Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Captain Mike Grierson rounds out a 34 year career with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue by staffing Engine 702 with his three sons (Michael 30C, Ricky 2C, and Chuckie- soon to be 22c) who all work for the department. Accompanying them will be their Grandfather, MFF Bernie Collins (MCFRS, ret.)
Mike was hired on December 31, 1978 at Station 1 and was promoted to Technician by the Silver Spring Fire Department shortly before firefighters became employees of county government in 1988. His position was then reclassified to the rank of Master Firefighter and he worked in a number of stations in that capacity, including Stations 19 and 16. Additionally during this time frame, Captain Grierson took on responsibilities in the scheduling office, ensuring proper staffing of career personnel throughout the county.
In the late 1980s he was promoted to Sergeant and moved to the Fire Code Enforcement Office. During that time Mike became a paramedic through Montgomery County and was eventually promoted to Captain, a promotion that earned him a transfer to Station 7 in Chevy Chase.
Since Station 7 was the center of the Hazardous Materials team at the time, Mike added that skill to his considerable repertoire. When the department expanded the HazMat team to Fire Station 28 in Gaithersburg in 2001, Mike was chosen to assist in that endeavor and moved up-county for a few years.
Most Recently, Mike has been serving the department as the Safety Officer on C-Shift.
As we do with all of our retirees, the MCFRS wishes Captain Grierson success and happiness in retirement and we thank him for his legacy of excellence that is evident in the three sons who now take his place in our department.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
3 Alarm Fire in the 19300 block of Club House Rd., a set on Flickr.
Three-Alarm Apartment Fire Causes Extensive Damage
Firefighters rescue several residents and pets trapped by the fire
Montgomery County, MD - - - Montgomery County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday evening for the report of an apartment fire in the 19300 block of Club House Road in Gaithersburg. First arriving units encountered heavy fire conditions throughout the building with fire extended through the roof. Command quickly requested additional resources including a second and third alarm. Crews performed an aggressive interior attack and firefighters performed multiple rescues of people trapped by the fire on second and third floor balconies. The rescues also included several pet rescues from top floors of the complex.
The bulk of the fire was out shortly after 8:00 p.m. and firefighters worked late into the night to extinguish hot spots, monitor conditions and conduct overhaul.
Investigators were requested to the scene and have ruled the fire accidental. The fire remains under investigation. Initial damage estimates were $750,000 ($500,000 to the structure/$250,000 to contents). The fire caused extensive damage to 12 units and Red Cross was assisting over 40 residents displaced by the fire.
Two firefighters and three civilians were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries and were expected to be released last night. Over 100 firefighters were on the scene at the height of firefighting operations.
Firefighters will be returning to the neighborhood throughout the week as part of the Fire Chief’s “Safety in Our Neighborhood” outreach program offering free smoke alarms, replacement batteries and safety information to residents.
Today, a fixture of the 1st Battalion completes a long and distinguished career. After 36 years, Captain Donny Deibler will retire effective July 1 and this is his last shift.
Pictured here center, Captain Deibler was hired on May 22, 1977 at Fire Station 1. To give some perspective to that date; Jimmy Carter was beginning his term as president, the Apple II computer was first being released for sale, and the first Star Wars movie was new in theaters.
Captain Deibler was promoted to “technician” in 1980 and moved to Fire Station 16 in 1981. Captain Deibler spent the majority of his career at station 16 as a technician; a position that was later renamed “master firefighter.” In 2000 he was promoted to Lieutenant and moved to station 12. After 23 years he did a short stint outside of the 1st Battalion at Fire Station 17 in Laytonsville when he was promoted to Captain in 2005. Fortunately, his love of the 1st Battalion was too great and he returned to us after only 3 years, taking the Station Commander position at Fire Station 19 in 2011.
During his entire career Captain Deibler has been an exceptional employee, mentor, leader and friend. The 1st Batallion will truly miss his contributions to the organization but we wish him success and happiness in retirement.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets far away from grills: declare a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill.
- With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been lit. NEVER use gasoline!
- With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and check hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- All propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 must have overfill protection devices (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow off propane before capacity is reached. OPDS are easily identified by their triangle-shaped hand wheel.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and have the grill. repaired by a professional, if necessary.
- Remember to keep your grill clean! Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
- Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto grill and catch fire.
- REMEMBER! Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), gas and charcoal grills cause an annual average of 1,500 structure fires and 4,200 outdoor fires in or on residential properties, resulting in a combined direct property loss of $29.8 million.
