Mailing Address: PO Box 264 - Mt. Rainier, MD 20712-0264
Street Address: 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712-0264

Phone: 301-985-5411       Fax: 301-985-5411
Email: bunkerhillvfrc@bhvfrc.com

"An authorized 501(c)(3) corporation"

 

The Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc., doing business as The Mt. Rainier Vol. Fire Dept., is one of the three original companies assigned to the Bunker Hill Fire Station. The content of this web site is intended to express the views, activities and operations of the Mt. Rainier Volunteer Fire Department only.


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The meeting schedule for the month of July for the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc. are as follows:

Tuesday, July 9th @ 1900 hrs. and Saturday, July 27th @ 1100 hrs.

Meetings are held in our office in the Bunker Hill Fire Station. All active and non active members are encouraged to attend.


Thursday, August 8, 2019
Update on the status of Chief Green

There appeared to be some confusion as to the status of Chief Green though out the department, so at the Fire Commission meeting on Wednesday, August 7th, Chief McClelland update everyone on the status of Chief Green. Chief Barksdale is scheduled to retire on October 31st and plans on staying on the job until then. Chief Green will remain the Chief Deputy until that time. On November 1st, Chief Green will become the interim Fire Chief until her confirmation with the County Council.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019
New PGFD Fire Chief Announced

Tiffany Green has been appointed by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks as the new Fire Chief for the Prince Georges County Fire/EMS Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 29, 2019
In The Money

What a pleasant surprise, after working out in the heat tearing down the shed to open the mail and find a check for $10,000.00. Yes... the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc. were the grateful winner of the Grand Prize drawing at the Maryland State Firemen's Association convention in Ocean City.

                                                          


Saturday, June 29, 2019
Another Clean Up Day

Members of the Bunker Hill VFRC (Co.3) along with the Career Staff spent this Saturday morning getting ride of the eye sore that sat in the parking lot. Much appreciation goes out to the construction crew on Rhode Island Ave. for the loan of the equipment to move the shed to the dumpster to make it easier.














Saturday, June 8, 2019
Update... Chief Chaplain Warren H. Litchfield

Arrangements for Chaplain Warren H. Litchfield are as follows:

Visitation... Sunday, June 9, 2019 -  2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Fire Department Memorial Service... Sunday, June 9, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Funeral... Monday, June 10, 2019 - Time: 10:00 AM

All functions will be held at the Laurel Vol. Fire Department, 7411 Cherry Ln., Laurel, MD 20707.

Interment will follow the Funeral Service at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 1201 Sandy Spring Rd., Laurel, MD 20707

Repast will be at the Laurel Vol. Fire Department after the service at Ivy Hill.


Friday, June 7, 2019
Chief Chaplain Warren H. Litchfield

It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the passing of Warren H. Litchfield, Chief Chaplain Emeritus of the Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, and Life Member of the Laurel Vol. Fire Department. Chaplain Litchfield has been an integral part of the volunteer fire service here in Prince Georges county for more years than many of us would like to admit. He was a great man and spiritual leader to us all and he will be greatly missed.

God Speed and Rest In Peace Padre, your work here is done but you will never be forgotten!

                  


Saturday, June 1, 2019
Brentwood Day Parade

Career staff and Engine 553 participating in Brentwood Day parade.

 


Saturday, May 4, 2019
Grounds Maintenance Day

Members took time out of their Saturday to perform some much needed grounds maintenance    around the Bunker Hill Fire Station. A complete walk around of the grounds picking up trash, followed by a much needed grass cut. The next Grounds Maintenance Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th.



 


Saturday, March 16, 2019
Passing of Chief Lenard (Lenny) Johnson

We would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the family of Lenny  Johnson and the members of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department for the loss of Chief Lenard (Lenny) Johnson. Lenny was a long time Chief and Life Member of the Brentwood Vol. Fire Department and a great leader. He will be greatly missed. RIP Chief! Arrangements will be posted as soon as they are known.

Chief Lenard (Lenny) Johnson
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Saturday, March 9, 2019
Daylight Savings Time Starts 


The Call from Jonathan Weiss on Vimeo.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Bunker Hill VFRC vs Prince Georges County & Brentwood VFD

VICTORY!

When this lawsuit was originally filed, the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc. was the only 501(c)(3) corporation in the Bunker Hill Fire Station. And even with that fact, in December of 2014 the Fire Commission voted to recognize the Brentwood VFD as the sole legal authority in the Bunker Hill Fire Station. Basically shutting out and cutting off the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc.

