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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Crash During Harness Race Injure 3 at Rosecroft

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics from the Oxon Hill area were dispatched on one of those calls you just don’t hear very often.  On Tuesday evening, at about 9:00 pm, 911 callers reported a crash on the track of Rosecroft Raceway involving several horses and carts.  The raceway is located at 6336 Rosecroft Drive in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The initial arriving fire officer radioed to all other incoming units to turn off their sirens as they approached the scene to avoid scaring the horses.

Firefighters and Paramedics arrived to find three drivers injured and still on the track after a crash during a harness race occurred.  Two adult male drivers had experienced a loss of consciousness and were treated accordingly by medics.

The Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, Trooper 2, was summoned and landed on the large grassy infield at the raceway. 

Two drivers with possible head injuries were loaded onto the helicopter and transported to a Trauma Center.  They were conscious at the time of transport. 
Paramedics transported a third driver by ground to a trauma center.  He was suffering from undisclosed injuries.  All three were considered serious with non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighters reported that they did not see any injured horses.

Firefighters and paramedics were clear the scene by 9:50 pm.

Contractor Injured in Lanham Electrical Accident

One man sustained serious burn injuries while working in a Lanham building this afternoon.  At about 1:45 pm Firefighters and Paramedics responded to the Lanham Center at 5900 Princess Garden Parkway for a report of smoke inside the building.  Upon arrival at the high-rise commercial office building firefighters discovered an adult male, 30ish, had sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to about 20% of his body and a co-worker sustained less serious burn injuries to an arm.

It appears that one of the men was working on a 480-volt electrical panel inside the building.  For whatever reasons, a flash fire or electrical arc occurred injuring the man and igniting his clothes.  A co-worker came to his aid, extinguished the fire and sustained a small burn injury while doing so.

Firefighters secured the area and requested PEPCO to the scene to ensure the scene was safe.  Paramedics treated the two contractors and transported the 30ish year old male to a Burn Unit for treatment.  His burn injuries are serious, however, non-life threatening.  The co-worker was treated on the scene and refused transportation to the hospital.

Firefighters remained on the scene to ventilate residual smoke and eventually turned the scene over to the building management.

FEMA Blog - EMS Week in Prince George’s County, Md.

May 22, 2012

EMS Week in Prince George’s County, Md.

Posted by: Mark E. Brady, Public Information Officer, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS

Editor’s note: Each day, in cities across America, people involved in medical emergencies call 911 for assistance. Within minutes, they hear sirens letting them know help is on the way. Whether employed by private organizations or local, state or event the federal government, emergency medical technicians are making a difference. 

As we often say, a true team effort is what leads to effective emergency management - and the contributions of the Emergency Medical Services community are invaluable to that success. To help commemorate National EMS Week, here’s a blog post from the Prince George’s County, Md., Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, about how they’re getting the word out.

National Emergency Medical Services Week is an opportunity for medical personnel to highlight their dedication and service to the community. This year, we will recognize EMS Week from May 20 - May 26, 2012. Wednesday, May 23 has been named “Emergency Medical Services for Children Day”.

The overall theme this year is “EMS. More than a Job. A calling.” This theme encompasses the entire EMS system from the Emergency Medical Dispatcher that answers the 911 call to the medical staff that renders care, to include First Responders and hospital emergency department staff.

We also acknowledge our less-visible personnel who work to ensure we are providing the best possible care: the instructors, quality assurance officers and supervisors of our first responders. Each of these groups of talented and highly qualified personnel attends countless hours of training and continuing education while working anything but normal hours. They are dedicated to providing the very best emergency medical care they can. EMS is more than a job, it’s a calling.

The Prince George’s County Maryland Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is a large combination, career, civilian and volunteer, system that responds to about 130,000 incidents per year. Of those calls, 80% are EMS related and all personnel are trained to a minimum at the Emergency Medical Technician level; many, up to the Paramedic level. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help when it matters the most.

Largo, Md., Feb. 27, 2012 -- A Prince George's County Emergency Medical Services Truck which accompanies a fire truck during an emergency response.
Largo, Md., Feb. 27, 2012 -- A Prince George's County Emergency Medical Services truck which accompanies a fire truck during an emergency response.

Help may arrive in the form of a fire engine, an ambulance or a paramedic unit, but each provider is trained and will provide emergency medical care to the very best of their ability, EMS is more than a job, it’s a calling. We are partnering with our local media to tell the story of our EMS providers. Several media outlets are being provided an opportunity to ride-along with our medics for a shift and translate our providers’ work into words so that our community can see that it ismore than just a job, it’s a calling.

National EMS week offers an opportunity to highlight our personnel as much as it offers us the opportunity to highlight the need for our community to plan and be ready for a disaster when it strikes. Every family should also prepare themselves to help when it matters the most. Visit FEMA’s Ready Campaign at http://www.ready.gov/ to find helpful information about your state of readiness in the event of an emergency.

Tips to help be better prepared for emergencies, and enhance access to help during disasters include:
  • Check on your access to 9-1-1. Some areas may not have 9-1-1. Some have E-9-1-1 where an address is automatically stored in a database. Know what is available where you live and work. 
  • Build a “72-hour Disaster Kit”, make a disaster plan, and keep a well-stocked first aid kit.
  • Make a list of emergency phone numbers. Write down the numbers you may need during a disaster and display them near all telephones in the house. 
  • Make sure your house number is visible from the street. To make it easy for police, fire officials or emergency medical personnel to find your house, put large house numbers in a highly visible area. Make sure the numbers are well lit and can be seen at night. 
  • Keep a clear and up-to-date record of immunizations. This can help doctors do a better job of diagnosing problems in an emergency. 
  • Write down your medical conditions, medications and their dosages. Being prepared in advance helps assure proper treatment and prevent drug interactions.
  • Make a list of allergies and reactions and consider medical I.D. bracelets or tags. 
  • Take first-aid classes. Some basic classes will teach CPR and proper ways to treat burns, wrap sprains, apply splints, and perform the Heimlich maneuver.

