False Alarm Reduction Unit Recognized for Significant Achievement 

The Montgomery County False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) has received an award from the False Alarm Reduction Association for achieving a significant reduction in commercial and residential false alarms from 2008 – 2011.

Montgomery County, which is home to approximately 1,000,000 people and covers close to 550 square miles, had approximately 90% of alarm users achieve zero false alarms during 2011.  The number of alarm users who have zero false alarms increases every year and is a testament to a well-written, strictly enforced, alarm ordinance and the educational efforts of both the FARU staff and alarm companies doing business in the County.

The statistics mean fewer dispatched calls and more cops being able to proactively patrol and respond to serious crimes and calls for service.  In 2011 alone, Montgomery County saved $1,385,000 in wasted resources, recovered 9,233 hours of police patrol time and recouped the equivalent of nearly nine police work years.  False alarms to which police officers respond have been reduced by almost 70%.

Learn more about the False Alarm Reduction Unit.

You Gave and Rode; Donations Up

Ride On bus system’s 25th annual “Give and Ride” food drive, held in late April, collected almost 8,800 pounds of food and other items, nearly a 50% increase from last year.  Bus passengers received free rides by donating canned or non-perishable food, disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food, and juice. 

All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a Gaithersburg-based non-profit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest residents.  Manna requested that Ride On hold its annual food collection drive in the spring to better meet community food distribution needs.  Manna feeds about 3,000 families every month.

Ride On General Manager Carolyn Biggins said, “Year after year, our customers demonstrate their generosity, and that has proven to be even more important than ever during these especially tough economic conditions.  I am very proud of our passengers and County employees who are so generous to those in need. ”

POSTED AT: Friday, May 18, 2012 | 2:00:00 AM |
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