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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Recruits with Experience Take an Oath and Hit the Streets

BY: Ashley D. Mansfield, Student Intern, PGFD Public Information Office
  
     Firefighter I/II, Hazardous Materials, and Emergency Medical Technician are a few of the courses that must be completed by academy recruits. However, prior to entering the academy, some recruits have already met the necessary course requirements. Those who have met the prerequisites only need refresher courses in some subjects. This is the case with a portion of the 33 students in Career Recruit School (CRS) #43.


     On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, upon completing 13 weeks of training, the following 22 recruits were sworn in for duty. The remaining 11 recruits will join their fellow classmates in the field in 9 weeks, upon completing the full EMT-Basic course.


Michael J. Adams
Michael M. Barnett
Michael Bassett
Nathan E. Bowie
Joshua P. Buckler
Romeo Dela Cruz Jr.
Brian Goldfeder
Robert M. Herbert
Andrew T. Koch
John C. Kuhn
Mark H. Maloney
Patrick J. Maloney
Patrick T. Monahan
Sean D. Moorhouse
Philip A. O’Connell
George T. Rogers
Brandon Sims
Spencer Taylor
Michael J. Tomasi
Darrin W. Tomlinson
Laura D. Wilcox
Kacie E. Pressley

     The recruits from CRS #43 have been philanthropically-oriented during their time at the Fire/EMS Training Academy. They donated blood for injured firefighters; researched and wrote papers on cancer among firefighters; and coordinated and participated in a run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The recruits used the 4.39 mile run from Maryland to Virginia and back as a means of raising funds, which they donated to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation.

     The efforts of the recruits from CRS #43 certainly have been extraordinary and may even distinguish many of them as future leaders in the Fire/EMS Department.





Monday, June 27, 2011

Bowie Volunteer Elected as 1st Vice-President of Regional Organization.

At the 2011 Annual Conference of the Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Bowie Volunteer Fire Department's Deputy Chief Pete Mellits was elected to the 1st Vice President of the Division, which was held in Wilmington, Delaware at the end of May. He previously held the 2nd Vice President position. Pete currently serves as Deputy Chief - Station Chief of the Northview Station (PGFD Company 16), as part of his other assigned emergency operational/administrative duties within the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, Pete serves as the Secretary for the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.

The Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs represents Fire and Emergency Services Leaders from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.  Prince George's County Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and Lt. Colonel Jerry L. LaMoria attended the Annual Conference and presented a class on a Safety and Investigative Report that involved a firefighter sustaining serious injuires fighting a house fire in Kettering.


The mission of the Eastern Division is to support the goals and objectives of the International Association of Fire Chiefs by serving as the liaison between the IAFC and the Division’s member states. The Eastern Division will do this by professionally consolidating regional issues and opinions, providing valuable and necessary input to the IAFC, and disseminating pertinent information from the International Association of Fire Chiefs to the Division's member states.

The Eastern Division supports the IAFC mission “To provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers and managers of emergency services organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.” 

(L-R) John Roth - Mont. Co., Paul Sterling - MD Director, Pete Mellits, James Seavey - Past President, and Hugh Owens - Prince George's County

Volunteer Firefighter Rides for Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Fund Raiser

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tony Kelleher recently made us aware of a special journey for one member of their department.  Kelleher stated, "Sergeant Oleg Pelekhaty spent 16 days, riding mostly solo, over 6000 miles across the United States of America to promote ovarian cancer awareness and to raise funds for the same cause."  He returned to Prince George's County on June 22nd, 2011.


Oleg Pelekhaty poses with his HD and firefighters from Iowa City.
For the past few weeks, Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Squad Company Sergeant Oleg Pelekhaty has ridden his Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Station 33, across the continental United States and halfway back. He did this to promote ovarian cancer awareness and to raise $6000.00; a dollar for each mile he rode, for the same cause. As great of a feat as this is, he is also doing it mostly on his own with the exception of day one.



