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Friday, September 2, 2011

Career Recruit School #42 and #43 Graduation

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department conducted a graduation ceremony for 59 firefighter recruits on Thursday, September 1, 2011. The graduation was held at the Charles Herbert Flowers auditorium and was well attended by families, friends, elected leaders and Departmental personnel. Speakers included County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Councilmember Andrea Harrison, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor with a keynote address from William “Billy” Goldfeder.  Goldfeder's son, Brian, is a graduate of CRS #43 and a recipient of the Fire Chief's Award.

The following is the roster of recruit firefighters in each class.  

Congratulations!!!  

Remember - SAFETY FIRST - Ensure Everyone Goes Home.

CRS #42

Glenn Joshua Austin
Julian Gregory Barnes
Michael Britten Jr.
Michael Carlos Brown Jr.
Clint Curry Cardinale
Rita Leonor Delaroca
Ryan Wesley Dorr
Daryel Reginald Dunston
Ryan Joseph Ferriter
Samuel Freeman-Martin
John William Hart V
Kyle William Hastings
Corey Liberato Ianiero
Michael Robert Kirby
Brandy Lee Kreitzer
William Davis McConnell, Jr.
Christina Marie McNeill
Kashawna Ann Medley
Andrew Scott Mika
Andrew John Mutchler Jr.
James Jonathan Redman
William Benjamin Stein
Timothy Craig Vanderhoff
Kevin Robert Wittmer
Kyle Patrick Wood

CRS #43

Michael John Adams II
Joseph Wayne Allen-Baker
Michael Matthew Barnett
Michael Bassett
Kelvin Lee Benford II
Nathan Edward Bowie
Chayenne Mario Brown
Joshua Patrick Buckler
Jae Hyun Chong 
Richard Hugh Clarke Jr.
Phillip Anthony Crooks
Romeo Navarro Dela Cruz Jr. 
Brian Scott Goldfeder
Robert Maurice Herbert
Cameron Dion Jones
Andrew Thomas Koch
John Christopher Kuhn
Mark Henry Maloney
Patrick James Maloney
Patrick Thomas Monahan
Sean Daniel Moorhouse
Philip Alexander O’Connell
Kacie Eileen Pressley
George Thomas Rogers
Ernest Preston Rogers
Michael William Shackelford
Brandon Lamont Sims
Ralpheal Antonio Smith
Chad Mason Staley
Justin Edward Talley 
Spencer Kyle Taylor
Michael John Tomasi 
Darrin William Tomlinson 
Laura Dawn Wilcox

After the presentation of Certificates of Achievements by County Executive Baker and Fire Chief Bashoor to the graduates additional special achievement awards were presented.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Emergency Medical Technician Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to an individual who achieved the highest academic average on the emergency medical technician written examinations and practical evolutions.

Career Recruit Bride #42
Recruit Fire Fighter James Redman
Career Recruit School #43
Recruit Fire Fighter Joseph W. Allen-Baker

FIRE 
SUPPRESSION SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Fire Suppression Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to an individual in each Career Recruit School who achieved the highest academic average on the fire suppression written examinations and practical evolutions.


Career Recruit School #42
Recruit Fire Fighter Kevin R. Wittmer
Career Recruit School #43
Recruit Fire Fighter Michael J. Tomasi

INSTRUCTOR'S AWARD

The Instructor’s Award is presented to an individual in each Career Recruit School who has shown the highest level of personal improvement, development, and dedication during the class. In short, we identify the recruit who has contributed significantly to the success of the class overall either by helping others or through self-improvement. The individual earning this award can be one with no previous experience in emergency services and progresses to an outstanding level of proficiency; or an experienced person who dedicates him or herself to assisting other class members be successful throughout Recruit School.
Career Recruit School #42
Recruit Fire Fighter Michael Britten, Jr.

Career Recruit School #43
Recruit Fire Fighter Joseph W. Allen-Baker
MEMORIAL AWARD

The Memorial Award is a very special recognition presented to an outstanding recruit from each Career Recruit School who has displayed that rarest combination of professionalism, courage, and "espirit de corps." Such traits serve to honor their fallen comrades, and uphold the highest traditions of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department.


Career Recruit School #42
Recruit Fire Fighter Andrew J. Mutchler, Jr.

Career Recruit School #43
Recruit Fire Fighter Michael Bassett

FIRE CHIEF'S AWARD

The Fire Chief's Award is the highest recognition for Career Recruit Schools. This award is bestowed on an individual in recognition of achievements that have made significant contributions to the graduating class. Selection criteria emphasize leadership, professional development, integrity, performance, and personal growth. This award is given to the recruit who best exemplifies the conduct required of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Career Recruit School #42
Recruit Fire Fighter Daryel R. Dunston

Career Recruit School #43
Recruit Fire Fighter Brian S. Goldfeder










Fire Fuel Gel Product Recalled by CPSC - PGFD Assisted GMA to Demonstrate Product in June

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-78930

On Monday, June 13, 2011, the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department appeared on Good Morning America to help GMA's Consumer Product Correspondent Elisabeth Leamy demonstrate the danger of  a "fire gel" used in outdoor torches and fire pots.  


Today we learned from Liz Crenshaw from NBC 4 News that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall on the product.

See PGFD on GMA Show June 13, 2011

This is the report from Liz Crenshaw on NBC 4 News

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

Truck Burns Inside of Forestville Repair Facility


Media Contact: Mark E.Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

As firefighters from the area were stilling working at a townhouse fire on Chester Grove Road, another report of a structure fire was received in the Forestville area.  Firefighters from other areas had been transferred into the area to ensure adequate coverage while personnel were busy dealing with the other incident.  As an example, an engine and personnel from Bladensburg Fire/EMS Station #809 were transferred into the area and operated at the scene of a large automotive repair facility in the 9400 block of Darcy Road in Forestville.  The automotive facility is operated by the County Department of Public Works and Transportation.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the facility and quickly located a fire inside the cab of a dump truck in one of the repair bays.  The fire was quickly contained and extinguished.  No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and a fire loss estimate of $40,000. 






Forestville Townhouse Fire Displaces Eleven - No Injuries

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Eleven residents, including 1 infant, were displaced after a fire damaged their row of townhouses.  Firefighters from the Forestville area were alerted to a structure fire at about 11:15 pm, Thursday, September 1, 2011.  Fire/EMS units arrived in the 3000 block of Chester Grove and arrived to find a 2-story, end of the row, townhouse with heavy fire showing.  Firefighters had already started their operations to advance hose lines into the interior of the structure when a fire damaged side wall collapsed forcing the evacuation of personnel from the burning structure.  After regrouping outside and ensuring all personnel were safe and accounted for, fire operations continued.  It required about 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.  In addition to the townhouse of origin four other townhouses were damaged and deemed uninhabitable.  No civilian or firefighter injuries occurred.  Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor was in the area at the time of the call and arrived on the scene and observed operations.

The County Citizen Services Unit and the Red Cross will be assisting the displaced residents.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $525,000. 

Attached photos illustrate the heavy fire conditions consuming the structure that firefighters had to deal with.  All images are by Marc S.Bashoor, Fire Chief.