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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 31

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

1) Product: STIHL docking stations sold with STIHL iMOW® robotic lawn mowers

Hazard: The docking station’s printed circuit board can short circuit when exposed to moisture, posing a fire hazard.

For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/3djtkk9h

2) ... (Full Story & Photos)

Close Before You Doze

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 27

You know how important it is to have working smoke alarms, escape plans, and a designated meeting place in case of a fire. But, did you know that closing your doors in your home is also important for your safety? Closed doors can reduce fire growth and smoke spread, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped.

According to the Underwriters ... (Full Story & Photos)

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MVA-St. Inigoes
MVA-St. Inigoes

Motor Vehicle Accident - St. Inigoes

Firefighter Edward (Eddie) Raley, March 26

4-03 Box, 17:35 - Squad 4 was dispatched to the 48000 block of Chisleytown Road in St. Inigoes for the reported motor vehicle accident with one injured. Chief 4A arrived at 17:40 and reported a vehicle of the roadway into the woods. Squad 4 arrived and started patient assessment. It was determined by EMS that the patient needed to be flown to a trauma center due to their injuries. Engine 141 and Tanker ... (Full Story & Photos)

Structure Fire - St. Mary's City

Firefighter Edward (Eddie) Raley, March 25

4-01 Box, 07:43 - Ridge VFD was dispatched to the 18000 block of Kohut Way in St. Mary's City for the reported garage fire. Chief 4 arrived at 07:52 and reported a garage with fire showing from side bravo. E-141 laid out the supply line from the hallway point of the long driveway and arrived at 07:54. Engine 31 laid the other half of the driveway and picked up 141's line. Engine 41 arrived and assisted ... (Full Story & Photos)

Structure Fire - St. Mary's City
Structure Fire - St. Mary's City

No Caption Monthly Drill: Safety Around Electric Utility Equipment for First Responders

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 21

Last evening, Ridge VFD firefighters, along with members of NDWFD Co. 14, gathered for our monthly training drill; Safety Around Electric Utility Equipment for First Responders. A crew from the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative's (SMECO) Safety Department (Matt Bowes, Blaze Higgs, Jeff Raley, and Richard Combs) came to the firehouse to present on the topic. They brought their Hot Line Demonstration ... (Full Story & Photos)

National Poison Prevention Week

Vice President / Lieutenant Patrick (Scot) Best, March 19

Each year, the third full week in March is National Poison Prevention Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of poison prevention and safety, as well as awareness of poison control centers and the Poison Help Hotline (1-800-222-1222).

In 2021, Poison Help responded to more than 2 million human exposure cases; on average, receiving an exposure case every 15 seconds. Some of the leading exposure ... (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 08

Daylight saving time officially starts this weekend on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m.

The Ridge VFD encourages everyone to test and change your batteries in your smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors.

"Change your clock, change your battery" is a bi-annual fire safety campaign promoting the importance of working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms provide a vital early warning signal in the event of a fire.

A ... (Full Story & Photos)

“Get Out, Stay Out”

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 06

Home is the place people feel safest from fire, but it is actually the place they are at greatest risk. Approximately 80% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home; an average of seven people die in home fires every day.

According to National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) latest reports, home fires and home fire deaths declined by about 50% since 1980. However, the 7.8 deaths per 1,000 reported ... (Full Story & Photos)

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