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Monday, February 28, 2011
Do you know what to do when approached by an emergency vehicle? The metropolitan area is often crowded and congested with traffic conditions caused by commuters, collisions, work zones and sometimes just “normal” traffic.
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C – L – E – A – R for emergency vehicles.
C – Calmly pull to and as close to the edge of the roadway as possible and stop.
L – Leave room. Keep intersections clear and never try to follow emergency vehicles.
E – Enter into traffic with caution after the emergency vehicle has passed. Remember to use signals.
A – Aware (be). Be aware of your surroundings. Keep radio volume low and check rear view mirrors frequently.
R – Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle ha passed. Be mindful that there may be additional emergency vehicles approaching.
When approached by an emergency vehicle – the law says to pull over to the closest parallel edge of the roadway and yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle. An emergency vehicle is one with an audible siren and/or siren and emergency flashing lights. When driving and approaching an emergency scene – slow down and move over. In other words - “Give us a brake!”
Reduce the risk of an accident near an emergency scene and around emergency equipment.
Stay alert – expect anything to occur when approaching emergency vehicles.
Pay close attention – watch for police or fire direction.
Turn on your headlights – let on scene workers and other motorists see you.
Don’t tailgate – unexpected stops frequently occur near emergency scenes.
Don’t speed – slow down.
Keep up with the traffic flow – dedicate your full attention to the roadway and those traveling around you.
Minimize distractions – avoid changing radio stations and using mobile cell phones while approaching these areas.
Expect the unexpected – keep an eye out for emergency workers and their equipment.
Be patient – remember, firefighters and EMT’s have been called to the scene and are working to help someone.
In Montgomery County pedestrian and traffic safety issues are front and center. If you travel by car or are a pedestrian, please place extra emphasis on safety. Simply looking both ways before crossing a street, crossing in a crosswalk, spending a few extra seconds to cinch the belt on your child's safety seat, or delaying departure to ensure you get enough rest before a long trip can make all the difference. Preventative safety, while measured in seconds or minutes, can save you from months or years of anguish, grief, and "what if". Be smart. Be safe.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
|Fire Chief Bowers helping with breathing apparatus training|
Fire Chief Bowers was on hand to provide guidance, some training, and encouragement. Council staff did very well and should be proud!
Photos and videos from the day are below.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
|Jill from PCRM showing 6-A a new recipe|
As the 28 days came to a close, the results are promising. Everyone participating in the diet lost weight, with most of them losing close to 8 pounds. However, one firefighter is closing in on an astonishing 20 pounds. Many members will continue this regiment for at least a month or two more, especially because it was much easier than they initially thought it would be. They also hope to have inspired additional MCFRS personnel who have had exposure to their diet during the past month.
|6-A Shift watching the cooking demo|
ABC7’s Julie Parker featured the shift as they started the diet and, in a segment that aired last week, as they were wrapping it up. Last week’s segment is below.
-Daniel the Intern
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
4-5 homes compromise, mostly exterior
1 barn, farm trailer and some farm equipment burned
Mutual Aid - Fred Co, DNR, Carroll Co, Howard Co, DCFD
MCFRS Career and Vol members called back to back fill stations for normal 911 call load
MCPD - 3 p.m. Shift called back early to assist.
Partial activation of EOC
Pepco - approx 1750 out in Clopper/Mateny area
244 out in darnestown/jones lane area - all should be back up by 1700 or so.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
News Advisory: Firefighters Going Door-to-Door in Gaithersburg Neighborhood Today Checking Smoke Alarms After Two-Alarm Fire
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Cooking related fires are, by the way, the number one cause of fire both here in the County as well as nationally.
Yesterday, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) came out with a position statement on this method -which I strongly agree with - and I have included it below for your information and reference.
Extinguishing a Pan Fire
NFPA discourages the use of a damp towel to extinguish a pan fire. The damp towel method adds additional time to extinguish the fire – getting the towel, wetting it, and wringing it out. Placing the towel on a pan fire may result in tipping the pan, missing the pan or not completely covering the pan; thus putting the home owner at increased risk for burns, clothing catching fire and the spread of fire. This technique is also questionable because the type of material or a cloth not completely wet could have a different outcome. NFPA recommends staying in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop. Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool. When in doubt, get everyone out of the home and call the fire department.
Thanks and Be SAFE!
Friday, February 11, 2011
The main theme for this year’s Burn Awareness Week is preventing scald burns. The American Burn Association has produced a very informative PowerPoint presentation on Scald Prevention. Please take a moment to view it here and prevent unnecessary tragedy in your home: Scald Injury Prevention
Click here to view a Press Release regarding 2011 Burn Awareness Week
As always, have a SAFE day!
Friday, February 4, 2011
News Advisory - Heart Attack Victim Reunion with First Responders Following Dramatic Ride to Hospital During the Height of the Washington Metropolitan Area’s Paralyzing Snowstorm
The first is something I have warned all of you about in the recent past – Clothes Dryer Fires. Many times these fires start as a result of folks not cleaning in and around their clothes dryers. While many know to clean the lint trap out, many more do not know that there are more parts you should be cleaning to prevent a fire from happening to you.
Looking around on the internet, I found one site that lays out a pretty good explanation of how to clean your clothes dryer. Please take a moment and click here to learn How to Clean the Dryer.
|Fireplace damper from eHow.com|
Many times this situation involves first time fire place owners who are unaware there is basically a door up inside your fire place that you need to open before lighting the fire! Sometimes, it is just a case of someone having forgotten to do it. Regardless, I also found a good site explaining how to do this and where to find your damper. There are several different types of dampers and the site provides a few examples.
Please go here to learn more: How to Open an Indoor Fireplace Flue Damper
Hope all of you have a safe and happy weekend!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Fire Protection Engineers (FPE’s) do not work in the public very often and their role in fire safety is widely unknown. However, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in their office to learn about their jobs and what they do behind the scenes.
|From the USFA web site|
In addition, they spend a lot of time meeting with people who need their help. I was able to sit in during one of these meetings where the owners of a building had a broken fire alarm control panel. The issue was that when it was installed on the outside of the building, the elements took their toll and caused it to malfunction. The FPEs informed them that the fire code specifically called for it to be installed on the inside and somehow they had gotten away with it being installed on the outside.
Finally, most of their enforcing comes when they are actively inspecting buildings. During and after a building is constructed, it has to be inspected to make sure all the codes are met and it will be safe for people to live or work in. For example, the diameter of the pipe bringing water in to the building must be at least a certain size, depending on the stresses it will be subjected to. In addition, there needs to be smoke detectors and sprinklers in every room that is qualified to have them. Unfortunately, almost all of these inspections are done in the morning so I was not able to join them to learn more.
The residents of Montgomery County are lucky to have four Fire Protection Engineers that graduated from the FPE program at the University of Maryland, one of only two in the country.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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