On Saturday October 15th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., there will be food vendors, moon bounces, rock walls, and much more for the entire family.
We would like to invite any BBQ enthusiasts to sign up to compete. If you have ever wanted to, but never entered a competition, this is a great low stress opportunity. There is $1400 in prize money and a great time to hang out with friends around the grill. Please share this with all of your list friends.
Here is a link to the event and hope to see you there to help raise much needed funds for our family at MDA: http://www.highpointcatering.com/bbq-battle/index.html
Assistant Chief Scott Graham
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Friday, September 30, 2011
On Saturday October 15th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., there will be food vendors, moon bounces, rock walls, and much more for the entire family.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The below is from Weather.com and I thought it appropriate for this mornings commute.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Breaking the barrier into a male-dominated field and motivated by the desire to save lives, Foltz left college and a promising future as a school teacher to become a career firefighter. After three decades on the job, she is hanging up her gear for the final time on Wednesday and retiring. “It’s been a great career. The fire service has changed and the culture has changed,” said Firefighter Foltz. “I think of the many mentors I have had over the years, many of them now deceased, and would like to think that they would be very proud of me and where we are today.”
Well-wishers are invited to stop by and wish Firefighter Foltz well on her last shift:
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Fire Station One
8110 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
Friday, September 23, 2011
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Stay Safe - Bill
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
- www.nhtsa.gov features latest research, occupant protection laws in other states.
- http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm has latest recall list.
- http://www.usa.safekids.org/tier2_rl.cfm?folder_id=1400 To find a car seat inspection station in another area.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
News Advisory: Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union Makes Generous Donation to Firefighter’s Breast Cancer Charity
The MC EFCU learned of his story and kicked off a two-month campaign to raise funds to support his efforts and advocacy. The generous donation was the result of a credit card campaign in which $50 was donated for each new account opened. Officials will present a check for $4,000 to Moneymaker’s charity “For 3 Sisters” on Thursday, September 15th.
When: Thursday, September 15th at
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
More than 45 firefighters responded to the fire at the height of operations. Fire Investigators on the scene conducted an origin and cause investigation. An examination of the scene revealed a fire that remained contained to the room of origin. The kitchen housed the washer and dryer. The fire originated in the electrical wiring feeding the electric dryer. The fire is listed as accidental and was caused by an unknown malfunction or failure of the 220 electrical plug/outlet to the dryer. The estimated damage is nearly $125, 000.
Montgomery County Firefighters will be conducting an “After the Fire” door-to-door outreach campaign in an effort to check smoke alarms and talk to residents about fire safety.
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Monday, September 12, 2011
More than 45 firefighters responded to the fire at the height of operations. Fire Investigators are on the scene and are conducting an origin and cause investigation.
Montgomery County Firefighters will be conducting an “After the Fire” door-to-door outreach effort in the neighborhood to check smoke alarms and talk to residents about fire safety.
What has really shocked me (no pun intended as you read on) is the wide spread lack of knowledge as it relates to thunderstorms and the inherent dangers associated with said storms by parents, coaches, and game officials. This is especially true as it relates to the sound of thunder with no apparent sign of lightning in the sky. Parents, coaches, and game officials do not seem to understand that if you can hear thunder, both the children and you are in harms way of a potential lightning strike.
This exact situation occurred yesterday in a U10 girl’s soccer game I was observing. The sky was getting dark and then we heard what we thought was thunder. We were not 100% sure but any doubt was erased maybe 30 seconds later when a very clear and loud crack of thunder was heard. We began to evacuate our clubs U10 players and informed the referee and the other teams’ coaches that play needed to be suspended and all should seek immediate shelter until the threat passed. Both the coaches, the referee, and the parents seemed upset at this and repeatedly pointed out they had not observed lightning. At the end of the day, they reluctantly agreed if only because our girls were already on the way to shelter.
The storm passed, the teams waited the appropriate number of minutes and play resumed though the other coaches, parents, and referee were very annoyed with our clubs actions.
