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Saturday, January 30, 2010

ACCOKEEK HOUSE FIRE with CIVILIAN FATALITY

At 1:40 PM, Saturday, January 30, 2010, firefighters and paramedics from Prince George’s and Charles County were alerted to a house fire with a report of an occupant trapped. Amid a winter storm with heavy snowfall and hazardous driving conditions firefighters from Accokeek were the first to arrive at 1:51 PM at 2707 Accokeek Road. Firefighters encountered a 1-story, non-sprinklered, single family rambler home with heavy fire showing. An adult female occupant was immediately located and soon declared deceased on the scene. There were 35 firefighters on the scene that required 20 minutes to extinguish the fire. Six family pets, 5 dogs and 1 cat, perished in the blaze. Two family pets, 1 dog and 1 rabbit, survived.

The Fire/EMS Department Citizens Services Unit assisted two other family members displaced with temporary shelter. Fire Investigators from the Departments Office of the Fire Marshal, assisted by the County Police Homicide, have labeled this incident as open and on-going. Identity of the deceased will be withheld pending confirmation by the Medical Examiner. There was an estimated $150,000 in fire loss and no additional civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Residential Sprinklers Contains Upper Marlboro Fire

A residential sprinkler did what it was designed to do this morning saving an Upper Marlboro family and their home. At 12:54 AM, Friday, January 29, 2010, firefighters were alerted to a fire inside of a house in the 13900 block of West End Farm Road. An engine from Croom Fire/EMS Station #845 was the first to arrive at 1:04 AM and soon discovered a fire in a second floor bedroom of the 4000 square foot 2-story house located in a non-hydrant community. A residential sprinkler activated and extinguished the majority of the fire and prevented any fire spread or extension. Firefighters ensured the fire was completely extinguished, ventilated the smoke and overhauled the damaged area. In what could have been a disaster was limited to an estimated fire loss of $8,000. The cause of the fire was listed as “Accidental” by fire investigators and no injuries were reported. The damage was so minimal that the family was not displaced.

Prince George’s County was the first in the Nation to require residential fire sprinklers in all new construction. Since that law was passed in the early 1990’s there have been zero fire fatalities in any residential structure protected by residential sprinklers. For additional information on residential sprinklers in Prince George’s County see our 15 Year Study by clicking this link:

http://www.homefiresprinkler.org/images/Prince-Georges-County-Report.pdf

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Woman Introduces Daughter to Firefighters and Paramedics that Saved Them



Within the first couple hours of their shift on December 6, 2009, Prince George’s County firefighters and paramedics from the Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station #829 handled a call that will remain with them forever. According to the personnel, it was the worst injury they have ever seen and probably ever will see. They think of that day often. Some members of the crew were so traumatized that they were ordered off-duty and sent home to be with their families.

They treated an adult female, in her 20’s, which had been the victim of an assault and presented the most horrific injuries that anyone had ever seen or dealt with. The circumstances of the assault further compounded the emotional impact on the firefighters and paramedics. The victim had been kidnapped and crudely sliced and cut in an attempt to steal her unborn baby. The crews shift supervisor requested a reunion with the victim and her rescuers in hopes of bringing closure to some of the emotions that have lingered since the incident. This reunion was set up through Pat Collins, a reporter with NBC 4 News. Mr. Collins had developed a relationship with the victim and her family and has done several reports of her traumatic ordeal. The reunion was held on Monday, January 25, 2010, at the NBC 4 Studios in Washington, DC.

In a segment that aired on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Pat Collins stated, “A woman hospitalized after someone tried to cut her unborn baby from her body reunited with the medics who saved her life and that of her daughter. When the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department responded to a 911 call at a Suitland, Maryland, apartment complex, they found Teka Adams in the street.”

"It's something that I'd never seen before," stated Fire Fighter/Medic Brandon Wood.

"This was two human lives that were in need of desperate help," Fire Lieutenant Ralph Welch said.

The suspect in this case, Veronica Deramous, is accused of tying Adams up, gagging her, beating her and using several knives to try to cut the baby out over a period of four days. Adams said that Deramous had tried to steal her unborn child.

"The pain was so excruciating that it got to a point where I just couldn't even feel it anymore," Adams said.

Adams eventually escaped from the apartment, ran into the courtyard and members of the community saw her and called 911.

