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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

UPDATE - Good News from the Burn Unit from Kevin O'Toole - Week 6.5

This weeks update is provided by Prince George's County Fire Captain Charlie Flinn.  "Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin O'Toole had surgery on his left hand/arm Monday, April 9.  He is doing very well after this most recent round of skin-grafts. Presently his forearm and hand are bandaged rather tightly so that the skin can "take".  All other surgical sites are doing very well and healing promptly. Spoke with the family this afternoon and everyone was in good spirits, in fact they were given an estimated discharge date for Kevin for maybe 2 weeks. This is good news. Kevin was also given a promotion within the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Company to the rank of Sergeant."

Kevin's Facebook page has been busy with well-wishes, requests for FD patches, pictures and Kevin, with the assistance of family, has become more active in updating his status, for example, on Monday he/family posted, "Out of surgery....sleeping...His left hand was grafted...fingers and all! Still not out of the woods w/the fingers yet...but I will take it....he has the "club" again...ggrrrr!! Lol....will know in a couple days the results, if the grafts took...another surgery behind us...let's hope it was his last :)"


Please continua to keep Kevin and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he progresses through the healing and recovery periods.

Mark Brady
PGFD PIO
240-508-7930

RED FLAG WARNING for Tuesday April 10

Message:NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-MD124CA5E559A8.RedFlagWarning.124CA5E6A290MD.LWXRFWLWX.b4d3f94c9c1231f2b70c82a4368b599ffrom w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov
Sent:04:58 EDT on 04-10-2012
Effective:04:58 EDT on 04-10-2012
Expires:13:00 EDT on 04-10-2012
Event:Red Flag Warning
Alert:
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT 
THIS EVENING FOR MOST OF MARYLAND...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA... 
 
AND EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA... 
 
* MINIMUM AFTERNOON HUMIDITY...15 TO 20 PERCENT ACROSS CENTRAL 
VIRGINIA AND LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND...20 TO 30 PERCENT 
ELSEWHERE. 
 
* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. 
 
* FUEL MOISTURE...5 TO 8 PERCENT ACROSS THE ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS 
AND 3 TO 6 PERCENT ELSEWHERE. 
 
* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND DRY FUELS WILL 
PROMOTE RAPID SPREAD OF ANY UNCONTROLLED FIRES.
Instructions:A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL DURING THE WARNING TIME PERIOD. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY... AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

The civilian, career and volunteer members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department ask you to follow these fire safety tips to avoid the possibility of accidentally igniting a fire outside.
  • Dispose of smoking materials in an appropriate container and ensure they are completely extinguished.  Do not discard these items into any open area as they may start a fire that will spread rapidly.  Do not dispose of smoking materials out of your vehicle when traveling.
  • Business owners and property managers should have appropriate containers that include water in areas where smoking occurs outside so materials can be disposed of safely.
  • Do not burn brush or trash ever without appropriate approval.
  • Be extremely careful and pay full-time attention if you will use outside grills or cooking equipment during these times.  If you cook outside, ensure you have some type of extinguishing agent nearby (water hose, bucket of sand, fire extinguisher, etc.).  Never leave the grille unattended.
  • If you have fireplace ashes; you must put them into a sealed metal container placed on a concrete surface away from any structures.  If possible - wait to clean your fireplace until this weather event is over.
  • Workers using power tools that generate sparks need to mindful that a fire could ignite from those sparks.  Wet down brush areas before working.
  • Use common sense and practice sound fire safety habits.