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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Firefighters Handle the Hot and Spicy

The Chick-fil-A at the Capital Centre invited members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department to try out their new soon-to-be menu item. This was an invitation only preview of their new sandwich which will debut later this month to the general public. On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, the new Spicy Chicken Sandwich was generously offered to volunteer and career firefighters and medics. About 3 dozen members, including Fire Chief Eugene Jones, enjoyed the meal and festivities hosted by an energetic Mildred Crews, Marketing Director at the Chick-fil-A @ Capital Centre in Largo, MD.

Officially, we can not endorse the sandwich; however, many firefighters said they will be returning when the sandwich hits menus on June 7th. Members of the First Battalion, including Ritchie and Kentland Volunteer Fire/EMS Stations, the Fire Chief and his staff as well as other command officers would like to thank Mildred Crews and her staff for an enjoyable and tasty lunch.

Washington Post Article - Bladensburg Volunteer Member Part of the Old Guard

This is an excellent article from the Memorial Day issue of the Washington Post.  It is about a Bladensburg Volunteer Member being part of the Old Guard.

Pata, who is 27 and looks every bit the model soldier, does not want to fail. He wants to join the Old Guard, the most obsessive-compulsive unit in the Army. Pata has survived a harrowing 15-month tour in Iraq. He spent the week after 9/11 digging for bodies in the rubble of Ground Zero. On nights and weekends, he volunteers with the Prince George's County fire department. But it's not yet clear that he has what it takes to make it in the precision unit that performs funerals at Arlington National Cemetery and guards the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Read entire article here:

Firefighters Canvass County After Tragic CO Incident

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

The death of three young men on Sunday, May 30, 2010, has motivated firefighters to go door-to-door in communities throughout Prince Georges County providing life safety information. It is believed that a gasoline powered generator in a Hyattsville home generated a large amount of carbon monoxide (CO) in a very short period of time and claimed the life of the three occupants.

Firefighters, both volunteer and career, canvassed the Hyattsville community where the incident occurred on Memorial Day and visited dozens of homes interacting with residents discussing the dangers of CO and general fire safety guidelines.  This Holiday community canvass was conducted by Lieutenant Colonel W. Derrick Lea, several command officers and volunteer firefighters from Hyattsville and College Park.

On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, again visited homes throughout Prince George’s County to provide fire safety and injury prevention information to residents with an emphasis on CO and grill safety. Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones stated, “Our combined resources of volunteer and career firefighters have visited as many homes as possible today to spread safety information that could help save lives. Sunday’s tragic incident was certainly preventable and members of the Fire/EMS Department want to ensure our citizens and residents are aware of basic life safety information.”

At about 7:00 pm this evening, firefighters will gather at the Hyattsville Fire/EMS Station #801 at Queens Chapel Road and Belcrest Road and proceed back to the community in the 5600 block of 38th Avenue to continue home visits and talking with residents about the tragic incident. Smoke alarms are provided free of charge, however, CO alarms must be purchased by residents. A CO alarm is highly recommended by firefighters and paramedics to be used in homes.

The practice of firefighters visiting communities after a tragic incident has been a staple of fire safety and injury prevention in Prince George’s County for over 23 years. A Post Incident Neighborhood Intervention Program (PINIP) prompts firefighters to visit homes after a significant or tragic incident has occurred within their community. A PINIP is an effective fire prevention tool based on the theory that a tragedy peeks the interest of the community with citizens and residents willingly listening to officials about fire safety and prevention. Residents open up their homes to allow firefighters in to check smoke alarms and make a safety inspection recommending areas of improvement.

Citizens and residents should not wait for a tragic incident to occur before being visited by a firefighter. Citizens and residents are encouraged to contact our Livable Communities Smoke Alarm HOT line at 301-864-SAFE (7233) and schedule a visit. There is no charge for this community based fire safety and injury prevention effort.


Prince George’s County Firefighters are about to face heat from a different source this weekend. An All-Star team of firefighting softball players will face a team of six female professional-level players that travel across the Country playing taking on teams of all-male challengers. The Dynasty 6 will challenge the Prince George’s County Softball Team in a charity fundraiser on Saturday, June 12, 2010, 5:00 pm, at the University of Maryland. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to The Burn Center at Washington Hospital Center and towards the advancement of breast cancer research. There is an admission charge of $5.

The Dynasty 6 is a team of select women from the traveling U.S. Professional All-Stars. These six players will compete against a full team of Prince George’s County Firefighters. This group of six, created in honor of the hugely successful King and His Court and Queen and Her Court/Maids teams that toured the Country for years.

Additional information can be obtained by calling 410-472-3500.

WHAT: Charity Softball Game – Dynasty 6 VS PGFD

WHEN: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 5:00 PM

WHERE: Robert E. Taylor Softball Stadium (near Comcast Center)
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

WHO: Prince George’s County Firefighters, Dynasty 6, family, friends and co-workers.