Throughout his journey Oleg was the recipient of firefighter hospitality and demonstration of brotherhood as he stopped every few hundred miles for rest at a local fire station. You can follow Sergeant Pelekhaty on his blog, specifically designed for this trip, by clicking on the attached link. Also, you can still donate to the cause on the blog as well. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.as well as Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and the entire Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department congratulate Sergeant Pelekhaty on his mission and journey.

Pelekhaty is still in need of donations to reach his goal.  To date he has raised just under $3,000.  He posted some interesting and compelling stories on his blog as he travelled the country. You can review his trip and make donations on his blog at http://motorcyclefundraiser.blogspot.com/


For additional information you may also contact the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc, at 301-883-7733.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Crisman Installed to State Organization President - Surprised by Visit from County Executive Baker

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

Teresa Ann Crisman, a long time volunteer and fire safety advocate, took the oath of office and was installed as the President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Maryland State Fireman’s Association (LAMSFA).  The installation ceremony took place on June 21st during the Annual Convention held in Ocean City, Maryland.  She will serve the one-year term just as she has served as a member of volunteer ladies auxiliaries in Prince George’s County; working tirelessly for the overall good of the MSFA and ladies auxiliaries across the State.  She takes over from a fellow Prince Georgian completing her year as President of MSFA Ladies Auxiliary. Sandi Lutz, a member of the Glenn Dale Fire Association, has served exceptionally well and her tenure reflects favorably on herself, Glenn Dale Fire Association and Prince George’s County.

A surprise visit from Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker was greeted with a feeling of euphoria and excitement by the combined career and volunteer members in attendance.  Baker spoke to the audience and congratulated immediate past president Sandi Lutz on having served a successful year and bestowed his best wishes and support for Teresa Crisman for the year ahead.  Lutz and Crisman each received a certificate from the County Executive and Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor for their milestone achievements.

Accompanying County Executive Baker was Brian Moe; Director of Homeland Security and Kerry Watson, representing Mr. Barry Stanton; Public Safety Director.

Also in attendance was former Prince George’s County Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell.  When he was the Prince George's County Fire Chief in 2002, Blackwell promised Teresa that if she was ever elected to President of the LA-MSFA he would attend the ceremony.  So it was that Chief Blackwell traveled from Kansas to Ocean City, MD, fulfilling his promise to join Teresa in her celebration. 

County Executive Baker shares a light moment with Frank Underwood
and Jim Crisman from Branchville Volunteer Fire Department.

Former PGFD Chief Ron Blackwell greets County Executive Baker with
Chief Marc Bashoor and Director Brian Moe looking on.

L to R - Anne Arundel County Fire Chief John Ray, Ronald Blackwell, County Executive Baker
and Acting Fire Chief Bashoor.

Teresa Crisman is escorted to the stage.

Teresa Crisman takes the Oath of Office as President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the MSFA.





County Executive Baker, Immediate Past President Sandi Lutz and Chief Bashoor.

Crisman with County Executive Baker and Chief Bashoor.

Firefighters Rally for Fire Chief Bashoor's Presentation at State Convention

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

Firefighters from across the State of Maryland were provided with an informative training session that captured the attention of everyone in attendance.  The session was held during the Maryland State Fireman’s Association (MSFA) 119th Annual Convention.  Thousands of firefighters, medics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Ladies Auxiliary, family and friends converge on Ocean City, Maryland, every year during this June week to participate in convention activities.  During this multi-day convention business meetings are held, there are election and installation of officers, apparatus and vendor displays and numerous training opportunities are held.  One of the most attended training sessions held this year was entitled “Firestorm 2011.”  This session chronicled what is being called the busiest day in the history of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department: Saturday, February 19, 2011. 

Chief Marc Bashoor conducts a 2 hour session of FIRESTORM 2011
During the session, Prince George’s County Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor detailed the events of the day that included dry weather conditions and high gusting winds that produced hundreds of brush fires,  seven significant fire incidents and over 900 calls handled throughout the course of the day when 350 to 400 is the normal.  Damage from that day was tabulated in the millions of dollars, a dozen occupied structures damaged or destroyed and over a thousand acres of property scorched.  The day produced the second time in the history of the Fire/EMS Department where a call back of career personnel was made (the first call back was on 9/11/01) and a request for 40 additional pieces of fire units from across the State of Maryland.  Fire/EMS units from Virginia and the District of Columbia also provided mutual aid.

