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Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Our Effort Extends Beyond the Month of October"

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month which has now come to a close.  The men and women of the Prince George's County, Maryland, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) have been relentless in their support of the campaign.  We traded our traditional firefighter blue work uniforms shirt for PINK.  A PGFD pumper was wrapped in PINK and it attended numerous events and seen by literally thousands of people.   Thousands of dollars were raised and will be donated to several charities promoting research and awareness campaigns for breast cancer.  There were a tremendous amount of photographs of our personnel and Pink PGFD Pumper taken and when given the opportunity, breast cancer prevention literature was distributed.

Battalion Chief James (light pink polo in middle front) and the members of the Fire/EMS Department will continue to promote Breast Cancer Awareness efforts year round.

For Fighter/Medics in Prince George's County the campaign to raise awareness and promote early detection of breast cancer is not a one month effort.  While we may highlight awareness during the month of October, the personal responsibilities continue on a daily basis.  To emphasize our continued support PGFD Battalion Chief Thomas "TJ" James organized a group photo on November 1, 2012, to demonstrate PGFD still cares even though the calender does not say October.  James stated, "The awareness campaign occurring in the Month of October was fantastic, however, the challenge is to keep early detection and research going 12 months out of the year, 365 days a year.  Pink work shirts and fire engines will soon be a memory but we shall continue our effort all year." James concluded by saying, "Our effort extends beyond the month of October"

Mark E. Brady
PGFD PIO
240-508-7930
@PGFDPIO

Safety First Day of the Month - Test your Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector


Safety First Day of the Month - Test your Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector


Today is November 1, 2012, and being the first day of the month, it is time to perform the most basic function in ensuring you, your family and loved ones are protected by a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (co) detector.

On the first day of every month the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will remind you to test your smoke alarm and co detector to ensure they are working. Tragedy struck the County in April and we, the Fire/EMS Department and you, need to do our part in keeping safety first.

Push the “test” button on the front cover of your wall/ceiling mounted smoke alarm or co detector.

An audible warning tone should be heard loud and clear throughout the area it is located.

• If your smoke alarm or co detector does not emit a sound when tested:

1. Provide a fresh battery to the device and re-test.

2. Still no audible warning?? Replace the device with a new one immediately.

When testing your smoke alarm, it’s a good time to gather your family and allow them to hear the audible warning signal. Let them know what to do in the event they hear the warning, discuss two ways out of every room and designate a safe meeting place outside in the event of a fire or other emergency.

If you have any questions about fire safety, escape planning, carbon monoxide detectors or smoke alarms contact our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233).