Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department Bolsters Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant


BETHESDA, MD - The Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a prestigious Fire Prevention Grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives presented the award to Deputy Chief Corinne Piccardi at the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department located at 8001 River Road in Bethesda. The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community to help educate the community and reduce the number of preventable fires. Fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide. For more than 40 years, FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe to educate and raise awareness about fire safety. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Maryland-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, Manager of the Fire Prevention Grant Program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent organizations working to prevent fires from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments - as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide - that best demonstrate a need for funding where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.fmglobal.com/grants.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sweating for a Great Cause!


You. Are. Invited.


Looking for something to do this weekend? Please join us Saturday, March 25th for a charity Cycle and Zumba Party event to celebrate the life and work of Emilie Crown.

All proceeds will benefit SafeKids Montgomery, the organization that Emilie dedicated herself to as the program manager and director of Montgomery County's Car Seat program.

Come out, meet some awesome people and get in a great work out! See you Saturday.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

It only takes ONE to save your life!

This simple task can be a potentially life-saving one. 
Daylight savings time begins March 12th and Fire Chief Scott Goldstein is urging all residents to test and check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working and up-to-date when they change their clocks this weekend.

Did you know the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 pm and 6 am when most families are sleeping? A working smoke alarm dramatically increases the chance for survival and provides advance warning of a fire resulting in more time to react and put a home escape plan into action. Help keep your family safe by following these fire safety tips:

1. Install smoke alarms on all levels of your home, including the basement and in all sleeping areas.
2. Test smoke alarms each month to ensure they are working. Replace batteries annually, as needed or required by manufacturer.3. Plan and practice home fire drills regularly. Decide in advance who will help family members that may need assistance escaping (young children, older adults or people with disabilities).
4. Retire old smoke alarms and replace with new ones every 10 years, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
5. Make sure children recognize the sound of your smoke alarm and how to respond to its signal.
6. Know your battery type. Smoke alarms equipped with 10-year batteries are becoming more common. Check your smoke alarms to see what type of battery it has. The 10-year batteries don’t need to be replaced annually, but the entire smoke alarm does need to be replaced every ten years. Maryland’s new law (effective 1/1/2018) affects battery-operated smoke alarms and requires that alarms have SEALED IN, 10-year long life batteries which last for the life of the alarm. Do the math – that’s 10 years. 

Got questions? Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is here to help! Call 311 or visit us on line to schedule your free home safety check. Be sure to bookmark our website for year-round safety information at www.mcfrs.org/mcsafe