Monday, October 11, 2021

The Career of a Lifetime Starts Here!

DEADLINE for applications: October 22, 2021 @ 5 pm 

Candidates must have previous training and certifications in fire suppression, rescue and EMS. This recruit class will be an abbreviated, 12-week recruit class tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2022.


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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is an Accredited Agency and premier all-hazards department protecting about 500 square miles and over 1 million people who live and work in Maryland's most populous jurisdiction. MCFRS offers exceptional and diverse opportunities and unlimited opportunities for growth. We are currently accepting applications for Recruit Class 51 projected to begin in September 2022 (Previously Trained Individuals).

Firefighting involves extremely challenging, skilled physical work. Firefighters must have strong communication skills and the ability to think quickly and operate in high-pressure emergency situations. Continuous education and training is provided throughout MCFRS careers and encompasses a broad area of areas. 

MCFRS is committed to providing the highest level of public safety services to our community. Ready to join the ranks of one of the most esteemed agencies in the Nation?  We invite you to explore what it takes to join MCFRS and serve our great community.


How to become a Fire Fighter in MCFRS: 
MCFRS Hiring Process 


  All the info on salary and benefits: 
  MCFRS Benefits 


 
 

Fire Fighter/Rescuer 1 position:
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Friday, October 1, 2021

Fire Safety Education – It Isn’t Just For Kids!


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Keeping Your Family Safe: 31 Days and 31 Ways

October is Fire Prevention Month! Having working smoke alarms installed throughout your house is the first line of defense for fire prevention. We will be working hard this month to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure your family and home are safe and protected. This year’s national campaign for Fire Safety Month is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” with an important focus on ensuring everyone knows the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make to keep you and your family safe. Fire Chief Goldstein is urging all families to practice “whole home safety” and we’re here to help with a month-long campaign “Keeping Your Family Safe: 31 Days and 31 Ways.” 

Did You Know?

  • Three out of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. 
  • Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan.
  • Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires.

Let’s answer a few quick questions you may have:

What’s the difference between smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Do I need both?

Smoke alarms detect smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger and giving you time to safely escape. In the event of a fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and on every level – including the basement (finished or unfinished).  

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you are even aware that you are in danger. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1 and have your house checked by MCFRS.

How do I know which smoke and/or CO alarm to choose for my home? There are so many!

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory that ensures it has met a rigorous level of testing and standards. For homes built before 1975 that are protected by battery-powered smoke alarms, you must use 10-year alarms with a sealed-in long-life battery. For homes built since July 1975, Code has required hard-wired smoke alarms with a battery backup. This battery can be any type (9V, long life, etc). 

CO alarms also have a battery backup in the event of a power outage and some even have a 10-year battery sealed into the alarm. Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory. There are also combination models available that integrate both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms into the same unit. For the best protection, select alarms that are interconnected throughout your home. This ensures you can hear the alarm anywhere in your house! 

What if someone in my home is deaf or hard of hearing?

There are smoke alarms and alert devices that alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarm sounds. Pillow or bed shakers designed to work with your smoke alarm also can be purchased and installed. 

Have a question or need help?

A quick call to 311 will connect you with someone on our team that can answer all your questions. Thank you on behalf of the Fire Chief and the men and women of MCFRS and please be safe.   


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Grill Like a Pro!

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Six Major Grilling Mistakes You Might Be Making

It happens every year. The weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-related fires go up. With Memorial Day approaching and many families at home due to COVID-19, Fire Chief Goldstein is reminding residents to review these important safety tips before lighting up the grill this season.

Mistake #1: Not Keeping Your Grill Clean
If you haven’t used your grill in a while, give it a good cleaning. Did you know that grease is a major source of flare ups? If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Regularly remove grease and fat buildup from the grill grates and drip trays.

Mistake #2: Not Giving the Grill Enough Space
Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther away is even better. While you may to want to stand in the shade while you’re grilling, having an awning, umbrella or tree branch too close to the grill can be dangerous and could easily spark a fire. Your grill—whether it’s charcoal or gas—should be at least 10 feet away from your home or garage, deck railings and other structures.

Mistake #3: Leaving a Lit Grill Unattended 
Never leave a lit grill unattended – not even for a minute. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that any food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling. Never try to move a lit or hot grill and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use. Supervise kids and pets when a grill is in use and have a “10 foot” kid free zone near the grill.

Mistake #4: Garages and Grills Don’t Mix 
Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. It’s a common mistake to think it’s safe to use a grill, particularly a small one, in your house or garage. Never do this. In addition to being a major fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide — a  colorless, odorless gas -- that can be deadly. Keep your charcoal and gas grills outside!

Mistake #5: Starting a Gas Grill with the Lid Closed
Lighting your grill with a closed lid can cause a dangerous buildup of gas, creating a fireball. Keep your gas grill lid open when lighting it. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off, and wait at least five minutes before relighting. Charcoal grill owners: dousing lit coals with extra lighter fluid is another big mistake and doing so can easily cause a flare-up.

Mistake #6: Not Shutting Down the Grill
Don’t get distracted and forget to properly turn off your grill! As soon as you’re done cooking, turn off the burners and the fuel supply for gas grills. If you’re using charcoal, let the coals completely cool before safely disposing in a metal container.

Be sure to:

 

Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
Before the season’s first barbecue, check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas. If there is a propane leak, the solution will bubble. Other signs of a propane leak include the smell of gas near the barbecue or a flame that won’t light. Consult your owner’s manual.

