Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Firefighters were ultimately able to locate, chase and retrieve the family’s cat who was hiding in the basement. Damage estimates to the home are $500,000 to the structure and $250,000 to contents. Four adults, one child and a cat were displaced by the fire.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
After the Fire in Silver Spring, a set on Flickr.
Personnel from MCFRS went door to door in a Leisure World apartment complex checking residents smoke alarms, handing out safety information, as well as answering any questions or concerns after yesterday’s fatal fire.
A few non-working alarms were found and taken care of. Residents were very happy to have us there!
Montgomery County Fire Investigators were dispatched to the scene and have determined that the fire originated in the enclosed balcony/sunroom area of a 9th floor unit. Fire sprinklers activated in the unit and kept the fire from extending more significantly in the building.
Investigators have released the name of the deceased victim, Debra Yuhas Lee, age 63. There were no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is listed as undetermined at this time. Damage estimates were $150,000.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Kitten Rescue, a set on Flickr.
By: Lieutenant Sam Villani
On Monday, September 23, 2013, Tower 703 assisted Montgomery County Animal Control in the Fallsgrove section of Rockville with a stranded kitten. The kitten had fallen into the deep part of a dry storm sewer drain, and could not get out.
When Tower 703 arrived the animal control officer, Jennifer Gill, had Tower 703’s crew remove the manhole cover and assist with attempting to retrieve the kitten. Normally in order to enter a below grade confined space a specialty team would be needed- and doing so would have likely scared the kitten away. So we collectively decided to try using food that was graciously donated by Avalon at Fallsgrove employees, and a combination of a small animal net and a utility bag and webbing to rescue the kitten.
After fifteen minutes of configuring the food with the bag and the net, Master Firefighter Chris May safely netted the kitten and brought it to safety.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Public Safety HQ Open House, a set on Flickr.
On Saturday, September 21, 2013 an Open House was held at the Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg from 11 AM until 4 PM. Initial estimates from our partners in public safety, Montgomery County Police, indicate roughly four thousand people showed up for this introductory and FREE event.
Attendees were treated to a variety of demonstrations by both MCFRS and MCP highlighting the tools, and high skill sets, Police Officers and Firefighters use just about every day. As well, Fire Trucks and Police Units were available for close up viewing and, in some cases, jumping aboard! Additionally there was a variety of safety information available to take home.
Several other County Agencies also participated and there were a few rides and games that many of our younger visitors ended up enjoying tremendously. If the many smiles were any indication, a fantastic time seemed to be had by all!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Car Seat Fact Sheets
- Selecting the Right Car Seat (PDF, 699 KB)
- Installing Your Child's Car Seat Tightly (PDF, 1.21 MB)
- Check Your Child's Car Seat! (PDF, 1.69 MB)
Car Seat Inspection Station Locations
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 am - Noon
14111 Georgia Avenue (behind 7-11), Aspen Hill, MD 20906
Thursday Evenings 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
503 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Wednesdays 8:00 am - Noon
18501 North Frederick Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Child Seat Laws & Seat Check Information
- MD Child Safety Seat Law (PDF)
- Inspection Station Flyer (PDF)
- Directions to Seat Checks (PDF)
- 5-Step Booster Seat Check (PDF)