Look for Santa in your
neighborhood on the following days:
Wednesday, December 18, watch for Santa between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in,
Manor Oaks, Goldmine Crossing, Dellabrooke Forest, Town of Brookeville, Bordley
Estates, Brinklow, Asthon (North & West), Sandy Spring, The Orchards of
Sandy Spring (New 2013), Bancroft, Arden
Thursday, December 19, watch for Santa between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in
Williamsburg Village, Cashell Manor, Barnsley Manor Estates, Norbeck Grove,
Oatlands, Olney Oaks, Olney Acres, and Briars Acres.
Friday, December 20, watch for Santa between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in
Olney Mill, Brookeville Knolls, Tanterra, and Olney Village.
Saturday, December 21, watch for Santa between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in
Victoria Springs, Brooke Manor, The Preserve, Sycamore Acres, Norbeck Manor,
Norbeck Meadows, Cherrywood, and Cherry Valley.
Sunday, December 22, watch for Santa between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in
Ashton Meadow, Ashton Manor, Ednor Acres, Cliftonbrooke, Ashton Preserve,
Hampshire Greens, Llewellyn Fields, Norwood Village, and Ashley Manor.
Monday, December 23, watch for Santa between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in
James Creek, Brooke Grove, Environ, Hallowell, Olney Estates (New 2013), Lake
Hallowell, and Highlands of Olney.
Please remember the following:
Santa cannot go
down streets blocked by vehicles (i.e When it is not wide enough for the fire
engine to pass through).
visit streets without a turn-around (i.e. Dead End Streets)
The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire
Department would like to remind everyone to make sure we can see your house
numbers. Please visit the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Public Education Page HERE to make sure you meet
all of the criteria so we can find you in an emergency!
Uncle Sam stops by Truck-740, Photo by
Monday, September 2, 2013
Members headed to Gaithersburg for the Annual Labor Day Parade. Lead off by President Valente, and Deputy Chief Brown, our apparatus lined up ready for show. Following up was Utility-740 with ATV-740 in tow, Brush-740 with Boat-740 in tow, our 1954 Mack Antique Engine, Canteen-740, Tanker-704, and last but certainly not least…Truck-740. As is customary, we headed over to the fairgrounds after the parade to partake in some good clean fun at the Annual Labor Day Fire-Rescue Picnic, and Firefighter’s Games. The games are designed around basic firefighting tactics, and some “Old School” firefighting. There is a Hook-Up Contest where firefighters compete to stretch and hook up a hose line and knock down a target, a Broken Hose competition to simulate replacing a broken section of hose line while the water is still flowing, and an old fashioned Bucket Brigade, this takes us back to the days of old, when firefighters and town’s folk responded to a neighbor’s need and lined up to extinguish a fire with buckets of water. Sandy Spring’s volunteers took first place in the games by winning two of the three competitions, the Hook-Up, and the Broken Hose… They came in second place in the bucket brigade. It must be noted here, that Sandy Spring’s team was two people short on the two events it won, and one person short in the Bucket Brigade thanks to County Councilmember Phil Andrews who jumped in to help us out. Many Thanks to Mr. Andrews! Additionally, upon returning to quarters we learned that Sandy Spring took the top award at the parade… Best Appearing Overall, making it a clean sweep for the day!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Sandy Spring members were again featured in an article, this time in the Gazette News Paper on their work on our waterways and during periods of flooding. Please take some time to read the article, and browse the photos. Remember, if you come across a flooded road… Please, Turn Around, Don’t Drown! The 5 minutes you think you will save by crossing is not worth your life!
Olney Gazette Article Click HERE
Sunday, August 11, 2013
at Sandy Spring who are members of the county’s Special Operations
Unit, The River Rescue And Tactical Services Team (RRATS) were featured
in a recent article in
the Washington Post. Please read the article, view the photos and
video, and Please Remember… Montgomery County’s waterways, especially
the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers are beautiful, but they can be deadly!!!Washington Post Article- Click HEREWashington Post Gallery- Click HEREWashington Post Video- Click HERE
Rafting with the Potomac river rescue crew
On the evening of
Thursday July 25th, 2013 Sandy Spring members headed north to Mt.
