Two Second District firefighters inducted into SMVFA Hall of Fame
VALLEY LEE, Md. — The Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad, Inc., is extremely proud to announce that two of its longtime and dedicated members, Past President John P. “JP” Caulder II and Past Chief Joseph M. “Mike” Scrivener Jr., have been inducted into the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firefighters Association Hall of Fame.
The ceremony was held April 30, 2022 at the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firefighters Association Annual Convention Meeting at the Bay District VFD, Lexington Park, MD.
JP Caulder began his volunteer service with the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department in 1987, where he served on the Board of Directors, as Treasurer and as a Safety Officer. Mr. Caulder joined the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. in 2008. An active member of the SDVFDRS for 14 years, Mr. Caulder has diligently held many positions including Fire Safety Officer/EMS, the Board of Directors, Registration Secretary, EMS Engineer and President. As president, he was a delegate to the Southern Maryland Firemen’s Association.
Additionally, Mr. Caulder has participated in numerous committees including the New Building Committee, Fundraising, Awards, EMS Mentor, Occupational Safety and Health, and Recruitment and Retention.
Throughout his 29 years as a volunteer in the Fire/EMS services; Mr. Caulder has received numerous awards from departments to include; Firefighter of the Year (BDVFD), Chief’s Award (BDVFD), Harry Koehler Award (SDVFD&RS), EMS Chiefs Award (SDVFD&RS), Top Runner Awards (SDVFD&RS), Top LOSAP Honors (SDVFD&RS), and most recently in 2018 he was a member of a Life Saving Award (SDVFD&RS) team. Also in 2018, he was recognized by the SDVFD&RS, State of Maryland, and St. Mary’s County Governments for 25 Distinguished Years of Service (LOSAP).
Mike Scrivener joined the Department in 1994 as a 14 year old junior member. He has been an active member for twenty-five years, having held most fire officer roles including firefighter, fire prevention officer, fire lieutenant, fire captain, assistant fire chief and chief. He was also a security officer and a water supply officer. More recently, he has been and continues to be our Treasurer.
Additionally, Mike has served on numerous committees over the years including serving as the New Appliance Committee Chair for the design and procurement of major fire appliances including Squad 6, Engine 63 (Pump/Tank ) and Engine 61, as well as the Marine Boat Support and Equipment Unit 6.
Mr. Scrivener was a delegate with the St. Mary’s County Fire Board, as well as the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association for many years. He was also a delegate to the Maryland State Firefighters Association. He is currently an alternate delegate to both the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.
Over the years, Mike Scrivener has received numerous Department awards including Firefighter of the Year (3 times), numerous Top Runner Awards and Top LOSAP Honors. In 2010, Mr. Scrivener was honored to receive the prestigious Harry M. Koehler Memorial Award and the Chief’s Award the same year.
In 2000, Mr. Scrivener, as part of a team award, received the Silver Medal for Bravery in rescuing two people trapped in a vehicle in flooding conditions following the Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. For his bravery, he received a Governor’s Citation and Commendations from the Maryland State Senate, as well as St. Mary’s County Commissioners.
In 1999, Mike Scrivener led the fire prevention committee. This committee participated in the Maryland State Fire Marshal‘s Smoke Detector Program and won the competition by installing the most smoke detectors above all other fire companies in Maryland. Once again, it earned citations and praise from the Governor, Maryland State Senate, and local county government.
Most recently, Mr. Scrivener continued in the position of Treasurer, overseeing the financial management of the new $13.5 million SDVFD&RS Barracks.
Mike Scrivener continues to be an ongoing, enthusiastic and dependable leader, mentor and presence among the membership, whether at administrative events, fundraising, public education or other proceedings.
The Second District VFD&RS extends its sincere congratulations to these two outstanding members for receiving this prestigious honor.
We also express our thanks for all you have done for this department over the years, and hope that you will continue your excellent service and leadership in the future.