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Remembering Sergeant Carter

On the early morning hours of October 24th, 1997, box alarm 872 was transmitted for the building on fire at 4th and Kennedy Streets, N.W. in Washington, D.C.'s Fourth Battalion. First arriving units reported a liquor store with smoke showing. Sergeant John M. Carter of the 1st Battalion was assigned to Engine Company 14 during this incident.

While operating on this box alarm, Sergeant Carter unfortunately perished. Although 18 years have passed, the life and sacrifice of Sergeant Carter is still remembered.



One overturned on the Beltway!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015  On Wednesday, September 9th, units from Kensington and BCC Rescue were alerted for the vehicle collision on the Outer Loop of the Beltway in the area of I-270.

Chief 705 Bravo, Chief 705 Charlie, Engine 705, and Ambulance 705 responded and found one pickup on its side and one off the road into the bushes.

Crews treated and transported two trauma patients to the local trauma center.



Ambulance Fundraiser Kick-off!

With the increasing calls for Emergency Medical Services, Kensington now requires a heavy duty dependable ambulance to provide the community with the best services we provide in a vehicle our volunteers confidently operate in dangerous situations and weather conditions.

KVFD is now in its 90th year of service. KVFD Station 5 on Connecticut Avenue at Plyers Mill Road is the only volunteer fire & rescue service in Montgomery County that owns all of its fire and EMS response apparatus, in its own building at Station 5, and which operates 70% of all shifts in a week with 100% volunteer staffing of all fire and EMS operations.

Please view our video and donate if you are able!



KVFD Elects New Leadership

Wednesday, June 10, 2015  KVFD is pleased to announce the following election results at tonight’s Annual Meeting (effective July 1, 2015):
Board Positions:

President: Norman T. Jones
VP HR: Jaa Dyer
Treasurer: Rob King
Corresponding Secretary: F. Tom Claxton
Sta. 5 Board Rep: Truc Ngyuen
Sta. 18 Board Rep: Kevin Tighe
Non-Board positions:

Ombudsman: Sajad Ali

Trial Board: Steven Semler, Tim Weir, Jeff Sano, Gail Manner, Karen Levy, Diana Smith, Bobby Cox.



Chamber of Commerce Awards

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  Congratulations to FF/Paramedic Makoto Tanigawa and FF/Paramedic Truc Nguyen who received the Public Safety Officer of the Year award at the Wheaton+Kensington Chamber of Commerce meeting this past Wednesday. Makoto and Truc received the award for their life-saving efforts last month when they revived a gentleman in cardiac arrest. Chief Heflin was in attendance to present the award. Thanks go out to our community for supporting the department and our extraordinary members who respond to the call of duty everyday.



Cardiac Arrest SAVE!

Saturday, March 14, 2015 0100 hours The Engine, Ambulance, and ALS Chase Car from Kensington Company 5 were dispatched for an elderly citizen having trouble breathing at a residence. When Co. 5 units arrived onscene, the patient was unresponsive and it was confirmed that the citizen was a working code. Crews immediately began CPR, obtaining IV access, and airway management.

The patient was worked up for approximately 8 minutes when return of spontaneous circulation with a strong radial pulse occurred, quickly packaged for transport, and on the way to the hospital with two Volunteer Paramedics from Co. 5.

Following up the next day, the Crews were informed that the patient was conscious, alert, and fully oriented! Kensington Co. 5 is especially proud of the actions of our Volunteers as they:

  • Contributed to a neurologically intact Cardiac Arrest save - a very difficult feat.
  • All in-service units were dispatched on this call and worked seamlessly toget... [ more ]



Vehicle Overturned

Saturday, February 28, 2015 0922 Early Saturday morning, units responded in front of the Safeway in Kensington for an overturned vehicle. Upon arrival, crews found a vehicle that lost control and struck two pedestrians at the metro bus stop.

Units from Station 5 and Rescue 2 worked together to stabilize the car and transport the two pedestrians to the hospital.



Apartment Fire

Sunday, February 1, 2015 0300 Early Sunday morning, units responded to the 5100 block of Dudley Ln in Bethesda for the apartment fire. Upon arrival, crews found a four story apartment building with fire showing from the siding on the delta side. 

E705B and CT705 operated on the scene for an extended period of time.

Co. 5 Units:
Chief 705 (FC J. Heflin)
Chief 705D (DFC C. Dimopoulis)
E705B (Lt. L. Russell, FF T. Nguyen, FF J. Gannon, FF C. Holcombe, FF D. Angeles, Prob. Y. Luc)
CT705 (Capt. A. Hawkins, Prob. M. Walsh)

Burnt Siding

Burnt Siding

Apartment Damage

Apartment Damage


Townhouse Fire

Friday, January 30, 2015 0131 Early Friday morning, units responded to the 19000 block of Brewer House Rd in Bethesda for the townhouse fire. Upon arrival, crews found a two story townhouse with fire showing throughout the first floor and from a window on the second floor.

E705B and CT705 operated on the scene for an extended period of time.

Co. 5 Units:
-Chief 705C (DFC J. Connell)
-Chief 705D (DFC C. Dimopoulis)
-E705B (FF B. Cox, Lt. R. McHenry, FF J. Murray, FF J. Mullins, Prob. A. Ochoa)
-CT705 (K. Forti, Prob. S. Guarino)

The First Floor

The First Floor

Initial Onscene

Initial Onscene


House Fire

Sunday, January 11, 2015 0900 This morning, just after 0900 hours, units responded to the 9700 block of Admiralty Drive in Silver Spring for the house fire. Upon arrival, crews found a single family home with fire showing from the basement.

E705B and AT705 operated on the scene for an extended period of time.

Co. 5 units:
-Chief 705 (Heflin)
-Chief 705B (Jones)
-E705B (Chief A. Hawkins, Lt. L. Russell, FF J. Gannon, FF R. DiGiacinto, FF K. Laughren)
-AT705 (Lt. R. McHenry, FF D. An, and FF S. Ali)

Fire on First Floor

Fire on First Floor

The Crew of E705B

The Crew of E705B


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