Airy, MD to participate in the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company’s “Annual Gala
Parade.” Lead by Chief Kelley, Sandy Spring took 13 pieces of apparatus to
include the following…
Also joining us in
the parade was newly elected MSFA 2nd Vice President Roth, and MSFA Fire
Prevention Queen Danielle Crane.
On this evening, 13
turned out to be our lucky number! At the conclusion of the parade, members
headed over to the MAVFC Fireman’s Carnival to find out their hard work had
paid off! “Best Appearing” said the announcer over the loud speaker, “Goes to
the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. of Montgomery County, MD.” Many thanks to
those who helped prepare the apparatus we took, staff the apparatus left
behind, and to those who participated! Job Well Done!!!Please click on a photo for more photos!
Photos by Connie
Somerville, Captain M. Brown
July 20, 2013
the morning, members of the River Rescue and Tactical Services Team headed down
to the U.S. Park Police Aviation Hangar known as the “Eagle’s Nest”, where the
Park Service house their helicopters, Eagle-1, and Eagle-2. The reason for
their visit was their annual re-certification in Helo-Ops, or Helicopter Hoist
Operations. Members practiced hoisting the patient litter, and themselves
should they have to evacuate an injured person from a isolated or hard to reach
location such as Mather Gorge along the Potomac, or Rocky Gorge along the
the members headed to the Potomac River in the afternoon to practice running
the heavy currents around Great Falls to hone, or maintain their skills in
operating their boats in swift water. Team members routinely operate in Class
III and IV rapids, in order to be ready should emergencies happen along the
rivers, or as often happens, major flooding during rain storms, or when
tropical depressions visit our area.
July 21, 2013
Boat-740 along with
members of the team responded to the 8500 Blk. of Snouffer School Rd. in
Gaithersburg for a report of someone in the water at Nike Missile Park. Other
units arrived on scene to discover that there was no rescue to be made due to
the apparent remains of a person floating in the pond. While the team is
primarily a “Swift Water Rescue Team”, unfortunately recovery is part of the
job as well. Members suited up in dry suits, rubber gloves, and masks, to
protect themselves, and while coordinating with Montgomery County Police,
recovered the remains of the then unidentified person with their small
inflatable boat. Team members were then decontaminated, and monitored on the
scene while they re-hydrated due to massive fluid loss while operating in dry
suits on a very hot summer day. Once cleared by the rehab and medical section,
members cleaned up, and returned to service.http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Body-Recovered-from-Montgomery-County-Pond-216356141.htmlhttp://www.mymcpnews.com/2013/07/21/police-investigate-suspicious-death-in-gaithersburg/
We are so proud to announce that Johnie Roth was elected as 2nd Vice President of the Maryland State Firemen's Association by a landslide!
Also Carole Hayden of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department who was elected as the President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Md State Firemen's Association.
Also Dani Crane of Kensington Volunteer Fire Department was elected Miss Fire Prevention Queen!
Congratulations to them all!
What a day for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Spring VFD Airboat-740 and Cabin John Park VFD Airboat-730 responded to assist
with ventilation after a fire in a Capitol Heights Home Depot. Both airboats
were utilized to clear smoke from the large home improvement store located at
150 Hampton Park Blvd. in Prince George’s County. After operating for
approximately 30 minutes, the smoke conditions were cleared and the airboats
were released to return to Montgomery County.
HERE for a News link.
Click on a photo to see more photos. Photos
by Capt. M. Brown
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The officers and members of the Sandy Spring Vol. Fire Dept. offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fellow members of fallen Reisterstown Vol. Fire Company Firefighter Gene Kirchner. According to news sources, Firefighter Kirchner succumbed to injuries he sustained at a three alarm fire in Baltimore County, Maryland on Wednesday April 24, 2013.
For more information, please visit http://rvfc.org/
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