Bashoor held two sessions, the first on Monday afternoon at 3:30 pm.  This 2-hour session was attended by about 80 firefighters from across the State; mostly from Prince George’s County, that heard the details of the seven significant incidents and lessons learned that were chronicled in After Action Reports.  This was an interactive sessions that included commentary from several members of the Department that played an integral role in the events of that day.  Some of these personnel providing commentary included; Jerry LaMoria, PGFD Emergency Operations Commander; Wendy Baden, Baden Volunteer Chief; Chuck Fusco, Berwyn Heights Volunteer Chief; and Raymond Briscoe and John Gardiner, Branchville Volunteer Firefighters.  The “Firestorm 2011” presentation by Chief Bashoor was one of the most attended training sessions of the convention.


Chief Bashoor also presented an abbreviated and informative session on “Firestorm 2011” from the main stage during a general business meeting on Tuesday morning.  About 2000 people attended this session.  The program was well received by all in attendance with Chief Bashoor receiving positive feedback from dozens of  firefighters.



Chief Bashoor also presented an abbreviated and informative session on “Firestorm 2011” from the main stage during a general business meeting on Tuesday morning. 

This 2-hour session was attended by about 80 firefighters from across the State; mostly from Prince George’s County, that heard the details of the seven significant incidents and lessons learned that were chronicled in After Action Reports.  (Pete Piringer)


Several Prince George’s County Volunteer Departments had a few of
 their recently purchased pieces of 
fire apparatus on display at the request of the manufacturer.  These included engine from Branchville and District Heights and a heavy-duty rescue squad from Laurel Rescue.

Several Prince George’s County Volunteer Departments had a few of their recently purchased pieces of 
fire apparatus on display at the request of the manufacturer.  These included engine from Branchville and District Heights and a heavy-duty rescue squad from Laurel Rescue.

Several Prince George’s County Volunteer Departments had a 
few of their recently purchased pieces of 
fire apparatus on display at the request of the manufacturer.  These included engine from Branchville and District Heights and a heavy-duty rescue squad from Laurel Rescue.


This 2-hour session was attended by about 80 firefighters from across the State; mostly from Prince George’s County, that heard the details of the seven significant incidents and lessons learned that were chronicled in After Action Reports.  (Pete Piringer)



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Outside Gas Leak in the 7200 block of Waldron Ave

At approximately 12:40 pm crews from the Temple Hills area responded to a report of an outside gas leak in the 7200 block of Waldron Ave.  Crews arrived to find that a 1 inch high pressure gas line was struck by a piece of construction equipment (backhoe).  A total of five houses were evacuated and Washington Gas arrived on the scene and shut the gas line off.  There were no reported injuries from this incident.

Erroll W. George, Sr., Major, 240-832-5761

Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely and Legally

2011 Fireworks Amnesty

The Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department responds to several calls for injuries related to fireworks each year. The Fire/EMS Department is concerned about the potential for injury and property damage from fireworks. Every year, near the Fourth of July we see and hear of thousands of people injured and sometimes killed due to accidents involving fireworks in the United States. Sadly, many of these injuries and deaths involve children. 

Prince George’s County has a law that is meant to protect you.

Plain and simple - ALL consumer fireworks from the 
smallest to the largest are illegal.

What’s it all about…PGFD/EMS Fireworks Amnesty Program

• In Prince George’s County, citizens may turn in fireworks without fear of being arrested or fined. Those
desiring to take advantage of this amnesty may contact the County's Fire/Emergency Medical Services
(EMS) Department Operations Center at 301-583-2200. A member of the Fire/EMS Department will come to your home or business and remove your fireworks, without you risking arrest and/or fine.
• The amnesty will remain in effect from June 20, 2011 until July 20, 2011. Citizens may also call the same number to report illegal use of fireworks in Prince George’s County.

The Law in Prince George’s County.

