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Friday, November 9, 2018

All PGFD Fire/EMS Stations are Toys for Tots Collection Points

All Prince George's County Fire/EMS Stations, Headquarters and worksites have been designated as Toys for Tots Collection Points.  

You are encouraged to drop off new and unwrapped toys for children of all ages.  

Donated toys will be distributed to local children during the Holiday Season.

34th Annual Public Safety Holiday Food Basket program is underway.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George’s County Public Safety Assistance Program’s (PSAP) 34thAnnual Christmas Food Basket program is underway.   

MEDIA ADVISORY "Save the Date" - Public Relations/Media event in advance so that you can put it on your calendar to attend.  

The Prince George's County Public Safety Assistance Program's 34th Annual Christmas Food Basket
Breakfast and PR/Media event.

It will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Fire Station #806.  Station #806 is located at
2901 St. Joseph Drive, Springdale, MD 20774.

The day will start with a "Hearty Fireman's Breakfast" at 7:30 AM.  This is the BEST BREAKFAST in town!!

At 9 AM the PR/Media Event, with County Officials and the Directors of the County Public Safety Agencies
attending, will be held.  

We appreciate your continued support of the Christmas food basket program.

Monday, November 5, 2018

TRAINING OP - Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel

Stress First Aid
for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel
Train the Trainer
Wednesday, November 28 – Thursday, November 29, 2018

Howard County Maryland Department of Fire & Rescue Services

WHAT: Stress First Aid (SFA) is a set of supportive actions designed to help emergency responders take care of themselves and assist each other in reducing the negative impacts of stress. SFA was designed specifically to support firefighters, EMS, and rescue personnel. This method of assisting a co-worker undergoing stress is practical, flexible, and can be tailored to the specific need of the individual. Instructed by Patricia Watson, PhD, CAPT Frank Leto, FDNY and Chief John Oates, East Hartford Fire Department.

OBJECTIVES: This training will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the SFA model, and to be able to deliver the 15 minute, 90 minute or four hour versions of stress first aid trainings. Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

• Have a better understanding of the needs of individuals affected by stress in fire and EMS jobs
• Better manage stress
• Engage in more helpful peer support
• Be better able to create peer support and behavioral health programs
• Deliver 15 minute, 90 minute, or 4 hour versions of the SFA trainings

WHEN: Wednesday, November 28 – Thursday, November 29, 8:00am – 4:30pm

WHERE: Howard County Maryland Department of Fire & Rescue Services Training Center 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville, Maryland 21104 PREREQUISITE: Students must currently possess NFPA Instructor I or equivalent.

HOW TO APPLY & REGISTER: Go to www.firstrespondercenter.org/events or www.cvent.com/d/cbqpnh

About the First Responder Center for Excellence
The First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths, Inc., a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation affiliate, was created in 2016. Our mission is to promote quality educational awareness and research to reduce physical and psychological health and wellness issues for first responders. For more information visit firstrespondercenter.org or contact Kelly Casillo, Programs Specialist at kcasillo@frcmail.org or 443-302-2917.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

PGFD Fire Officer Placed on Leave After Arrest

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medic Lieutenant Sean Christopher Roth has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for Arson.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided details to the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department that Roth was arrested and charged with 3 felony crimes related to an arson that occurred on August 29, 2018.  Roth was jailed at the York County, Pennsylvania, Prison and held on a $25,000 bond on November 2, 2018.  He is charged with:

Arson-Intent to Collect Insurance
False/Fraud/Incomp Insurance Claim
Risking Catastrophe 

Roth, 39 years-of-age of Red Lion Pennsylvania, is a 19+-year member of the Department and was assigned to the Facilities and Resource Planning Office.  He will remain on administrative leave (leave with pay) status until further notice.

No additional information is available about the actual incident.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Upper Marlboro Female Arrested for Setting Fire to Mothers Home

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

A 25-year-old female has been arrested and charged with Arson and other related crimes for setting her mother’s home on fire. 

Prince George’s County Firefighters responded to a fire just before 1:00 am, Monday, October 29, 2018 at a mobile home park in Upper Marlboro.  Public Safety Communications (PSC) had initially received a 911 call for a female damaging her mother’s property and a subsequent 911 call reported a fire at the same location.   Both the County Police and Fire/EMS Department responded to 9115 Marlboro Pike, trailer home lot #62, in Upper Marlboro and arrived to find fire showing from the mobile home.

The fire was extinguished without incident.  Fire loss was estimated at $80,000 to the structure and contents.

Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal were alerted to the call and Investigators determined the fire to be incendiary in nature.

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the home occupant’s adult daughter set the mobile home on fire. Amanda Hooker, 25-year-old female of Upper Marlboro was arrested and transported to the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro.

Amanda Hooker has been charged with the following crimes:

Arson- First Degree
Arson- 2nd Degree
Malicious Burning 1st Degree
Malicious Burning 2nd Degree

Amanda Hooker, 25-year-old female of Upper Marlboro was arrested
after allegedly setting her mother mobile home on fire.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PGFD and ASPCA Halloween Safety Tips for our Pets

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930

MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO


for Pets

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Stash the Treats

The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Baylee or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach

While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Be Careful with Costumes

For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandanna instead.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable

Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.