Monday, May 13, 2013
Montgomery County Council meets most Tuesdays in Rockville.
Montgomery County Council members will begin to discuss how to spend revenue collected from an ambulance fund that took effect this January at its next meeting, planned for Tuesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Rockville. The fund is the result of a law passed in 2012 that allows the county to collect fees from the insurance companies of patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS). It was defeated in a 2010 voter referendum, Patch previously reported, but reintroduced and passed by the County Council. County Executive Isiah Leggett submitted a proposal to allocate 15 percent of the revenue to the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association, the group that runs local volunteer fire and rescue stations. If approved, about $2.…
Friday, February 1, 2013
An oil-filled space heater may have caused a Bethesda house fire early Thursday.
Firefighters rescued a 90-year-old woman from a Bethesda house fire early Thursday, according to a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service statement. The woman remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The fire also displaced three other adult residents. A smoke alarm alerted a family to the fire that started around 5:30 a.m. in their home in the 7700 block of Glenmore Springs Way. Firefighters received mutliple calls from neighbors reporting the fire. Responding to reports that one person was trapped in the home, firefighters rescued an elderly woman from the back bedroom, according to the statement. At the scene, responders battled heavy fire conditions in the attached garage of the single family ranch home before …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Firefighters successfully battled several brush fires Tuesday afternoon near I-270 and the Capital Beltway.
Firefighters battled several brush fires Tuesday afternoon in the wooded area near I-270 and the Capital Beltway. Responders were called out around 1 p.m. and had successfully quelled the flames by about 3 p.m., though traffic was impacted for hours. Images of the fire were provided to Patch by www.kristinasherk.com.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Fire affected wooded area near northbound I-270 and the Capital Beltway. Major traffic delays remain.
Update, 3:20 p.m.: As of 3:18 p.m., responders had significantly scaled back operations and only a few units remained on the scene. Update, 3 p.m.: The brush fires that drew heavy response and affected traffic on the Capital Beltway and I-270 have been put out, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt. Responders had made "significant progress" as of 2:26 p.m., Nesselt said. About 50 firefighters remained on the scene checking for hot spots shortly after 3 p.m. Traffic was still heavily impacted and three right lanes of northbound I-270 were closed. It wasn't clear how long firefighters would remain on the scene, but it could take awhile to ensure the multiple areas that were affected by the fires were …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The pedestrian suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital, according to police.
A car struck a pedestrian in downtown Bethesda early Sunday evening, according to Montgomery County police. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues at 5:15 p.m., police said. The pedestrian was injured and taken to a hospital. No further details on the victim were immediately available. The accident shut down southbound Route 355 in the area for about an hour, police said. For live traffic updates, visit Patch's Commute page.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Police say the 53-year-old woman was visiting family
The woman who died early Friday morning after being pulled from the Potomac River by local fire/rescue workers had been visiting family in Great Falls, Va. The 53-year-old victim has been identified as Karjia Jiang, according to a Montgomery County police report. Jiang reportedly was visiting from China and staying with family in Great Falls. On Friday Jiang told family she was going out for a walk in Great Falls National Park, according to the police statement. Patch first reported that witnesses called 9-1-1 on Friday morning when they observed Jiang in the Potomac River near Great Falls Park in McLean. Montgomery County emergency responders pulled her from the river and transported her to Suburban Hospital, where she was pronounced dead…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy and the county's emergency operations and shelters would come to a close at 5 p.m. Tuesday. "News for us today is we're going back to normal operations," Leggett said from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center in Gaithersburg. "We fared very well compared to other locations." Approximately 10,000 Pepco customers remain without power, with numbers nearing 23,000 at the height of the storm. "Compared to previous events, that's significantly lower," Leggett said. The county executive praised Pepco for its proactive efforts in preparing for the storm. The utility service provider brought in a considerable amount of help, and …
NIneteen Silver Spring residents were displaced after a falling tree sheared off an apartment building's gas meter and caused a major gas leak.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to 371 calls from 5 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy brought heavy rain and high winds to the region. Calls for assistance peaked between 8 - 10 p.m. Monday, when personnel responded to 156 calls, according to an MCFRS update. Around 9 p.m., rescue officials said they were handling an increase in requests for assistance with trees and wires down. "Naturally, with the wind we've had and the rain, this is to be expected," said assistant chief Scott Goldstein in a video update. Responders were called out 47 times between midnight and 4 a.m. MCFRS responded to three calls for water rescues from residents trapped in their cars, but all three were out and safe when units …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The emergency department was briefly closed to incoming patients Tuesday afternoon.
Update, 5:45 p.m.: The Emergency Department has re-opened and all operations are back to normal, according to hospital spokeswoman Ronna Borenstein-Levy. Patient care wasn't impacted during the leak, Borenstein-Levy said. Original Story: A small freon leak caused several offices to be evacuated at Suburban Hospital Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue reported via Twitter. There were no injuries and no patients were evacuated from the hospital, tweeted Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a Fire and Rescue spokesman. The leak originated from a cooling system in the IT Department in the basement of the hospital, used to keep the IT equipment cool, according to a statement posted on Suburban Hospital's website. "There is no impact …