Scott Goldstein Sworn in as Fire Chief (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service has a new chief. Scott Goldstein was sworn in as the county’s newest fire chief on June 25.

In this MyMCMedia Extra, Goldstein said, “We answer many calls a day … and each call is somebody else’s bad day and we need to be ready and we need to always have a good day.”



County Announces New Program Aimed to Serve Ambulance Callers Better


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced a new initiative early Wednesday aimed to serve frequent callers for the county’s ambulance service better. The new program titled, “The Montgomery County Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program,” was designed to reduce the growth rate of system demands on the County’s Emergency Medical Services while providing effective heath care for frequent […]

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County’s Rescue Crew Home From Helping Hurricane Harvey Relief, Prepares for Irma (VIDEO)

Maryland Task Force One Returns Home

“If my family was in a situation where they were on a roof of a house or they were trapped in their house and they couldn’t get through the water, I would want someone to get there quickly,” Monte Fitch, assistant task force leader for Maryland Task Force One. Monte Fitch is the team leader […]

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Montgomery County Celebrates National Night Out (VIDEO)

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Montgomery County residents celebrated National Night Out on Aug. 1, in communities across the county. The annual event is designed to help neighbors get to know each other in order to make their neighborhoods safer. In the Saybrooke community of Gaithersburg this year, residents were also celebrating the neighborhood’s 30th anniversary. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke was […]

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Twenty Public Safety Officials Honored at Chamber’s Public Safety Breakfast

(l:r) Montgomery County Police, 5th District Officer Jonathan Pruziner, Mary & Sahara Wimpy were excited to be able to honor Pruziner with the Distinguished Service Citation after he saved the life of Sahara Wimpy, an autistic child, who had gone missing.
(Photo compliments of Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf® - Live. Love. Play. Loaf.) 

(Photo by Phil Fabrizio)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) honored twenty Upcounty Police Officers and a Firefighter at their 22nd Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast on Friday, July 14. The event was held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The Annual Public Safety Awards honor the Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Service professionals protecting the Upcounty of […]

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UPDATED: Hundreds of People Attend Funeral Services for Firefighter Rick Gentilcore (VIDEO)


UPDATED Hundreds of people, including County Executive Ike Leggett and County Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Sidney Katz, attended funeral services for firefighter Rick Gentilcore at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg on Wednesday afternoon. It was an emotional goodbye for his colleagues, family and friends. “We honor him for his service,” said Leggett at the service. “He […]

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Body Recovered from Exploded Rockville Home

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Crews poring over the debris of a home that exploded near Rockville early Friday morning discovered the remains of an adult and a domestic animal, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said at a news conference Saturday. The body, which was found sometime around noon, has been sent to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner […]

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Remembering Child Safety Advocate Emilie Crown, Memorial Service Planned for Saturday in Damascus

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Local officials are mourning the loss of Emilie Crown, the program manager of Montgomery County’s nationally acclaimed car seat program, who died suddenly on Monday. In an online blog post headlined, “Loss of a Champion,” Fire Chief Scott Goldstein announced Crown’s sudden passing. According to the chief, Crown was a tireless advocate for child safety. She […]

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Montgomery County to Announce Dementia-Friendly America Initiative

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UPDATED On Dec. 5, Montgomery County officials are expected to launch the County Dementia Friendly Initiative. Last year, the Clarksburg-based nonprofit supporting Alzheimer’s research, BrightFocus Foundation, assisted Montgomery County with creating a national network of communities called Dementia Friendly America. On Monday, County Executive Ike Leggett will highlight how the initiative is making Montgomery County […]

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Local Officials Remind Residents to be Safe this Holiday Season (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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UPDATED Montgomery County officials are reminding residents to stay safe this holiday season. In fact, police say this is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pedestrians and drivers.  County officials recently held a news conference to provide safety tips for the holiday season. Their message: be alert, be seen and be […]

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Fire Chief Reports a Recent Increase in Number of Fires Sparked by Ashes (VIDEO)


Montgomery County firefighters responded to a number of kitchen fires on Thanksgiving Day in Montgomery County. Fire Chief Scott Goldstein also reports a recent increase in the number of fires sparked by improperly discarded fireplace ashes. Goldstein said it is important to discard ashes from a fireplace or wood stove in a metal can and […]

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Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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