Her baby, Miracle Sky, was delivered by Cesarean section and is doing well. The crew exchanged their recollections of events that day and Adams recalled several of the faces of the Medics. Baby Miracle was held by each member of the crew which provided them a rewarding feeling that they did their jobs to the best of their abilities and training. The fire fighter/medics who saved Adams and her daughter brought them a special gift -- a Saint Florian medal. Saint Florian's the patron saint of firefighters.

In addition to Fire Lieutenant Welch and Fire Fighter/Medic Brandon Wood, other crew members included; Fire Fighter/Medic Renee Wood, Fire Fighter/Medic Jarren Hall, Fire Fighter/Medic Robert Woody and Fire Fighter/Medic Antwan Holbert.

“This is another example of our firefighters and paramedics providing the best possible services to our citizens and residents despite the difficulties they are challenged with,” stated Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones. He stated, “There is no greater reward in this profession then to meet a victim that you helped to save, in this case, the reward was doubled. I am proud of our personnel and I wish Teka and Miracle the very best.”

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NBC 4 NEWS - Woman Introduces Baby to Fire Fighter/Medics that Saved Them

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

Laurel House Remains Under Investigation





Firefighters from the Laurel-Beltsville area and surrounding communities worked together to extinguish a fire in a single family home. At about 9:45 AM, Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a 911 report of a house fire at 13701 Virginia Manor Road in Laurel. Upon arrival they encountered a 1-story single family home with heavy fire and smoke coming from the front door and windows of the home. The fire was quickly extinguished and searches for anyone inside were negative. One firefighter sustained minor burn injuries to his ear and was treated and released from the Burn Unit. No other injuries were reported. Fire Investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal are continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire which remains open and on-going. Preliminary estimate of fire loss is $40,000.

Bladensburg House Fire Displaces Family of Four







Firefighters extinguished a basement fire that displaced a Bladensburg family from their home. At about 4:30 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2010, Fire/EMS units were dispatched to a 911 report of smoke coming from a house at 5413 Gallatin Street. An engine and ladder truck from Bladensburg were the first to arrive and encountered a 1 ½ story, cape cod style, single family home with smoke showing. Firefighters soon located a fire in the basement and had the bulk of the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes. Four adults that reside in the house will be displaced and are being assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizens Services Unit and the Red Cross. Fire Investigators believe the cause was accidental and attributed to an overloaded electrical cord. Fire loss is estimated at $25,000. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lt. Col. Stagnaro Departs After 24-Year Career





A consummate professional will soon be leaving the ranks of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. The retirement announcement of Lieutenant Colonel Victor Stagnaro was made by Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones on Monday evening, January 25, 2010. Fire Chief Jones stated, “Deputy Fire Chief Stagnaro had had a stellar career with the Fire/EMS Department and has served the citizens and the men and women of our Department with the utmost professionalism. He has indicated his intention to retire and I wish him well.”

Throughout his 24-year career, Stagnaro has placed his work ethics and values on family, honesty and integrity. Many within the Department describe him as being mild-mannered and a calming force in the face of emergencies and diversity. He is known as being a tremendous leader. Stagnaro has received numerous awards and commendations during his tenure including receiving a Distinguished Service Award in November 2009, a Unit Citation for his work on the DC Serial Arsonist Case, and the Apartment and Office Buildings Association (AOBA) Annual Award.

During his 24 years with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Victor Stagnaro has served in numerous Fire/EMS Stations; serving as a firefighter and fire officer at: Beltsville, Laurel, Branchville, Calverton, Chillum and Hyattsville. As he progressed through the leadership ranks he also served as an instructor at the training academy and as the Department’s Public Information Officer. He commanded multiple Fire/EMS Stations while serving as a Battalion Officer and as a Major, he served as the Executive Officer to the Fire Chief and then went on to command Fire Prevention/Investigations and Advanced Emergency Medical Services.

