Chief's Blog

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Firefighter Completes Community Obstacle Course

By: Lieutenant Matt Sutton

After completing our Safety In the Neighborhood activities (offering to check home smoke alarms) we were heading to pick up dinner while I was riding AT735 (ladder truck). On our way, we came across the Clarksburg Village Community Association's Fall Festival. All of us on the truck wanted to stop and visit with the children. So, we stopped and set up an impromptu public education visit.

The chair for the Home Owners Association was excited for us to stop by unannounced. We passed out smoke detector flyers, answered questions, and gave tours of the ladder truck. There was a local gym that had an obstacle course set up for kids to complete. I asked them if they would mind if I put our newest firefighter to the test. They were excited to have him complete it for everyone.

Firefighter McCombs is our newest firefighter who is completing his probationary skills evaluations. He was up for the challenge to don his gear and complete the course. For those who are unaware, a firefighter's gear can weigh an additional 65 pounds or more depending on what they carry in their pockets. As you can see in the video below, Firefighter McCombs did a fantastic job in the obstacle course. Cheers could be heard by many kids and adults.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Help Needed - Arson Fire at St. Paul's Park

Information needed regarding Monday nights fire in Town of Kensington at St Paul's Park on Plyers Mill Rd. Call MCFRS Arson Tipline 240.777.2263

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Car Into House

MCFRS Units were dispatched to the 19600 block of Clubhouse Rd., near Ridgeline Dr., in Gaithersburg for a report of a car into a house with entrapment.

Units arrived to find two occupants in a car that had crashed into a townhouse.  The striking vehicle crossed Club House Road and hit a fire hydrant before crashing into the townhouse.  The driver was trapped but was quickly extricated.  Both patients were evaluated with one adult male transported to an area hospital with serious injuries and one adult female transported with non life threatening injuries.

There was one adult female occupant at home who was on a couch when the car crashed into house.  She was not injured though the structural damage was significant which has resulted in her having been displaced.  The address was corrected to the 9900 block of Ridgeline Drive.

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Smoke Alarms – Don’t Stay Home Without Them!

MCFRS has had several significant fires this year, including some in which people died, where there were no working smoke alarms present. 

After many of these fires, MCFRS personnel have gone door to door in the impacted neighborhood offering to check smoke alarms and provide safety information.  During the door to door effort our Firefighters are finding an “alarming” number of non-working smoke alarms.  To ensure the safety of those residents, we immediately install a new smoke alarm and/or battery.   

Please make sure your home has working smoke alarms!  Test yours today!  Your life may depend on it!

Below please find Ten Tips on smoke alarms, from our friends at the US Fire Administration, you will find useful.

Follow these 10 easy tips on smoke alarms:


  1. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have a working smoke alarm that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames, and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames. It is called a "Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm."
  2. Place a smoke alarm on the ceiling of every level of your home and both inside and outside bedrooms. Children and older people can sleep though the loud sound of a smoke alarm. Make sure your escape plan includes someone that can help children and others wake up immediately to escape from the home.
  3. If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke alarm on the ceiling of each bedroom.
  4. Check smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
  5. Never take smoke alarm batteries out to put into other items like games or remote controls.
  6. Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear the alarm sound.
  7. If there is a fire, leave the home right away by crawling low under the smoke and never go back inside.
  8. If smoke from cooking makes the alarm sound, press the "hush" button, if your alarm has one. You can also turn on the kitchen fan, open a window or wave a towel near the alarm until it stops making the sound. Never take the battery out of the alarm.
  9. Most alarms need a new battery at least once a year. Some smoke alarms have batteries that last for up to 10 years. If your smoke alarm is over 10 years old, replace it with a new alarm and a new battery.
  10. If you rent, talk to your landlord about placing a working smoke alarm in your home. You still need to buy a new battery at least once a year for the alarm.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Blood Drive In Memory of Father And Son Firefighters

Please consider supporting this important cause in memory of two of our own:

In Memory of Fire Fighters Carlos Alfaro, Sr. and Carlos Alfaro, Jr.

Sunday, November 2nd
8AM – 2PM
Fire Station 16
111 University Blvd. E.Silver Spring, MD

Save Lives,Donate Blood…


We appreciate a call to confirm an appointment with:Steve Mann, 240-438-2461