• It is illegal for any person to manufacture, possess, store, offer for sale, sell, discharge, use, burn, or explode any fireworks in Prince George's County, Maryland, except that an authorized display may be conducted by a licensed pyrotechnic professional. Penalties for violations of the law include a fine of up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail.
• Each year, thousands of people are injured and some killed in accidents involving the use of fireworks. These primarily involve those fireworks classified as 1.4g explosives by the U.S. Department of Transportation, commonly referred to as "consumer fireworks." Prince George’s County has banned the sale, use and possession of these fireworks based on the danger to our citizens caused by the misuse of these products.

This is the ninth year that the Fire/EMS Department has offered an Amnesty Program.
Thousand of pieces of dangerous fireworks have been turned over to authorities during this period.


Fireworks Amnesty Tipsheet 2011 _2_ -  


where to go for fireworks _3_ -  


Update to House Fire in Glenn Dale

12600 block of Hillmeade Station.

The injured Prince George's County Fire Fighter/Medic was treated and released from the hospital yesterday evening.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation with an estimated loss of $200,000.00.

Major Erroll George
240-832-5761

Monday, June 20, 2011

Glenn Dale House Fire with Partial Floor Collapse

Firefighters from Glenn Dale and surrounding stations were alerted to a house fire in the 12600 block of Hillmeade Station Drive this evening shortly after 6:00 pm.  The house was reported to be vacant.

Fire/EMS units arrived within minutes and encountered heavy smoke and fire showing from the 1 1/2-story single family home.  A partial collapse on the first floor occurred.  As a result, one fire fighter was injured when he fell through the hole in the floor.  The fire fighter was transported to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries.

.It required about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation and fire loss is still being tabulated at this time.

Major Erroll George
240-832-5761

Beltsville Home Fire on Fathers Day

MEDIA CONTACT: Erroll George, Major, 240-832-5761

Firefighters from Beltsville and surrounding stations were alerted to a house fire in the 8700 block of Bolvelder Drive this afternoon shortly before 4:30 pm.

Fire/EMS units arrived within minutes and encountered heavy smoke and fire showing from the 2-story single family home with an attached garage.  A partial roof collapse occurred shortly after personnel were ordered to evacuate the structure due to deteriorating conditions. All firefighters self evacuated safely and the firefight continued from the safety of the exterior.

It required about 20 minutes to extinguish the bulk of the fire. There were 65 firefighter/medics, command officers and support personnel that operated on the scene of this incident with no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental as a result of improper disposal of grilling materials and fire loss has been estimated at $400,00.00 for structure and contents.  A family of 2 adults and 5 children have been displaced as a result of the fire.



Heavy fire conditions on arrival (photo courtesy of www.BeltsvilleVFD.com website)

Heavy fire conditions on arrival (photo courtesy of www.BeltsvilleVFD.com website)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Haz Mat Team Investigates Small Release of Chemical Product.

Firefighters and Hazardous Materials personnel are investigating an accidental release of a substance in a educational lab. Incident commanders report a small Ammonia spill/leak in a lab at Martin Hall at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Precautionary safety measures are in place. No injuries are reported.

Mark Brady


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Water Rescue Near National Harbor Issues All Clear

Prince George's County received a call for a boater in distress on the Potomac River just south of the marina at National Harbor. Fire and Rescue Boats immediately deployed and quickly located the vessel reported to be in distress.
The Fairfax, VA, Fire Boat pulled up along vessel in question and reports no signs of distress.� Boat ran aground and is now waiting for a tow back to shore.

All Fire/EMS Units clear.

Mark Brady


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Member of Fire Service Family to Serve as President of State Ladies Auxiliary

Teresa Ann Crisman, a long time volunteer and fire safety advocate, will soon take over the helm of a statewide association. Crisman will be sworn into office as President of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Ladies Auxiliary on June 21st during the Annual Convention held in Ocean City, Maryland.  She will serve the one-year term just as she has served as a member of volunteer ladies auxiliaries in Prince George’s County; working tirelessly for the overall good of the MSFA and ladies auxiliaries across the State.  She takes over from a fellow Prince Georgian completing her year as President of MSFA Ladies Auxiliary. Sandi Lutz, a member of the Glenn Dale Fire Association, has served exceptionally well and her tenure reflects favorably on herself, Glenn Dale Fire Association and Prince George’s County.

