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.…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service units were dispatched to the Montgomery Village area of Gaithersburg Thursday afternoon.
An adult female required medical attention for possible smoke inhalation after a microwave caught fire in the Montgomery Village area of Gaithersburg Thursday afternoon, according to a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson. MCFRS units were dispatched just after 2 p.m. to a house in the 20300 block of Oyster Bay Terrace for the report of a fire, MCFRS spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt told Patch. Officials remained on scene checking for extension of the fire, Nesselt said. No other injuries were reported. Editor's Note: This article has been updated to correctly reflect the location after originally identying it as the Laytonsville area of Gaithersburg.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A 2-year-old boy was flown to a local trauma center with severe burns after drinking from a hot cup of coffee, WUSA 9 reported.
A 2-year-old boy from Laytonsville was flown to a local trauma with severe burns after drinking from a hot cup of coffee Tuesday evening, WUSA 9 reported. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham tweeted the incident occurred in the 21000 block of Golf Estates Drive. The child was in serious condition, Graham said.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Firefighters successfully battled several brush fires Tuesday afternoon near I-270 and the Capital Beltway.
Firefighters battled several brush fires Tuesday afternoon in the wooded area near I-270 and the Capital Beltway. Responders were called out around 1 p.m. and had successfully quelled the flames by about 3 p.m., though traffic was impacted for hours. Images of the fire were provided to Patch by www.kristinasherk.com.
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.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Volunteers and county reach agreement on funding; fee will take effect Jan. 1.
Montgomery County volunteer firefighters signed an agreement with the county on Monday that volunteers say will avoid a repeat of the 2010 ambulance fee referendum and allow the fee to take effect in January. The County Council approved the fee in May, 18 months after county voters rejected it by a 54-percent-to-46-percent margin in a 2010 ballot question. The county projects that the fee will generate $18 million a year that will go to additional fire and rescue service staffing, training, apparatus, facilities and equipment. “The bottom line is that the residents here in the county will be served much better because of the enhancements that will be made to the fire and rescue service with this EMS reimbursement,” said Montgomery County…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
A Montgomery County resident was killed in the severe storm, authorities say.
A 71-year-old Montgomery County woman was found dead Saturday, the apparent victim of a tree that fell through the roof of her house and onto her bed during a severe storm. Montgomery County Police were investigating the discovery by Fire and Rescue workers who responded to a call for a tree downed on a home in Silver Spring. Rescue workers had to force themselves into a locked home on the 10000 block of Grant Avenue. Once inside, they discovered the woman's body, unresponsive, in a bedroom on the second floor of the house, according to police. Authorities said she was apparently killed by a large Maple tree falling through the roof of the building and onto her bed sometime during the night. Police will release more information on the …