MCFRS News Release

Montgomery County Hosts Training for Nation's First Responders

Firefighters From Across the U.S. Train
at Public Safety Training Academy and the former campus of Chestnut Lodge

The Firehouse Expo (Baltimore Convention Center, July 25-30) has established a reputation among fire and emergency service professionals for the quality of its educational program. First class “hands-on” training will also take place locally at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA) and on the campus of the former Chestnut Lodge in Rockville on Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26. These sessions are considered to be some of the best training in the country and will be taught by nationally known fire and rescue service leaders.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 and 26, sessions at the Montgomery County PSTA include the ‘University of Extrication – Advanced Vehicle’, Instructor Battalion Chief Ron Moore, McKinney, Texas FD. Other sessions will take place on the former campus of the Chestnut Lodge, in Rockville and will include ‘Forcible Entry’, Instructor Captain Robert Morris, FDNY; ‘Firefighter Survival – “Get Out Alive”, Instructor battalion Chief John Salka, FDNY; and ‘Engine and Truck Company Operations’, Instructor Captain Mike Duggan, FDNY. Hundreds of firefighters from across the United States, in addition to many from this area, will be participating. Other sessions are taking place at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy, the Baltimore City Fire Training Academy and the Baltimore County Fire Training Academy.

The opening ceremonies at the Firehouse Expo are a tradition not to be missed and offer something for everyone: a keynote address, honor guards, music, guest speakers, awards, a short film and more. This year will be no exception. Many career and volunteer firefighters from the Washington and Baltimore areas will be attending to help kick off the 23rd Annual Firehouse Expo. Educational and uplifting, it will be hard for these local heroes to leave the opening ceremonies not feeling motivated and proud to be a part of the Fire and Rescue industry.

Thousands of firefighters from across the United States, in addition to many from this area, will be participating. Dozens of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel will be assisting with the special “hands-on” training sessions taking place throughout the region, including training facilities in the Baltimore and Annapolis area.

The Firehouse Conference and Expo features industry leading experts from across the country, such as Seattle, Chicago, Phoenix, St. Louis, New York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. These speakers provide a different look at these timely problems that can affect all fire/EMS providers.

The Firehouse Expo exhibit show floor hosts hundreds of companies featuring the latest innovations in fire fighting and rescue equipment, apparatus, tools, vehicle accessories, rescue/extrication equipment, training, Hazmat gear and clothing. The Information Technology exhibitors will feature the latest in communications ranging from software and imaging to recording systems and wireless technology. There will also be extensive exhibits relative to emergency medical services.

The Firehouse Exposition and Conference Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The exhibit floor of the Baltimore Convention Center featuring the latest in fire, rescue and EMS equipment and technology will be open Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, July 29, 2006. Many emergency service workers from Montgomery County are expected to attend.