PINEY POINT, Md. — Officers and members of the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Team are thrilled and proud to announce that effective March 8, 2022, they have officially moved to their new medical services station at Emergency and Fire Department located at 19330 Piney Point Road, just behind the old train 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.
Over the years, the station became far too small as the size, number and complexity of emergency vehicles increased. Improvements to protect the health and safety of our firefighters and EMS members have been a driving force behind the development of the station. More administrative functions required more office space, and an increasing number of members needed additional space for home comforts while on duty. As of this writing, the old station remains the property of the SDVFD&RS, and for now, the social hall will still be available for community and private events.
From 2013, 7 years of intense planning by 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 ensued. . Committee members and other members spent hundreds of hours attending meetings, public hearings, planning sessions, interview panels and financial investigations, along with other details administrative, with construction finally beginning on July 30, 2020.
Greg Adams led the financial planning, assisted by our accountant Diana Little and treasurer Mike Scrivener.
Our wonderful Auxiliary, always faithful and busy, continued to raise funds through various activities which contributed significantly to the whole project.
Additionally, the Fundraising Committee, comprised of DeeDee Johnson as Chair, Stephanie Boyd, Cathy Caulder, Dan Browne, Georgia Wheeler, Darlene Johnson, Jim Rodriguez and the late Fuzzy Knott and Mike Johnson, held various positions such as Valentine’s dinner/dance. , auctions, t-shirt sales, car washes, golf cart, shotgun and quilt raffles, as well as the current “Buy a Brick” commemorative brick program to raise additional funds for our new station.
Maginniss + del Ninno Architects, located in Alexandria, VA, was selected to perform the architectural and engineering design functions, and Great Mills Trading Post Co., Inc. of Great Mills, MD, was selected as general construction contractor. .
At a cost of $11.5 million, covered by loans from St. Mary’s County, Chesapeake Community Bank, and SDVFD&RS New Building Fund, as well as additional fundraising efforts noted above , the new station will provide continuous fire/EMS services for the next 50+ years.
The new fire station/EMS includes approximately 30,000 square feet of floor space containing the latest technology available for fire stations/EMS.
The specific spaces and features are as follows;
• 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.
• Complete Internet and computer functionalities for leaders and members.
• An emergency notification alarm, located in the main entrance vestibule for citizens in cars to activate when help is needed.
• 7 direct accesses, 4 for fire engines and 3 for emergency medical services.
• Complete vehicle exhaust gas capture system in equipment bays.
• Separate storage areas for fire and EMS response equipment.
• Decontamination management area, including switch washer and dryer.
• Aircraft maintenance tool shop.
• Maintenance workshop and filling station for self-contained breathing apparatus.
• Breathing air compressor with storage system and 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 executive and line officers.
• Access to a computer and the Internet for 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 perform physical training.
• Several training accessories for rescue and ladder training scenarios are also integrated into the structure
• Storage spaces, laundry, HVAC and machinery.
An Open House for the community to view and tour our new Fire Station/EMS is scheduled for April 24, 2022 from 2-5pm.