Thursday, March 14, 2013
Volunteer fire fighters shave heads to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation.
A team representing the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department and other area fire departments raised more than $55,000 earlier this month as part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation charity drive. At simultaneous events on Saturday, March 9 at Looney's Pubs in College Park and Bel Air, participants shaved their heads to raise funds for the charity which raises money for cancer research. In all, more than 30 present and past members of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, along with members of the College Park, Bladensburg, Kentland and Chillum-Adelphi volunteer fire stations. “For the second year, the HVFD and its members have shown -- along with all of our friends from the departments around us , our families and friends – that we …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Hyattsville fire department has lost three members to line of duty deaths in its 125 years.
The Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, as part of a yearlong series of events to commemorate its 125th anniversary, will be holding a memorial and remembrance service to honor the memories of HVFD personnel who gave the last full measure in service to their community. The service will mark the passing of volunteer firefighter Alan Sondej, who died on March 16, 1988 after sustaining burns during a January 1988 house fire. The service will also mark the 60th anniversary of the line-of-duty deaths of HVFD firefighters John Streets and William Stainback who lost their lives in October 1953 during when the ladder truck they were riding in was involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle. The service, which is open to the public, will …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Hyattsville fire, rescue, medical units respond to more than 6,000 calls throughout year, the most ever.
The Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department turns 125 this coming October, but its 124th year has already gone down in the history books as its busiest year ever. HVFD units responded to more calls than ever before, with 6,219 unit responses in 2012. This is the first year the department has ever responded to more than 6,000 calls. The previous most active year for the department was in 2010, when units responded to 5,947 incidents. In 2011, the department saw action on 5,714 responses. The engine company responded to 1,522 incidents in 2012, marking its second busiest year in history. The truck company responded to 515 calls. The ambulance company responded to 3,700 incidents in 2012. Much of this increase was the result of a change in the…
Monday, November 26, 2012
Volunteer fire department sends out mailers to area residents soliciting funds.
For 125 years they have helped you when your house is on fire, when you're lying mangled in a wrecked car, or when you're choking on a piece of hard candy. So this week, area residents are being asked to help the Hyattsville Voluntteer Fire Depratment during its annual fundraising drive. The HVFD is a non-profit fire, rescue and emergency medical services station. Its primary response area is municipal Hyattsville and University Park, but staff and volunteers are frequently dispatched across the area. The station is staffed by volunteers on weekends, evenings and holidays. Career staff man the station during business hours. Volunteer staff take the vast majority of the calls which go out to the station. According to a message from HVFD …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department beats city police 36-18.
Heroes Bowl II kicks off today.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Town hall debate sees advocates argue for, against expanding casino gambling to Prince George's.
Haven't yet made up your mind about gambling in Prince George's County? Voters in Prince George's County will get to hear both sides of the debate surrounding Question 7 at a special town hall debate tonight in Hyattsville. The event features Delegate Doyle Niemann (D-District 47), who opposes expanding gambling in Prince George's County, and Brad Frome, deputy chief of staff for Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, who wants to build a casino at National Harbor. "As Deputy Chief of Staff to County Executive Baker, I have been involved in this issue from day one and can provide the Administration’s perspective as to why a yes vote would be a positive development for the County," reads an email from Frome and signed by him and …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Firefighters responded to a call on Oglethorpe Street.
Prince George's County firefighters responded to a call around 10 p.m. in the 3900 block of Oglethorpe Street Saturday night. The fire was in the basement of the home, but three crews from the Hyattsville station knocked out the fire before it spread, according to the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department's facebook page. Prince George's County Fire Spokesman Mark Brady said the cause of the fire was an unattended candle, creating a loss of $10,000 for the structure and contents. No one was injured, Brady added. This post was on updated Sept. 30 to reflect the cause and damage of the fire.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Car backs into ambulance at low speed.
A Prince George's County ambulance was involved in a minor fender bender earlier today when a motorist accidentally backed his sedan into the emergency vehicle, according to a police investigator on the scene. The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of East-West Highway, just outside of Hyattsville. Damage to both vehicles was minor, with a small hole punched in the rear bumper of the silver mid-sized sedan which impacted the abulance. Traffic delays were minimal, as all involved were able to pull over to the shoulder to inspect the damage. By 4 p.m., the scene was clearing. Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the station in which the ambulance was based. According to Hyattsville Volunteer Fire…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Firefighter injured fighting blaze in downtown boarding house.
A house fire has displaced seven people living in a boarding house in the heart of residential Hyattsville, and the tenants are blaming one of their roommates for the blaze. The fire began around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The fire took place in a brick two-story house on the 4000 block of Madison Street, near the intersection with 40th Place. Fire fighters responding to the scene saw heavy flames coming from the first floor. Fire personnel began an aggressive attack and knocked the fire down within 15 minutes, according to Mark Brady, chief spokesperson for the Prince George's County Fire Department. One firefighter suffered a burn to his leg. He was treated and released from an area burn ward. No residents were harmed. The fire started …