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Thursday, April 15, 2010

MD Govenor O'Malley Visits Capital Heights VFD

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley had proclaimed that Capitol Heights, MD, in Prince George’s County will be the first “Capital for a Day” destination for the 2010 series. The monthly program brings the State Capital to every corner of Maryland through a series of events across a diverse selection of Maryland cities, towns and communities.

“I’m very proud to continue the ‘Capital for a Day’ program, which has brought the State Capital and its cabinet to every region of our state and more than fifteen counties and jurisdictions throughout Maryland over these last three years,” said Governor O’Malley. “Strengthening our local partnerships is critical to continue the progress we have made in public education and public safety, and I’m proud that Capital Heights will serve as this year’s first Capital for a Day. It’s more important than ever for Maryland’s families to see that their state government is working for them each and every day and its equally important for us to meet and hear from people firsthand about the challenges and opportunities we face as a state.”

On Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 12:30 PM, after several stops within Capitol Heights, Governor Martin O’Malley made his way to the Capitol Heights Fire/EMS Station #805. Capitol Heights is one of five all volunteer Fire/EMS Stations and dozens of personnel were on hand today to greet the Governor. After walking up the front ramp of the station, O’Malley took time to greet the volunteer members before going inside the engine room which had been converted to accommodate the Governors Cabinet Meeting.

Capitol Heights Volunteer Chief Jim McClelland stated, “We are proud to host the Governor and his staff on this important day for the entire City of Capitol Heights. Our home is his home.”

St Joes Fire/EMS Station #806 on Schedule

Construction continues on the newest addition to the complement of Community Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Stations in Prince George’s County. St. Joseph’s Community Fire/EMS Station #806 is on schedule for a Grand Opening during the summer of 2010.

The new Fire/EMS Station is located on St. Josephs Drive and Ardwick-Ardmore Road in Springdale near Flowers High School. The location will enable the Department to meet demand for services and improve response time capabilities in the growing community and surrounding area.

The station design is nearly identical to our recently opened District Heights Fire/EMS Station #826 and Northview Fire/EMS Station #816; however, the St. Josephs Fire/EMS Station #806 is going to be larger to accommodate special equipment, apparatus and supplies.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones is proud to announce the official appointments and promotions of Fire/EMS Personnel. Derrick Lea and Scott Hoglander have each received an appointment to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Lt. Colonel W. Derrick Lea, of Glenn Dale, MD, is a 20-year member of the Department and is the Commander of the Emergency Operations. Areas of responsibility include: Fire/Rescue Operations, Advanced Emergency Medical Services, 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. Colonel Lea has recently improved communications by posting EOC Colonels Notes on the Fire/EMS Department web page as well as visiting stations and participating in their daily physical training.

Lt. Colonel Scott K. Hoglander, of Laurel, MD, is also a 20-year member of the Fire/EMS Department and has served for many years in Fire Investigations. He played a key role in the investigation of the DC Area Serial Arsonist and the Spring Hill Lake Serial Arson cases, each ending with arrests and convictions. Hoglander will serve as the Commander of Support Services. His areas of responsibility include: Information Management, Life Safety Inspections, Hazardous Materials and the Office of the Fire Marshal, which includes; Fire Investigations, Bomb Squad, Special Hazards and Special Events. Lt. Col. Hoglander has received numerous awards including five Fire/EMS Department Unit Citations and several from Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies.

Both Lea and Hoglander have been serving at these positions in an "acting" capacity for the past several months.

Fire Chief Jones also announced he is promoting two members to the rank of Captain. Phyllis T. Jenkins-Pierce has been promoted to Fire Fighter Captain. Her current assignment is Oxon Hill Fire/EMS Station #821.

Alan C. Doubleday has been promoted to the rank of Fire Fighter/Medic Captain. His current assignment is the Largo/Kettering Fire/EMS Station #846.

Appointments and promotions were effective April 11, 2010. Congratulations to all.

Lt Col. W. Derrick Lea and Lt. Col Scott K. Hoglander

Fire Fighter Captain Phyllis Pierce

Alan C. Doubleday has been promoted to the rank of Fire Fighter/Medic Captain