The Easton VFD was founded on April 20, 1808, making it the oldest civic organization on the eastern shore of Maryland. We are located in beautiful and historic Easton, MD. Our response area includes a mix of urban, suburban, rural, commercial, and industrial areas. There are several major highways and waterways that we protect. The Easton VFD also has some extra responsibilities, such as providing fire and rescue services to the second busiest jet airport in the State of Maryland, and providing fire and EMS support to various government officials that reside in Talbot County. We currently operate out of two fire stations. Our headquarters station is located on Aurora Park Drive, and our substation is located on Matthewstown Road. The Easton VFD operates a total of five engines, a heavy rescue, a 6000 gallon tanker, an aerial tower, two brush units, two utility vehicles, an EMS unit, an incident command unit, and the Chief of the Department's vehicle. We have an active fire prevention education program with a fire safety awareness display trailer, educating more than 1,500 people annually. We respond to approximately 1000 fire and rescue related emergencies in or near our town every year. We also provide mutual aid to most of Talbot County, as well as parts of Caroline County, MD. All of our members are 100% volunteer.
EVFD Headquarters on Aurora Park Drive
EVFD Substation on Matthewstown Road
2013 Easton VFD Year in Review
A Look Back at the Calls and Events of 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Excitement fills the air as Easton Volunteer Fire Department
members decorate the stations for the Holiday Season. For years, the
public has been accustomed to slowly driving by the Headquarters Station at 315
Aurora Park Drive as they enjoy the holiday lights, but this year they will
have a reason to stop and come inside. For the past month, Members
have been preparing a holiday train garden that will open to the public on
Friday November 29th. EVFD Life Member Barry VanVechten and
his wife Allyn have displayed their trains and scenery at the MEBA School for
the past few years, they wanted to expand the layout and share their love of
trains with the public, the department felt this was the perfect fit. The
layout will operate from 6pm to 9pm daily until Sunday December 29th,
the train garden will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Photos By: Tim Knotts
Easton Volunteer Fire Department Captain John Harrison
was recently named Talbot County Firefighter of the Year, by American Legion
Post 70 and 77. Captain Harrison
oversees department training and has been instrumental in securing land for EVFD
training facility, obtaining necessary training materials and coordination of
building training props. This facility
will allow the Easton Volunteers to train more often, and perform tasks such as
vehicle extrication and structure ventilation in a life like setting. A 15 year veteran of the department, Harrison is a past recipient of EVFD's Rookie of the
Year and Firefighter of the Year Awards.
Nominated because of his commitment and dedication to the department, John
lives by our Motto, "Service for Others".
Photo Courtesy: Jill Harrison
On Thursday February 27, 2014 Captain John Harrison was also named the Knights of Columbus Regina Coeli Council 2274 Talbot County Firefighter of the Year for 2014. Congratulations once again John!
Sunday, November 3, 2013 12:29
Talbot Center dispatched Station 60 (Easton),
Station 50 (Cordova), and Paramedic 90 (Talbot County EMS) for a Structure Fire
at 29959 Matthewstown Road, George’s Green Thumb, with Hazmat and Exposures. Chief 60 (S.Jones) arrived, initially
reporting heavy smoke, fire breaking through the roof and established “Matthewstown
Road Command". After beginning a
360 degree survey of the building, command advised there were propane tanks
burning on the Charlie Side of the building and requested a Tanker Task
Force. Stations 20 (Oxford), 40 (St.
Michaels), 80 (Queen Anne – Hillsboro) and Caroline 300 (Denton) were alerted.Engine 68 arrived on the Bravo Side and established a 2.5”
Blitz Line to protect the propane tanks and 1.75” Line for fire suppression. Engine 64 arrived on the Delta Side and put 2
- 1.75” Lines in service for suppression, a third 1.75” line was placed in
service to extinguish spot fires along a fence caused by blowing embers. Chief 61 (K.Dulin) arrived and was designated
as Operations Officer. Tanker 61 arrived
and began supplying Engine 68. Tanker 44
arrived and established supply to Engine 64.
Chief 80 (Morgan) was designated Water Supply, Chief 40 (P.Jones)
established a fill site with Engine 65. During operations, EVFD Past Chief T. Knotts was
designated Safety Officer. Crews quickly contained the fire; however, due to the
condition of the propane tanks, they had to leak off before operations could be
concluded. The situation was put under
control at 1521 hrs and units were released.
During investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshall’s office,
Engine 64 returned to the scene to mop up a few hot spots. The cause of the fire remains under
investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
Units responding – Initial Alarm: Chief 60, Chief 61, Engine 64,
Engine 68, Tanker 61, Rescue 61, Engine 52, Tanker 53, Paramedic 90, Easton Police, Talbot Sherrif
DepartmentUnits responding – Tanker Task Force: Engine 65, Engine 27, Tanker 20, Chief 40,
Tanker 44, Chief 80, Tanker 86, Caroline Tanker 306Photos By: Chris Hash & Rich Williamson
Saturday, October 5, 2013
At approximately 1126 hrs, Talbot Center dispatched Station 60
(Easton) and Paramedics 90/93 (Talbot County EMS) on Rescue Box 6-3, for a 10-50PI,
reported serious, involving a Tractor Trailer on EB U.S 50 at Easton Bypass
South. Chief 61 (K.Dulin) and Paramedic 93 arrived, reporting Tractor
Trailer and Pick up involved with a boat in the roadway and a large debris
field and began checking injuries. Chief 60 (S.Jones) arrived and established “Ocean Gateway” Command, advising
Eastbound Ocean Gateway would be closed
to traffic. Engine 68 was the first unit
to arrive and assisted PM 93 with extrication and packaging of patients. Rescue 61 arrived to assist with patients and
clear the left lane of debris to allow for traffic flow past the accident
scene. Patients were quickly transported
to local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Traffic flow re-established with 15 minutes and
command placed the situation under control holding units working. The right lane of Eastbound Ocean Gateway was
closed to traffic for approximately 6 hours for cleanup and accident
Units Responding: Chief 60, Chief 61, Engine 68 & 64, Rescue 61, Brush 69,
Paramedics 90 & 93, Easton Police, Talbot Sheriff Department, Maryland
State Police, Easton Utilities and SHA.EVFD Photos by Chris Hash
Saturday, September 14, 2013
At approximately 1117 hrs, Talbot Center dispatched Station 60 (Easton)
and Paramedic 90 (TCEMS) for Rescue Box 6-5, 10-50PI involving a motorcycle in the area of Airport Road. Chief 61 (K. Dulin) arrived to find a rear end collision with the motorcycle under the rear of the pick up truck. Upon arrival of Fire Equipment, command advised Talbot Center that westbound Ocean Gateway would be shut down for a short period of time to allow crews to operate safely. The patient was packaged for transport to a local hospital by PM-90 while EVFD crews worked to remove the motorcycle from under the truck. Command placed the
situation under control within 10 minutes and the highway was reopened.
Units responding: Chief 61, Rescue 61, Brush 69, Engine 64, PM 90, Easton Police, SHA Road Patrol
Photos by: Chris Hash
Monday, September 9, 2013
The Easton Volunteer Fire Department recently crowned their
2013-14 Fire Prevention Queens. Miss Easton VFD, Kaitlynn Moon, daughter
of Tracie Wooters and Andy Moon is a Senior at Easton High School and an EVFD
Cadet Member. Little Miss Easton VFD, Rhyan Kirby, daughter of Kristen
Gannon and Doug Kirby is in First Grade at Easton Elementary School.Photo by K. Gannon
Sunday, June 23, 2013
At approximately 0723 hrs, Talbot Center dispatched Station 60 (Easton) for Local Box 6-5, a field fire in the area of Chapel Road and Gannon Road. Chief 60 (Jones) arrived to find there several spot fires throughout a field that stretched nearly half mile in length. Station 50 (Cordova) was added to the assignment.
Command assigned Brush 66 and 69 to the field to extinguish the spot fires, and Engine 63 to extinguish a hay baler that was burning near the eastern end of the field. Brush 56 arrived and assisted with efforts in the field. Fires were stopped and extinguished without extension into the uncut crops nearby.
It was determined that a faulty belt in the baler machinery caused the spot fires. The burning belt dropped off the baler as it crossed the field, and ultimately caused the equipment to burn. Command placed the situation under control within a half hour.
Units responding: Chief 60, Chief 61, Brush 69, Brush 66, Engine 63, Engine 65, Tanker 61, Engine 52, Brush 56 and Tanker 53
Photos by: Bruce Secrist
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Maryland State Firemen's Association (MSFA) hosted their 121st Annual Convention in Ocean City, MD, June 16-21, 2013, where they honored men and women in the Fire, Rescue and EMS Services. Also during this time, they hosted equipment displays, market, seminars, meetings and training events for the Members.
On Monday, June 17, Leonard Rieck (95), the Easton Volunteer Fire Department's oldest living Member was inducted in to the MSFA Hall of Fame, for the astonishing 70 years that Mr. Rieck has provided "Service for Others". Congratulations, Mr. Rieck, you are an inspiration to us all!
On Wednesday, June 20, while some members stayed home to provide “Service for Others” to those in our first due area, many of the Easton Volunteers traveled to Ocean City to participate in the MSFA’s Annual Parade, showcasing departments within the State of Maryland, their personnel and equipment. During the parade each department is judged by the MSFA Officials, hoping to take home the Chief A. Marvin Gibbons Memorial Award. The Gibbons Award is presented annually to the Best Appearing Company in the State of Maryland. The EVFD had received this prestigious honor 11 out of 21 years since the first Gibbons Speaker's Trumpet was awarded in 1992. In 2012, EVFD was awarded 2nd Best Appearing, just behind the ladies and gentlemen from the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department (St. Mary’s County)
The Official 2013 MSFA Convention Parade Results, in the order they were awarded:
2nd Place Best Appearing Antique, 25 years or older - not in service (1919 American LaFrance “Old Mom”)
1st Place Governor’s Fire Prevention Award (Outdoor Fire Awareness Float)
1st Place Fire Service Color Guard Making Best Appearance
3rd Place Best Appearing Pumper 1500 GPM (Engine 64)
Company with the Most Uniformed Emergency Services Personnel
1st Place Best Appearing Fire Department Marching Unit 10 or More Personnel
The 2013 Chief A. Marvin Gibbons Award, presented to the BEST APPEARING COMPANY in the State of Maryland!
Photos & Video By: Chris Hash, Lisa Weaver and MSFA Staff
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