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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Deputy Fire Chief Communicates on the Run

The Emergency Operations Commander will soon visit your station and participate in physical training with personnel that are directly affected by his policies and decisions. Acting Lt. Colonel Derrick Lea started his new policy on Monday, April 14, 2010, and will continue with this initiative for the foreseeable future. This innovative and unique interactive policy will also allow Col. Lea to speak with members of the Department that he has not spoken to within the recent past and to greet  members he has not yet met.

On Wednesday afternoon, April 14, 2010, Col. Lea worked out with personnel from the Croom Fire/EMS Station #845.


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics had the opportunity to practice their skills today at a scheduled Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) exercise. The MCI drill was designed to test the response and performance of personnel from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department from the Largo area. The exercise scenario involved a collapse of bleachers loaded with concert goers at a local entertainment complex. Dozens of patients with simulated injuries were triaged, treated and transported by firefighters and paramedics. All the action was closely monitored and scrutinized by Fire and EMS supervisors that held a critique immediately following the conclusion of the drill.

The Fire/EMS Department exercise coordinators assessed the drill as a success in that weaknesses and strengths were identified and discussed. The post-drill critique provided areas that need improvement and also highlighted actions that were performed well. Overall, the drill demonstrated excellent interaction with other entities involved in the MCI exercise and the Fire/EMS Department within an Incident Command System and interoperability.