Friday, March 29, 2013
No previous fire-fighting experience is required.
Have you dreamed about being a firefighter since you were little? The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service would like to help you fulfill your dream. Are you: If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, you qualify to apply to become a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service firefighter/rescuer. MCFRS announced on their Facebook page that they are planning to accept applications May 1-17. Applicants must create an account and submit their application on the Montgomery County government website. No prior firefighting experience is required, but applicants will be required to pass both a written exam and the Candidate Physical Ability Test. Applicants also must pass a medical exam and background investigation and receive a …
Monday, December 3, 2012
A dozen guests evacuated from Marriot Springhill Suites on Washingtonian Boulevard; none injured.
A major gas leak forced a dozen people to evacuate from a Gaithersburg hotel Monday afternoon as crews worked for more than two hours to contain a rupture in a 4-inch line near the Rio at Washingtonian. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue tweeted shortly before 4:30 p.m. that the leak occurred in the 9700 block of Washingtonian Boulevard, where a leak near other utility lines was allowing the gas to spread to nearby buildings. No one was injured, according to an MCFRS spokesman. More than a dozen people were evacuated from the Marriot Springhill Suites hotel, WUSA9 reported. MCFRS spokesman Scott Graham tweeted shortly before 6:30 p.m. that the repairs were “clearing soon.” Click here to watch USA9’s footage of the repairs.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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 29, 2012
Calls pick up for Montgomery County first responders.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue is seeing an "increased tempo" in storm-related response calls from across the county, according to a 9 p.m. video update. So far, there have been no reports of major injuries or damage, according to Bill Delaney, program manager for Community Life Safety Education and Social Media in Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services' Office of the Fire Chief. Fire and Rescue personnel have been responding to calls, including downed trees on the roadway and trees falling on homes and on wires, along with water rescues. Two citizens who called for water rescues from their cars were out and safe when responders arrived, Delaney said. MCFRS has dedicated six swift boat teams to water rescue response, according to …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Spice up your life and save the lives of others.
Imagine kicking down the door of a flaming apartment building and forcing your way into a smokey corner of a house to whisk away a child in danger. Or visualize slapping on latex gloves and performing CPR to save a man in cardiac arrest. That could be you, but you have to hurry. This week is the last week of the year to sign up to be a firefighter or EMT at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service. The deadline is July 8. Those interested in applying for a position can visit the Montgomery County website to fill out an online application. There is a little red tape to wade through, of course. Applicants must possess Firefighter II Certification, Hazardous Material Operations Certification and one of the three EMT Certifications. A small …