Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chief Tom Carr. He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy and will probably be best remembered as a world class leader responsible for helping generations of firefighters and as the architect of the Nation’s Urban Search & Rescue Response System and the County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team”, said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “He compiled an unparalleled record of public service and achievements and his loss is deeply felt.”
“The fire service has lost a great leader and we’ve lost a great friend,” said Fire Chief Richard Bowers. “Chief Carr was respected nationally and internationally. Under his leadership, the department added 4-person staffing, collective bargaining for volunteers and raised education and training standards. He led the department’s successful efforts to become a nationally accredited fire department and was a man of great vision, passion and integrity who led from the heart. His impact will be felt for many years to come.”
Chief Carr is survived by his wife Anne, son West, daughter Amy, his parents, a brother and sister.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
A Day in the life at the Public Safety Training Academy, a set on Flickr.
As with many professions our MCFRS Firefighters are no strangers to continuing education and advanced training programs. Just about every single day at our Public Safety Training Academy, there are classes and training that occur to review basic skills, learn new skills/techniques, and enhance career development.
Some classes are strictly classroom only while others, as in the accompanying photos, require hands on learning. Our Firefighters train hard, and learn the latest techniques, so we are ready to assist those who need our help no matter what the situation.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Fire Chief Richie Bowers is pleased to announce that the following personnel have been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant:
- Alexander L. Aquino
- Paul J. Tomassoni
- Phillip M. Baker
Congratulations to all in your new assignment and, as always, be safe!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
screen is not a safety device - - it is designed to keep insects out, not to keep children in.
- Keep furniture such as sofas, beds and dressers away from windows. This will discourage children from climbing near any windows.
- When windows are open for ventilation, take advantage of all safety features. If possible, open windows from the top and not the bottom if you have double-hung windows – the kind that can open down from the top as well as up from the bottom.
Window falls can happen quickly and, in some cases, can be deadly. When keeping your kids safe, MCFRS reminds parents that no device can replace active supervision. For more safety tips, visit our website at www.mcfrs.org/mcsafe.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Stay Safe - Bill
This is a general information brochure. The examples included are guidelines. It does not list every incident for which you might need to contact 9-1-1, 301-279-8000, and 3-1-1.
When to call 9-1-1:
- Any life-threatening situation - fights, weapons, personal-injury vehicle collisions
- A sexual assault that is in progress or has just occurred
- An immediate fear for your personal safety or the safety of others
- A serious crime in progress - robbery, burglary, assault
- Any type of fire
- Any serious medical problem that requires an ambulance or other immediate medical response
What should you (the caller) do when you call 9-1-1:
- Remain calm and speak clearly
- Be prepared to answer where, what, when, who, and how
- Let the call taker ask the questions
- Stay on the phone if it is safe to do so, or until the call taker advises you to hang up
- If the call requires transfer to another agency, stay on the line. You may hear a series of clicks as the transfer occurs.
- Understand that if the 9-1-1 center is extremely busy and your call is not answered within approximately 15 seconds, you will hear a recording indicating that operators are busy. The tones that follow the recording support devices for the hearing impaired. Stay on the line, do not hang up and call back.
What you’ll be asked when you call 9-1-1:
- The location of the emergency – the exact address, intersection, place name (for example shopping center, school, hotel, etc.)
- The nature of the emergency (what is going on right now, description of people and/or vehicles involved, any weapons involved, how long ago did the incident occur)
- If it is a medical emergency you will be asked questions about the patient’s physical condition
- Your (the caller’s) name and telephone number – a request to remain anonymous will be honored
- Whether you want an officer to respond to see you
- To be prepared to follow any instructions the call taker gives you. Call takers can provide step-bystep information about what to do until help arrives.
If you inadvertently dial 9-1-1 – DO NOT HANG UP:
- Stay on the phone and advise the call taker that you mistakenly dialed 9-1-1 and that you do not have an emergency.
- If a 9-1-1 call is abrupty disconnected, the call taker will attempt to call the number back.
- If a caller does not confirm whether or not there is an emergency, police may be dispatched to the location from which the call was made.
- To prevent inadvertent calls to 9-1-1, keep phones out of reach of toddlers and small children.
- Use your phone wisely. Responding to unnecessary calls needlessly burdens the emergency call taker and the system, leaving the call taker unavailable for true emergencies.
When to call the Police Non-Emergency Number 301-279-8000:
- A noise complaint
- A parking violation
- A property damage traffic collision where there is no personal injury
- Loose or barking dogs
- To report that you were a victim of a crime that is not in progress
- To report a suspicious person, vehicle, or situation
When to call 3-1-1:
- For Ride On bus information
- To discuss your Montgomery County property tax bill
- For recycling and trash pick up information
- For road and pothole repairs
- For building, construction, and zoning information
- To schedule construction permitting inspections
- For Health and Human Services Information
- To reach the MC311 Center from outside the County call 240-777-0311.
Special Caller situations: Deaf/hearing/speech-impaired callers
- 9-1-1 and 301-279-8000 are equipped with the TTY/TDD interface
- For TTY at the MC311 Center, call 301-251-4850
- MD Relay service is available by dialing 7-1-1
- For more information on MD Relay, go to www.mdrelay.org
English as a second Language:
- Montgomery County subscribes to a Language Interpretation Service that is available for 9-1-1, 301-279-8000, and 3-1-1.
- When language interpretation is needed, callers will be connected to the language interpretation service. When conferencing the interpreter in to the call, the caller may hear a series of beeps and tones. Do not hang up. Stay on the line until all three parties are on the phone together.
- The Interpreter will ask the caller questions, then translate to the call taker. The call taker will then ask the interpreter questions to ask the caller.
Montgomery County residents Make the Right Call by using
- 9-1-1 only for emergencies,
- 301-279-8000 only to report non-emergencies, and
- 3-1-1 for general Montgomery County government information.
From Montgomerycountymd.gov web site
Monday, April 8, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Fire in Olney
Investigators were requested to the scene and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. An occupant in the home reported smelling smoke and then seeing flames in the carport area and quickly evacuated everyone from the home. Once outside, they called 911. The occupants reported that the smoke alarm activated.
Damage estimates are $200,000 ($150K to the structure/$50K to the contents). Four occupants of the home were displaced and Red Cross was contacted to assist them.
- Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home including basements and in all
sleeping areas. If your alarms are hard-wired, be sure they have a battery back-up.
- All smoke alarms have expiration dates and should be replaced every ten years, even if they appear to be working. Follow manufacturer recommendations.
- Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries changed annually, according to manufacturer recommendations. A “chirping” sound may indicate that your battery is low and needs to be changed right away.
- Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street so that police and fire/rescue personnel can easily see your address in the event of an emergency.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
More than 100 firefighters battle blaze
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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched shortly before 7:00 a.m. to the Montgomery Towers apartment building at 415 Silver Spring Avenue for the report of an apartment fire. Units arrived on the scene with fire showing and heavy smoke conditions from a top floor apartment and requested additional units. Firefighters were able to successfully rescue several residents trapped by the fire including several dramatic rescues from a top floor balcony. At the height of firefighting operations, over 100 firefighters were on the scene.
Ride-On buses were requested to shelter the evacuated residents from the cold weather and representatives from the Red Cross and building management were assisting the displaced residents.
Firefighters will be out in force later today in the community where this fire occurred handing out safety information and offering to check smoke alarms and replacing any batteries or smoke alarms as needed. Fire investigators are currently on the scene to determine the origin and cause of the fire and updates and additional information will be provided when available.
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