WVRS Shrimp & Oyster Feast 2016

by Jacob DeGlopper

Join the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad and the WVRS Alumni Association for the

2nd Annual Shrimp & Oyster Feast

Sunday, March 6, 2016 1PM – 5PM
Ballroom at Wheaton Glen
2400 Arcola Ave
Wheaton MD 20902

Tickets $45

Raw Oyster & Clam Bar
Fried Oysters
Steamed Shrimp
Smoked Ham
BBQ Beans
Potato Salad
Beer & Sodas

Vegas Tickets
50/50 Drawing
Door Prizes

Visit the WVRS Alumni to purchase tickets online, or call (240) 424-5188 or email wvrsevents@gmail.com for questions about the event. A printable flyer is available as well.

Thank you for your support!
All proceeds benefit WVRS via the Alumni Association.

Tree Lot returns next year

by Jacob DeGlopper

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad will sell Christmas trees again next year to support our operations. We are selling fresh Fraser firs cut for us in North Carolina in all sizes from 2 feet to 8 feet and above. 5 foot trees start at just $35!

Trees can be purchased behind our station at 2400 Arcola Ave in Wheaton from 3pm – 9pm on weekdays, or 10am-9pm on weekends starting the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Breakfast with Santa tickets available now!

by jsniffin

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad is hosting our second annual ”Breakfast with Santa” in our own Ballroom at Wheaton Glen (located above our fire house) Saturday, December 12th. This fun-filled family event will feature photos with Santa courtesy of Donna Kerr Group, pancakes prepared on site by IHOP-Wheaton, a train room, music provided by the JFK HS band, and demos by Wheaton’s own firefighters and police officers. The 9 am – 11 am seating is SOLD OUT, but tickets are still available for the 11 am – 1 pm seating. Don’t wait!

Help us support the Angels for Children Toy Drive to benefit local families by bringing unwrapped, new toys. Along with the W K Chamber of Commerce, our volunteers will be distributing the toys to children in our area on Christmas Eve.

Proceeds will benefit the WVRS.

WVRS Breakfast with Santa


WVRS Open House

by jsniffin


Come check out Rescue Day!




Sako Narita receives MCVFRA John A. White Memorial Award

by jsniffin
The WVRS is proud to announce that our own Life Member, Paramedic Sako Narita is this year’s recipient of the John A. White Memorial Award from the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association (MCVFRA). The award was presented last night at the MCVFRA convention in Sandy Spring, MD.

The MCVFRA also honored Congressman Chris Van Hollen with induction into their Hall of Fame.

Pictured, from left: WVRS Paramedic Sako Narita, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, WVRS President Gamunu Wijetunge, WVRS Chief Mark Dempsey.

The award is given in memory of John A. White for his dedicated service in the inception of the Montgomery County Paramedic Program. Mr. White, as a member of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, assisted in the building of the foundation of the Heart Mobile and the Paramedic Program in Montgomery County.

Sako began her service with Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in 2003, and received her Life Membership earlier this week. She currently serves as the WVRS Paramedic Coordinator, responsible for ensuring that there is a volunteer paramedic on duty at the WVRS seven days a week during volunteer covered hours (overnight and on weekends). 

Pictured, from left: MCVFRA President Marcine Goodloe, WVRS Chief Mark Dempsey, WVRS Paramedic Sako Narita, WVRS President Gamunu Wijetunge.

In addition to her thousands of hours of volunteer service every year, Sako finds time to volunteer with international disaster response missions. Just two of the international responses she participated in are tsunami relief in Japan and cyclon erelief in Vanuatu.

With her service to the local and international communities, Sako is undoubtedly deserving of this award.

WVRS votes in newest Life Member, Paramedic Sako Narita.

by jsniffin

A member of WVRS since 2003, Sako serves as the WVRS Paramedic Coordinator, and volunteers thousands of hours each year in service to our local community. In order to be voted into Life Membership by her peers, Sako completed ten years of active service which included (at minimum) 80 hours of volunteer service every month. Sako join the ranks of 95 living members of the WVRS who have gained Life Membership status.



Thank you for all your hard work Sako, and congratulations!


New rescue squad truck update!

by jsniffin

Our new rescue squad is being built by Rescue 1 in New Jersey.

We are still seeking donors to support the completion of this new truck.

Donate now via our improved donation page at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/wvrs

New rescue squad truck 1

New rescue squad truck 2

New rescue squad truck 3

New rescue squad truck 4

New rescue squad truck 5

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New rescue squad truck 7

New rescue squad truck 8

WVRS Wins Steak-umm Firehouse 2nd Chance Challenge! See the video

by jsniffin

Steak-umm Firehouse 2nd Chance Challenge Video

Thanks to Steak-umm, our partners, and the community, WVRS was able to raise $3500 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

See WVRS firefighters on CBS news at 6:30 tonight!

by jsniffin

The CBS Evening News is planning to air a story on Firefighter Helmet Cameras at 6:30 pm EST tonight. The story features a helmet camera video of the rescue of a WVRS firefighter by his crew, and also features interviews of the firefighter and one of his rescuers. The video has already been viewed hundreds of times as a training resource. Tune in at 6:30 tonight to see the story.

Update: watch the clip: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/firefighters-embrace-use-of-helmet-cameras/

August Extrication

by Matt Jorge
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At around 0130 on Saturday, August 8, Rescue Squad 742B, Truck 716, Paramedic Engine 701, and Medic 701 responded to a Personal Injury Collision (PIC) of a car on its side at Piney Branch and Sligo Avenues. T716 arrived on scene and reported that the driver of the car was still trapped inside the vehicle. Crews from T716 and PE701 stabilized the car using a tie back system and began extricating the patient. RS742B arrived on scene and assisted T716 with the extrication. The roof of the car was folded down to allow EMS crews to safely remove the patient on a backboard.

RS742B Crew: Chief Mark Dempsey, FFII Roger Marks, FFII Chat Halambe, FFII Gemma D’eustachio, FFII Johnny Ruvolo