Before taking over as the Emergency Operations Command, Stagnaro was appointed in October 2008 to serve as the Deputy Fire Chief responsible for the Fire/EMS Department’s Operations Center, Logistics and Supply, Administrative Compliance, Apparatus Maintenance and the Training Academy. His most recent assignment was that of Emergency Operations Commander (EOC). The Emergency Operations Command includes: Fire/Rescue Operations, Advanced Emergency Medical Services, Operational Safety, and Quality Assurance. These elements provide emergency fire and rescue services and basic ambulance services, the advanced life support and specialized fire and rescue functions, including high-rise, confined space, and underwater rescue. In addition, Quality Assurance focuses on monitoring, evaluating and adjusting the level of emergency and non-emergency service that is provided to our citizens through training and discipline. He is credited with helping to reduce the amount of overtime paid on a daily basis to record lows.

Lieutenant Colonel Victor Stagnaro was the highest ranking member with a Hispanic origin within the ranks of the Fire/EMS Department. He will take some well-deserved leave until his final day with the Department in mid-February. Victor Stagnaro has been married for 26 years and is the father of 7 children, ranging in age from 12 to 25, and resides with his wife in the Annapolis area.

Acting Lt. Col. Derrick Lea will move from his current position as the Commander of Administrative Services to take over Emergency Operations Command which is the largest and busiest Command within the Fire/EMS Department. No replacement for the vacant Administrative Services Command has been selected.

In an interview held last year, when asked what his most rewarding memory of his career was, Stagnaro responded, “I really feel that most everyday is rewarding. Of course, I don’t love every bit of every day. But by and large, everyday is rewarding or has the potential to be rewarding. I do miss the opportunities to get on a fire truck or ambulance and actually interact with the citizens that we are helping, but I learned at some point that, the Department can do so much more in protecting lives and property by developing good policies.

I have been involved with doing CPR on folks that survived and I have put out fires or have been part of a team that put out fires. It is rewarding to know that at least some of their belongings were saved. Those events are always rewarding.

However, over the past several years I was able to work with the Apartment and Office Building Association in placing battery back up smoke alarms in the majority of all apartments in the County that was a far reaching policy that has the potential to save an untold number of lives. I was also involved with placing more EMS Supervisors with Advanced Life Support skills in cars, making them more mobile and coordinating ALS services in the field, those two changes come to mind as some of the most rewarding because its affects can be so far reaching and the lives and property that are saved may never be known. Though I am not actually touching patients and putting out fires I know that lives are saved and property is protected because of a change of policy with which I was involved.”

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Strong Weather System Approaches East Coast

A strong storm system that hit the West Coast earlier this week will impact the East Coast today, Sunday, January 24, 2010. The system has prompted the National Weather Service to post a Flash Flood Watch and Coastal Flooding Advisory until Monday, January 25, 2010. This storm system was one of several storms that caused extensive flooding and subsequent damage to California and generated a tremendous workload for the LAFD.

Citizens and residents should take appropriate care and exercise caution if travelling or venturing outdoors.

Flood Safety Tips...

• Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. If you must walk in a flooded area, walk where the water is not moving. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.

• If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!!

• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.

• If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.

• Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.



http://www.weather.gov/alerts-beta/wwaatmget.php?x=MDC033

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

High Honors for Former PGFD Leadership


Fire Chief Jones, Fire Chief Goddard, NFFF Exec. Director Siarnicki, MFRI Director Edwards and State of Maryland Fire Marshal Barnard.

Steven T. Edwards and Fire Chief Jones

Ronald J. Siarnicki and Fire Chief Jones

William E. Barnard and Fire Chief Jones

William F. Goddard and Fire Chief Jones
Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones announced today his selection for the first five inductees into the Fire/EMS Department Hall of Fame. Fire Chief Eugene Jones announced at a breakfast meeting today that five long-serving former leaders of the Department will be the first five names listed on the elite plaque. An event honoring these individuals was held today, Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at the Northview Community Fire/EMS Station in Bowie. Fire Chief Jones honored M.H. “Jim” Estepp, Steven T. Edwards, Ronald J. Siarnicki, William E. Barnard and William F. Goddard III. These former leaders each played a key role in the formation of the Fire/EMS Department and their legacy is a part of the Departments history. These five were chosen specifically for their leadership role, being a mentor for Fire Chief Jones throughout his career and for their careers after departing the Department. Chief Jones stated, “The men we honor today are giants in the fire service and I had the privilege to work with each of them in various capacities.” He concluded by saying, “Each of them set a foundational stone in my life.”

The ceremony was the first of many events that will be held throughout the course of this year honoring the 40th Anniversary of a Charter Form of Government in Prince George’s County that created one of the largest, the busiest and the very best combined, volunteer and career, Fire/EMS Departments in the Country, if not the world.

