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. Two seatings are available: 9 am – 11 am & 11 am – 1 pm.

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

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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

New rescue squad truck 1

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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:

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

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.