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Fire-Rescue Parade

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Hearing Protection Sign
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The Fire-Rescue Parade is the noisiest in the land. Bring your earplugs and come enjoy seeing the fine volunteers and their mighty machines as they travel down Colonial and  Washington Avenues with lights and sirens blaring.

Almost ninety entries participated in the 2023 fire rescue parade. Units from far and wide participated in this long-standing event which kicks off the Potomac River Festival in town.

Video of the 2023 event

2023 Fire Rescue Parade Award Recipients:

Furthest Distance: Chester Gap VFD (100 miles)
Fire Boat: Second Dist. Volunteer Fire/EMS
Support Unit: Second Dist. Volunteer Fire/EMS
Chief Unit/Command: Bay District VFD
Antique (1993 and older) Out of Service:

  • 1st Place - Mechanicsville VFD
  • 2nd Place - The Babcock Family

Brush Truck:

  • 1st Place - 10th District VFD
  • 2nd Place - 7th District VFD
  • 3rd Place - Richardsville Volunteer Fire/Rescue


  • 1st Place - Oak Grove VFD
  • 2nd Place - Second District VFD

Aerial/Ladder Trucks:

  • 1st Place - Westmoreland VFD
  • 2nd Place - Stafford VFD

Heavy Rescue/Squad:

  • 1st Place - Seventh District VFD

Rescue Engines:

  • 1st Place - Westmoreland VFD
  • 2nd Place - Oak Grove VFD


  • 1st Place - Mechanicsville VFD
  • 2nd Place - Potomac Heights VFD
  • 3rd Place - Walkerton Community Fire Association

Charles E. Catlett, Jr. Memorial Award (Best Appearing Pierce): Westmoreland VFD

Joe Tate Memorial Award (Best Appearing Overall): Second District VFD


Best Appearing Advance Life Support (ALS) Unit:

  • 1st Place - Richardsville Vol. Fire and Rescue
  • 2nd Place - King George Fire and Rescue

Best Appearing Basic Life Support (BLS) Unit:

  • 1st Place - Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad
  • 2nd Place - Tenth District Vol. Fire

Response Unit:

  • 1st Place - Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad
  • 2nd Place - Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad

Furthest Distance:
Richardsville Vol. Fire and Rescue

Best Appearing Overall:
Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad

Please do not bring your pets to this event. It is very loud and not suitable for animals.

Fire Rescue Parade

Lines up on Jackson Street, turns left on to Colonial Avenue and then right onto Washington Avenue on the Friday evening of the 2nd weekend in June every year.

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