Monday, May 13, 2013
Montgomery County Council meets most Tuesdays in Rockville.
Montgomery County Council members will begin to discuss how to spend revenue collected from an ambulance fund that took effect this January at its next meeting, planned for Tuesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Rockville. The fund is the result of a law passed in 2012 that allows the county to collect fees from the insurance companies of patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS). It was defeated in a 2010 voter referendum, Patch previously reported, but reintroduced and passed by the County Council. County Executive Isiah Leggett submitted a proposal to allocate 15 percent of the revenue to the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association, the group that runs local volunteer fire and rescue stations. If approved, about $2.…
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The man and a woman who was rescued from a second floor window were both transported to a trauma center, according to fire officials.
A man jumped from the second story of a Burtonsville home to escape a fire Sunday, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a home in the 11900 block of Old Columbia Pike shortly before 1:30 p.m., MCFRS spokesman Assistant Chief Scott Graham reported via Twitter. The man who jumped was transported to a trauma center, along with a woman who was rescued from a second-floor window, Graham said. Responders brought the blaze under control shortly before 2:30. The cause and origin of the fire, which displaced four, remains under investigation.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
A recently abandoned home went up in flames early Saturday morning.
Four firefighters sustained minor injuries while trying to quell the flames of a house fire in the Kemp Mill neighborhood of Silver Spring Saturday morning. Approximately 80 fire and rescue workers responded shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday to 11118 Nicholas Drive around. The fire began on the first floor of the home and reached up into the attic. Four firefighters were injured in the fire and treated at local hospitals, according to a release from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services reports. Investigators said that the fire began under the kitchen sink, but extensive fire damage to the area makes determining the exact cause of the fire difficult, according to the news release. The home had been rented out, but was recently vacated by…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Chief Richard R. Bowers Jr. was named fire chief for Fairfax County, VA. The appointment is effective April 29.
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Chief Richard R. Bowers Jr. will be leaving his post to take over as fire chief in Fairfax County, VA. Bowers is a 35-year veteran of MCFRS and has served as Montgomery County's fire chief since 2008. Bowers takes over for Ronald Mastin, who plans to retire from the Fairfax County Fire Department on May 7. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors made the appointment on Tuesday. The appointment is effective April 29. “I think the most important thing is that I’m their fire chief,” Bowers said, referring to Fairfax County residents. “We’re going to use every available means to get the word out about safety and prevention.” In Fairfax County, Bowers will oversee nearly 1,400 uniformed men and women and 180 …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Funds will purchase 40 automated external defibrillators, rescue equipment used for resuscitation
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will receive a $1.2 million federal grant to buy external defibrillators, devices used to revive people. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, and U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen, announced last week. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt told Patch that the one-time grant would replace the 40 monitors in the county's current inventory—old monitors she said were at the end of their operational life spans. Mikulski (D-Md) is the chairwoman of the senate appropriations committee. Cardin (D-Md) is a member of the finance committee. Van Hollen, who…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Fire affected wooded area near northbound I-270 and the Capital Beltway Tuesday.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy and the county's emergency operations and shelters would come to a close at 5 p.m. Tuesday. "News for us today is we're going back to normal operations," Leggett said from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center in Gaithersburg. "We fared very well compared to other locations." Approximately 10,000 Pepco customers remain without power, with numbers nearing 23,000 at the height of the storm. "Compared to previous events, that's significantly lower," Leggett said. The county executive praised Pepco for its proactive efforts in preparing for the storm. The utility service provider brought in a considerable amount of help, and …
NIneteen Silver Spring residents were displaced after a falling tree sheared off an apartment building's gas meter and caused a major gas leak.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to 371 calls from 5 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy brought heavy rain and high winds to the region. Calls for assistance peaked between 8 - 10 p.m. Monday, when personnel responded to 156 calls, according to an MCFRS update. Around 9 p.m., rescue officials said they were handling an increase in requests for assistance with trees and wires down. "Naturally, with the wind we've had and the rain, this is to be expected," said assistant chief Scott Goldstein in a video update. Responders were called out 47 times between midnight and 4 a.m. MCFRS responded to three calls for water rescues from residents trapped in their cars, but all three were out and safe when units …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The bus was stopped at a bus stop when another vehicle crashed into it, according to a county spokeswoman.
A car collided with a Ride On bus that was stopped at a bus stop on Rockville Pike Monday morning, a county spokeswoman reports. The bus was stopped near 355 and Pooks Hill Road when another vehicle ran into the back of the bus, according to county spokeswoman Esther Bowring. The incident occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. and minor injuries were reported, according to Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a fire and rescue spokesman. One lane on northbound Rockville Pike was getting by the accident shortly before 9 a.m., Montgomery County police reported. Ride On supervisors were investigating the accident, Bowring said.