Laurel VFD Holds EMS Open House on Saturday

National EMS Week is May 20-26th, 2012.

On May 13, 2011, President Barack Obama announced a Presidential Proclamation, Emergency Medical Services Week.

President Obama recognizes that emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and first responders serve on the front lines of our health care and public health system. He also recognizes that our Nations EMS system represents the American spirit at its best, with many ambulances in the United States partially or fully staffed by volunteers. Volunteers devote countless hours in keeping our communities safe.

During EMS Week, President Obama recognizes the importance of ensuring our Nation’s children have full access to high quality EMS care. He also recognizes that EMS agencies are an integral part of our Nation’s health security strategy, and they help to build community resilience by strengthening all aspects of the emergency response system. This diverse group of dedicated Americans provides crucial pre-hospital medical care to fellow citizens when they need it most. During EMS Week, President Obama asks that we take time to recognize the inspiring contributions of our Nation’s EMS practitioners and honor their dedication to serving their country and fellow citizens. President Obama encourages all Americans to observe this occasion by sharing their support with their local EMS providers and taking steps to improve their personal safety and preparedness.

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, we recognize that each day, people in the Laurel Area rely on emergency medical services (EMS) systems to help them in their hour of greatest need. The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department is planning an EMS Open House at 7411 Cherry Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707, for Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 1pm until 4pm. In our community, committee member Art Staub is going to be our lead member for this event. Art has some really great ideas to share with the public and our family & friends on some of the skillful ways our dedicated volunteer members provide Emergency Medical Services to those who live, work, or travel through the Laurel area. For further questions or concerns, please contact Art Staub at (301) 776-3600

County Executive to Run Woodrow Wilson Bridge with Firefighter Recruits

In what has become a “running” tradition of Prince George’s County recruit firefighters will continue on Thursday as funds are raised to assist with fire service related charities. The twenty-seven members of Career Recruit School #45 will raise funds while they are attending the training academy at various events. They have selected the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Frank J. Colea Benevolent Fund as their charities.

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

The Frank J. Colea Benevolent Fund is used solely to support Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and other members of the Public Safety community who are called upon to protect our community from the dangers of fire, accidental injury and illnesses, natural disaster and acts of terrorism. Contributions are used in support of our First Responders who have suffered from burn injuries, hazardous exposures, chronic illnesses and bereavement services. The fund is administered through the Prince George’s County Professional Firefighters, Paramedics and Civilian Association, IAFF Local 1619. Major Frank J. Colea was a 25-year veteran of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Frank lived his life demonstrating caring and concern for all. His friends established the Colea Benevolent Fund to keep his spirit of caring and concern alive.

A large portion of the charitable funds will be raised this Thursday, May 24, 2012, as the recruits run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge pedestrian/bicycle path. This run includes portions of the park on the Maryland side, across the WWB, portions of the Virginia side and back across the WWB to Maryland.

Joining the recruit firefighters will be County Executive Rushern Baker, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor and members of their staff's. The run will start at approximately 8:00 am in an area just off the path leading from parking lot G of National Harbor (nearly a 1 mile walk by itself). The staging area is also located behind the new Sunoco Gas Station. Use the second entrance to the gas station that is also marked “Return to National Harbor” and take the gravel driveway to the right just off of that ramp. (CAUTION: 13 ft. 6 in. height restriction)

Anyone that wants to contribute to the recuit firefighters effort in raising funds is encouraged to contact the Fire/EMS Training Academy at 301-856-3410.

Presidential Proclamation Emergency Medical Services Week, 2012

Presidential Proclamation


Emergency Medical Services Week, 2012

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Day and night, in communities across our country, men and women providing emergency medical services (EMS) stand at the front lines of our public safety and public health systems, ready to respond with care and efficiency at a moment's notice. During Emergency Medical Services Week, we honor their essential contributions to our health and safety, and we recommit to supporting all EMS personnel as they carry out their courageous work.

Representing a diverse array of professions and skill sets, EMS practitioners are united by their devotion to building a stronger, more resilient Nation. They serve in both the public and private sectors -- from the first responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics who arrive at the scene to 911 dispatchers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and professionals throughout our health care system who work together to ensure those in need receive the highest level of emergency service. Thousands of Americans have dedicated their careers to saving lives as EMS practitioners; thousands more serve as volunteers, going above and beyond to sustain the health and safety of their communities. As they tirelessly pursue that critical mission, my Administration remains committed to working with partners across government and industry to strengthen our EMS system and bolster preparedness in homes and hospitals across America.

Emergency medical services personnel demonstrate a profound commitment to our country and to our common humanity. Day after day, they answer the call to serve -- to step into crisis and spark hope where it grows dim. This week, let us pay tribute to these selfless individuals and renew our promise to provide them with the support and services they need to protect their communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 20 through May 26, 2012, as Emergency Medical Services Week. I encourage all Americans to observe this occasion by sharing their support with their local EMS providers and taking steps to improve their personal safety and preparedness.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.