At that December 2014 Fire Commission meeting, the then Vice Chairman William King made the motion to recognize the Brentwood VFD (whom his son Steven was the President of) as the sole legal authority in the Bunker Hill Station. There with no discussion on the on motion and it passed by the full Fire Commission. Subsequently, at a deposition of William King he claimed he did this because he could get in touch with his son easier than anyone from Bunker Hill and that he had no legal authority to do so.

At the time of the original filling we were requesting to be named the sole legal authority in the Bunker Hill Station since we were the only authorized 501(c)(3) corporation in the station. But since the filling of the lawsuit we were informed that Brentwood had regained their 501(c)(3) status which changed the requested remedy we were seeking.

After learning of Brentwood’s 501(c)(3) status, we simply were requesting our recognition as a volunteer fire department be returned and and that we be treated as any other volunteer corporation in Prince Georges County. The trial was held on Monday, February 4, 2019 in front of Judge Davies of the Prince Georges County Circuit Court and closing arguments were heard on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

On Friday, February 15, 2019 Judge Davies issued his Order And Opinion Of The Court which gave us the victory we were seeking.

The Judges Orders:

1 - Judge Davies declared NULL & VOID the decision of the Fire Commission in December 2014 recognizing the Brentwood VFD as the sole legal entity in the Bunker Hill Fire Station, saying it was “unauthorized and exceeded the Fire Commissions legal right”.

2 – The Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc. is a non-profit volunteer fire and rescue corporation providing fire and rescue services to the community in Prince Georges County as an instrumentality for the County, and are entitled to the rights and benefits as a non-profit volunteer fire and rescue corporation to the same extent as any other non-profit volunteer fire and rescue corporation in Prince Georges County.

3 – Bunker Hill has the right to submit directly to the Fire Commission requests for funding and that the Fire Commission is to review and assess the requests fairly and impartially.

4 – Bunker Hill has the right to submit requests for maintenance of our apparatus and that the Fire Commission is obligated to consider our requests to the same extent as other volunteer fire and rescue companies operating in the county.

5 – Bunker Hill has the right to recruit new members and that the Fire Commission shall process any and all applications. And that the Fire Commission shall review and consider such applications fairly and impartially.

6 – Bunker Hill has the right to request and obtain training and certification for its members.

7 – The LOSAP credits earned by the members of Bunker Hill are eligible for LOSAP credit and that Bunker Hill has the right to submit their LOSAP reports directly to the Fire Commission.

Click here to read the Opinion And Order Of The Court Now comes the rebuilding from the damage that has been done to our corporation over the past 4 years. More will be posted on this in the near future.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Positive Volunteer Firefighter News

From the National Volunteer Fire Council...

Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act Introduced In The House Of Representatives.


Saturday, February 9, 2016
Bunker Hill VFRC vs Barksdale

On Monday, February 4th our trial, The Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc vs Barksdale was held in front of Judge Davies in the Circuit Court of Prince Georges County. Closing arguments were given on Tuesday morning, February 5th and we are now awaiting for Judge Davies to issue his written ruling on the case. We are looking forward to hopefully be getting a favorable outcome.


Sunday, December 23, 2018
Santa Run

Members of the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc., with the help of Officer Eddie Murphy of the Mt. Rainier Police Dept. and a bunch of little elves escorted Santa through Mt. Rainier this evening.


 




Saturday, December 1, 2018
Safety Message... Close Before You Doze from Chief Barksdale

 


Friday, November 23, 2018
Christmas Fire Safety

It is that time of year for decorating your home for the holidays. We ask you to please be careful with your decorating so as not to create any fire hazards. For more information about fire safety during the holiday season please visit the National Fire Protection Association website for information about holiday home fire hazards at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Winter-holiday-safety. We would like to wish each and every one of you a joyous and happy holiday season, but most of all, a "SAFE" one.


Friday, November 23, 2018
Letter to municipalities from the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc.

There have been a lot of things said to the town councils of our local municipalities by people not associated with our organization. We have basically let these comments go unanswered, until now. We can no longer sit back and let the misleading and false information about our corporation be spread without rebuttal. Attached is a letter we have sent to the 5 local municipalities that the Bunker Hill Fire Station serves. We are sharing this letter with the citizens to give them some incite of some of the things that are going on in the Bunker Hill Fire Station. More information about the failed consolidation of the Bunker Hill Fire Station will be coming in the near future. If you have any questions or concerns you can use the contact information in the letter, or you are welcome to attend one of our regularly scheduled corporation meetings. Our meeting dates are posted on top of this page monthly.

Please use this link to read the letter.


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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Chief Fisher Inducted Into Founders Circle

Chief John E. Fisher Jr.Today we added the name of John E. Fisher Jr. to our stone in the Founders Circle at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building in Landover Hills.

Click here to read the nomination letter.

Click here to see photos of todays event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, August 29, 2018
Founders Circle Tribute

Our meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 is being canceled due to the Founders Circle Memorial at the Cranford Graves Fire Services building in Landover Hills. This year we have the privilege of adding to our stone in the Founders Circle Memorial the name of Life Member and Past Chief, John E. Fisher Jr. The memorial begins at 1200 hours and all members are encouraged to attend this event to help celebrate the memory of Chief Fisher.




Saturday, August 18, 2018
Brentwood calls out Mt. Rainier over lack of Fire Department funding

The Brentwood Town Council called out the City of Mt. Rainier over their lack of funding for the Brentwood Vol. Fire Department. The Town of Brentwood is basing their criticism of Mt. Rainier on the stories being told to them by William Broadus, the current President of the Brentwood Vol. Fire Department.

The issue arose during discussion of a request by Mr. Broadus from the Town of Brentwood requesting $15,000.00 to put towards the purchase of $1.5 million dollars worth of new apparatus. Mr. Broadus claims that they are operating with one pumper that is over 30 years old and a ladder truck that is prone to mechanical failure. What Mr. Broadus failed to tell them was that the first line pumper that runs out of the Bunker Hill Fire Station is a 2007 Pierce, which is owned by the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. And that the ladder truck is only 11 or 12 years old.

You can read more on this story by route1reporter Michael Theis by clicking here.



Saturday, August 18, 2018
Brentwood Vol. Fire Department Embezzlement

Past President Steven King of the Brentwood Vol. Fire Department has been officially charged with embezzling up to $100,000.00 from the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. King has already had his initial court appearance and plead not guilty to the charges. When contacted by a reporter concerning the embezzlement, the current President of the Brentwood Vol. Fire Department William Broadus, who was the Vice President at the time of the alleged embezzlement, declined to comment sighting a department policy prohibiting discussion of personnel matters or discipline.

You can read the entire story by route1reporter Michael Theis by clicking here.


Friday, July 20, 2018
First Due House Fire on 32nd St.

Just a few photos from the first due house fire on 32nd St.

 





Saturday, May 19, 2018
Mt. Rainier Day Parade

Engine 553 along with members of the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. lead the Mt. Rainier Day Parade through the streets of Mt. Rainier.



Thursday, March 22, 2018
Early Morning Working First Due House Fire

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Early Morning Working First Due House Fire

Crews were alerted around 0600 hrs. for the reported house fire in the 3400 blk. of Eastern Ave. Crews arrived with fire showing. Story and more photos courtesy of WTOP News. News 4 Washington DC coverage. Photos, video and dispatch audio at Hyattsville Vol. Fire Department website.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone of the passing of Life Member Edward "Wimpy" McCloskey Jr. Wimpy passed on Saturday, January 13, 2018 surrounded by family. Our deepest condolences go out to the McCloskey family. Rest in peace Wimpy.

Funeral arrangements:
There will be a viewing at Gash's Funeral Home, 4739 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD on Friday, January 19, 2018 from  2 to 4 and 6 to 9 PM. Fire Department Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM.




Saturday, January 13, 2018

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Past Chief of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department Harold "Howdy" Hoffman past away. Our condolences go out to the Hoffman family and the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department for their loss. Rest in peace Chief.

Funeral arrangements for Chief Harold J. Hoffman:
Viewing will be Wednesday January 17th at Gasch's Funeral Home, 4739 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville MD from 6 p.m. to 8 pm, family 2-4pm. Funeral services will be at the Funeral Home on Thursday January 18th at 11am then proceed to Fort Lincoln Cemetery at 12 noon. Repast will follow at the Bunker Hill Fire Station following the funeral.



Friday, December 29,2017

1345 hrs. Engine 553 on a working first due house fire in the 4400 block of 39th Street, Brentwood, MD.

       

 


Tuesday, December 19,2017

Members of the Bunker Hill Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Inc. donate and deliver food for the Mt. Rainier Holiday Food Drive. Enough food was delivered to make 30 holiday ham and turkey dinner baskets. Delivery was made to Chief Michael Scott and Captain Jimmy Stoots of the Mt. Rainier Police Department.

 
   




























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