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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Brady and Piringer Together Again

July 17–21 | 2012Exhibit Hall: July 19-21, 2012Baltimore Convention CenterBaltimore, MD

New & Social Media Explosion  

Getting Back To Basics With PIO 101

Jul 21 2012 8:30AM
Room: 337

Category: Social Media

Mark Brady, Prince George's County, MD FD
Pete Piringer, Washington D.C. Fire & EMS Department
The co-presenters for this session are veteran public information officers (PIOs) with over 50 years of combined experience. They serve leadership positions representing two of the largest fire and EMS organizations on the East Coast. Both individuals have embraced the latest advances in information technology and are respected experts in the PIO Fire/EMS service community. As new media explodes, some of the basic principles upon which the discipline of PIOs is founded can help with assimilation of these technologies. It is timely to resurrect these core values and guiding principles and integrate them into professional practice. Numerous established practices with proven success can translate effectively with the new media.


FIRE IT UP - News - The Diamondback - University of Maryland

FIRE IT UP - News - The Diamondback - University of Maryland

Lifesaving Leadership Seminar Registration Deadline Approaching

Those interested in attending the Lifesaving Leadership Seminar,

There are still 6 spaces left to take advantage of this valuable training opportunity, FREE of charge. Registration for this group sponsorship will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. To register complete the attached group registration form, and email it back to pgfdos@co.pg.md.us.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, until spaces run out.

Even if you are only available for one of the two days, I'd encourage you to attend. We have invited some nationally recognized instructors to present the NFFF's Everyone Goes Home program. You won't be disappointed.

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CO Detector Manufacturers Donate Devices for Area Families

WHO: Marc S. Bashoor, Fire Chief, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department

Representatives of Utility Companies; PEPCO, WSSC and Washington Gas

WHAT: The poisoning deaths of five Oxon Hill residents in late April is a terrifying reminder that accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen any time.

There is no typical situation for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. This one happened from a faulty heating system but can easily happen with any fuel burning source used in or near a home. The fire department urges everyone to take this time to make sure they install CO alarms to protect families.

Please note that carbon monoxide alarms do not replace smoke alarms. Both are required to keep families safe.

Legislation is currently being researched for future consideration of a law to require CO Detectors in every residence, where appropriate.

A number of CO Detectors have been donated by manufacturers, First Alert and Kidde, as well as other offers to donate and a distribution plan will be announced.

Tips to help prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning:
* Have a licensed HVAC contractor check fuel burning appliances every year.

* Install CO alarms near sleeping areas. Alarms can be battery operated, plug-in with battery backup or hardwired with battery backup.

* Never use a portable generator indoors, including in your home, garage, basement, crawlspace, shed or partially-enclosed area – even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home.

* Never bring a charcoal grill in an enclosed area, even with ventilation.

* Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.

* Get to fresh air and call 911 right away if you start to feel dizzy or weak.
WHEN/WHERE: Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster Street, Landover Hills, MD (GPS-Hyattsville). Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:00 am.

"Arson Awareness Week" - ATF Offer $5,000 Reward

This week has been designated as "Arson Awareness Week" and I wanted to bring to your attention that we are still seeking information about a fire that injured seven firefighters.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has posted their own reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for an arson fire that occurred on the evening of February 24, 2012.

Remember, this reward is from the ATF and you must contact the ATF number to be eligible to receive any compensation.  We will review the Crime Solvers Reward tomorrow.