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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Former PGFD Fire Chief Receives 2012 Everett E. Hudiburg Award

We are pleased to pass along good news about former Prince George's County Fire Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki.  Ron is not only our former Fire Chief he remains a good friend and mentor to many members of our Department.  Ron received a very prestigious award that he is well deserving of.  Congratulations Ron!!!

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Foundation E-News Alert

July 16, 2012

Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki Receives 2012 Everett E. Hudiburg Award

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the training of our nation's firefighters, the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) presented the 2012 Everett E. Hudiburg award to Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation during the IFSTA Validation Conference on July 14. The award is named in honor of Hudiburg who was a former Stillwater, OK Fire Chief, former Editor of Fire Protection Publications and the first Executive Director of the Fire Service Training Association, now known IFSTA.

Chief Siarnicki joins some of the nation's most notable fire service leaders who have set the national standard of achievement for training and education, including: John Hoglund, Lou Amabili, Carroll Herring, Alan Brunacini, Gerald Monigold, Marvin Austin, Harold Mace, and more recently Steve Edwards, Dr. Denis Onieal, and Billy Goldfeder.

Ronald J. Siarnicki began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Monessen, Pennsylvania. He joined the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 1978 and, over 24 years, progressed through the ranks to Chief of the Department. In 2001, he retired from PGFD and was appointed Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation where he manages the daily operations of the Foundation. Under his direction, the Foundation developed the Everyone Goes Home® Program designed to reduce the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths that occur each year in the United States.

Chief Siarnicki accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation, the board of directors, the survivors of the fallen and in recognition of the Everyone Goes Home® Program. "The overall mission of Everyone Goes Home is to remind firefighters that personal accountability is critical," he explained. "We want everyone to arrive at the scene quickly and safely. And to return quickly and safely to the people who love them."

In addition, he has been recognized for his outstanding leadership by numerous organizations, including: The Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award, Alan Brunacini Fire Services Executive Safety Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs' Presidents Award of Distinction, University of Maryland, University College Distinguished Alumnus, American Burn Association's Moncrief Award and the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Silver Medal of Valor.

Chief Siarnicki holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science and a Master's Degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

The NFFF is also pleased that Dan Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology received IFSTA's Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research Award. This award is presented for exceptional contributions to fire service and academia.

Another Hazy, Hot and Humid Period - Safety Info and Cooling Centers

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

Throughout the course of the summer there will be periods of unhealthy high temperatures and humidity. Drink plenty of water throughout the course of each day, wear light colored clothing and take frequents breaks in an air conditioned environment.

Heat Related Illness

If someone is sweating profusely with a pale skin color and is ill with any or all of the following symptoms; cramps, light headiness, dizziness, shortness of breath and nausea; remove them to a shady or air conditioned area, provide them with water and cool wet compresses to help reduce their body temperature. These symptoms could indicate that the person is possibly suffering from heat exhaustion. If their condition does not improve within a matter of a couple minutes; call 911.

If a person is experiencing similar symptoms and goes unconscious, does not display signs of sweating and skin color is red; call 911 immediately as this person may be experiencing heat stroke; a life threatening condition. Relocate this person to a shady or air conditioned area, provide cold compresses and loosen clothing in order to reduce this person's body temperature. Do not provide any fluids to an unconscious person. 

Hazy, hot and humid conditions are forecast for Prince George's County over the next couple of days.  Firefighters and Paramedics want you to stay safe and healthy.  Stay informed about weather conditions, Stay Ready and Stay Safe.  Remember to check on senior citizen neighbors and family members during periods of high heat and keep your pets indoors and provide them plenty of drinking water.

Stay Informed throughout the day by monitoring media updates on the radio, TV and Internet.

Stay Ready – by being prepared with plenty of water and an emergency kit.  Visit www.READY.Gov for additional info on your kit.

Stay Safe – Always use good common sense in matters of safety and health – remember – Safety First so Everyone Goes Home!!!

The following is information concerning Cooling Centers located throughout the County

Prince George’s County Cooling Center Locations 
(July 16 thru July 20, 2012) 
The National Weather Service continues to issue extreme heat and humidity conditions for Prince George’s County and surrounding jurisdictions. 

The following cooling centers will be available to seniors and residents to offer air-conditioned refuge.  

Cooling Center for Senior Citizens from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

·       Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD
Cooling Centers open for the General Public at the following County locations and hours:
from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

·         Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum  
·         Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 
·         Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights
·         Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, 13820 and 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
·         Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover
County residents should also be mindful of their neighborhood Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s recreational facilities and utilize libraries, shopping centers and malls to keep cool.  For additional information, please contact the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management at 301-780-8313.