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 …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Cause of the Wednesday night fire has not been determined
A fire that destroyed a food warehouse Wednesday in Germantown caused $500,000 worth of damage, a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman told Patch. Investigators have not yet determined what caused the blaze, Assistant Capt. Scott Graham said. Firefighers were dispatched to 17000 block of Germantown Road at 7:30 p.m. It took about 90 minutes to extinguish the fire, Graham said. No injuries were reported.
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 thier operational lifespans. Mikulski (D-Md) is the chairwoman of the senate appropriations committee. Cardin (D-Md) is a member of the finance committee. Van Hollen, who …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to two water rescues in the Gaithersburg area Thursday morning, WUSA 9 reports.
High water levels following Wednesday night's heavy rain resulted in two Thursday morning water rescues in Gaithersburg and Darnestown, WUSA 9 reported. Firefighters pulled a man from his car on Riffle Ford Road in Gaithersburg after it was submerged in high water, according to the report. Read the full story and watch video of the Gaithersburg rescue on WUSA 9. Rescuers responded to seven water rescues Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service's blog, where MCFRS officials posted a Google map and photos of the incidents. Five of those water rescues were Upcounty: Officials responded two water rescues near Olney, at 1899 Brighton Dam Road at New Hampshire Avenue and from the 12100 Block …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Fire destroys home early Saturday on Mouth of Monacacy Road; injuries were considered non-life threatening
Two firefighters were injured while battling a house fire in Dickerson on Saturday, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service said. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Scott Graham told The Gazette that the fire completely destroyed the home, leaving its two residents displaced. Fire officials said in a statement that the firefighters' injuries were considered non-life threatening. One fireman suffered second-degree burns on his hand; the other firefighter was “mildly shocked” when an eclectic line touched the home’s aluminum siding. The residents were not injured, according to the statement. At around 3:30 a.m., rescuers responded to reports of a house fire in the 19700 block of Mouth of Monacacy Road. Residents said they were…