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National Weather Service Alerts for St. Mary's County, MD

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, September 22

Near the beginning of each new semester, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) requests Ridge VFD to perform fire drills in the student residence halls. Last evening, Ridge VFD firefighters conducted fire drills in four halls on campus. The drills were pre-planned with SMCM Public Safety, campus staff, and the residence hall resident advisors (RAs). The students were not told about the date or time ... (Full Story & Photos)

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, September 18

Carbon monoxide (CO), often called “the silent killer,” is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas created when fuels (such as kerosene, gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. Carbon monoxide can result from home fuel-powered devices such as fireplaces, home and space heaters, stoves, water heaters, etc. CO can also result from fuel camping equipment, including ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, September 11

Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, are the leading cause of fire deaths. If you smoke in your home, you put your entire household at greater risk of fire. The same can be said for smoking in the outdoors and in public spaces. Between 2015 and 2019, fire departments responded to 651 structure fires started by cigarettes, resulting in over $15 million worth of property damage.

Smoking ... (Full Story & Photos)

Motor Vehicle Accident - Dameron

Firefighter Edward (Eddie) Raley, September 07

4-05 Box, 16:22 - Squad 4 was dispatched to the intersection of Trapp Road and Three Notch Road for the reported motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles. Chief 4A arrived on the scene and took command. Squad 4 and Engine 41 arrived shortly after. Ridge crews assisted with patient care of the two victims involved in the accident as well as securing the vehicles involved. Units cleared at 16:48. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, September 05

Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work or school, and take part in social events. But every so often the unexpected happens: an earthquake, a fire, a chemical spill, an act of terrorism or some other disaster. Routines change drastically, and people are suddenly aware of how fragile their lives and routines can be. Each disaster can have lasting effects — people may be seriously injured ... (Full Story & Photos)

Fire and Safety Hazard Product Recalls - August

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, August 30

The following products were recently recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

1) Product: 13131 Imports Red Apple Fireworks Brand “American Glory” and “Merica AF” Fireworks

Hazard: 13131 Imports Recalls Red Apple Fireworks Brand “American Glory” and “Merica AF” Fireworks

For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/mrssbzjx

2) ... (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption Announcement of the Passing of Senior Member George Lee Franklin - *UPDATED*

Membership, August 28

The officers and members of the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary regret to announce the passing of Senior Member George L. Franklin on August 28, 2023. George was a devoted member of our Department, providing 20 Years of service to his community.

George joined the Ridge VFD in May of 2003 as an Associate Member. He had already been a friend of the Department for years thanks to his ... (Full Story & Photos)

Fire Safety Concerns with Hoarding

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, August 24

Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior. The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to firefighters fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to residents and neighbors. Hoarding can hinder you from getting out of a burning home and can hinder firefighters from ... (Full Story & Photos)

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