Fire Rescue Service Calls Increase During Winter Weather Monday

Some lanes were blocked after a two-vehicle collision in Ashton, according to MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer. Photo via Piringer.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) responded to about 200 calls within an eight-hour period Monday as snow fell in Montgomery County and throughout the Washington metropolitan area. 

MCFRS usually responds to about 300-400 calls in 24 hours, Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer told MyMCM. Some trees fell and a number of car collisions occurred countywide, but without serious injuries. Some roads were temporarily closed. 

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) urges residents to stay off roads unless travel is necessary.

Piringer said residents should be careful of down wires and treat them as if they are “live.” Montgomery County is under a Hypothermia Alert until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Residents should be prepared for power outages, which some areas experienced Monday.

“If that does occur, make sure you check your smoke alarms and you know what to do in the event that you do have an emergency,” Piringer said. He advised against lighting open-flame candles or using stoves or ovens as alternative heat sources during power outages. 

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