Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don’t be scared, be ready with a free Halloween CPR class! Reservations Required.

The only thing scarier than Halloween is not knowing how to save a life using CPR. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death among American adults.  Learn how to save the lives of your family and friends with a FREE CPR class and costume party. Please wear costumes however please keep your costumes family friendly and no weapons/simulated weaponry permitted! Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. All ages are welcome.  Act fast, limited space. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
* Secure Facility - ID required

To Register:
*This class is open to Montgomery County residents ONLY and does NOT result in certification. The Montgomery Community Emergency response Team (CERT) offers this  class free of charge to  Montgomery County Residents. The class are taught by ASHI professional instructors and Montgomery County EMT’s.

For more information, please contact the CERT Program Manager:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Partnering Up for Your Safety! RVFD Thanks the City of Rockville for its ALS Chase Car

On Monday, Officers and Members of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department presented ALS703 to the Rockville Mayor and Council. The unit which was recently placed in service was purchased with grant funding from the City of Rockville.

The RVFD would like to thank Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and the Council for their support to the RVFD and the citizens we serve. ALS703 is staffed with a Paramedic which responds to reported critical emergency medical calls alongside an ambulance staffed with Emergency Medical Technicians.  ALS703 allows the paramedic to rapidly assess a patient and determine if advanced life support (ALS) is needed.  After the assessment, the paramedic will transport (ride with) the patient in the ambulance to the hospital when advanced care is needed.

There are many benefits of the Paramedic Chase Unit (PCU) which include a rapid return to service if the patient does not require the care of a paramedic during transport. This reduces the time a paramedic is unavailable to provide care to other potential patients.  Prior to the Paramedic Chase Unit or ALS Chase Car, paramedics where assigned to staff transport ambulances. With the paramedic assigned to a transport ambulance, they were the primary care provider even when a patient did not require higher level care.

Currently MCFRS has Paramedic Chase Units at the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.  These units are each owned by the local fire and rescue departments and staffed with MCFRS career and volunteer professionals. Over the next couple of months, MCFRS will place additional PCU's in service resulting in a more efficient delivery of ALS service throughout the County.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Life Safety Educator of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS to retired Battalion Chief Jim Resnick who was selected as the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Educator of the Year.

This very prestigious award was presented by Maryland Fire Marshal Brian Geraci and Maryland Secretary of State Police William Pallozzi yesterday during the annual Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference hosted at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in recognition of his leadership and outstanding and distinguished work in the area of public safety. 

Known for his passion and enthusiasm for public education, Jim’s desire to help others began at a young age. Growing up, he lived near busy River Road which was frequently the site of vehicle collisions. Jim kept a metal toolbox stuffed with bandages and first aid supplies on his bike so he could rush to the aid of the injured. In middle school, he was first to sign up after an announcement offering First Aid Training by the Red Cross and the rest is, as they say, history. Jim joined the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in 1976 on the first day he was eligible at age 17 ½ years old and continues as an active volunteer there today.

Jim's leadership, personal integrity, energy and commitment to the residents of Montgomery County and the State of Maryland have been the hallmarks of a distinguished career and a lifelong commitment to public service. Jim's drive and passion to help others spans over 40 years as both a career and volunteer firefighter and paramedic. Most recently, Jim has been leading MCFRS Community Outreach and Risk Reduction efforts in Senior Outreach where he has been known to chase down senior citizens to talk about the importance of working smoke alarms and the department's free home safety check program. He has collaborated with dozens of County agencies and departments to develop innovative programs to reach those residents at greatest risk and ensures that first responders are trained on the unique skillsets needed when working with an aging population.  

Jim has been a determined champion of fire safety, injury prevention and education since those early days “responding” on his bike. MCFRS congratulates Jim on this outstanding achievement and very special honor! Jim's wife and his 94-year-old father surprised him and were in the audience during the award presentation. 
In talking to Jim after receiving the award – he was speechless – and those that know Jim know that is quite a feat! 

News You Can Use: New Driving Laws take effect Saturday

Maryland has several new driving laws on the books that take effect on Saturday, October 1. Among them is one that focuses on impaired driving; another requires proof of insurance. 

The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, also known as Noah’s Law, mandates the use of an ignition interlock for those convicted of drunk driving and significantly increases administrative driver’s license suspension periods. Noah’s Law was named in honor of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah A. Leotta, who was struck by a drunk driver while pulling over another suspected drunk driver during a holiday patrol. Tragically, he died a few days later as a result of his injuries.

Another law going into effect October 1 requires drivers to carry with them their current vehicle insurance identification card issued by their insurance company. It may be on paper or plastic or in electronic format. Starting July 1, 2017, anyone without a current vehicle insurance card can be charged a $50 fine.

For additional information on these and other laws going into effect on Saturday: News Release

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ready for Service: New Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad

Many were on hand as Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) officially dedicated Rescue Squad 742 and put the unit in service following today's 1:00 p.m. ceremony. Rescue Squad 742 will provide vital emergency services to the residents and businesses of the Wheaton community and Montgomery County. The Rescue Squad will respond to incidents that range from structural fires, vehicle extrication's, technical rescues and other types of complex, emergency incidents that require the technical services and advanced capabilities provided by specialized heavy rescue squads.

The Rescue Squad replaces a vehicle with over two decades of service and 192,000 miles logged. Purchased with support from community donations and grants, Rescue Squad 742 is one of the most advanced vehicles of its type in the region. The truck was custom build and features three winches, a 9,000 watt light tower and extrication tools powered by dual hydraulic generators. 

WVRS is located in the heart of the growing, thriving, 
multicultural community of Wheaton and responds to over 11,000 emergency calls annually in partnership with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. The WVRS has served the community since 1955 through generous donations of its neighbors and the surrounding community. Visit: for more information.