Make Fire Safety a Priority
- Only use your barbeque grill outside. Grills are not designed to be used in a trailer, tent, garage, or house. Carbon monoxide can build-up and poison you.
- Set-up a grill in an open area away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves or brush. Be sure to avoid high traffic areas and always barbeque in a well-ventilated area. Be aware of wind blown sparks.
- Always read the owners manual before using the grill.
- Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least
1020 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
- Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher within easy reach.
- When purchasing a fire extinguisher, choose the largest size that can be handled comfortably.
- Wear clothing that does not have hanging sleeves or apron strings, and use flame retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents.
- Never leave a grill unattended once it is lit.
- Use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters.
- Never attempt to move a hot grill.
- If using a charcoal grill, gasoline should never be used in place of charcoal lighter fluid. And never reapply charcoal lighter fluid after the fire has started; the flames can ignite the vapors, and travel up to the can causing an explosion.
Friday, June 21, 2013
- Never leave children unattended around any body of water (bathtubs, pools, ornamental backyard ponds, etc.).
- Small children don't think of water as a danger and, by nature, are very curious. Being left alone in or around water without supervision can be fatal. Do not leave water or any other solutions unattended in buckets or other containers - a child can drown in as little as two inches of water.
- Learn to swim. But remember - even good swimmers can drown.
- Swimming lessons are no substitute for supervision of children and never swim alone.
- Learn CPR.
- Valuable lifesaving seconds are lost by having to wait for Emergency Medical Services to respond and administer CPR. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause irreversible brain damage or death.
- Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts.
- Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
- Watch out for the "dangerous too's"
- ...too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
- Always have a phone
- Keep a phone (cell or cordless) by the pool or nearby when engaged in recreational water activities so that you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
- Know where your children are at all times.
- Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area. Don't be distracted by phone calls, chores or conversations. If you leave the pool area, take the child with you.
- Don't rely on substitutes.
- The use of floatation devices and inflatable toys cannot replace parental supervision. Such devices could suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
|Photo from a previous incident|
- Ensure your cell phones, laptops, tablets and other important devices are fully charged BEFORE the storm.
- Make sure you secure, or bring inside, any loose items that could become dangerous projectiles in high winds.
- Stay prepared by getting your emergency preparedness kit out and having a ready supply of essential items (food, water, batteries, flashlights, battery-operated radio, blankets, etc.).
- It’s a great time to make sure the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm are fresh. Test all smoke alarms to ensure they are working.
- If possible, stay off the roads and heed the advice of local officials. These are serious conditions that are often underestimated and can make driving, and even walking, very hazardous. Occupants of cars and trucks also are vulnerable to being hit by falling trees and utility poles. Further, high profile vehicles such as semi-trailer trucks, buses, and sport utility vehicles may be blown over.
- Stay Inside and away from windows. Go to a basement if you have one.
- Listen to the authorities. Remain indoors until an official "all clear" is issued.
- Use extreme caution when cleaning up storm damage on your property. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical currents through tree branches and metal fences, so survey the area carefully. Use extreme caution around downed or damaged power lines. Do not remove fallen tree limbs or other debris from power lines, never drive over down lines and treat all wires – even those that are hanging or down – as if they are “live” (energized) and call 911 to report them.
- For downed trees on public property, Montgomery County residents should call -311 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (or 240-777-0311 from outside the county or from a cell phone), or file a report at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311. If live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, the tree is on a structure or if anyone is trapped under a fallen tree, call 911.
- Do NOT use candles for lighting. Using candles during a power outage poses an extreme risk of fire. Use flashlights or battery-powered lighting options and make sure you have a battery-operated radio to keep up-to-date.
- If you are using a generator, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area to reduce the risk of breathing harmful fumes. Never place a generator under an open window and follow all manufacturer instructions.
- Reach out to your neighbors who may need help, especially those that are elderly, disabled or infirmed.
- Know your limits. Many storm-related deaths and injuries involve existing health problems exacerbated by the physical demands of cleanup activities.
- Drive with caution. Avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious.
- Treat all intersections where traffic lights are out as a four way stop.
- Please only call 911 for emergencies. Crews will be in high demand throughout the storm. If you do not have a life-threatening emergency, call 311 for assistance.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
From Alert Montgomery this morning:
Portions of six roads in Montgomery County remain closed this morning. Closures include:
- Berryville Road at the creek.