Fire Chief Jones also used the occasion to officially release the 40th Anniversary logo that will be used this year to mark this significant milestone. The logo is surrounded by the names of all those that have served as a County Fire Chief and contains the logos of the Volunteer Association and Firefighters Union signifying our combined service.

Four of the honorees spoke at the event and recounted their time spent with the Department which laid the foundation for their future careers. M.H. “Jim” Estepp was unable to make today’s event. Their comments proved to be motivational for the command staff that had gathered to honor them.

Each honoree received a Distinguished Service Award from Fire Chief Jones. The Award stated:

IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR MANY YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP OF THE PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY FIRE/EMS DEPARTMENT AND IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE YOUR DEPARTURE. YOU ARE A TRUE LEADER AND ROLE MODEL FOR OTHERS TO EMULATE.
The honored individuals each has an extensive resume in the fire service, education, management and are heavily decorated with awards and honors. Honored today:

M.H. “Jim” Estepp – Former County Fire Chief, nationally recognized fire service, elected, business and civic leader.
Steven T. Edwards – Former County Fire Chief and currently Director of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

Ronald J. Siarnicki – Former County Fire Chief and currently Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

William E. Barnard – Former County Deputy Fire Chief and currently State of Maryland Fire Marshal.

William F. Goddard – Former County Deputy Fire Chief and currently Fire Chief of Howard County, MD, Department of Fire and Rescue.

Fire Fighters and Paramedics IAFF Local 1619 Conduct Haiti Relief Collection








A steady stream of cars filled with people wanting to make a difference and help the victims of the Haiti earthquake lined the driveway to the Prince George's County Fire Services Building in Landover Hills. The Prince George's County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)Local 1619, accepted donations on, Monday, January 18, 2010, from 2PM until 4PM. The donations of non-perishable food items, baby care items, over-the-counter medications and personal care items were more then expected and additional vehicles had to brought in to accommodate all the donations. IAFF Local 1619 President Andy Pantelis stated, "Whenever we ask for help with donations after disasters, our citizens and residents never disappoint and today's effort was humbling to be a part of. Everybody wants to do something to help."

Items donated were delivered to the Haiti Embassy Collection warehouse.

Health and Fitness Expo - 2010










The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department participated in the NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo this past weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17, 2010, personnel the Office of Public Information and Community Outreach and the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association staffed an area providing fire safety and injury prevention material to thousands of Expo visitors. The area was easily identifiable by the display of two pieces of antique fire apparatus. Special thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. and the Bladensburg Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. for making these vintage pieces available. This event would not have been possible without the assistance and staff from the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and Fire/EMS Department Explorers that spent many many hours preparing and staffing our area with personnel from PIO/Community Outreach.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fire Safety Information Door-to-Door


Fire safety information was distributed today to homes in the District Heights and Suitland area. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department partnered with the American Red Cross and HOPE Worldwide/Mid-Atlantic Chapter volunteers that met at the District Heights Community Fire/EMS Station at 9:00 AM, Monday, January 18, 2010. After meeting with the Fire Fighter/Medics and taking a tour of the station and apparatus the group broke up into nine different teams that dispersed throughout the community passing out fire safety information on door hangars. There were about 50 members between the two groups that handed out 2200 pieces of fire safety information.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones stated, “I want to thank the members of the Red Cross and Hope Worldwide for their assistance in spreading the word of fire safety. We recently suffered a civilian loss of life from a home fire in the very community that was visited today by these groups and I know the community appreciated the information they received.”

Fire Department Major Steve Hess helped to coordinate today’s effort and was impressed by their energy. He stated, “It was a pleasure working with such an energetic group that knew their mission and approached it with enthusiasm.”

Working smoke alarms increase your chances of surviving a fire by 50%. To have a smoke alarm installed in your home, free-of-charge, contact our Smoke Alarm Hotline at 301-864-SAFE.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thin Ice Injury Prompts Warning

Firefighters and Paramedics from the Largo area responded to a 911 report of a teenaged male and his dog that had fallen through the ice. Just before 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 16, 2010, Fire/EMS units responded to a pond located in the rear of townhouses located in the 10100 block of Greenspire Way in Largo. Witnesses reported that a dog had ventured onto the ice covered pond chasing birds. The ice broke and the dog fell into the water. The dog’s owner, a 13 year-old-male, went to the aid of his dog and fell through the ice and into the freezing water. Both the male and dog treaded water for a period of time and were able to self-rescue prior to the Fire/EMS Department arrival. Paramedics treated the male for hypothermia and transported him to a local hospital for additional treatment.

