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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Assistant Fire Chief Earns Homeland Security Master’s Degree from Naval Postgraduate School and Prestigious Zimbardo Award
Assistant Chief Michael McAdams has risen through the ranks from a firefighter rescuer to Assistant Chief of the Operations Division. He has held multiple positions during his 26-year career and welcomes the challenge of developing the principles learned at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) into the fire service. McAdams is the winner of the prestigious Zimbardo Award. This award is given by the faculty of the Psychology of Terrorism course to the member of the cohort who best represents the intellectual leadership evidenced by Phil Zimbardo, a renowned Stanford University psychologist who is on the CHDS faculty.
During the intensive 18-month online and in-residence program, McAdams collaborated with homeland security officials from across the nation on current policy, strategy and organizational design challenges. He completed a thesis on measuring collaboration in fire service organizations.
“As the traditional role of the fire department changes, we’re committed to strengthening our capabilities across many critical disciplines. The CHDS program provides the platform for developing a strong and expanding national network,” said Fire Chief Richard Bowers. “The issues are wide-ranging and Assistant Chief McAdams brings an important and strategic perspective that provides a strong foundation for MCFRS.”
Twenty-nine students received degrees from CHDS as part of ceremonies at the Naval Postgraduate School. They represent a cross-section of the homeland security profession and include professionals from law enforcement, fire safety, homeland security, public health, public utilities and the military.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
As our Fire and Rescue personnel also provide ambulance service, it also means promoting healthy living habits and providing injury prevention information and programs. One of our best injury prevention programs is our Child Passenger Safety Seat (CPSS) program.
If you have young children, or grand children, please take a moment to visit our CPSS site to learn how to best keep your children safe in cars as well as schedule a child safety seat inspection/installation appointment.
Go here to learn more: Car Seat Safety Information
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Arrive Alive & Survive 2011 Conference
Fire - Rescue - EMS -
Safety & Health
Montgomery County Public Safety Training Center
9710 Great Seneca Highway
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Arrive Alive and Survive is a national conference for all public safety personnel. In previous years this conference has included best safety practices for the fire service. These best practices focused on dealing with all aspects of successful safety, health, and wellness programs in the fire service.
You may register online, review directions and lodging information, and view the agenda.
Presentations to include:
Keynote Presentations by Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder to include:
- Who Is In Your Wallet? Why EVERYONE Does Not Come Home…
- The First Due Company Officer, Working Fire… “Those SOP’s Don’t Apply to Me”.
- The Role of Occupational Medicine Programs in Reducing Firefighter Morbidity and Mortality
- Overview of Emergency Driver Training
- Fire Scene Safety and Health Hazards
- Fire Chief’s Roundtable- Montgomery, Alexandria, Fairfax City, and Arlington- Discussion of their department’s current health, safety, and wellness programs.
Session topics include:
- Maintain Don’t Gain
- Flammable Liquid Response/ Ethanol Emergencies
- Chemical Suicide Response
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Embrace Life (C)2010 Sarah Alexander/Daniel Cox/Sussex Safer Roads Partnership
Monday, March 21, 2011
If you smoke or know someone who does, it is well worth your time to review some of the links I have provided below. Smoking related fires can be prevented.
Smoking and Fire Safety
Smoking & Home Fires Campaign
Fight Fire with Facts: Careless Smoking
Friday, March 18, 2011
As you scroll down, please take a look at a photo of a necklace found on the scene. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is urged to call the Montgomery County Fire and Explosives Tip Line at 240-777-2263. Callers can remain anonymous and the tip line is available 24-hours a day.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The video was done by a college professor Mr. Bill Hammack (a.k.a The Engineer Guy). You can find more of his stuff on his web site: The Engineer Guy
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Checking your smoke alarms and batteries twice a year to ensure that they are working 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.
“Put a Finger on It!” Fire Chief Richard Bowers recommends that all residents adopt a lifesaving habit by checking your home’s smoke alarms and batteries when changing clocks twice a year. Protect your family in the event of a home fire – change the battery if it is dead or at least yearly!
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service recommend that homeowners follow these tips to help prevent fires, deaths, and injuries:
* Install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of the home
* If your smoke alarm is older than 10 years, it needs to be replaced
* Properly dispose of all smoking materials
* Maintain and properly use gas and electrical appliances.
* Never leave food cooking unattended; turn off the burner if you leave.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Just hold down the button for a few seconds and if the alarm chirps, it is working. However, if they are at least 10 years old, it is strongly advised that they should be replaced. The bottom line is a smoke alarm with a dead battery is not a smoke alarm at all but a piece of plastic, and is endangering everybody in the home.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Plan ahead now before going anywhere today or tomorrow!
