatched to the 9400 block of Woodland drive for the report of a house fire. AT719 arrived on scene and confirmed a working basement fire and requested the Rapid Intervention Dispatch, which brought M742 to the scene. C742 assumed command with C742B being the interior supervisor. The crew of five from the squad controlled utilities and conducted a primary and secondary search in timely manner. The fire was brought under control quickly with minimal extension.

C742: Mark Dempsey
C742B: Erik Karlsons
RS742: Captain Brett Russell, Lt. David Riedman, FFII Jason Buc, FFII Johnny Ruvolo, FFII Chat Halambe
M742: PMIC Britanny Galladora, EMT Tony Galladora, EMT Alex Jennison