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

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Christmas Tree Lot – New Location at our Station

by jgruber

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad is hosting it’s Annual Christmas Tree sale at it’s station located at 2400 Arcola Avenue in Wheaton.

The hours are Monday though Friday from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Trees range from $15 for a tabletop tree, $35 for a 6′ tree and $55 for an 8′ tree. Wreaths and Pine Rope are also available for sale.

Parking is available in the Rescue Squad Parking Lot.


Join us for Breakfast with Santa & Heroes!

by Matt Jorge

Dates:  Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Times:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad – The Ballroom at Wheaton Glen – 2400 Arcola Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Cost:  $15

Tickets can be purchased at the WVRS Christmas Tree Lot beginning Saturday, November 27th, 2014, or you may also contact Margaret McDermott at 301-996-0050.

Please also bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Angels for Children Network, which provides toys for underprivileged children in the Wheaton area!

Proceeds from the Breakfast will benefit the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Kennedy High School Post Prom, and Angels for Children Network.

Thank you to our very important sponsors IHOP and the DonnaKerrGroup.

Click on the flyer below for more details!


Two Entrapment Incidents

by Matt Jorge

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Units from Rescue 2 responded to two separate entrapment incidents on Saturday November 15. At approximately 1400 hours, Rescue Squad 742, Ambulance 742C, and Engine 705 were dispatched to the area of Connecticut Avenue and Veirs Mill Road for the report of a vehicle collision. E705 found the incident at Connecticut Avenue and Adams Drive, and the squad arrived shortly afterwards to find a single occupant trapped. The crew of four got to work and stabilized the car, popped the door, and removed it completely for the EMS crew to evaluate and transport the patient.

A short time later, at 1630 hours, RS742B was alerted to a personal injury collision at Georgia and Hewitt Avenues. Engine 725 arrived on location to find a two car collision and alerted the squad that they had entrapment. The squad arrived to find a T-bone collision with one trapped and got to work taking off the the passenger side. The patient was extricated shortly afterwards, and was transported to a local trauma center.

RS742 Crew: Capt. Kris Hoxha, Capt. Nick Hrabak, FFII Julio Deras, FFII Chat Halambre

A742C Crew: FFIII Tommy Wyble, FFII Jess Herrera, EMT Candidate Razan Humeida


Entrapment Outside of Rescue 2

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 1745 hours on Tuesday, September 30th, members of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad heard the sound of a large crash outside of the building on Georgia Avenue.  Upon looking to see the cause, they saw a 2 vehicle collision with an SUV rolled onto its side in the middle of the intersection at Georgia Ave and Arcola Ave.  The crew for Rescue Squad 742B mounted up and pulled out to the intersection while calling in the accident with one overturned.  Medic 742B and Paramedic Engine 718 were added to the call.  The overturned SUV had 2 occupants still trapped inside.  RS742B’s officer called for an additional EMS unit to assess and transport the other patients involved in the crash,  which brought A705 (Kensington VFD) to the scene.  Chief 742 (Dempsey) established command.  RS742B’s crew stabilized the vehicle with Paratech struts, chains, a cable come-along, and cribbing.  The occupants were assessed and covered for the extrication by PE718′s crew.  Hydraulic Hurst tools were utilized to cut the A, B, C, and D posts of the passenger side of the SUV (upward facing) and removed the back hatch.

After the windshield was removed using a reciprocating saw, the roof was flapped down to expose the 2 remaining occupants allowing them to be safely removed from the vehicle.  Several patients were transported to the local trauma center for evaluation.  The squad crew was able to clean up from the accident scene just in time to run a house fire in Downtown Silver Spring.

C742: Chief Dempsey

RS742 Crew: Capt. Brett Russell, MFF Ruphin Nguelie, FF Johnny Ruvolo

M742B Crew: FF/P Chris Sim, PMIC Vibeka Mikkelson


Silver Spring House Fire

by Matt Jorge

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At approximately 2040 hours on Friday September 26, Rescue Squad 742B was dispatched to the house fire with Engine 716 on scene reporting a working fire. RS742B responded with a crew of four and arrived at the address to find fire on the first floor and E716 working on extinguishing it. The RS742B crew split into two teams and searched the first and second floors of the house, with zero visibility and moderate heat, and also assisted the truck companies with ventilation. The squad crew completed a secondary search, controlled utilities and was placed in service shortly afterwards.

Rescue Squad 742B Crew: Cpt. Todd Sniffin, FFIII Stefhan Dassoulas, FFIII RJ Samaroo, FFII Chat Halambre


Rescue Squad Assists Hospital ER

by Matt Jorge
On Tuesday, Sept. 2nd around 2300 hrs, former WVRS member MFF Bill Macuch from Aerial Tower 719 called the station to request assistance from Rescue Squad 742B with removing a hard metal ring from a patient at a local hospital Emergency Room.  AT719 had been requested to assist the ER staff with removing the ring after their attempts to utilize a standard ring cutter were unsuccessful.  AT719′s crew attempted several other methods to cut and remove the ring but were making slow progress with their available tools.
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RS742B was added to the service call and reported to the ER with a butter knife from the station, the air cart, and whizzer saw.  Lt. Riedman sacrificed one of his extrication gloves and cut the finger off of it to cover the rest of the patient’s hand and then positioned the butter knife between the ring and the patient’s finger.  Capt. Russell operated the whizzer saw while FF Ruvolo operated the air supply.  AT719′s crew assisted with cooling the ring during the cutting operation by pouring cool water from a syringe on the ring as it was cut. AT719′s officer was an excellent liaison between the fire/rescue crews and the ER staff during the noisy and unorthodox ER operations.  The ring was successfully cut in several places which allowed the crews to grab the ends of the ring with hemostats and the ring was then easily pulled apart and off the finger.  The patient expressed extreme gratitude and relief as the 6 hour ordeal to remove the ring was finally over.
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RS742B Crew:  Capt. Brett Russell, Lt. David Riedman, FF Johnny Ruvolo