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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

County Police "Ribbing" Fire/EMS Service


To my fire service friends; Earlier this month the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department accepted a friendly challenge from our public safety partners.  The County Police challenged us to a BBQ Grill Off.  Celebrity judges will be on hand and anyone that would like to taste the food and cast a vote can make a minimum $2 donation.  Seemed friendly enough.  However, since then the cops have been having a good ole time with barbs posted on TWITTER and their News Blog about the fire service and how they are going to beat us.

The “Grill-Off” or “Guns and Hoses BBQ Challenge” will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 2 pm until 5 pm and is part of the “Taste of the Boulevard.”  We will be set up in Restaurant Row, 900 Capital Centre Boulevard, Largo. 

I encourage everyone to come out and support this worthwhile effort and try our BBQ cooking and cast your vote for the Fire/EMS Service.  Proceeds will be donated to The County Police Explorers Program in memory of LODD POFC Adrian Morris and to HEROES, Inc.

Fire Fighter Don Purdy and his staff will be our BBQ Grill Masters and have quite a few surprises in store.

I wanted to share some of the “ribbing” (excuse the pun) the PGFD has endured by the Police Department on Twitter and their news blog.  I suspect this abuse will occur every day up until the day of the Guns and Hoses BBQ Challenge.



From PGPD News Blog:
Members of the Prince George’s County Police Department will battle members of the Prince George’s County Fire Department for cooking supremacy in a “Grill Off” during the upcoming Taste of the BLVD event.  Special guests will serve as the judges to pick the culinary winner (it will be PGPD)!  Citizens enjoying the event will also be able to judge the competition for a $2 donation.  Proceeds will go to the Prince George’s County Police Explorers Program and HEROES, Inc. 

Who:            Prince George’s County Police Department  
                    Prince George’s County Fire Department
                    Timothy Dean of Timothy Dean Burger Restaurant

When:          Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Time:           2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (approximate end time)

Where:         Restaurant Row
                    900 Capital Centre Boulevard
                    Largo, Maryland 20774

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301) 772-4710.

FROM Twitter accounts:

After meeting with @PGFDPIO I am pretty sure we have the grill off in the bag! #PGPDvsPGFD pic.twitter.com/2sIaX8Iv


@PGPDNews @PGPDJulie Hey @calistablack please tell @cheftdean that @PGFDPIO may need a handicap when judging on Oct 6th #GrillOff


@PGPDNews @PGPDJulie Welcome @JUSTICE3042 who will bring the heat for #PGPD. @PGFDPIO leave the fire extinguishers at the station! #GrillOff

Oct 6 PGPD will prove y we're called the "FINEST". A 2nd alarm or mutual aid won't help but you'll need it PGFD. @PGPDNEWS @MrLJJr @PGFDPIO


@PGFDPIO @MrLJJr @PGPDNews you can talk trash all day long #PGFD, just remember that's exactly where your food will wind up. #GrillOff

RT @GLB62: @PGFDPIO @PGPDJulie @PGPDNews who knew it'd be so hard to pick sides here! It's not. Go w/clear choice. #PGPD

DISCLAIMER: The PGPD and PGFD entered into a mutual friendly agreement to gently antagonize each other leading up to the competition.  So if you wish to Tweet your support, please, do so “tastefully” (excuse the pun again) and with a level of professionalism.

Mark Brady
@pgfdpio

Crisman Named as the 2012 Life Safety Educator of the Year

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

The Community Outreach Coordinator of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department was recognized as the "2012 Life Safety Educator of the Year" today.  Teresa Ann Crisman was presented with her award by State of Maryland Fire Marshal William Barnard at the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference held at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Howard County.  Crisman, a resident of Greenbelt, was surprised with the award and even more surprised when she learned her mother, father and brother were in attendance.

Crisman is an 11-year employee of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department where she serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She is a longtime volunteer member of the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad as well as the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. She has dedicated her career to the education of our citizens, businesses and visitors in areas of fire safety and injury prevention.
Ms Teresa Ann Crisman is well known for her dedication and devotion to the Prince George’s County’s Safe Kids Coalition and the Risk Watch Injury Prevention Program. She has provided the leadership and resources to assist EMS providers in educating parents, children, and teachers in protecting children from the highest risk areas of injury. As the Community Outreach Coordinator she has daily contact with citizens and residents about fire safety and injury prevention programs. She coordinates fire prevention activities, open houses, school safety programs, career days and community events for the Fire/EMS Department and volunteer stations.

Teresa Ann Crisman recently received the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services “EMS for Children Award” for her dedication and devotion to the Prince George’s County’s Safe Kids Coalition and the Risk Watch Injury Prevention Program for over a decade. She has provided the leadership and resources to assist EMS providers in educating parents, children, and teachers in protecting children from the highest risk areas of injury. She has championed After School Programs, Child Passenger Safety Training, and Car Seat Checks in the county. She is a long standing member of the Fire and Injury Prevention Committee and serves as the chair of their Risk Watch Injury Preven¬tion Curriculum Task Force. State Fire Marshall Barnard spoke highly of Teresa's accomplishments and highlighted, "Teresa Ann has recently been a strong voice in Maryland for the ban on the sale of novelty lighters and residential sprinkler requirements. She has pulled together multiple partners at the State and local levels to educate everyone on the serious dangers that these lighters bring to young children and the life-saving importance of requiring residential sprinkler systems."

Crisman is a certified Fire Inspector and performs state and county required inspections on day care centers. While she is there not only does she perform the inspection she also uses the time to educate the care givers and children in injury and fire prevention and life safety.

Teresa recently completed her one-year term as President of the Ladies Auxiliary to Maryland State Fireman’s Association (MSFA). During her tenure she travelled thousands of miles and attended countless events representing the LAMSFA as well as the message that community outreach and public education are important components of all fire departments. Teresa Ann Crisman was inducted to the MSFA Hall of Fame in June 2012.

Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor was in attendance for the award presentation and stated, "I can not think of a more deserving person for this award.  Teresa Ann literally has devoted her life to educating others, especially young children, about the importance of keeping safety first.  I am extremely proud of her for receiving this prestigious award and distinction."  he concluded by saying, "This award speaks highly of Teresa Ann and the entire Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, Congratulations!!!"

A host of Fire/EMS personnel, career, civilian and volunteer, including Deputy Fire Chief's Scott Hoglander, Neal Dennis and Frank Underwood were on hand for the award presentation.