Teresa, a resident of Greenbelt, is truly a dedicated member of the fire service family, career and volunteer, constantly advocating for injury prevention, fire prevention and fire fighter safety, She is a 10-year employee of the Fire/EMS Department, currently serving in the Office of the Fire Chief – Community Outreach and Legislative Affairs.

She oversees the Community Outreach Office, Safe Kids and Risk Watch Programs for the County. She also conducts the Fire Inspections for the Foster Care Programs for Prince George’s County Social Services.

Teresa joined the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary (GVFD-LA) in March 1981 as a junior member when she was just 13. Crisman became a Senior Member at the age of 18 and currently has 25 years of service to GVFD-LA. She has served as their Vice President, Secretary, Historian and Guard. Teresa is also a member of the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, where she was awarded Life Membership in 2010.

Career and volunteer members of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department have long recognized Teresa’s skills and unique manner in delivering life safety and fire prevention education. Recently, the State of Maryland has recognized her skills as well when Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley presented Teresa with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) Star of Life Award to honor EMS personnel, citizens, and EMS programs statewide. In presenting the award, Governor O’Malley recognized Teresa, “for her tireless efforts in reducing injuries in children through life-safety education in Prince George’s County and across the State, including car seat checks, child passenger safety training, fire prevention school programs, and Safe Kids events.”

Teresa has been presented with numerous other awards for promoting fire prevention, including the Silver Spring Trophy for Fire Prevention Excellence in the State of Maryland for 2001 and 2004, the Jane Todd Memorial Trophy for Fire Prevention 2004 and the Joseph Chaney Award for Fire Prevention in 2006 and 2010.

Crisman was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association in September 2002, and is a Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, serving in that office from 2002-2003.

Teresa’s mother, Mary Frances (Fran) Crisman, was President of the Greenbelt Ladies Auxiliary in 1966-1967 and 1970-1975, and is a Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association in 1971-1972, and a Past President of the Ladies AuxiliarytotheMarylandStateFiremen’sAssociation1990-91. Her father H. J “John” Crisman served as Volunteer Fire Chief of the Greenbelt Volunteer FireDepartmentfrom1966to1973. John retired from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department with 37 years of dedicated service to the County. Other members of the family who serve PGFD include her brother, John Michael, and her Brother-in-Law, Ken Stack.  Her younger brother, James Anthony, is a Metropolitan Police Officer and Volunteer President at the Branchville Fire/EMS Station in College Park

Fire Commission Recognize Individuals for Assistance Provided


The Prince George’s County Fire Commission recognized four individuals for their assistance provided during the past year.  At a meeting of Fire Commission at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building in Landover Hills, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, Chairman John Alter presented a certificate of award recognizing John D. Baione, an Investigator from the Office of the Fire Marshal, for his performance in streamlining the volunteer firefighter/EMT application and background check process.  Additionally, Tanya Gott, Director and CIO of the Office of Information Technology and two members of her staff were recognized for their assistance provided to the Commission and volunteer member companies in a variety of projects over the past year.

The Fire Commission is composed of nine members elected by the volunteer fire companies. In accordance with the provisions of the County Charter, the Fire Commission must annually formulate a capital budget, Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and a current expense budget for all volunteer fire companies with respect to the expenditure of public funds. The Commission also provides operational and administrative support of Volunteer Fire Companies, including operation and maintenance of individual fire stations and equipment; and the purchase of fire suppression and rescue apparatus. Incentive programs are also implemented to recruit and retain volunteer members.

The members of the Fire Commission are:

Chairman and At-Large Commissioner

Vice-Chairman and District 2 Commissioner

Secretary and At-Large Commissioner

District 1

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 6

At Large

Investigator John D. Baione with members of the Fire Commission

Office of Information Technology Director and CIO Tanya Gott with members of the Fire Commission.


