MCFRS News Release

Open House(s) throughout the County

The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service urge all families to take action to keep everyone in your home safe this fall. Several local fire and rescue stations will be hosting ‘Open Houses’ to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety and to educate residents on simple steps they can take to keep their families fire safe.

“The upcoming months are often the most dangerous time of year for injury and deaths from residential fires and having a working smoke alarm can make a life-saving difference,” said Chief Richard Bowers. “Fire safety and survival begins with everyone in your household being prepared and we’re excited to provide important fire and injury prevention information to families in Montgomery County and invite all residents to come out to one of the Open House events scheduled.”

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, senior centers and participating in numerous community events.  Firefighters and safety advocates will spread the word about the importance of developing a home escape plan, practicing a home fire drill and checking all smoke alarms to ensure they are working.

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1, 2009 and all residents are urged to 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 Evaluation Hotline at 240.777.2476.

For 86 years fire departments across the nation have observed Fire Prevention Week October 4 - 10, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Montgomery County observes this activity for the entire Month of October.

Spending some time on a weekend afternoon with firefighters at your local fire station could be the best thing you do this season to help keep your family safe. Attached is the schedule of ‘Open House’ events and activities in Montgomery County .

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

10/03   Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
 5020 Battery Lane , Bethesda , MD.
11am - 4pm
10/03 Upper Montgomery Fire/Rescue Station 14
19801 Beallsville Road , Beallsville , MD.
10am - 2pm
10/03 Laytonsville Fire/Rescue Station 17  
21400 Laytonsville Road , Laytonsville , MD.
12pm - 4pm
10/03 Glen Echo Fire/Rescue Station 11 
5920 Massachusetts Avenue , Bethesda , MD.
10am - 3pm
10/04 Sandy Spring Fire/Rescue Station 40  
16911 Georgia Avenue, Olney , MD.
10am - 3pm
10/10 Chevy Chase Fire/ Rescue
8001 Connecticut Ave. , Chevy Chase , MD.
10am - 4pm
10/10 Cabin John Fire/Rescue Station 10 
8001 River Road , Potomac , MD.
10am - 4pm

Hillandale Fire/Rescue Station 24
13216 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring , MD.

12pm – 3pm
10/11 Burtonsville Fire/Rescue Station 15
13900 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring , MD
2pm - 4pm