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2024 Incidents
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February 14
March 18
April 28
May 25
June 27
Total 134    

2023 Incidents
January 13
February 17
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 26
July 23
August 25
September 26
October 23
November 16
December 18
Total 239

2022 Incidents
Jan 28
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Apr 21
May 21
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Jul 37
Aug 24
Sept 24
Oct 17
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National Weather Service Alerts for St. Mary's County, MD

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, July 08

Each year more than 15,000 people are seriously burned when their clothes catch on fire. In more than half of the incidents, flammable liquids or vapors were present on, or around the person's clothing. But it can happen in many ways. A person's loose sleeve may catch fire on a hot stove. Someone may be working with gasoline or some other flammable liquid and then light a cigarette. They might spray ... (Full Story & Photos)

Fire Safety for Children

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, July 01

One of the primary causes of residential fire deaths and injuries for children under the age of 10 is playing with a heat source, which includes lighters and matches. When it comes to children, safety should be a priority and when it comes to fire safety, it is no exception.

Kids and Fire Safety- Facts and Stats:
• Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire and another 293 children are injured ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, June 20

On Tuesday, June 18th, during the 132nd Annual Maryland State Firefighter's Association Convention in Ocean City, Ridge VFD and members were recognized with multiple State awards.

🏆 MSFA Hall of Fame Induction – Philip "Heavy" Ridgell
🏆 Robert H. Shimer, Past President, Administrator of the Year Award – Johnny Wathen
🏆 Fire Prevention Awards:
✔️ 1st Place - Class IV Year-Round Program
... (Full Story & Photos)

Department Social & Fire Prevention Foam Party

Aux Vice President Jessica Snyder, June 15

On June 7, 2024, our Department and Auxiliary members gathered for a fun evening of Pizza, Ice cream, and Foam! This event was put on by our Social and Fire Prevention Committees as part of the Health and Wellness Initiative we are doing this year within our department. During the evening, families enjoyed time together, delicious carnival pizza, and a lesson on how their Mom's, Dad's, and grandparents, ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, May 30

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

1) Product: CHZHVAN Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Hazard: The detectors can fail to activate, posing a risk that consumers will not be alerted to a fire.

For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/3cys964n

2) ... (Full Story & Photos)

Monthly Drill: Mass Casualty drill with Ridge VRS

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, May 21

On Monday, May 21st, members of the Ridge VFD and Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad participated in a joint mass casualty incident (MCI) drill involving a multiple vehicle accident with multiple victims. The scenario involved a two-vehicle collision that entered the Ridge VFD Carnival Grounds while filled with a crowd. The goal of the drill was to practice MCI triage, hone extrication skills, crew communications, ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, May 16

A Maryland smoke alarm law that took effect on January 1, 2018 changed residential smoke alarm requirements. The law is designed to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths. Make sure your home is as safe as possible by coming into compliance.

The law was designed to achieve the most reliable smoke alarm coverage possible in older dwellings without requiring homeowners to run new ... (Full Story & Photos)

Fire and Safety Hazard Product Recalls - April

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 30

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

1) Product: Sant and Abel Children’s Two-Piece Pajama Sets

Hazard: The children’s pajamas fail to meet the flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a burn hazard to children.

For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/yd62hu5v

2) ... (Full Story & Photos)

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