Friday, May 5, 2017

Arson Awareness Week

The theme for the 2017 Arson Awareness Week (May 7-13) is Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship. Each year for Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth firesetting and provide strategies to combat these issues. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) is pleased to announce first-time partners: the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’(ATF) Fire Investigation & Arson Enforcement Division. USFA will also partner with the International Association of Arson Investigators, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Fire Protection Association, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, and the Insurance Committee for Arson Control.
The week’s focus is on the importance of collaboration among fire and emergency services, law enforcement, insurance companies, and the justice system to help reduce arson at houses of worship. The new partners will help expand the collaboration and provide opportunities for reaching into communities with information and suggested prevention actions.
In addition, a webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 9th, at 2 pm, hosted by the Insurance Committee for Arson Control. The webinar will provide information on the three factors included in an arson prevention program, the five required steps to establish a Community Arson Watch program, and the most common motives associated with arson. Learn more and register.
“When arson touches our houses of worship,” said Acting USFA Administrator Dr. Denis Onieal, “it attacks the very foundation of our freedoms.”
For more information regarding the 2017 Arson Awareness Week, including materials to implement awareness and prevention activities in your community, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY

Safe Kids Montgomery County Celebrates Safe Kids Day

Saturday, April 29, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


New Hampshire Estates Elementary School
8720 Carroll Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903


In partnership with YMCA Youth and Family Services and their Healthy Kids Day, Safe Kids Montgomery County, is hosting a fun family event to celebrate kids and help families take action to protect kids on the road, at home and at play.  At the event there will be activities focused on nutrition and health, bike and pedestrian safety, fire safety, water safety and child passenger safety.

The event is made possible with support from Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, Nationwide, Chevrolet, Kidde and Tide. Safe Kids Worldwide’s national events have attracted the support of celebrity heroes including Drew Barrymore, Sharon Stone and many more to help bring awareness to child injury prevention. To learn more about Safe Kids Day, please visit: www.safekids.org/safekidsday

Around the world, a million children die each year from preventable injuries. Millions more are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. In fact, preventable injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and resources to celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives.




About Safe Kids Montgomery County
Safe Kids Montgomery County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Our coalition members include police officers, nurses, firefighters, paramedics, school staff members, product safety specialist, transportation experts and other safety advocates. Safe Kids Montgomery County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Montgomery County was created in 1989 and is led by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. For more information, visit safekids.org or www.safekidsmoco.org



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Visitation and Memorial Details - Firefighter Charles 'Rick' Gentilcore


To:                               MCFRS Personnel

From:                           Fire Chief Scott E. Goldstein

Subject:                        Death Notification


Member Name:                        Fire Fighter Rescuer III Charles “Rick” Gentilcore (15D)

Relationship to Member:          Self


Rick’s arrangements have nearly been finalized.  Viewing and funeral services are as follow:

Viewing
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 1400-1600 hours and 1800-2200 hours
Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home - 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904

Funeral
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 1300 hours
Covenant Life Church – 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

Interment
Immediately following the post-funeral processional
Gate of Heaven Cemetery – 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906

Repast
Immediately following interment – details are being finalized and are forthcoming

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department:  http://www.bvfd.com/support/donate-online/


For the Funeral and Interment departments, honor units, and bands wishing to pay respect to Rick should email the contacts below for specific coordination.


Bands           pipemajor@mcffpipesanddrums.org

Update on Visitation for FF Gentilcore

The visitation has been finalized

11800 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Tuesday April 11th 2017 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm

Out of county departments are asked to utilize light duty/utility vehicles in lieu of large apparatus to facilitate ease of parking.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The memorial service location has not yet been finalized.


More detailed info on the memorial service will be pushed as it is finalized

Departments wishing to attend the viewing and/or memorial are asked to send an email to:  MCFRS.LODD@montgomerycountymd.gov


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Mourning the Death of One of Our Own.

On Friday, April 7, 2017 Fire Fighter Rescuer III Charles R. Gentilcore was on duty around 3:30 p.m., at Burtonsville Fire Station 15, and was found unresponsive in the fire station by co-workers. Immediate medical treatment was initiated.

Picture during Recruit School Evolution's
"Rick," age 52, was transported in critical condition to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. Despite the best efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, Rick succumbed a short time after arriving at the hospital. Rick lived in Bowie, Maryland - Prince George's County.  He was a twenty-three year member of the MCFRS:  first serving as a volunteer with the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department (eleven years) and, most recently, as a career fire fighter rescuer (twelve years).  His last duty assignment was Burtonsville Fire Station 15.  He leaves behind a wife, son, and extended family.

Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott E. Goldstein informed the MCFRS of the On-Duty Death and asked all to "Please keep the Gentilcore family and the entire MCFRS family in your thoughts and prayers as we work through this difficult time."

Jeffrey Buddle, President of the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 1664, said "The members of IAFF Local 1664 are deeply saddened by the line of duty death of our fallen brother. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the Gentilcore family during this extraordinarily difficult time."

Rick's picture during Recruit School
Tami Bulla, President of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, said in a written statement, "Rick joined the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department in 1994 because he knew he wanted to serve his community.  That lead him to pursue a career in Montgomery County Fire Rescue and we were pleased when he was assigned back at Burtonsville, because it felt like he was coming home."



As additional details, including funeral arrangements, become available, they will be released and posted.