Hours and Location
Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department
911 Ocean Parkway
Ocean Pines, MD 21811
2018 Cash Raffle
“We would like to sadly announce we will not be offering our Annual House Raffle. Due to increasing cost it is no longer beneficial to the department. The continued support has been remarkable and we thank each one of you who have participated year after year. We hope you look forward to our New Cash Raffle! Coming in February you will have.”- statement released by the OPVFD
Free Blood Pressure Checks
The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department offers free blood pressure checks at the Ocean Pines Community Center the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Because this is a service provided by an on-duty paramedic, emergency calls may arise. In that case, please feel free to stop by the OPVFD South Station at any time for a blood pressure check.
Back in April of 1973, a group of retired citizens living in the Ocean Pines community joined together to form the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department using an old white fire engine, used for wetting down dirt roads in new developments. During their first year as a fire department, they responded to a total of 12 calls for service. Financial support during the initial phase of the fire department was very poor and the department operated on a very tight budget, using rain coats and fishing boots for gear. The vast majority of the fire department membership consisted of retirees such as chemical engineers, electrical engineers and government bureaucrats, along with a few construction workers, realtors and teachers.
In 1977, the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department joined the Worcester County 911 system, and covered a total of 851 homes. Six years later, the department joined the Worcester County Volunteer Fireman’s Association and covered approximately 3,090 homes. In 1985, the department operated three pumpers and a rescue truck. Today, the department operates 2 Class A pumpers, a rescue engine, a 104′ tower ladder, a rescue boat, a utility vehicle, 2 command vehicles and 2 state of the art ALS equipped ambulances. The department currently has approximately 50 members that respond to calls for fire, rescue or EMS needs. The department supplements volunteer response with 11 employees consisting of 7 full time Firefighter/ Paramedics, 1 full time Firefighter/ EMT-B, 1 part time Firefighter/ EMT-B, 1 part time Administrative Assistant and a Career Division Captain. In the year 2010, the OPVFD responded to a total of 1479 calls for service, consisting of 1270 EMS calls and 209 Fire calls. We are continuing to grow and welcome volunteers!