Chief's Blog

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips for Children

From our partners in safety at the NFPA.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Countdown to Halloween - Tips for a Safe and Fun Night

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service offers some important tips for a safe Halloween.  “Recent research shows that children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year, said Fire Chief Steve Lohr.  “It’s a dangerous night because so many kids are on the streets, many without their parents or an adult, and in their excitement often forget important pedestrian safety rules.”

Plan a safe route.

1. Accompany children and remind them to stop at all street corners, cross only at intersections and crosswalks. Teach them to look left, right and left before crossing the street and to continue looking both ways as they cross. If you’re a motorist, please slow down and be prepared to give trick or treaters a brake.

2. Stay in familiar neighborhoods and have a parent or responsible adult accompany trick or treaters. Visit only those houses where the lights are on. Accept treats only in the doorway and NEVER go inside a house or apartment.

3. Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.

4. Safety in numbers. If they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, designate a route before the kids go trick or treating, tell your kids to stay in a group, avoid taking short cuts through backyards and alleys and ask them to check in regularly.

5. Ensure trick-or-treaters stay away from open flames or jack-o-lanterns with candles burning.

6. Children should avoid busy streets, always use sidewalks, and follow all traffic rules and regulations. Motorists should drive slowly and be alert to small children crossing streets. Many accidents occur when motorists are backing vehicles out of driveways, unaware of the presence of small children.

Be a good neighbor.

1. Keep your porch lights on and eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway.  Remove outdoor safety hazards such as toys, bicycles, garden hoses and lawn ornaments. Make sure the driveway and steps are cleared of leaves, which can be a slipping and falling hazard. Make sure that the driveway and walks are well lit for incoming trick-or-treaters. Replace burned-out or broken light bulbs.

2. Pets get frightened on Halloween. Confine your pets for their safety and for that of trick or treaters.

Be Safe – Be Seen.

 1. Don’t assume the right-of-way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters in the dark.  Just because one car stops doesn't mean others will.

2. Encourage kids to follow all the rules for pedestrian safety. That includes obeying all traffic laws, looking both ways before crossing, using crosswalks, crossing at intersections and corners and never darting between parked cars.

All Dressed Up.

1. Plan costumes that are bright and have reflective qualities. Consider adding reflective tape or decals to costumes and trick or treat bags. Be sure kids carry a flashlight and use glow sticks for extra visibility.

2. When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.

3. Have an adult inspect treats BEFORE eating anything. Do not eat any unwrapped, partially wrapped, or homemade-looking treats.

4. Shorter IS safer. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

5. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup as a safer alternative.

6. If a sword, cane or stick is part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if they trip or fall.

Decorate Safely.

1. Illuminate your jack-o’-lanterns with flashlights or battery-operated candles instead of real ones. You won’t have the worries of an open flame coming in contact with anything . . .or anyone.

2. If you do use candles, keep them well away from where trick or treaters will be walking or standing. Review with your children the principle of “stop, drop and roll” should their clothing catch fire.

Lastly, teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blood Drive In Memory of Father And Son Firefighters

Please consider supporting this important cause in memory of two of our own. Thanks to NewsChannel 8 and ABC7 for the coverage:

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

MCFRS Holds Promotional Ceremony

Last Thursday, October 23, a special ceremony was held by MCFRS to honor department members who were competitively promoted over the last several months. 

The process to get promoted typically is a long and draining one with several months of intense study, a written test and, for those who score high, an assessment center (practical).  Once completed personnel are placed on an eligibility list and are selected, for some positions after an interview, when openings arise. 

A lot of hard work and dedication, along with the support of family and friends, go into the process and it is certainly appropriate to recognize and celebrate all involved!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rookie Firefighter/EMT Delivers Baby Boy

By: Captain Ivan Browning

On Wednesday morning, October 22, at 8:52 AM Paramedic Engine 717 and Ambulance 728 were dispatched to the intersection of Woodfield Road and Brink Road in Company 17's area.  Montgomery County PD was on the scene with a husband and wife in which the wife was in active labor.  PE717 arrived first to find a female with contractions in a very short timeframe apart from each other and began initial patient assessment and care.

FF1 Jared Morris and FF2 James Taylor arrived on the ambulance, gained the pertinent information and quickly loaded the patient in A728 where they initiated transport to a local hospital.  FF1 Morris took assumed patient care and initiated all the necessary steps per department protocol.  At approximately two minutes prior to arriving at the emergency room, FF1 Morris noticed crowning and continued with the delivery protocol.  As FF2 Taylor was backing into the ER bay, the newborn baby boy began to cry and Mother and Son were transferred to an awaiting ER staff.

A job well done for a Firefighter/EMT with less than two months in the field!  The shift at Fire Station 28 celebrating by presenting Firefighter Morris with a celebratory balloon suitable for the occasion.

Photo Courtesy of Capt. Ivan Browning