Friday, November 23, 2007

Unique Outreach!

I just wanted to take a moment to highlight this unique community outreach conducted by FS20 - A Shift. What a great way to spend Thanksgiving! BD

Today as our community outreach we did the following:

Today personnel from Fire Station #20 –A shift (Capt. Redding, FF’s Staub, Callahan) along with BFC Jim Resnick, (BC702-A) were invited to assist personnel from the Navy Medical Center Fire Department (Co#50) with serving early Thanksgiving Dinners to returning injured troops, their families, and staff of the Hospital .

National Naval Medical Command fire department personnel set up the event and started cooking the food at 0300hrs.that morning. NNMCFD held the event in the Hospital’s ICU which treats those personnel who have been wounded in combat and have returned to the United States. Many of these injured service personnel are far away from their homes and may or may not be with their families for the holiday.

The Firefighters from the Co#50 wanted to show their appreciation to those military personnel that have sacrificed so much for our country. The NNMC IAFF Local # F-121 along with local business donated food for the event. The Firefighters of Co#50 cooked all of it at the fire station.
Firefighters served:

45 lbs. of Ham
60 lbs. of Beef
42 lbs of Turkey
8 large industrial serving size bag of stuffing
8 large industrial serving size cans of corn and beans
Numerous cakes and pies
Along with soft drinks and water

Station #20 personnel gladly went over to NNMC and assisted the firefighters from Co#50 serving an early Thanksgiving meal to our injured service personnel..

Station #20-A would like to express our thanks to the Firefighters of the NNMC and to the members of IAFF Local # F-121 for doing such an outstanding job setting up the event and cooking all of the food, and for giving us the opportunity to say thanks to those who protect and defend our country.

Captain M.T.Redding

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cooking fires more likely on Thanksgiving

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are more likely on Thanksgiving than any other day. In 2005, cooking fires were involved in roughly 1,300 home structure fires on Thanksgiving – almost three times the daily average. Most of these fires start because cooking has been left unattended.

For more information, go here:

Cooking Safety Tips

NFPA urges attention to safety when preparing holiday meals

Related NFPA information

NFPA's fact sheet on cooking fires

NFPA's fact sheet on turkey fryers

Monday, November 19, 2007

MCFRS Blog Talk Radio Show

MCFRS Blog Talk Radio Show

LIVE show on Tuesday, November 20th 7:30 – 8:30 PM!
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Holiday Cooking & Kitchen Safety

Over the next month and a half, our diverse County will be celebrating a variety of religious observations and holidays. We all know that this means family and food which also means – lots of cooking going on in our homes! Cooking related fires are the number one cause of fires (year round) both here in Montgomery County and nationally! Please tune into this show and learn how to cook safely and prevent the tragedy of fire, and burns, from turning your happy holiday season into one of sadness.

Your hosts will be Assistant Chief Michael Prete and Bill Delaney, Program Manager for Community Life Safety Education.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Employment/Volunteer Opportunities

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is now accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/Rescuer I (Recruit). Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, December 14, 2007. All qualified applicants who apply by December 14, 2007 will receive an information packet mailed to them the first week of January, 2008. The written examination is tentatively scheduled to be held on January 25 & 26, 2008.

If you have specific questions regarding the recruiting process please e-mail us at, or leave a message on our recruiting line at 240-777-2238.

FireFighter/Rescuer I - Job DescriptionEntry Level (Recruit)
Application Guide

Employment Application

Electronic Online Application

CPAT Test Preparation Guide

Request For Veteran's Credit Form

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Get Into a Life-Saving Habit

Get Into a Life-Saving HabitDaylight Savings Time Ends November 4

Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic deaths and injuries from fire. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire. MORE