The Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department (Calvert County, MD Station 5) was officially established in May 1975 as a sub-station of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Dunkirk began running with two engines, one brush truck and two ambulances. The department has always been staffed by volunteers. When the station began, the top runners typically were credited with between 50-100 calls per year. Dunkirk became independent from North Beach in 1982, and today has over 100 active and probationary members. The station now runs two engines, a tanker, a rescue pumper, two brush trucks, two ambulances, a utility vehicle, a zodiac boat and two command vehicles. Dunkirk now responds to approximately 1,900 to 2,300 emergency calls per year.
We do not hesitate to get up, day or night, to answer the call for help. We are a 100% volunteer department that takes great pride in offering our services free of charge to our community and neighbors. We are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the neighbors and visitors of our northern Calvert County community and our surrounding response area. Not only do we provide free fire, rescue and emergency medical services in Calvert County, we also support our neighbors in Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties. Additionally, we are committed to fire safety training and prevention within the community.
In the last three service years, we have been able to respond to EVERY call that we were dispatched for. While we do receive limited funds, via grants, through the County, it is only enough to provide minimal and basic service. We rely on donations and fundraising to pay our bills, purchase uniforms, maintain our apparatus and provide the level of service that our community deserves.