Hours and Location
Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department
911 Ocean Parkway
Ocean Pines, MD 21811
2017 House Raffle
A new home, which is set to be raffled off with its proceeds benefiting the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department, is taking form. Heron Bay Builders, a local home development company, has started working on the roof of the home on Monday, July 31. Once the roof is in place, vinyl siding will be installed along the home in the upcoming days.
“We’re always excited to hold our annual house-raffle,” said Dan Healy, president of the fire department. “We get a great response from residents and summer guests.”
The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department (OPVFD) is giving you a chance to win a brand new home in a raffle.
The new, 1,300-square-foot home custom-built by Heron Bay Builders features three bedrooms, two baths and a sprinkler system. The home includes a one-car garage.
The lucky winner may choose the new home or $100,000 cash. The drawing will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at 73 Brandywine Drive, the site of the home built for the raffle.
Raffle tickets will be sold up until the time of the drawing for $100 each. Only 3,500 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department at 410-641-8272 or by visiting the South Station at 911 Ocean Parkway. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
“We appreciate the public’s continued support of the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department,” said Healy.
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!