The first two weeks of January 2010 have provided a period of freezing temperatures and many local ponds and other bodies of water have become ice covered. While the scene may be enticing, the ice on many of these waterways is not thick enough to support a person’s weight. Additionally, above freezing temperatures the past few days have thawed the ice cover further increasing the danger. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department warns all citizens and residents that any body of water covered by ice should be considered extremely hazardous and should not be approached. For ice skating and other ice related activities the Fire/EMS Department recommends visiting one of your area ice skating facilities located throughout the County.

Hillcrest Heights Duplex Fire with Fatality

Firefighters responded to 911 reports of a house fire this morning with a report of someone being trapped inside. Just before 5:30 AM, Saturday, January 16, 2010, firefighters and paramedics from the Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station and surrounding communities responded to 3617 Dunlap Street, Hillcrest Heights, a 2-story duplex, and encountered a working fire on the top floor. Public Safety Communications Dispatchers relayed information to responding firefighters about the 911 reports of a person being trapped. Firefighters arrived quickly and initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire and searched for the victim. A bedroom fire and an unconscious person were quickly located on the second floor. An adult female found to be non-breathing and without a pulse was removed to the exterior where paramedics started advanced life support measures and transported to an area hospital. The fire had a small amount of extension from the second floor bedroom into the attic before being extinguished. Fire damage was contained to the one home with no extension to the attached exposure. There were 32 firefighter/medics on the scene that took about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Two additional residents were able to escape from the house prior to the arrival of firefighters. A female, approximately 70 years-of-age, and an adult male, approximately 50 years-of- age, sustained minor smoke and burn injuries. The adult male also sustained lacerations to his arms when he attempted to make a rescue prior to the firefighter’s arrival. They were treated on the scene and transported to an area hospital in fair and stable condition.

The 30ish year-old-female victim removed by firefighters was small and frail in stature and at first was thought to be a young teenager. She was transported to Children’s Hospital with CPR being administered by paramedics. Despite the valiant efforts by paramedics and emergency room staff to save her, she succumbed to injuries a short time after arrival at the hospital. Identity of the deceased will be withheld pending notification of family.

Fire Investigators from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating the cause and origin of the fire. They will be assisted, as a matter of standard operating procedure, by the County Police Department until a cause of the fire has been determined. The cause remains under investigation and damage estimates are not yet available.

Friday, January 15, 2010

IAFF LOCAL 1619 FIREFIGHTERS and PARAMEDICS CONDUCT HAITI RELIEF EFFORT


The Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1619, will be holding a “Stuff-a-Truck” event seeking relief items that will be sent to Haiti. Andrew Pantelis, President of IAFF Local 1619 stated, “Last Tuesday our island neighbor to the south, Haiti, suffered a massive 7.0 earthquake and it has left the island and infrastructure completely demolished. While many of us are struggling here our struggles cannot compare to those that are now without homes, fresh drinking water, food, or the knowledge of what has happened to their immediate families.”

Items donated through this event will be taken to the Haitian Embassy and the sent to the island nation. The most needed items are:

Baby Items: Baby formula (dry/powder), Baby wipes, Baby bottles, Diapers, Baby clothes

Toiletries: Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer

Medicines: OTC Medications (Tylenol, aspirin, Benadryl...), vitamins, first aid kits

Supplies: Batteries, candles, light weights jackets, adult clothing

Food: Non-perishable ready to eat foods that do not require a can opener but has a snap top: seal packs of tuna, sardines, Vienna sausages, fruit cups, nuts, chips, etc...


