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Monday, December 24, 2012

Senator Benson Leads by Example - Alarmingly

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

Maryland State Senator Joanne Benson is leading by example by having a fresh smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector installed in her Seat Pleasant home.  Senator Benson invited firefighters into her home this Christmas Eve morning and watched as the life-saving devices were installed in her home.  "I hope others will follow and protect their loved ones and homes with working smoke alarms and CO detectors, stated Benson"

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department recommends a working smoke alarm and CO detector on every level of your home.  Alarms and detectors have an active life of 8 to 10 years and then need to be replaced. Batteries should be refreshed at least once-a-year and tested on the first day of every month to ensure they are working.  Dust or vacuum alarms to remove particles of dust that could effect their warning.

Prince George's County residents can receive the very same service provided to Senator Benson today. Simply call our Safety First Program at 301-864-SAFE (7233).  A firefighter will come to your home and install one or both of the devices for you; at no cost.  This service is made possible by generous donations of smoke and CO alarms by PEPCO, 1-800-BOARD-UP, IAFF Local 1619, Serve Pro, Minkoff Company and other county based business.

All photos provided courtesy of Acting Assistant Fire Thomas "TJ" James.
Fire Fighter Medic Technician Corey Wargo installs the alarm just outside of the sleeping area.

Senator Joanne Benson, Technician Wargo and Assistant Fire Chief Alicia Francis.

Senator Joanne Benson and Assistant Fire Chief Alicia Francis observe Technician Wargo install a working alarm.

Single Vehicle Crash with Fatality - BW Parkway

A single vehicle crash this morning has tragically claimed a life.  At about 11:00 am, Monday, December 24, firefighter/medics were alerted to the crash located in the median strip of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway between Annapolis Road and Riverdale Road in Landover.  A vehicle with the driver being the lone occupant traveling northbound on the Parkway left the roadway and hit a large tree in the median.

One of the first units on the scene was the U.S. Park Police Helicopter "Eagle 1."  The adult male, 40ish years of age, was trapped in his car and was extricated by firefighters.  He was unconscious and suffering multi-system trauma.  The patient was loaded into Eagle 1 and flown a short distance to a nearby Trauma Center.

Unfortunately, he was pronounced deceased a short time after his arrival at the hospital.  The U.S. Park Police will be handling the release of any additional information.

Mark E. Brady
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
Chief Spokesperson

PGFD Comment on Tragedy in Webster, New York

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

The members of the Prince George's County, Maryland, Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department are following news out of upstate New York this morning where four firefighters have been shot as they prepared to advance on a working house fire.  Two of the firefighters have died.

Firefighters are members of an extended family that transcend any jurisdictional boundaries and when tragedy occurs anywhere around the world to members of our family, the pain and suffering affects all of us.

The news is shocking and has consumed the thoughts of our combined career, civilian and volunteer membership.  Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters that have died and are injured, their families and their Fire Department.  It is unconscionable that firefighters doing their job to help others in need have suffered death and injury from this senseless act."

Tis the Season.... Firefighters Deliver Holiday Joy!!!

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

When your in elementary school and you are summoned to the principals office you might think your in trouble.  It was just the opposite for two young cousins on Friday, December 21.

Prince George’s County career and volunteer Firefighter/Medics have been delivering toys and food baskets to citizens and residents that otherwise may not have been able to enjoy the holiday season.  Fire Lieutenant Jeff Pinkett and crew from the Beltsville Fire/EMS Department Station #831 arranged one such event.  Lt. Pinkett worked with the Principal and staff from the Vansville Elementary School in selecting a family that would appreciate the support.  

Firefighters arrived at the School on Friday morning and enjoyed presenting the toys to a pair of cousins.  First Grade student Jordy and Head Start student Dillon were thrilled and excited to open up the presents in front of the firefighters.

While the young children were excited I believe the firefighters were even more excited to have been a part in making the holidays a bit brighter for the family.