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Friday, October 5, 2012

New Carrollton Apartment Fire with Three Rescues


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

Just after 9:00 am, Friday, October 5, Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to an apartment fire at 5317 85th Avenue in New Carrollton.  Fire/EMS units arrived quickly at the 3-story garden style apartment building and found fire and smoke coming from a terrace level apartment.  High heat and heavy smoke blocked the egress of occupants that were still inside the building.  The first arriving team of firefighters entered the building to extinguish the fire and search for occupants.  An occupant from a top floor unit sought rescue from her top floor apartment balcony.  Fire Lieutenant Michael W. Fraizer arrived on the second arriving unit and used a ground ladder to ascend to her balcony and remove Aminaca Sesay.  Just prior to this rescue a member of the first arriving ambulance had ascended the same ladder and removed a 4 month old male child that was handed over the balcony railing by Ms Sesay.  At the same time another adult female was being removed by a firefighter from her second floor apartment window.  The two adult females and 1 infant were evaluated by paramedics on the scene but did not require hospitalization.

The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes.  No injuries were reported.  The fire appears to have started in a terrace level apartment bedroom and preliminary fire loss is estimated at about $20,000.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  It is not known how many apartment units will be declared uninhabitable.  Apartment complex management is assisting with any displaced residents.









The firefighters and the 2 adults and 1 infant that were removed from their building that was filled with smoke and high heat.

PGFD PINK Pumper for Breast Cancer Awareness

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department unveiled their most recent addition for the campaign to raise Breast Cancer Awareness.  An engine has been wrapped in PINK to help the Department in raising the awareness of Breast Cancer.  The engine is normally assigned to the Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830 and will do double duty during the month of October.  The Pink Pumper will attend events to help with awareness efforts and will also still respond on fire and EMS calls.  The Pink Pumper is in addition to Fire/EMS personnel exchanging the traditional blue work uniform shirts with pink t-shirts.  This not only demonstrates support but also allows for fundraising by the sale of t-shirts.  Last year, $13,000 was donated to local charities.

A press conference was held today at the District Heights Fire/EMS Station to unveil the pumper and to hear some very personal stories and words of inspiration add a monthly self examination to the list of things to do.   "Since I joined this department three decades ago, we have diligently reminded our citizens to check your smoke alarm monthly, on the first of the month.  Today as part of our Safety First community campaign, I ask everyone to add one more check to that monthly calendar:  A self-exam for Breast Cancer," said Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor.  "For the last two years, our Department has been pleased to do our part to raise research funding and raise visual awareness of this disease through the 'wearing of the pink' during Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

The pumper was wrapped with no cost what-so-ever to the County.  3M Corporation donated the materials and Three-Four Wraps performed the labor as a donation.  The PGFD Pink Pumper will be on display Saturday in "Terp Town" at the University of Maryland Football game and on Sunday at Gate A of FedEx Field prior to the Washington Redskins Football Game.

The press conference featured an array of talented individuals representing organization that have partnered with the Fire/EMS Department in this effort.  County Council member Karen R. Toles spoke on the importance of the awareness effort and offered her support in this worthwhile campaign.  Betty Horton-Hodge represented Congresswoman Donna Edwards and commented, "They say real men don't wear pink, well, I see a whole bunch of real men wearing pink today." Adam J. Blackman of Three-Four Wraps spoke of his personal family experience with breast cancer which is one reason he didn't hesitate to offer his skills in wrapping the engine; a true labor of love.  Marshall Moneymaker, a Montgomery County Firefighter spoke of his three sisters that perished from breast cancer and stressed the importance of early detection and treatment.  Denice Whalen-White, founder and President of All Shades of Pink, congratulated the Department on their efforts.  Tony Wyllie, Senior Vice-President of Marketing, for the Washington Redskins spoke of the efforts the Fire/EMS Department will partner to elevate  the awareness campaign and Scott Peterson, Press Secretary for the County Executive, spoke on behalf of Rushern Baker and presented the Fire/EMS Department with a Proclamation.

Fire Fighter/Medic Technician Rebecca Richardson spoke on behalf of the core group of employees that are spearheading this Pink Campaign on behalf of the Fire/EMS Department.  She spoke of the continuing need for awareness throughout the year and  thanked Fire Chief Bashoor for his leadership and allowing to turn the Department Pink.

With appearances at Byrd Stadium on Saturday and FedEx Field on Sunday, it is estimated that this PGFD PINK Pumper will be the most photographed piece of fire apparatus in the Country


"Today as part of our Safety First community campaign, I ask everyone to add one more check to that monthly calendar:  A self-exam for Breast Cancer," said
Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor

Adam J. Blackman of Three-Four Wraps spoke of his personal family experience with breast cancer which is one reason he didn't hesitate t offer his skills in wrapping the engine; a true labor of love. 

Marshall Moneymaker, a Montgomery County Firefighter spoke of his three sisters that perished from breast cancer and stressed the importance of early detection and treatment.

FF/Medic Technician Richardson, Fire Chief Bashoor and Scott Peterson, Press Secretary for the County Executive who presented the Fire/EMS Department with a Proclamation issued by County Executive Rushern Baker.



Volunteer Fire Department of Brandywine Fire Prevention and Life Safety Open House

This event is Saturday, October 6, 2012

Third Annual Fire Prevention and Life Safety Open House



The Volunteer Fire Department of Brandywine, Maryland Inc. will host our Third Annual Fire Prevention & Life Safety Open House this Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM at the fire station.

Schedule of Events;

11:00AM to 11:30AM: Opening Ceremonies by Fire Prevention Chairman Brian Clements and President Kenneth Rose, Sr., Smoke Alarm Demonstration, Tours of the Fire Station & Fire/EMS Apparatus, Surrounding fire departments will also provide fire & emergency medical service apparatus for displays.
11:30AM to 12:00PM: Sparky the Fire Dog Appearance, Meet the Firefighter, Stop, Drop and Roll evolution,
12:00PM to 12:30PM: Lunch provided by local restaurants
12:30PM to 1:30PM: Auto Extrication and EMS Demonstration by Brandywine's volunteer and career firefighters
1:30PM to 2:00PM: Coloring Book Contest
2:00PM to 2:30PM: Second Sparky the Fire Dog and Meet the Firefighter Appearance
2:30PM to 3:00PM: Awards for Coloring Book Contest, Closing Ceremonies

We will also be selling tickets for our First Annual Crab & Shrimp Feast, to be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. Membership Recruitment Seminars, plenty of games and coloring pages for small children and Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for new Fire/EMS Apparatus, Station Supplies and Equipment.

For more information, please contact Fire Prevention Chairman Brian Clements @ (240) 682-1200 or visit our website at http://www.brandywinevfd.net/

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