MCFRS News Release

Fire Chief to Participate in Town Hall Meeting with County Executive and Kensington Mayor

Fire Safety Issues Will Be Covered Following Double Fatal Fire on Baltimore Street

Thursday, May 17, 2007
7-8:30 p.m.

St. Paul's Methodist Church
10401 Armory Avenue
Kensington, Maryland 20895

County Executive Ike Leggett, County Fire Chief Tom Carr, Kensington Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief John Thompson and Kensington Mayor Pete Fosselman will update residents on the recent fatal fire that involved two elderly residents on Baltimore Street in Kensington. The meeting will include a discussion about fire risks in the Kensington area, as well as senior citizen fire safety issues, emergency preparedness and the preliminary work of the Senior Citizen Fire Safety Task Force. Several task force members will be in attendance at the meeting.

"Since the beginning of 2005, up to the present, we have had thirteen (13) fire-related deaths in Montgomery County," Carr said, "and twelve out of the thirteen victims were over the age of 75. The Senior Citizen Fire Safety Task Force has people working to address this specific problem and troubling trend."

Consisting of up to 25 members, the Task Force will be tasked with submitting to the County Executive and County Fire Chief a special report recommending strategies and procedures designed to reduce the risk of fire-related deaths and injuries to senior citizens in the county.