- Hispley Mill Road, 24100 to 24898 block.
- Izaak Walton Way, 20500 to 20574 block.
|Photo from 2011|
- Loghouse Road between Newbury Road and Founders Road.
- West Old Baltimore Road at the creek.
If you approach a flooded roadway, do not attempt to drive through it. Turn around and find an alternate route. Report flooded roadways by calling 311 or 240-777-0311 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 7AM – 7PM) or by visiting http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311 at any time. Remember, if a life threatening situation exists, call 911 immediately.
Monday, June 10, 2013
- West Old Baltimore Road at the creek;
- Kingstead Road between Kings Valley Road and Burnt Hill Road;
- Berryville Road at the creek;
- Riffleford Road at the creek; and
- Log House Road between Newbury Road and Founders Road.
Report flooded roadways by calling 311 in Montgomery County (or 240-777-0311) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 7AM – 7PM). You can also go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311 as well.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
- 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
ROADS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY SUBJECT TO PERIODIC FLOODING:
MD 185 (Conn. Ave) at Rock Creek - S. of Kensington
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week, companies in the lower end of the 1st Battalion responded to serious motor vehicle collisions all resulting in serious injury to multiple occupants. At least two of the collisions appeared to have involved high speed. People need to SLOW down. Companies 12, 16, and BC701 operated at the wreck shown in the below photo which occurred across the street from Co 12 on Friday, May31.
Mechanical struts - shown in the lower right - are used to stabilize objects. In this case, the strut is one of several in use to stabilze the car that is resting on top of the other car. Master Firefighter Sean Hall (16-C) - shown in photo (left) - shared the photos.
With all patients removed, the FD carefully removes the stabilization devices that they used and releases the scene to the police. Wreckers will eventually seperate the cars and tow them away.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
and it’s the third leading cause of death among children
As summer arrives and pools are opening, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials are urging residents to take proper precautions around the water and to diligently supervise children when they are around any water sources. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or just learning how to swim, many water-related injuries can be avoided by knowing what to do and how to stay safe. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and the Department of Recreation are joining forces to promote the importance of water safety throughout the summer. Residents are urged to review these water safety tips to increase safety
- Be attentive. Research from the National Safe Kid Campaign shows that nearly 9 out
of 10 children between the ages of 1 and 14 who drowned were under
supervision when they died. How is this possible? Distractions – cell
phones, ipads, reading materials, chores and socializing needs to be
resisted when you are on “lifeguard duty” watching your child. Be engaged
and committed to watching them constantly. The study defined supervision as being in someone’s care, not
necessarily in direct line of sight.
- Learn to swim and never
swim alone. One of the best things you
can do to stay safe around the water is to learn to swim and to always swim
with a buddy. Make sure they know how to tread water, float on their backs
and get to the edge of the pool and hang on. Even the most experienced
swimmers can become tired or get muscle cramps which might make it
difficult to get out of the water safely.
- Teaching your child how to swim does not mean that your child is “drown-proof.” If you have a pool or are visiting a pool, protect your children by supervising them at all times and being prepared in case of an emergency. Consider designating a adult “water watcher” when children are participating in water activities.
- Seconds count when it
comes to water emergencies. Keep a phone (cell or
cordless) by the pool or nearby when engaged in recreational water
activities so that you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
- Learn life-saving skills. Know how to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies. In the time it might take paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could make a difference in saving someone’s life.
- Avoid relying on inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties” and “noodles” to keep your child safe. These toys are not designed to keep your child safe, can deflate or shift quickly and should never be used as a substitute for supervision. Use only Coast Guard approved flotation devices that your swimmer properly.
- Lifeguards are an
important safety feature but are NOT intended to
replace the close supervision of parents or caregivers. Remember,
lifeguards are not babysitters.
- Maintain constant supervision of children around water (bathtubs, pools, ornamental backyard ponds, etc.). Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area. Don't be distracted by phone calls, chores or conversations. If you leave the pool area, take the child with you. Remember: swim lessons are no substitute for the supervision of children. Formal swimming lessons can help protect young swimmers around the water however constant adult supervision is critical.
- Diving dangers. Diving injuries can cause permanent spinal damage, injuries and even death. Protect yourself by diving only in designated areas that are known to be safe, such as the deep end, of a supervised pool.
- Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
- Know Your Limits. Watch for the “dangerous too’s” . . . too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
- Water and alcohol don’t mix. Each year, up to half of all adult drownings are linked to alcohol use.