November 12, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Fire at Chevy Chase Home Causes $750K Worth of Damage

Firefighters responded to a fire Sunday morning in Chevy Chase that caused about $750,000 worth in damage.   The fire started around 2:45 a.m. in a two-story, single-family home on the 5100 block of Westport Road in the Wohlshire neighborhood of Chevy Chase.  Approximately 85 firefighters battled the fire which had spread throughout the home. The home was unoccupied […]

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October 7, 2019 | Ashley Peccerelli

Fire at Potomac Home Causes $800,000 Worth of Damage

Firefighters responded to a fire Monday morning in Potomac causing over $800,000 worth in damage.   The fire started at 2:45 a.m. in a two-story, single-family home on the 7600 block of Persimmon Tree Lane.  Eighty-five firefighters battled the heavy fire load and after several hours were able to get it under control. The person in the home got out safely. One firefighter was injured and is receiving […]

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August 9, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Firefighter Prevents Potential Thief from Stealing Ambulance

MMA Training Helped to Prevent Crime Firefighter Diego Peclat used kickboxing, his jiu jitsu skills and his mixed martial arts training when he prevented the theft of his ambulance. Early Sunday morn, July 28 @mcfrs FF Peclat (FS701) while at ER intervened & assisted w/ ‘takedown’ of suspect threatening others at local hospital – Takoma […]

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March 21, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Retired Division Chief Recognized for 45 Years of Fire Service

Recently retired William “Alan” Hinde served Montgomery County for 45 years. On Friday, Hinde was recognized for his commitment to fire service at the 45th Public Safety Awards Luncheon, where he won the Chief Leslie B. Thomas Community Service Award. According to Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, as a child, Hinde “sustained serious burns to […]

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March 19, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

First Responders Honored for Response to Armed Clarksburg Student, Silver Spring Fire

Montgomery County first responders were honored for acts of bravery at the 45th Annual Public Safety Award Luncheon. MCM’s Deirdre Byrne spoke with Montgomery County Police Officer Troy Melott and Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services Capt. Chase Fabrizio about being honored: Melott was honored for peacefully responding to an armed Clarksburg High School student; […]

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March 5, 2019 | Sam Merrill

Women’s History Month: MCM Spotlights Trailblazing Firefighter Pamela J. Foltz

In honor of Women’s History Month, MCM is recognizing some of Montgomery County’s most notable women. Women who have driven change, fought for equality and provided representation for the many diverse parts of our community. Pamela J. Foltz paved the way for women in emergency response rolls as the first female career firefighter in Montgomery […]

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May 30, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Trash Truck Fire Closes Some Lanes of Shady Grove Road

Montgomery County firefighters battled a fire in a trash truck full of compacted cardboard on Shady Grove Road on Tuesday morning for hours, according to a Montgomery County fire official. Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer tweeted out photos of the fire and said it was “proving difficult to fully extinguish.” According to Piringer, […]

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April 10, 2017 | Staff Writer

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Firefighter

Funeral arrangements have been completed for Charles “Rick” Gentilcore, a firefighter who died Friday. A viewing will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. A full fire department memorial service will be […]

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April 8, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery County Firefighter Dies, Governor Orders State Flag to Half Staff

UPDATED A Montgomery County firefighter died on duty Friday, according to a county fire spokesman. Charles “Rick” Gentilcore was found unresponsive about 3:30 p.m., said Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. Gentilcore was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he died. “The MCFRS family has incurred a great loss,” Piringer said […]

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November 3, 2016 | Staff Writer

Firefighters Investigate Vacant House Fire in Twinbrook as Arson (PHOTO)

Montgomery County firefighters are investigating a house fire that occurred last night in the Twinbrook area of Rockville as arson. Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer said the house fire occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 at 13220 Midway Avenue. According to Piringer, about 50 firefighters responded to the scene and found flames […]

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