swift water rescue

May 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Swiftwater Rescues Increased During Pandemic

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel saved 114 people during 2020, an increase of 22 as compared with 2019. The vast majority of people were rescued on the Potomac River and on the Billy Goat A trail, both in the area of Great Falls. Also during 2019, the county fell victim to numerous flash floods […]

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July 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Man’s Best Friends Help Save Owner Stuck in Mud

Things were not looking good for a man who was stuck in the mud at the edge of the Potomac River near Brookmont Dam at the C&O Canal on Monday. According to Pete Piringer, the spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, the man was playing fetch with his two dogs about 50 yards away […]

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July 9, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

No Serious Injuries After Monday’s Historic Rainfall

Pete Piringer, the spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, tweeted that there were no major injuries in Montgomery County after a historic rainfall on Monday. DYK on 7/8, in 3hrs (730-1030a), @mcfrs handled ~250 calls for Service (typical 24hr average is 350) Incl ~40/50 calls for possible water rescues, some folks self-rescued, while […]

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June 4, 2015 | Aline Barros

UPDATED: Virginia Man Presumed Drowned in the Potomac River (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

UPDATED, June 5, 12:45 p.m.- A 21-year-old Virginia man who went swimming on June 3 in the Potomac River near Great Falls is still missing. According to Montgomery County and Fire Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer, the man is presumed drowned, but search efforts continued for the third day as Montgomery County Fire Rescue Search Teams […]

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June 3, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Water Rescue and Search Underway in Potomac River

  A water rescue is underway at this hour in the Potomac River near Great Falls, according to a county fire official. Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer said there was a report of two people in the water. He said the swift water rescue team has been deployed. According to Piringer, one person […]

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