Thursday, May 26, 2016

Not Your Average Driver Training

By: Lieutenant Tom Cleveland, Jr.
       Fire Station 34 A-Shift

Yesterday, personnel from Fire Station 34 (Milestone) A-Shift took advantage of the beautiful weather to drill with a future Engine driver. So off we went to Seneca Creek at Davis Mill Road and Huntmaster Road.

The scenario involved drafting from an alternate water source in non-hydrant area. This is important as there are areas of the county that do not have a fire hydrant close by. We must train all new drivers to be ready for any scenario they may encounter on a fire scene.

units from fire station 34 shown drafting water from a creek

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Tradition, Pride and Integrity

By: Lieutenant Dave Anderson
       Fire Station 16 - A

Silver Spring Fire Station 16 has decided to spruce the back stairs up with some station pride. The bottom stairs boast "Tradition", "Pride" and "Integrity." The top stairs state: "you are about to become part of something greater than yourself, welcome to Co.16."

Firefighter Bill Naugle from 16B came up with the concept, was the driving force behind this project and saw it through until it was complete. Thanks to Firefighter Naugle for his total dedication!

Stairs at Fire Station 16 painted with words Tradition, pride, integrity

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Congratulations To Our College Graduates

This past week was one of excitement and satisfaction for four of our own, and their families, as they earned degrees from the University of Maryland system. All of this coursework done while balancing family life and a fire service career.

Congratulations to:
  • Lieutenant Kirk Ney earned a BS in Fire Science with a minor in Emergency Management

  • Captain Mike Porter earned a BA in History

  • Captain Robert Hornbacher earned a BS in Public Safety Administration

  • Assistant Chief John Van Gieson earned a Masters, Professional Studies in Industrial Organizational Psychology
Well done all! A tremendous accomplishment! Congratulations!

photo of assistant chief van Gieson and his wife
Asst Chief Van Gieson & wife Dr. Ajija Van Gieson

photo of graduates Capt Hornbacher and Lt Ney
Capt. Hornbacher (L) & Lt. Ney

Friday, May 20, 2016

Montgomery Village Townhouse Fire

On Thursday, May 19th at approximately 2:23 p.m., MCFRS units were dispatched for a reported town house fire in the 7800 block of Yankee Harbor Drive in the Montgomery Village area of the county. Units from Laytonville Fire Station 17 arrived on the scene and reported fire showing from the front bedroom of a middle of the row, three story townhouse.

None of the six adult occupants of the townhouse were home. Smoke alarms sounding from inside the townhouse alerted a passerby who called 911.

Firefighters found and quickly extinguished a fire in one of the bedrooms. A residential fire sprinkler in the hallway activated and kept the fire in check prior to fire department arrival. The fire sprinkler in the bedroom malfunctioned and did not operate.

In addition, firefighters found and rescued a dog that was in the home. Oxygen treatment was administered by personnel to help revive the dog (see photo in album below).

Fire Investigators responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. After investigation and interviews, with two occupants that were at home prior to the fire starting, it was determined that the fire was accidental in nature.

Damages were estimated at $150,000.00 to the structure and $20,000.00 to the contents. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. A total of six adults and one dog have been displaced as a result of the fire.

Yankee Harbor Drive, photos from fire scene