WHAT: Stuff-a-Truck Relief Effort for Haiti

WHEN: Monday, January 18, 2010, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM ONLY

WHERE: Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
Cranford-Graves Fire Service Building
6820 Webster Street, Landover Hills, MD

WHO: Prince George’s County Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1619
Contact Phone Number – 301-805-5300

Sunday, January 10, 2010

TRAIN VS CAR - BELTSVILLE


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Photos are courtesy of the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department

A train collided with a car that had made its way onto the tracks early this morning seriously injuring the vehicle occupant. At about 6:15 AM, Sunday, January 10, 2010, a 70-car CSX freight train struck a car near Baltimore Avenue and Ritz Way in Beltsville. The passenger vehicle was on a section of tracks that run parallel to Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) through Beltsville and into Laurel. The tracks vary in height with sections being elevated above street level and some sections of track that are below street level; the crash occurred in a section where the train tracks are below street level and down an embankment. The County Police are investigating the events that led up to the vehicle leaving the roadway and coming to rest on the train tracks; there are no crossings in that area.

Firefighters arrived and found an injured civilian and his car heavily damaged. The driver had escaped from his vehicle prior to the collision with the train. His injuries were sustained when his car left Baltimore Avenue and fell onto the train tracks. The vehicles engine compartment was separated from the vehicle during the collision with the train. Paramedics tended to the injured male while firefighters checked to ensure the train was not damaged and remained on the tracks. Hazardous Materials Teams confirmed that the train cars containing chemicals were intact and not damaged. A male, approximately 30 years of age, was treated and transported by paramedics with trauma to his upper body. He was transported to a local trauma center in serious condition. The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the crash.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Karen L. Hardy


The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department was tasked with organizing and conducting the 2009 United Way Campaign for all County Government. This is an enormous effort that involves coordination of all county agencies and United Way Campaign organizers. Each year, the overall coordination of the campaign is rotated throughout all agencies and 2009 was the Fire/EMS Departments turn. Fire Chief Eugene Jones assigned Karen L. Hardy the responsibility to conduct the campaign on behalf of the Department and Prince George’s County. Karen Hardy is a Community Developer III assigned to the Office of Public Information and Community Outreach and has 22 years of County Government work experience. In addition to daily community outreach efforts she is typically assigned to work on projects that involve coordination with internal and external agencies such as the County Fair, Census 2010 and the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.

Karen and United Way organizers knew that this would be a challenging year to generate donations. She accepted the challenge and handled issues that could have derailed the campaign but she was able to keep the campaign moving forward. As anticipated, the total donations did not reach the goal, but we were not far from that goal while more funds were donated then were expected and the campaign is considered a huge success.

On Thursday, January 7, 2010, Fire Chief Jones awarded Karen Hardy by designating her as the Fire/EMS Department Employee of the Month. Chief Jones presented Hardy with a certificate which stated:

YOU ARE HEREBY AWARDED THE DESIGNATION AS
THE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR DUTIES WHILE COORDINATING THE COUNTY-WIDE
UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN

Monday, January 4, 2010

PGFD on INSIDE EDITION




Producers from INSIDE EDITION have notified us that the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department will be a part of a feature story on their show. The show airs tonight (Baltimore area) and tomorrow morning (Washington DC area).

On the INSIDE EDITION website are the listings for each state. In Maryland (Baltimore area) we come on WBAL, channel 11, at 7 p.m. and in the D.C. area we come on WUSA, channel 9, at 10:30 a.m. --- so tonight’s show would be on tomorrow morning.

The story covers the rescue of a lifeless Sade Davis from a creek in Clinton, her resuscitation and recovery and up until she gives birth just weeks later.

Landover Apartment Fire with Civilian Injury

Just before 3:30 AM, Monday, January 4, 2010, Firefighters from Kentland and surrounding communities battled an apartment fire and rescued several residents. Fire/EMS units responded to a fire in a terrace level apartment at 3401 Dodge Park Road, a 3-story garden style apartment building. First arriving units encountered fire showing from a terrace level apartment with heavy smoke and high heat blocking the egress of residents on the upper floors. Some of these residents sought refuge on their balconies where six were safely removed by firefighters using ground ladders. Other resident’s sheltered-in-place until it was safe to exit by way of the buildings interior stairwell.

It took 40 firefighters about 30 minutes to knock the fire down. Forty residents were evacuated from the building but only two apartments will be declared uninhabitable. A total of 2 residents will be displaced and are being assisted by apartment complex management with other apartments. A 50ish year old female from the apartment of origin was transported to a burn unit for smoke and burn injuries, she is in fair condition.

Fire loss is estimated at $25,000 and the cause is accidental and attributed to smoking materials.