MCFRS News Release

Life-Safety Expo and Open House(s)Coming Up

October is Fire Safety Month – Action begins this weekend

The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service urge you to take action, to keep everyone in your home safe. Several local fire and rescue stations will have an ‘Open House’ starting this weekend, September 13, 2008 in Germantown and again on September 27, 2008 at local fire and rescue stations in Rockville and Bethesda.

On October 4, 2008 the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad will open the doors and on Sunday, October 5, 2008 the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service joins forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Boy Scouts of America in a major event  at the Public Safety Training Academy, in Rockville to remind local residents of their role in preventing home fires. Also on Sunday, October 5, 2008 local fire and recue staions in Kensington, Sandy Spring and Cabin John will conduct an Open House.

You and your family are invited to attend the second annual Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Expo on October 5, 2008, open to the public and free of charge. The event will feature emergency equipment from throughout Montgomery County, as well as, 'live' fire and rescue demonstrations, fire truck displays, educational activities for all ages and other activities.

“We’re very pleased to announce that this year’s Open House will have a special focus on fire prevention for families, with a spotlight on Boy and Girl Scouts.” said Montgomery County Chief Tom Carr. “The fall and winter months are traditionally the most dangerous time of the year for injury and deaths from residential fires and all of us in the fire safety community are particularly excited about this chance to work closely with the families in Montgomery County.”

Throughout the Month of October the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) will be promoting fire safety and injury prevention in a variety of ways, including many traditional fire-rescue station "Open Houses," visiting schools and senior centers and participating in community events.  Firefighters and safety advocates will spread the word about the importance of developing and practicing a home escape plan. 

Remember, the time change from Daylight Saving to Standard Time will occur later this year on Sunday, November 2, 2008. Get into a lifesaving habit - when you "Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery." 

Any Montgomery County resident may receive a free smoke alarm and/or a home safety evaluation by calling the Fire Safety Hotline at 240.777.2476

For 85 years fire departments across the nation have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Montgomery County observes this activity for the entire Month of October.

“Spending an hour or two on a beautiful weekend afternoon with us could be the best thing you do this season to help keep your family safe.” concluded Chief Carr. 

This weekend the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department and the Montgomery County Police 5th District – Germantown are hosting the 6th Annual Community Open House on Saturday, September 13th, 2008.

It will take place at the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department, Station 29, located at 20001 Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown, Maryland from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Activities to Include: US Park Police Helicopter, Mounted Police, Vehicle
Extrication Demos, Motorcycle Police, Fire Safety House, Moon bounce, Red
Cross Blood Mobile, Junior Firefighter Challenge, Scavenger Hunt, Finger Printing Kits, T-Shirts, K-9 Demo, Car Seat Check Point, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, and much more.

Please find attached various fire prevention week/month ‘Open House’ activities for Montgomery County

The Fire/Rescue ‘Open House’ typically includes demonstrations, educational activities for all ages, fire safety and injury prevention information, health screening, child safety seat information, fire station tours and displays.  Plus much more……..


9/13 Germantown, Fire/Rescue Station 29
20001 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown, 240.773.4729  
9/27 Rockville, Fire/Rescue Station 3                                 
380 Hungerford Dr. Rockville, 240.773.4703
9/27 Bethesda, Fire/Rescue Station 6
6600 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, 240.773.4706
10/4 Bethesda Chevy Chase, Rescue Station 1           
5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, 301.652.0077
10/5 Kensington, Fire/Rescue Station 5
10620 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, 240.773.4705
10/5 Sandy Spring, Fire/Rescue Station 4 
17921 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring, 240.773.4704
10/5 Cabin John, Fire/Rescue Station 10
8001 River Road, Potomac, 240.773.4710
10/5 MC Public Safety Training Academy
9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, 301.279.1834