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Monday, May 30, 2011

Adult Male Working on Backyard Pool Suffers Cardiac Arrest

At around 2:00 pm on Memorial Day, an adult male was removing old water from his backyard swimming pool. Other family members found him unconscious in the deep end of the pool and called 911. The pool had very little water remaining.

Fire/EMS units arrived at the home in the 5500 block of Edgewood Drive in Temple Hills and found the man in cardiac arrest.

Advanced life support measures were initiated by paramedics and the patient was transported to a hospital in critical condition with CPR being administered.

This does not appear to be a case of drowning. It is possible the man received an electrical shock or suffered some type of medical emergency.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, paramedics and hospital staff the 51 year old man passed away after about an hour after arriving at Southern Martyland Hospital.  The cause of death is not immediatley apparent and will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Fire/EMS Department Operating Under a "Heat Stress Watch"

Prince George’s County, Maryland, is in the midst of it's first heat wave of 2011 with temperatures in the unhealthy levels and a forecast of daytime temperatures remaining in the 90’s. The Fire/EMS Department has initiated our first “Heat Stress Watch” for all emergency personnel.  This condition was designed by the Department's Risk Management office to keep personnel healthy and injury free.

During a "Heat Stress Watch" dispatchers at Public Safety Communications broadcast a prepared message every two hours reminding personnel of the dangerous and unhealthy conditions. Throughout the course of the day dispatchers provide the following information over the Fire/EMS Departments radio system: 









“A heat stress watch is in effect for emergency operations. 

Incident Commanders; heat stress injuries to fire service personnel are likely. 

Consider limiting active work periods to 2 breathing air (SCBA) bottles or 40 minutes before directing crews to rehab.” 

Crews, maintain pre-incident hydration by drinking eight ounces of water every hour throughout your shift.”

“Prevention before response ensures everyone goes home.”

Attention to the health and wellness of firefighters and paramedics is of the utmost concern at all times and particular care and precautions are administered during periods of high temperatures and unhealthy air. After being involved in firefighting operations all personnel must report to a rehab area. Water and ice packs are provided for hydration and to help the cooling process.  Paramedics monitor vital signs and have personnel remain in the rehab area until vitals are documented as being within normal limits. Incident commanders are quick to request additional resources based on incident status. These resources include; Paramedics, air conditioned buses, additional staffing and a canteen unit.


Activity level so far this Memorial Day has been normal. It is expected that as the heat of the day increases, so will the number of incidents our personnel must respond to.  Remember, Stay Safe to ensure everyone goes home.




Crews, maintain pre-incident hydration by drinking eight ounces of water every hour throughout your shift

Water and ice packs are provided for hydration and to help the cooling process.  Paramedics monitor vital signs and have personnel remain in the rehab area until vitals are documented as being within normal limits.

Season's First Heat Wave Safety Advice

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

The National Weather Service is forecasting the first heat wave of the season for Memorial Day into Tuesday. Heat indexes are likely to meet or exceed 100 degrees. Because this is the first round of seasonal heat and bodies are not acclimated yet, heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be a bigger threat than they would be later in the summer. Everyone is reminded to take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

With high heat and humidity upon us in Prince George’s County the men and women of your Fire/EMS Department want you to stay informed and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Temperatures in the nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions.

Your best protection is to stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

Stay Informed - Stay Ready - Stay Safe

At Work

• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water

Outdoors

• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home

• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly
• Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment
• Eat smaller meals, more often
• Take cool baths
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Remember to Stay Safe to ensure everyone goes home.

Two Volunteer Fire Service Leaders Pass Away

The career and volunteer family of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) is saddened at the passing of two long-time volunteer fire service leaders.  Each of these men made significant impacts on their respective volunteer stations as well as the entire County fire service.


William “Bill” Huttenloch, Past Chief of the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011.  Bill was a Life Member at Forestville VFD and was inducted into the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

Arrangements are:

Viewings
William "Bill" Huttenloch
Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 2-4 PM and 5-8 PM
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road
Clinton, MD  20735
Fire Department Memorial Service, 7 PM

Funeral
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 10 AM
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road
Clinton, MD  20735

Burial
Resurrection Cemetery
8000 Woodyard Road
Clinton, MD  20735


In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department.

Please keep the Huttenloch family and the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers.

The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department is grieving the loss of one of their Past Fire Chiefs.  The Kentland VFD website stated,It is with the deepest of regret that the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. announce the passing of Past Fire Chief and Life Member Jimmy Wells. Chief Wells passed in his sleep, Friday, May 27, 2011, at his home. He joined the department in 1977 and served as Chief of Department from 1986 to 1987. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ask that you keep the Wells family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Arrangements are:

Viewing
2-4 & 7-9 PM, Friday, June 3, 2011
George P. Kalas Funeral Home
2973 Solomons Island Road
Edgewater, MD  21037

FD Memorial Service/Funeral Service
8 PM, Friday, June 3, 2011
George P. Kalas Funeral Home
2973 Solomons Island Road
Edgewater, MD  21037

Interment will be Private.

Memorial donations can be made to The D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation, PO Box 4565, Washington, DC  20017.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wells family and the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department.