Remember, never drive through a flooded road or bridge. Turn Around - Don’t Drown and try an alternate route!
Street Flooding Hazards
If a flash flood warning is issued, act immediately. Don't wait for high water to dictate your course of action.
Know your location when you are driving. If you needed rescue, would you be able to direct emergency crews to your location? Distracted driving can lead to a situation where you are stranded and unable to direct emergency crews to you. Be alert!
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups
ROADS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY SUBJECT TO PERIODIC FLOODING:
MD 29 (Columbia Pike) at Paint Branch - N. of White Oak
MD 185 (Conn. Ave) at Rock Creek - S. of Kensington
MD 190 (River Road) at Cabin John Creek - Potomac
MD 193 (Univ. Blvd) at Sligo Creek - Wheaton
MD 586 (Viers Mill Rd) at Rock Creek - S. of Twinbrook Pkwy.
Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park - Kensington-Chevy Chase
Sligo Creek Pkwy - Silver Spring-Takoma Park
MD 97 (Georgia Ave) at Reddy Branch - N. of Brookeville
MD 124 (Woodfield Rd) at Goshen Branch and at Gr. Seneca Creek - N. of Brink Rd.
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Gr. Seneca Creek - W. of Gaithersburg
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Little Seneca Creek - E. of Boyds
MD 355 (Frederick Rd) at Little Seneca Creek - W. of Brink
MD 121 (Clarksburg Rd) near Little Seneca Lake - N. of Boyds
MD 118 (Germantown Rd) at Great Seneca Creek - S. of Germantown
River Rd and Berryville Rd at Seneca Creek - Seneca
Blunt Road at Great Seneca Creek - S. of Brink Rd.
Davis Mill Rd at Great Seneca Creek - N. of Gaithersburg
Brighton Dam Rd at Hawlings River - NE of Brookeville
Goldmine Rd at Hawlings River - E of Olney
Zion Rd at Hawlings River - E. of Laytonsville
Hoyles Mill Rd at ford of Little Seneca Creek - Germantown, west of soccer complex
Loghouse Rd at Magruder Branch - S. of Damascus
Elton Farm Rd at Haights Branch - N. of Sunshine
Howard Chapel Rd at Haights Branch - N. of Sunshine
White’s Ferry Road and River Road - White’s Ferry
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
There were no injuries. A total of 3 adults and 1 child were displaced as a result. The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation at this time. All media outlets are welcomed to use the video.
Video by LT Erik Couse, MCFRS
Friday, March 4, 2011
Please us the power of social media and the internet and forward this on to all who you know and care for!
Have a safe weekend!
Every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. Over half of these deaths (52%) occur between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am, when residents are typically sleeping.
Smoke and toxic gases from a home fire are as deadly as heat and flames. Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious. In addition, smoke obscures vision, decreasing your ability to escape.
Smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by detecting fires early and alerting residents, allowing crucial time to escape. The risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home with working smoke alarms.
To find out what type of smoke alarms are available for your home, including where to install and how to maintain them, visit Focus on Fire Safety: Smoke Alarms on the U.S. Fire Administration's website.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
As you can see by the pictures below, there was a ton of lint build up in, on and around my clothes dryer. These pictures show why it is very important you take time to clean both inside and outside the clothes dryer.
A couple of pictures show what happens to the inside of your pipe that runs in and just outside your dryer (Fig 1) that carries the hot air, and lint, out. The next photo (Fig 2) shows the inside of the flexible duct that connects to your dryer pipe and then connects to another pipe that usually runs to the outside of your house.
In the next photo (Fig 3) you can see the cleaning device I used to run up into the pipe and dryer and the large amount of lint I pulled out of the dryer. These photos clearly show the large amount of lint that builds up and can, when heated up by the hot air of the dryer, actually ignite and catch fire! The more the build up, the better chance for ignition and then – a fire in your home!
A couple of the photos (Fig 4 & 5) clearly show just how dusty and dirty the back of your dryer and the floor behind and underneath it can become. This also can create problems and hazards and you need to make sure you clean these spots as well!
For more tips please go here: Clothes Dryer Fire Safety Tips
As always Be Safe!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
o Craig T. Lauret
o Daniel C. Schaefer
o James A. Snyder
o Jason M. Smith
o Jeffrey R. Kane
o Joseph A. Dingle Jr
o Kristy M. Furst
o Mark L. Arnold
o Michael J. Haba
o Ryan A. Keyser
o Shelley M. Wheeler
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