The Riverdale Fire Department will be selling Chicken Dinners during the Riverdale Park ArtsFest on Sunday May 5, 2013. You can purchase your dinner tickets before the event online through our ONLINE STORE using PayPal or by contacting Nova Johns at
or by phone at 301-648-1665. Dinners will consist of 1/2 of a BBQ chicken, 1 side order and roll. Tickets purchased before May 5, 2013 will include a free dessert. Tickets will be only $7 and will be available the day of the event. We will also be selling drinks, other side items, and desserts at the event. Get your tickets before May 5, 2013 to be guaranteed a dinner. Dinners will be able to be picked up starting at 1pm on May 5th.
The officers and members of the Riverdale Fire Department send out our best wishes and prayers to our brother firefighters from West Lanham Hills that were involved in a serious accident today on the Capital Beltway (I-495). While returning from another call on the beltway, Engine 281 was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer causing the engine to crash into the center jersey wall and overturn. The four volunteers on Engine 281 were transported to PG Trauma where one was later transferred to Union Memorial in Baltimore, a center that specialized in limb trauma. The remaining three, according to West Lanham Hills website have been released.
We wish all a speedy recovery from their injuries and continue to keep them in our prayers.
Just after 1100hrs units from the 3rd and 5th battalions were working on the scene of a house fire causing Engine 72 to be transferred to company 29, Silver Hill. After arriving at company 29, Engine 72 responded on a couple locals and were on their way back to station 29, when they were dispatched as the first due engine for the house fire in the 2300blk of Curtis Dr. Engine 72 quickly arrived on the scene, finding smoke showing, taking their own hydrant, and deploying the crosslay into the house. The crew from Engine 72 found the basement stairs and made the decision to make the stairs. The crew found a fire in the basement and quickly made a knock on the fire. Command started scaling back the assignment in under 30 minutes and Engine 72 remained on the scene assisting the Fire Marshall's Office until 1430hrs. Engine 72 finally made it home around 1500hrs.
Friday December 28, 2012 with units working at a town house fire with a report of people trapped in Greenbelt, Command requested the Task Force alarm bringing Engine 72 to the scene with 7 personnel. Upon arrival to the scene the crew advanced the 400' pre-connect from engine 831 to the second floor and up into the attic. With in minutes the crew had the fire knocked and under control in the attic area. The crew from Engine 72 operated on the scene for another 2 hours until being released by command.
After a slow day to relax from the Christmas holiday, PSC dispatched the box for 9133 Edmonston Terrace in company 14's First Due at 1623hrs. Engine 72 responded with 4 personnel and arrived as the third due engine. The crew laid a line and advanced the 400' to the rear to check the basement apartments. After checking the terrace level apartments command advised Engine 72 to advance their line to the third floor and work to contain the fire on the third floor. Engine 72 operated on division 3 until command hit the EVAC tones. Once the fire through the roof was knocked and crews sent back in, Engine 72 operated on the scene for another few hours. Clearing the scene just before 1900hrs.