Thursday, May 5, 2016

Live Hazardous Materials Practical Training

Yesterday (5/4/16) we broadcast a live, via Periscope, Hazardous Materials practical training exercise from our Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA)​. The exercise involved crews practicing techniques to mitigate the release of anhydrous ammonia. Captain Carl Mauney provides commentary to explain what is occurring.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Safer Home Is Just A Click Away

photo of smoke alarm for Request a home fire safety visit on-line
As part of MCFRS’ on-going commitment to innovation and building a safer County, the Community Outreach Section of the Division of Volunteers Services & Community Outreach has launched a new, on-line tool designed to efficiently manage and streamline requests for home safety and smoke alarm checks for County residents.

It’s important that you know how to reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home and how to keep yourself, your family and your home safe from fire. This new tool will provide residents with a fast and convenient way to request a home safety visit.

What is a home fire safety visit?

Representatives from the MCFRS will visit your home and offer advice on how to make your home safe, test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working and, when appropriate, install and/or replace smoke alarms for free.

Who is eligible?

All residents of Montgomery County, Maryland may request a free home safety visit. The installation of free alarms is targeted to high risk individuals that include older people and senior citizens, individuals with mobility, vision or hearing impairments and residents who may have a disability or be economically challenged.

The on line tool can be easily accessed via desktop, web or mobile device. For a safer home just click: Home Safety Program

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ladies Night Out Events A Success

On Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 MCFRS hosted a total of three Ladies Night Out events for women who might be interested in pursuing a career with MCFRS. One session was held Friday night and two on Saturday (morning and afternoon) at our Public Safety Training Academy.

Fire Chief Scott Goldstein was on hand at each of the three sessions to welcome the participants.

A total of 122 enthusiastic women participated in one of the three, 4 hour sessions. The participants were split into groups and rotated among a total of twelve stations that simulated various aspects of the skills needed to perform the duties of firefighter.

The twelve stations were:

1) Stair Mill/Hose Drag
2) Forcible Entry
3) Maze/HazMat
4) Ladder Raise/Extension
5) Equipment Carry/Dummy Drag
6) Swift Water Rescue
7) Paramedicine/Mega Code
8) High-Rise Climb
9) Rappelling
10) Vehicle Extrication
11) Mock PT/Fitness and Nutrition
12) Ceiling Breach and Pull

Each session culminated in a live demonstration of what an actual response to a building fire would look like.

Below, you can find photos and videos from the Saturday morning session that ran from 8 a.m. until Noon.

Ladies Night Out showing various fire and rescue related events for woman interested in a potential fire service career

Kensington Apartment Fire

On Monday, May 2, at approximately 12:44 p.m. units from Kensington Fire Station #5 were dispatched for a report of smoke in an apartment unit in the 3300 block of University Boulevard, W. Paramedic Engine 705 arrived on the scene and found an active fire in a terrace level apartment bedroom and quickly requested additional resources.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and contain it to the apartment of origin. Crews made an attempt to evacuate occupants from the building using the local alarm system but were unable too due to a non-functioning alarm system.  Code Compliance was requested and reported to the scene.

Fire Investigators were also requested and conducted an Origin and Cause investigation. The cause was determined to be accidental and electrical in nature.

Approximately 65 firefighters responded to the scene with no injuries reported. A female occupant of another apartment was transported to a local hospital for a checkup. Damages were estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. Several families were also displaced as a result of the fire.

Kensington Apartment Fire

Monday, May 2, 2016

It's National Arson Awareness Week

This week, May 1 – 7, is National Arson Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Prevent Wildfire Arson — Spread the Facts Not the Fire.”
only you can prevent wildfires photo of smokey the bear

Wildfire's can take place on underdeveloped wildland or uncultivated land comprised of forest, brush or grassland.

Back in March, Montgomery County experienced several brush/wildfire type of fires. These fires were not classified as arson though. Of particular note were two days in which two large brush/wildfire type fires occurred. You can learn more about those fires below:

Germantown And Boyd's Brush Fires Keep Up County Firefighters Busy

Up County Brush Fires

To learn more on how you can prevent wildfires, please go here: National Arson Awareness Week

You can also go here as well: You Can Prevent Wildfires