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Monday, August 8, 2011

Governor O'Malley and County Executive Baker "Explosive" Press Conference


Executive Order Signing
Regional Bomb Squad Readiness and Coordination
            
A Regional Bomb Squad Readiness and Coordination news conference has been scheduled on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Public Safety Communications Center in Prince George’s County.  The signing of an executive order confirming the coordinated efforts by state and local accredited bomb squads, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (GOHS) will commence at the conference. 
         
Your presence is graciously requested at this momentous event occurring at the new state of the art emergency operations center:

Prince George’s County Public Safety Communications Center located at
17321 Melford Boulevard Bowie, Maryland 20715. 

  
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS
17321 MELFORD BOULEVARD, BOWIE, MARYLAND 20715 

FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH:

Take Route 3 (Crain Highway) towards Bowie, Maryland.
Take the exit at Belair Drive.
Follow the signs to Melford Boulevard.
You will enter a traffic circle.  Make the second turn, continuing on Melford Boulevard.
You will enter a second traffic circle. Make the second turn, continuing on Melford Boulevard.
Public Safety Communications is the 1st building on the right.

FROM POINTS EAST AND WEST:

Take Route 50 (John Hanson Highway) towards Bowie, Maryland.
Take 13-C towards Belair Drive/Melford Boulevard.
Follow the signs to Melford Boulevard.
You will enter a traffic circle.  Make the second turn, continuing on Melford Boulevard.
You will enter a second traffic circle. Make the second turn, continuing on Melford Boulevard.
Public Safety Communications is the 1st building on the right.

Heated Times at Fire/EMS Department Headquarters

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

The Office of the Fire Chief was notified over the weekend that the building that houses Fire/EMS Department Headquarters (PGFD HQ) had a malfunction in the air conditioning system.  Staff was notified by email on Saturday to expect unpleasant conditions as repairs to the AC were made.  PGFD HQ occupies portions of the 3rd and 4th floors of the Largo Government Center (LGC) at 9201 Basil Court in Largo.


Jeff Callaway, assigned to Community Outreach and Legislative Affairs, whose office is on the 4th floor, arrived at work this morning and noted temperatures of 88 degrees and within 15 minutes had risen to 90 degrees.  Shortly thereafter, Major Paul Cruz, Executive Officer, sent an email to Fire/EMS Department staff working at the LGC stating, "Due to the A/C still being non-operational since the weekend, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor has granted the use of Liberal leave for today for all personnel assigned to the 3rd & 4th floors at the LGC."  


Despite the availability of liberal leave the majority of staff will not be using it.  A limited amount of staff will remain at the LGC HQ to ensure coverage and continuity of operations plans will be utilized with staff and offices relocating to back up sites at various locations throughout the County including the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building in Landover Hills.  Citizens and residents ability to reach the Fire Chief and other key offices within the Fire/EMS Department administration will not be adversely effected.


To borrow a phrase from our friends at the United States Postal Service; "Neither rain nor snow nor heat  nor the gloom of night nor loss of building air conditioners stays the Fire/EMS Department from completing their appointed rounds."


The repair of the LGC building air conditioner is on-going with no estimate of time on the completion.

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