Recruits Run for Fallen Firefighter

By: Ashley D. Mansfield, College Intern, Fire/EMS Department Public Information Office

The recruits run across the
Woodrow Wilson Bridge (Training Academy Photo)
On June 10, Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department Career Recruit Schools (CRS) 42 and 43 undertook yet another valiant effort, this time for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Forty-two recruits, along with two Fire/EMS Training Academy staff members and three of the staff’s family members, participated in a run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The group ran 4.39 miles from Maryland to Virginia and back.


Career Recruit School 43 organized the run to honor fallen Volunteer Fire Fighter Mark Falkenhan, who had been a career member of the Baltimore County Fire Department from 1990 to 2006. On the evening of Wednesday, January 19, 2011, Falkenhan was a member of the crew that responded to an apartment fire. The fire was knocked, and crews moved to the second and third floors to search for possible victims. In an article by WBAL TV.com, Baltimore County Fire Chief John J. Hohman stated “A flashover occurred. One firefighter escaped successfully, while Falkenhan was injured. He was transported to the hospital, where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.” The 43 year-old father of two was most recently employed with the U.S. Secret Service, where he helped train agents in search and rescue techniques.

Fire/EMS Department Training Academy instructors initially became aware of the philanthropic spirit of their recruits when they donated blood for an injured firefighter. The recruits also researched and wrote a paper on cancer among firefighters, which was picked up by an established firefighter’s cancer research center. Academy instructors, learning of the recruit’s plan to run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, challenged them to turn their effort into a fundraiser. Each student raised at least $20 and participated in a food drive that generated over $500, totaling their earnings to $2,000.

In a ceremony that was held at the Fire/EMS Training Academy on Monday, June 13, the recruits presented the NFFF with a monetary donation, which was accepted by Volunteer Fire Fighter Falkenhan’s wife, Gladys. During the ceremony, the recruits revealed that they had purchased a brick at the National Firefighters Memorial Walk of Honor, which was inscribed “In memory of Mark Falkenhan, P.G.F.D. C.R.S. #43.” In addition, they read Mrs. Falkenhan and Cathy Hedrick, a representative from the NFFF, a letter they had written detailing what they had learned from their experience. “Through recruit school we are taught so many things not to do, but while learning about the man your husband was, we have learned what to do,” Recruit Basset read.

Career Recruit School 43’s philanthropy, hard work, and commitment to the NFFF touched everyone attending the ceremony. Their efforts prompted Gladys Falkenhan to say “As hard as it was, he died doing what he trained for all of those years.” Speaker Cathy Hedrick addressed the recruits, stating, “No other fire department has made the commitment or has been as dedicated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and safety as you have.” The heartfelt presentation revealed the frightening possibilities of a career as a firefighter. It also taught the recruits how to be safe and to always remember Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS Department’s motto “Safety First! Everyone Goes Home.”



The recruits cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, showing their pride by carrying a flag
representing Career Recruit School 43. (training Academy Photo)



Recruits on the run. (Training Academy Photo)


Career Recruit School number 43 presenting their donation to Gladys Falkenhan and
NFFF speaker Cathy Hedrick. (BRADY)




The Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS Department runners. (Training Academy Photo)


Cathy Hedrick speaking to the recruits at the Fire/EMS Training Academy about her personal experience of losing her son to a line of duty death. (BRADY).






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Car Crashes into Window of Commerical Building - No Injuries


Fortunately, no one was injured when this car crashed through the front window of a commercial establishment in the 12700 block of Old Fort Road in Fort Washington, this morning at about 10:30 am..  The teen-aged female driver was evaluated by paramedics and did not require hospitalization.  Firefighters checked the structural stability and awaited the arrival of a building inspector. The Prince George's County Police Department conducted an investigation.  (Photo by PGFD Captain Christopher Hunt)

Firefighters Attend Trench Rescue Class

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

A class that instructs firefighters on trench rescue operations has been ongoing this week in Prince George’s County. Nearly 2 dozen career and volunteer members of the Fire/EMS Department are participating in this 30 hour class that will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to perform technician-level trench rescue operations. The class includes members of the Technical Rescue Team, career firefighters and volunteer firefighters from Berwyn Heights and College Park.


Major topics covered in this course include preparation and response, support operations and trench access, disentanglement, trench rescue equipment, and practice sessions on intersecting and non-intersecting trenches. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual materials, practical exercises, and written examinations. Classroom instruction was held at the St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station and practical exercises at a Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission site on Ritchie-Marlboro Road in Upper Marlboro.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to function as part of an integrated trench rescue team.

All photos by Mark E. Brady














Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fire Chief Announces Promotions

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department continues to build on our team.  As you are aware, Ben Barksdale will join the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department as a Lieutenant Colonel this coming Sunday, June 19. 

Also effective June 19, I had the pleasure of speaking with each of the following individuals today, to congratulate them on their promotions.  Each of them were previously filling acting positions where they will continue to work.

Mark Brady, Community Developer IV

James Reilly, Battalion Chief
Mary Crampton, Medic/Battalion Chief
Kenneth Fusco, Battalion Chief
Paul Gomez, Battalion Chief

James Jiron, Captain
Eric Reith, Captain 

As additional firefighters complete their academy classes, I anticipate additional promotions very soon and in the coming months.

Please join me in congratulating each of these individuals on an important milestone in their careers.

Marc Bashoor, Acting Fire Chief
Prince George's County Fire/EMS

Firefighters Receive Award for Rescuing Woman From Burning Home

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark e. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Emergency Service Awards presentation at St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station.  Pictured are (L to R) Lt. Colonel Scott Hoglander, Acting Major Adon Snyder, Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers and Acting Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. (BRADY)

For their exceptional performance on the scene of an incident where a female was rescued from her burning home, Acting Major Adon Snyder and Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers were presented with Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Emergency Service Awards. Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor made the awards presentation at the St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station on Wednesday morning.


On the morning of January 27, 2011, Firefighters from the Glenn Dale area were dispatched to the 4500 block of Woodgate Way for a reported house fire with a person trapped. On arrival crews encountered a 1½ story single-family dwelling with thick black smoke and heavy fire showing. Three occupants had escaped after being alerted by a working smoke alarm and were frantically telling the arriving firefighters a family member was still inside the residence.

The crew on board the first arriving engine began an aggressive interior attack, attempting to control the spread of the fire. The Rescue Squad from St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station 806 arrived on the scene. Being made aware of the trapped occupant, the crew forcefully searched the area where the victim was believed to be located.

Acting Fire Major Adon Snyder had earlier decided to stay over at work, as a snow emergency was in effect. He rode to the incident with Acting Battalion Chief Thomas James. Upon arriving on the scene, Snyder advised that he was going around to the rear of the home and would give an assessment. He was at the rear of the home when he saw the trapped occupant at a second story window and heard her screaming for her life. An exterior crew member, Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers, retrieved a ladder, which was placed to the window by both members in an effort to rescue the victim. The 63-year-old female had severe physical limitations and would not have been able to get out of the window without the assistance of Major Snyder and Fire Fighter Myers. Encountering high heat and thick black smoke Fire Fighter Myers after ascending the ladder to the second floor had to partially enter the window to assist in hoisting the female out of the window and on to the ladder. While doing so he subjected himself to the intense heat and thick smoke of the rooms’ interior. The pair of rescuers brought the seriously burned woman down the ladder and immediately began treating her. The patient was transferred into the care of EMS personnel and transported to the hospital with 2nd degree burns to her lower body and suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire Fighter Myers was also transported and admitted to the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital Center for evaluation of possible thermal injuries he sustained while making the rescue.

In making the award presentation Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “If not for the quick thinking and immediate action of Acting Major Snyder and Fire Fighter Myers, the victim’s injuries assuredly would have been even more severe. She had perhaps 30-45 seconds more before the heat and smoke would have caused her to fall from the window onto her bedroom floor and perish.”


Acting Major Adon Snyder receives Emergency Service Award from Chief Bashoor.

Chief Bashoor presents Emergency Service Award to Fire Fighter/Medic Alexander Myers.