MCFRS News Release

The Great Escape - Life-Safety Expo and Open House

October is Fire Safety Month

The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service urge you to take action, to keep everyone in your home safe.

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 several other local fire and recue stations in Kensington, Sandy Spring and Cabin John will conduct an Open House, in combination with Fire Prevention month in Montgomery County. On Saturday, October 4, 2008 the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad will open their doors and sponsor activities in conjunction with the Taste of Bethesda. 

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. 

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……..

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
10/19 Hillandale- Colesville, Fire/Rescue Station 24
13216 New Hampshire Avenue, Colesville 240.773.4724