I have also observed similar types of situations and behavior over the last few weeks at various area soccer tournaments. Which leads me to share the below information with all of you. No matter the outdoor sport and whether you are a coach, parent, game or league official, I hope that you take time to review the below brochure from our friends at The National Weather Service. I hope that all of you take heed and take appropriate steps to act appropriately if confronted with the sound of thunder or the sight of lightning and keep our kids (and you) safe!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
This weekend will mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001. Residents of Montgomery County may be aware of warnings issued by federal, state, and local agencies regarding potential attacks that may occur during this time. Police Chief J. Thomas Manger would like to assure residents that the Montgomery County Department of Police has plans in place to address needs as they occur. The police department would like to remind our residents of ways that they can assist in preventing future acts of terrorism.
“See Something Say Something”
The Montgomery County Department of Police joins our federal and local partners in the “See Something Say Something” campaign. The campaign is a simple and effective program developed to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities. Remember that the suspicious activity does not need to be criminal in nature to report it to the Montgomery County Police.
A video entitled The 7 Signs of Terrorism, regarding terrorism awareness can be viewed
at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/police. The seven signs are listed below:
1. Surveillance: Recording or monitoring activities. May include drawing diagrams, note taking, use of cameras, binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices, or possessing floor plans or blueprints of key facilities.
2. Elicitation: Attempts to obtain operation, security, and personnel-related information regarding a key facility. May be made by mail, fax, e-mail, telephone, or in person.
3. Tests of Security: Attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.
4. Acquiring Supplies: Attempts to improperly acquire items that could be used in a terrorist act. May include the acquisition of explosives, weapons, harmful chemicals, flight manuals, law enforcement or military equipment, uniforms, identification badges, or the equipment to manufacture false identification.
5. Suspicious Persons: Someone who does not appear to belong in a workplace, neighborhood or business establishment due to his/her behavior, including unusual questions or statements he/she make.
6. Dry Runs/Trial Runs: Behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist act without actually committing the act. Activity could include mapping out routes and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow.
7. Deploying Assets: Placing people, equipment, and supplies into position to commit the act. This is the last opportunity to alert authorities before the terrorist act occurs.
Montgomery County residents are encouraged to contact the police if they observe suspicious situations by calling 9-1-1 or the non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.
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A short time later, units responded for an inland water rescue in the 9300 block of
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
|From Nat'l Weather Service/NOAA|
6. Old Baltimore Rd - Clarksburg Rd To Ten Mile Creek Rd
- Barnes Rd and Clarksburg Rd
- Barnesville Rd and Mt. Ephraim Rd.
- Bay Tree La and Bent Branch Rd.
- Bay Tree La and Mohican Rd.
- Bethesda Church Rd. and Clarksburg Rd.
- Blunt Rd. and Neelsville Church Rd.
- Blunt Rd. and Scenery Dr.
- Blunt Rd. and Watkins Mill Rd.
- Brandon Way Rd. and Riffle Ford Rd.
- Game Preserve Rd. and I-270
- Locbury Dr. and Waters Rd.
- Locbury Dr. and Wisteria Dr.
- Mohican Rd. and Bent Branch Rd.
- Neelsville Church Rd. and Watkins Mill Rd.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
When it rains heavily, there may be flash floods, flood warnings and flood watches issued. Flash floods more often occur in mountain streams, hilly areas or low-lying areas. But they do happen in urban and suburban areas like Montgomery County, as well. Flash floods can occur even though it's not raining where you are. It may be raining hard farther upstream and raining so hard that the water cannot be absorbed into the ground.
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!
Never drive through a flooded road or bridge. Turn Around - Don’t Drown and try an alternate route! In many cases, it takes far less than a foot of water to incapacitate a vehicle. It may stall, leaving you stranded, and depending on the level of water, you may not be able to open a vehicle door. Do not underestimate the power of moving water.
Watch for flooding at bridges and dips in the road. Never drive where water is over bridges or roads. Turn around - Don’t Drown! The bridges or the road could suddenly be washed out. If you're driving at night be especially careful. Often visibility is limited due to wind and rain.
