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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Appointment of Frank Underwood as the Lieutenant Colonel of the Volunteer Services Command

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

Frank Underwood
A detailed press release will be posted in the near future; however, I wanted to share with everyone a memo notifying members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department that a fourth Lieutenant Colonel has been appointed. This position will be filled by life time volunteer member Frank Underwood. His credentials speak volumes about his experience and love of the fire/EMS service.  Underwood, a resident of College Park, will take on the Deputy Fire Chief role in a newly created position of Volunteer Services Command. Additional information about Frank and his new position will be released shortly. Congratulations Frank!!!

This is the announcement sent out by Fire Chief Marc Bashoor last night:

February 1, 2012

TO: All Sworn, Civilian, and Volunteer Personnel Memo #12-07

FROM: Marc S. Bashoor, Fire Chief

RE: Appointment of Frank Underwood as the Lieutenant Colonel of the Volunteer Services Command

Effective February 13, 2012, Frank Underwood will be appointed as the
Lieutenant Colonel of the newly created Volunteer Services Command. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Frank on his appointment.

Frank brings with him over 45 years of fire service experience, including having served as
President of the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (PGCVFRA)
from 2000–2001, and as the President of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA)
from 2008–2009. In addition, Frank has also served on the Prince George’s County Fire
Commission for 10 years. Frank is also a life member at both the Allentown Road Volunteer
Fire Department and Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad.

Further information on the organizational change will be announced this week.

Firefighter Hospitalized After Electrical Shock at Station

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

A Prince George’s County Firefighter is hospitalized in "good" condition after sustaining an electrical shock inside his Fire/EMS Station.  On Wednesday evening, February 1, the career firefighter was unplugging a shoreline from a fire engine at the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station 831 when the incident occurred.  

A shoreline is a heavy-duty electrical cord that carries an electrical charge from a fixed outlet in the station to a piece of Fire/EMS equipment.  The shoreline power charge, 120 volts, is used when a unit is turned off and a continuous electric charge is needed to maintain the heavy-duty battery system and for electrical components on-board the fire/EMS apparatuses that require a “trickle” charge while the unit is not operating.

The firefighter and other crewmembers were preparing to leave the station for training when he was in the process of disconnecting the shoreline from the fire engine.  It appears the wires pulled away from the protective housing where the shoreline is connected to the piece of apparatus.  The exposed wires came in contact with the firefighters arm causing an electrical shock that was powerful enough that he was thrown to the engine room floor.

Advanced Life Support paramedics from the nearby Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841 responded and together with personnel from Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831 transported the injured firefighter to the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital Center where he currently remains.

The injured firefighter experienced an inability to move his right hand with an accompanying loss of sensation and disorientation.  The firefighter remains hospitalized at least through tonight as he still has not regained feeling in his hand and arm.  His condition will be re-assessed in the morning.

Battalion Chief Joe Cardello stated, “Captain Kilpatrick (Injured firefighters supervisor) and I, along with the leadership of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department, have, and will remain in constant contact with the injured firefighter to ensure that he has what he needs and that he remains in good spirits.”

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor is one that remains in contact with the hospital and command staff personnel on the condition of the firefighter.  He plans on visiting the firefighter later today.  He stated, ”Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured firefighter and his family.  This incident demonstrates the hazards of our job as firefighters extends well beyond the fire ground.”

The injured firefighter is currently in Room 28, Wing 3E, in the Burn Unit at Medstar.