The Second District Volunteer Fire Department celebrates the new station at the grand opening

VALLEY LEE, Md. – The Second District Volunteer Fire Department (SDVFD) and Rescue Team held a ribbon cutting on April 24 to celebrate the opening of their new fire station.

This new station will serve the citizens of the Second and Ninth Districts and surrounding areas for the next 50 years, said Blair Swann, chairman of the Second District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Team. The event included a tour of the new facility, food trucks, face painting, fire engines and ambulances that kids can see in person.

“Today is the culmination of seven years of planning and hard work.” said Vice President Mike Roberts. “The sweat and tears and swearing once in a while was worth it.”

On March 8, 2022, the department announced that it had officially moved into its new fire/emergency medical services station at 19330 Piney Point Road, just behind the old station.

The department has been based at its old station at 25245 Drayden Road since 1961. The old station has provided service to the Second and Ninth Districts and surrounding areas for over 61 years.

The old station was too small. The number and complexity of emergency vehicles, so improvements to protect the health and safety of their firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) members, have been a driving force in the development of the station. according to a statement. More administrative functions require more office space.

“Over the years, we have continued to grow. Even in the early 70s, our leaders knew that one day we had to grow,” Roberts said. “About 20 years ago we realized we were all stuck and we were going to have to think of something bigger.”

Since 2013, the New Building Committee, consisting of Cathy Caulder as Chair, Greg Adams, Dan Browne, JP Caulder, Stephanie Boyd, Georgia Wheeler, Mike Roberts and the late Fuzzy Knott, has spent hundreds of hours assisting at meetings, public hearings, planning sessions. , interview panels and financial surveys, along with other administrative details, with construction finally beginning on July 30, 2020, according to a statement.

The new station is approximately 30,000 square feet of floor space containing the latest technology available for fire/EMS stations, including:

  • A complete and automatic fire detection and extinguishing system.
  • Controlled access and full camera coverage for most areas of the station.
  • Latest response alert system features with audio/visual capabilities.
  • Full internet and computer capabilities for leaders and members.
  • An emergency notification alarm, in the main entrance vestibule, that citizens can activate when they need help.
  • seven bays for drive-thru, four for fire apparatus and three for emergency medical services.
  • Complete vehicle exhaust capture system in device bays.
  • Separate storage areas for fire and EMS response equipment.
  • Decontamination management area including switch washer and dryer.
  • Device maintenance tool shop.
  • Maintenance workshop and filling station for self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Breathing air compressor with a storage system and an oxygen storage chamber.
  • Storage room for fire equipment.
  • EMS equipment storage room.
  • A training room, with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and Internet access for students.
  • Administrative office space for executives and line officers.
  • Access to a computer and the Internet to allow members to study and complete required training in fire and emergency medical services.
  • A conference/work room for small meetings and working groups.
  • Dedicated areas for members to sleep, eat, relax, as well as train physically.
  • They also incorporated several training props for rescue and ladder training scenarios into the structure.
  • Storage, laundry, HVAC and machine spaces.

“When the architects began work, their main focus on the design of the new station centered around the health, safety and well-being of the first responders who would be there while they were in response mode,” Roberts said.

The building would end up costing $13.5 million and was funded by loans from St. Mary’s County, the Chesapeake Community Bank, the SDVFD & RS New Building Fund, and additional fundraising efforts like the Valentine’s dinner/dances, auctions, t-shirt sales, car washes, golf cart, shotgun, quilt raffles and the ongoing “Buy a Brick” commemorative brick program.

The fundraising committee included DeeDee Johnson as chair, Stephanie Boyd, Cathy Caulder, Dan Browne, Georgia Wheeler, Darlene Johnson, Jim Rodriguez and the late Fuzzy Knott and Mike Johnson.

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