October 12, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

100-Year-Old Refrigerator Causes Chemical Leak in Rockville

Montgomery County firefighters responded to a chemical leak Sunday evening in Rockville caused by a refrigerator from the 1920s. Occupants of a single-family home were moving an old refrigerator in the basement when the coolant began to leak, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesman Pete Piringer. First responders evacuated the […]

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June 11, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Temporary Road Closures, One Injured in Midnight Collisions on I-495

The outer loop of I-495 was temporarily closed overnight between Georgia and Connecticut Avenues due to multiple collisions involving four tractor-trailers around midnight. At around 2 a.m. Thursday, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue hazmat team and the Maryland Department of the Environment were on the scene of one of the collisions—a sideways trailer on […]

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April 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Hazardous Materials Incident in Germantown

First responders were dispatched to the Walmart at the Milestone Shopping Center for a hazardous materials incident, according to a tweet by Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. 20900blk Frederick Rd, Walmart, initially report of sick person, 1st responders discover odor, Hazmat assisting, EMS evaluating several ppl — Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) […]

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November 2, 2016 | Staff Writer

UPDATED: Watkins Mill Elementary School Students Sent to Hospital After Pepper Spray Incident on Bus (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

UPDATED Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials are reporting that 14 Watkins Mill Elementary school students have been transported to a local hospital after a pepper spray incident that happened on a school bus Wednesday afternoon. According to Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer, at a approximately 4 p.m. EMS personnel were dispatched for a inhalation emergency […]

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October 30, 2015 | Maureen Chowdhury

Hazmat Units Clean Oil Spill After Collision at Shady Grove Rd and Route 355 (PHOTOS)

A collision at Shady Grove Road and Route 355 caused a fuel spill earlier today. On his Twitter account, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said a hazmat team was called in to assist with the spill and some lanes were blocked during the cleanup. Traffic advisory update – SB Frederick Rd. at […]

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May 5, 2015 | Krista Brick

(UPDATED) NIST Building Evacuated for Hazmat Incident

UPDATED, May 5, 11:15 a.m.- HazMat teams are now using a robot to assist with the containment of hazardous chemicals in a lab on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus in Gaithersburg. NIST Update – #mcfrs HazMat & Fire/Explosive Investigators (Bomb Squad) robot assist NIST Safety Team w/ containment pic.twitter.com/lN7HolmZeo […]

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