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.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Collision occurs near intersection of Silver Spring Avenue and Fenton Street.
An adult male riding a bicycle was hit by a vehicle in downtown Silver Spring Sunday night and was in serious condition. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews arrived at the 900 block of Silver Spring Avenue, near the intersection of Fenton Street, around 9 p.m. on March 9 for the report of a pedestrian struck. The bicyclist was transported to a local trauma center with serious, life-threatening injuries, according to Beth Anne Nesselt, spokesperson for the department. Three people who were inside the vehicle were taken to a local hospital for evaluation and check-ups.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Fire officials: Upgrading to the new cardiac monitors—known as Lifepak 15s—will save lives.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service was awarded a $1.2 million federal grant to replace old cardiac defibrillators, MCFRS announced Thursday. Fire Chief Richard Bowers said more than half of the department’s cardiac defibrillators have been in use since 2002, longer than recommended. Fire officials said upgrading to the new cardiac monitors—known as Lifepak 15s—would save lives. The equipment enables first responders to quickly diagnose a patient in the field, provide quick access to clinical information and faster treatment while simultaneously transmitting critical patient information directly to the hospital’s emergency department before arriving at the hospital. Funds are from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The victim sustained minor injuries, fire and rescue officials said.
A woman sustained minor injuries after a tree fell on the vehicle she was inside of Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. The tree came down in the 2900 block of New Castle Avenue in Silver Spring around 3 p.m. March 6. Two people were inside of the vehicle, but the second occupant was uninjured. The victim was treated at a local hospital.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Fire and rescue crews were dispatched after two canisters of gas fell off of a loading dock.
Hazmat crews from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue were investigating after two canisters of unknown gas fell off of a loading dock in Silver Spring Monday afternoon, near Home Depot on Broadbirch Drive, a spokesperson for the department reports. Evacuations were not ordered, although some people at nearby businesses and locations were advised to stay away from the containers, said Beth Anne Nesselt, public information officer for Fire and Rescue Services. Crews were dispatched around 3:25 p.m., Feb. 25, to the 2300 block of Broadbirch Drive, near the intersection of Bournefield Way, as a result of the report of the containers of gas falling off of a loading dock.
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…
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 …