Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Time Again to 'Fill-the-Boot' for Muscular Dystrophy

Beginning today and continuing until Friday evening MCFRS will support International Association of FireFighters (IAFF) Local 1664 with it's efforts to collect for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

County Executive Leggett makes the first contribution 
The effort was kicked off yesterday at our Fire Station #34 with a contribution from County Executive Leggett as well as a Proclamation presented by Mr. Leggett to Fire Chief Scott Goldstein and IAFF Local 1664 President Jeff Buddle.
Thanks to the residents (and commuters) in Montgomery County, MCFRS is the leading Fill the Boot IAFF contributor in the Maryland and consistently has been one of the top contributors in the Country.  In the 30 year history of MCFRS supporting MDA, IAFF Career Fire Fighters Local 1664 has raised about $2.5 million!

So if you see our Firefighters out in the community over the next three days, please consider making a donation to help the cause.

All monies raised through “Fill the Boot” stays locally in the metro area to help support families dealing with neuromuscular diseases by providing research, wheelchairs, clinic treatments and most importantly allowing children to MDA Summer Camp for 1 week.

History of Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters and MDA
  • Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters Association, Local 1664, joined the fight against the more
    than 40 neuromuscular diseases by holding its first “Fill the Boot” campaign in 1984. 

  • Since the first Fill the Boot campaign in 1984 till 2006 Montgomery County Fire Fighters would donate their “off duty” time for 3 days prior to the Labor Day weekend to conduct “Fill the Boot” at various intersections around Montgomery County. During this period Local 1664 raised $783,452.00. 

  • In 2007, thanks to the efforts from Past President John Sparks, Past Fire Chief Tom Carr and then Division Chief Ritchie Bowers along with the support of County Executive Ike Leggett career fire fighters were given permission to participate in “Fill the Boot” while on duty. During the period from 2007 to 2014 Local 1664 has raised, $1,540,842.00

  • Local 1664 is the largest contributing IAFF Local in the state of Maryland for MDA.  

  • In 2007 Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters placed # 5 in the country collecting over $234,000. 

  • In 2008 Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters placed # 9 in the country collecting over $206,000.

  • In 2009 Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters placed # 4 in the country collecting a record $254,102.

  • In 2014 Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters placed # 10 in the country collecting over $194,000.00. 

  • In the 30 year history of Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters supporting the MDA, Local 1664 has raised $2,324,294.00

  • Local 1664 also supports MDA by attending MDA Summer Camp in Leonardtown, MD. During Summer Camp, Montgomery County Fire Fighters bring a fire engine to camp for kids to tour and the Locals “Beef Brothers” provide dinner to approximately 150 children and counselors. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Congratulations to Our Newest Firefighters and EMT's

This past Friday evening a graduation ceremony was held at our Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA) for Twenty-One (21) newly certified volunteer Firefighters and Fifty-Nine (59) newly certified volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's).

Each person went through rigorous training and a challenging course load throughout the summer months to attain the certifications.  Family and friends packed the PSTA to honor and cheer on their loved ones as they received recognition for this tremendous achievement.

Congratulations to all!

Videos and photos from the ceremony below.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Montgomery County Volunteer Fire - Rescue Association Announces Award of Federal Grant for Recruiting New Volunteers

Congratulations to our partners in public safety on receiving this federal grant to support volunteer fire and rescue recruiting and retention.

Thanks MCVFRA for the many contributions towards making Montgomery County the largest and best resourced combination fire and rescue department in the nation.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Teaching Kids How to Walk Safely

Hard to believe but school starts next week!

If your child walks to school, now would be a good time to review with her/him how to safely walk to school.  The below tips are provided by our partners in safety SafeKids.
  • Teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking around until safely across.

  • It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

  • Teach kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.

  • Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.

  • Encourage kids to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up.

  • Teach kids not to run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

  • If kids are walking when it’s dark out, teach them to be especially alert and make sure they are visible to drivers. Have them wear light- or brightly-colored clothing and reflective gear.

Monday, August 24, 2015

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Please consider joining Montgomery County Firefighters on Saturday, September 5 to raise money for a great cause while honoring the memory of the firefighters and law enforcement officers who perished at the World Trade Center on 9/11.  Firefighters and police officers are encouraged to do the climb in their gear, and civilians may participate in PT attire.

Note that although the flyer says that registration is closed, registration has been extended so people can still sign up!

You can register here: Registration for 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb