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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

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