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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 10

Each year, wildfire burns millions of acres of land. Research around home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.

There ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Open Air Burning

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 03

Outdoor burning is common in our area, particularly in the springtime when homeowners burn debris and brush on their property. These fires often grow into uncontrolled burns and wildfires, which can result in enormous losses of natural resources, personal property, and even lives. The Maryland Forest Service responds to 325 wildfires – 96% of which are started by people - that burn 3,200 acres annually. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 30

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


1) Product: Nestlé USA Metallic Mugs Sold with Starbucks-Branded Gift Sets

Hazard: If microwaved or filled with extremely hot liquid, the mugs can overheat or break, posing burn and laceration hazards.

For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/3svjvp94
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Members attend Public Fire and Life Safety Education Seminar

Aux Vice President Jessica Snyder, March 25

On Saturday March 23, 2024, Members of Ridge VFD attended the 2024 Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Seminar at the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute headquarters in College Park Md. Firefighters Robb Bickel and Johnny Wathen, along with Auxiliary members Jessica Snyder and Becky Wathen attended to gain knowledge of new programming available in Fire Prevention and Life Safety and how to bring it to ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 25

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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Monthly Drill: HAZMAT 18

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 19

St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services’ Hazardous Materials Response Team Chief, TJ Faunce, brought Hazmat 18 to Ridge VFD to show our members the equipment and capabilities they have to mitigate a hazardous materials incident. Chief Faunce provided information and a demonstration of their new Decon Equipment. Ridge VFD members, and guests from the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, were able ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, March 17

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).

The theme for 2024 is “When the unexpected happens, Poison Help is here for you 24/7.” Whether you have general questions or an emergency, Poison Help is available ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Department Social & Obstacle Course for our future firefighters to "learn the ropes" of what our First responders do

Aux Vice President Jessica Snyder, March 12

On Friday March 1st, our RVFD Social and Fire Prevention committees combined efforts for a fun evening with Pizza, popcorn, sweets, games, and an obstacle course for members and their families. In our efforts in 2024 to promote Good Health and Wellness for our First Responders, it is also important to teach our families what they do, their gear they wear, and scenarios they may come in contact with. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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