When Alex Ovechkin scored his 700th goal, several exciting things happened. First, Ovechkin became only the eighth player in NHL history to ever hit the milestone. Second, we all got to celebrate his greatness at Capital One Arena and on TVs worldwide.
But Ovi hitting 700 has also resulted in a new tradition started by Montgomery County firefighters.
Every time Ovi scores a new goal, a different fire department has taken a photo in front of their firetruck due to the classification of their emergency vehicles being in the 700s.
So far two Montgomery County fire departments have participated in the
countdown countup so far: Silver Spring’s Station 1 Volunteer Fire Department and Kensington’s Station 5 Volunteer Fire Department. Ovechkin scored his 704th and 705th goals last week against the New York Rangers.
The crew at Fire Station 701 in downtown Silver Spring say congratulations to Alex Ovechkin @ovi8 on goal 701 tonight! The Great Eight. Can #702 be far behind?@mcfrsPIO @MCFRSNews @mcfrs pic.twitter.com/kMOiqNvzrJ
— IAFF Local 1664 (@IAFFLocal1664) February 26, 2020
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As other MCFRS stations have been doing, as @capitals Star @aleksandrovechkinofficial racks up his goals totals, KVFD Volunteers on Engine 705 and Ambulance 705 celebrate Ovi’s Goal #705, scored last night against the Rangers! Congrats Ovi! @rmnb_blog #caps #allcaps #dc #capitals #md #nhl #lifeatkvfd
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“All our fire trucks start with the number 7,” William Macuch Jr., a firefighter at the Montgomery Hills fire department, explained to me. “It’s basically 7 plus the station number. So station 02, the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department, is 702 and so on.”
William added, “Montgomery County goes up to 735, and then there is a gap until 740. It ends there until 50 through 54 which are fire stations on federal properties.”
The full list can be seen on Montgomery County’s website.
According to Wikipedia, the number classification was created so that during an emergency (that would require a response from multiple agencies), dispatchers could quickly identify what country a particular piece of apparatus came from.
A typical example would be: “Alarm” Engine 436 Engine 409 Engine 411(Fairfax) Engine 707 (Montgomery) Engine 202 (Alexandria) Rescue 417 Tanker 712 Medic 409 Battalion Chief 703 and 704 Channel 4-Delta For a working fire 1111 address court. Caller advises smoke and fire from windows 21:11.
If Ovechkin can become the third player ever to score over 800 goals, Prince George’s County fire departments could get in the mix too since their fire stations start with 8.
William, a big Capitals fan, just hopes the rest of the Montgomery County fire stations participate as Ovechkin continues to score at a historic rate.
Just Alex Ovechkin using a blow torch on the bench pic.twitter.com/RHvh6NbSLy
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 5, 2019
He’s also a fan of firefighters himself.
Headline photo courtesy of @kensingtonvfd
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