Often what you can't see below the surface of the water is far more dangerous than the high levels of that water. Remember that rocks, tree limbs and other debris can be caught in moving water and can be dangerous if you are forced to walk, wade or swim through flood waters.
If you have to walk or wade through flood water, use a stick to poke the ground in front of you with each step. It can help you determine water levels, the bottom surface and the safest possible way to get to higher ground.
Remember that flash floods can come without warning, and sometimes without weather. Be alert and heed all warnings and recommendations from officials. From FEMA's website, some further information about driving through flooded roadways:
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!
TURN AROUND - DON’T DROWN and try an alternate route!
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
More at: Street Flooding Hazards
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Showers and thunderstorms may produce very heavy rainfall Monday and Tuesday as tropical moisture interacts with a slow-moving cold front. Flash flooding may result. Heavy precipitation and potential flooding could last well into next week.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Rockville - - - Children across the region are heading back to school and Fire Chief Richie Bowers is asking drivers to exercise extra caution as the school year begins. “With schools back in session, drivers should take extra time to be on the look-out for kids at intersections and in roadways,”said Chief Bowers. “Additionally, as a matter of safety and compliance with laws, drivers are reminded to put their cell phones down and refrain from talking or texting while driving.”
• All passengers should wear a seat belt and/or an age and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.
• All children younger than 13 years of age should ride in the back seat of vehicles. If you must drive more children than can fit in the back seat (i.e., for example, when carpooling) move the front-seat passenger’s seat as far back as possible.
• Be watchful for bus riders. For many children this may be the first time they have ridden a bus.
• Exercise extra caution as you head out to work and be on the watch for school buses. Many bus routes or schedules change each year, and you may encounter a school bus where you have never seen one before.
• School Zones: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and around schools.
• Slow down: Be alert to children as you back out of your driveway or exit your garage.
• Safety on the road is especially important for “new” drivers that may be driving to school for the first time.
Reminders for Parents and Children
• Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Children are not always aware of their surroundings and may dart into traffic assuming drivers will see and stop for them. Carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school or wait for the bus without adult supervision.
• Children should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
• Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
• Bus riders need to make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them.
• Always look both ways before crossing the street and never enter streets from between parked cars or from behind shrubbery.
• If traveling to school by bike, obey the rules of the road and wear a helmet! Not only is it the smart thing to do, it is also the law in Maryland.
• Be a good neighbor. Respect private property and always be on your best behavior while waiting for the bus.
School Bus Safety – What Motorists Should Know
All drivers need to stop when the lights on school buses are flashing. Drivers should be aware Maryland law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street if there is no physical divider or barrier. Drivers who pass the bus before all lights have ceased flashing may face the following consequences:
- Drivers who pass school buses while the lights are flashing will receive a citation that carries a maximum fine of $570 and a 3-point penalty.
- Drivers who stop but then proceed while the lights are flashing will receive a citation that carries a maximum fine of $570 and a 2-point penalty.
Parents need to carefully consider the pros and cons of having a child stay home alone before/after school. Be familiar with laws and child protective policies in your jurisdiction and, because children mature at different rates, your decision should not be based on age alone. Children should master important safety skills before staying home alone. Be sure to make and practice a home fire escape plan that includes a designated “safe” area outside where everyone will meet if the smoke alarm sounds, ensure they know when and how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency and unattended cooking continues to be the leading cause of home fires in Montgomery County. Firefighters strongly recommend having after school snacks on hand that do not require cooking and that children only use kitchen appliances while under close adult supervision. Additional safety tips can be found on our website at mcfrs.org/mcsafe. For the law in Maryland:
Section 5-801 provides:
(a) A person who is charged with the care of a child under the age of 8 years may not allow the child to be locked or confirmed in a dwelling, building, enclosure or motor vehicle while the person charged is absent and the dwelling, building, enclosure or motor vehicle is out of the sight of the person charged unless the person charged provides a reliable person at least 13 years old to remain with the child to protect the child.
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