If the flame goes out, wait to re-light
If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn the grill and the gas off, then wait at least five minutes to re-light it.

Be careful with charcoal starter fluid
If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, don’t add any starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

Make sure your grill is stable
Position your grill in a well-ventilated, flat and level surface away from your house, overhangs, deck railings. Make sure the grill can’t be tipped over.

Wear the right clothing
Clothing can easily catch fire, so be sure your shirt tails, sleeves or apron strings don’t dangle over the grill.

Links to Code Requirements:
Outdoor Cooking and Recreational Fires near Multi-Family Buildings:
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DPS/Resources/Files/FPCC/outdoorfireMF.pdf

Use of Fire Pits, Fire Bowls & Chimineas:
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DPS/Resources/Files/FPCC/outdoorfire.pdf

Monday, June 28, 2021

Staying Safe: Extreme Heat in the Forecast

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Fire Chief Scott Goldstein is urging residents to stay cool, stay hydrated and to check on loved ones, the elderly and neighbors who may be more vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat.“Heat emergencies are more common when temperatures rise and the humidity is high. Staying hydrated is essential all year long but is particularly important when temperatures soar. Make simple changes in your fluid intact, activities and clothing to help reduce the risk of hyperthermia and heat stroke.” 

The Chief reminds residents to stay informed by listening to local weather and news channels, signing up for AlertMontgomery and continuing to follow local COVID-19 best practices and regulations when out in public.

1. Pre-hydrate, hydrate and re-hydrate
During hot weather increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Drink plenty of water and fluids in advance, during and after activities and don’t wait until you're thirsty to hydrate.

2.  Monitor those at high risk.
Extreme heat can be hazardous to your health and although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Those most at risk for heat-related illnesses include children, older adults, those that work or exercise outside and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

3.  Dress for the heat.
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect some of the sun’s energy. Limit your direct exposure to the sun and wear a hat for extra protection.

4. Hot cars can be deadly.
Never, ever leave children, pets or the elderly in a parked car -- even with the windows down. Temperatures can become life-threatening in minutes. Hot interior surfaces of a car can burn. Before you put your child in a car that has been parked in a warm/sunny spot, check the temperature of the car seat or upholstery first to avoid burns. 

- Make it a habit of opening the rear door of the car every time you park to ensure no one is left inside. Park. Look. Lock. 

- To enforce this habit, please an item that you can't start your day without such as your cell phone, purse, one of your shoes, briefcase, employee badge, etc.

- When at home, keep your vehicle locked at all times, even in the garage.  
 

5. Don’t over-exercise.
Take regular breaks when exercising or engaged in physical activity on warm days. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing signs of a heat-related illness, stop the activity immediately, find a cool place to rest, hydrate and seek medical attention if necessary. Read below for more important information.

6. Be a good neighbor.
Isolated, elderly adults are at a much higher risk of health-related issues. Be a good neighbor and take a minute to check in with your neighbors while being mindful of social distance protocols. Offering to put/retrieve trash cans or recycles might not seem like a big deal to you – but it might be a big help to them. 

7. Protect your pets in hot weather.
Hot weather can affect the well-being of pets making them susceptible to overheating which can lead to very dangerous heat stroke. Always provide a source of water and a cool, ventilated place for your pet. Leaving your pet inside a parked car, even for a few minutes, can be fatal. The inside of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees, even on a 70 degree day. 



Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat Emergencies


Signs of Heat Exhaustion
  • Faint or dizzy
  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
What to do:
  • Move to a cooler location
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing
  • Apply cool, wet cloths or compresses to as much of your body as possible
  • Sip water
Signs of Heat Stroke
  • Throbbing headache
  • No sweating
  • High body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness
What to do:
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately--THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY
  • Move the person to a cooler environment
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath
  • Do NOT give the person fluids

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

What You Need to Know About FIREWORKS

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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue wants to remind residents that ALL fireworks are illegal in Montgomery County. What you need to know:

The Law:
It is illegal for any person to manufacture, possess, store, offer for sale, sell, discharge, use, burn or explode any fireworks in Montgomery County, Maryland, except that an authorized display may be conducted by a licensed pyrotechnic professional with a permit. Penalties for violations of the law include a fine up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail. All fireworks are illegal in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the City of Baltimore. Montgomery County Fire Safety Code: Section 22-70: Fireworks.

What fireworks are legal?
In Montgomery County, ALL fireworks are illegal to possess or discharge including gold label sparklers. Snap-and-pop noise makers, snakes and party poppers are the only exception to this law.

Can I receive fireworks at my home through the mail?
No. Use of the mail for the transportation of fireworks for use in the State of Maryland is illegal.

Can I have a private fireworks display at my residence with proper permits?
No. You can not have a private display; however, you can apply to have a public display with proper permits and insurance.

Can I receive fireworks at my residence delivered by a public carrier?
No. It doesn't matter where the fireworks are purchased or how they are brought into Maryland.  Fireworks are still illegal in Montgomery County.

Where do I report violations involving fireworks?
Residents should call 301-279-8000. Do NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help. Non-emergency 911 calls can delay getting assistance to people with actual emergencies.

Where can I go to see the fireworks on July 4th?
Public fireworks displays, conducted by trained professionals, are the smartest and safest way to view fireworks because they are established under controlled settings and safety regulations and monitored by public safety organizations.  

How many fires are caused by fireworks? 
Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires.