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Thursday, August 29, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY - 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 3K Walk

Saturday, September 7, Prince George’s County will host a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 3K Walk at the Gaylord National Hotel, in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives September 11, 2001.  The first 343 people to register and participate will receive lunch at the Gaylord, a tee shirt, and a challenge coin.  Pre-registration is available by clicking the above link.  You do not have to be a firefighter to participate.  There are 150 slots remaining to receive these premiums.


WHAT: 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 3K Walk

WHEN:  Saturday, September 7, 2013, Registration as early as 7:00 am - event to start shortly after 9:00 am 

WHERE:  Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor.  Convention Entrance.

WHO:      Nearly 200 have pre-registered, public safety leaders from the National Capital Region, elected and civic officials, representatives from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, groups representing various organizations and corporations, firefighters and paramedics, family and friends.





Prized Pooch Can Win ‘Today’ Visit and ‘Chicago Fire’ Cameo Role

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Aug. 15, 2013 — “Chicago Fire” is holding a nationwide contest in search of the perfect firehouse pooch.

The winner, to be named “‘Chicago Fire’ Top Dog,” will make an appearance on both “Today” and on the popular primetime drama series about the Windy City heroes.

Entries can be sent starting today and will be considered through Sept. 8. Official rules are posted at www.today.com/topdog.

“Chicago Fire” executive producers will review the applicants and choose the top-three candidates. Those finalists will appear on “Today” on Sept. 24 and a public vote will be held on Today.com to pick the winner. The winner will be announced on “Today” or Today.com on Oct. 1.

The second season of “Chicago Fire” begins Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 PM (ET/PT). The series, which garnered growing ratings success and acclaim as its freshman season progressed, is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

For the latest “Chicago Fire” news, videos, and photos, please like on Facebook, subscribe on YouTube and follow on Twitter, Instagram and Google+:

https://twitter.com/NBCChicagoFire #ChicagoFire         

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recruit Firefighters to Make Traditional Run Across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Career Recruit School 48 will run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Friday morning.  This has become a part of their physical training and a part of tradition as several of the past recruit classes made the same trip just prior to graduation.  CRS #48 is scheduled to graduate in early December.  The 43 members of CRS 48 will be joined by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor as well as staff and instructors from the Fire/EMS Department Training Academy.

The group will gather at 7:00 am on the jogging path that runs from the National Harbor through a park across and on to the pedestrian area that parallels the WWB into Virginia and turn around.

The best access for media is to park at the gas station on National Harbor Boulevard and follow the gravel path down to the jogging path.

WHAT:   43 Firefighter Recruits Make run Across the WWB

WHEN:   Friday, August 30, 2013, 7:00 am

WHERE:  Jogging Path near National harbor along the Potomac

WHO:      Recruit Firefighters, Fire Chief Bashoor, Academy Instructors and Staff as well as other members                 of the Fire/EMS Department.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Busy Afternoon...


The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department handled several significant incidents during a 2-hour period this afternoon.  This activity was in addition to the day-to-day incidents that we respond to.  Personnel on the 3-Alarm fire in Montgomery County and the Haz-Mat Team on the Beltway continue to work.

Around 4:00 pm – several units were alerted to an apartment building fire in Montgomery County.  Nearly 40 firefighters on-board eight pieces of firefighting apparatus along with several command officers and support staff assisted at the fire in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.  One firefighter was treated for a minor illness.  Contact Montgomery County Fire PIO for additional info.

Just before 5:00 pm a motor vehicle crash occurred involving an overturned tractor-trailer.  Fire/EMS and haz-mat units responded to the Outer Loop of the Beltway in the area of Arena Drive in Landover.  At least 3 lanes of traffic are closed as units clean up a diesel fuel spill.  Contact the Maryland State Police – Forestville for additional information.

Just after 5:30 pm a teen-aged male walked into the Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841 on Powder Mill in Beltsville.  The male was suffering from multiple stab wounds.  Paramedics initiated treatment and transported him to a Trauma Center.  His injuries are serious but do not appear to be life threatening.  Contact the County Police for additional information.

At around 6:00 pm Fire/EMS units operated at the scene of a motor vehicle crash at Indian Head Highway and Berry Road in Accokeek.  The crash involved an overturned vehicle with one occupant sustaining a traumatic injury to his upper arm.  A Maryland State Police Helicopter flew him to a Trauma Center.  Contact the Maryland State Police for additional information.

Firefighters Perform Compassionate Rescue of Seagull

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

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics performed an act of compassion Monday evening that resulted in the saving of a bird and relieved anxiety of several residents that witnessed the bird in distress. This task by professionals trained in technical rescues also prevented a rescue attempt by concerned on-lookers that could have ended in tragedy.

On August 26, 2013, just after 7:30 pm, an engine from the Accokeek Fire/EMS Station and Prince George's County Fire Boat Lawrence Woltz were dispatched to 13300 block of Fort Washington Road in Fort Washington to assist an Animal Control Officer with the recovery of a seagull entrapped in fishing line attached to a piece of driftwood approximately 40 feet off the shoreline of the Fort Washington Park Lighthouse 

Upon arrival the crew of Fireboat 858 (Fire Captain McCormick, Fire Technician Bell, Fire Fighter/Medic Bowman and Fire Fighter/Medic James) found the seagull tightly wound in the fishing line attached to the floating driftwood. As the driftwood was stabilized the crew worked to delicately cut away the fishing line wrapped around birds head, wings, and feet.

The seagull was freed and recovered at approximately 8:15 hours and taken to Fort Washington Marina to awaiting Animal Control Officers who assumed care for the bird.  The bird was taken the bird to a nearby bird sanctuary on Dyson Rd. in Brandywine, MD. 

This was not the first animal rescue this crew was involved in.  In June of this year these four crew members rescued a kitten that had become trapped inside the walls of a house.

Images are courtesy of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Small Plane Crashes On Take-Off in Bowie

Cornfield scene by Billy McNeel
Inverted single-engine plane blanketed by foam.  By PGFD Asst Fire Chief Thomas James.
Inverted single-engine plane with firefighters applying a blanket by foam.  By PGFD Asst Fire Chief Thomas James.
Inverted single-engine plane with firefighters applying a blanket by foam.  By PGFD Asst Fire Chief Thomas James.

Prince Georges County Firefighters and Paramedics were alerted to a plane down at about 9:30 am Saturday. Fire/EMS units and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor responded to the Freeway Airport, 3900 Church Road, in Bowie.

A small single engine aircraft was found in a cornfield adjacent to the runway. The plane, for whatever reason, went tumbling off the runway during takeoff. The 4 occupants were able to exit the inverted aircraft on their own and were not injured.

Firefighters used foam to remove any potential for a flare-up of the approximately 40 gallons of fuel leaking from the plane.

Firefighters operated for a little over an hour before clearing the scene.

The Maryland State Police will take the lead for the crash investigation.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesman/PIO
Prince George's County Fire/EMS
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone

Thursday, August 22, 2013

TEAM PGFD FLUGTAG Tickets and Tee-Shirts are Available for Purchase!!!

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

TEAM PGFD has nearly completed building their craft that is a replica of one of our new PGFD Engines.  Engine 842 to be exact - it makes sense as they are first due at the National Harbor.  As soon as their craft is completed we will post images for everyone to see.  The event is September 21 and will at the National Harbor in Prince George's County.

Tickets are now on sale with over 2,000 being purchased already.  Use this link to purchase your ticket and cheer on TEAM PGFD!!!

Challenging teams of everyday people to build homemade human-powered flying machines and pilot them off a 30-foot high deck in hopes of flight, Red Bull Flugtag takes place more than 100 times around the world. Now, this one-of-a-kind competition is landing in DC for the first time ever on Saturday, September 21 at National Harbor, MD, and LivingSocial is the exclusive ticket provider.
Flugtag might mean "flying day" in German, but all these crafts ultimately splash into the waters below. Red Bull Flugtag flying machines range from realistic plane replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Past crafts include a Flying Purple People Eater, Santa and his sleigh, a flying toilet, and even a flying cheeseburger. Teams are judged not only on their flight's distance, but creativity and showmanship as well. To gain more showmanship points, participants often wear outrageous costumes, act out skits, and create their own music soundtracks for the flight.
National Red Bull Flugtag will take place on the Southpointe area adjacent to the Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center. Gates open at noon, inviting spectators to meet the teams and get a close-up view of the homemade crafts before the first flight departs at 2 p.m.
Choose from the following offers:
• $15 for one GA ticket
• $50 for four GA tickets
• $80 for one VIP ticket with premium viewing, food, and drink

PGFD Flugtag tee-shirts are also available for purchase.  
All proceeds will be donated to the IAFF Local 1619 Burn Fund.  
The 1st edition shirts can be worn in place of a work shirt during September
TO purchase a tee-shirt, click here.

For background information on the Flugtag competition click here.

Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser - Ledo's College Park 8-28


Prince George’s County
Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association and Ladies Auxiliary

                   September 14 – September 21, 2013

      TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – Updated Information

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Registration – 0900 – Contest to begin at 1000.  Fun Contests (battle of the buckets, bucket brigade, etc.) Braden Field – Behind the station – Parking in Rear of station. Path will lead to field

Corn Hole Tournament – 1800 hrs. – Play to begin at 1900 hrs. Greenbelt VFD 125 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Registration – 1200 – Contest to begin at 1300. Extraction and Rodeo Contests Rodeo will
be held first and Extraction will be done second. Parking at St. Hugh’s Church Rear Parking Lot.
Greenbelt VFD 125 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland


Please contact Marian Nicholson at nannymomnick@aol.com to register your teams.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Memorial Service – Prelude – 7:00 pm Program starts at 7:30 pm – Light refreshments to follow.
St. Hugh’s Catholic Church. Address: 135 Crescent Road, Greenbelt Maryland

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Past Presidents Dinner Greenbelt American Legion Post 136 by invitation only:
Address is: 6900 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dinner – 1700 – 1900 Opening & Awards First Session Meetings – 1900 Greenbelt VFD 125 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland --- Handicap Parking will be at the fire house. All others please park at St. Hugh’s rear parking lot. There is a path that will lead you to the fire house.

Registration for Delegates and Alternates will be from 1800 - 1845

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bull Roast 1800 – 2100hrs. $10.00 A PERSON 

Second Session Meetings and L.A. Installation - 1900 hrs.

Greenbelt VFD 125 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland --- Handicap Parking will be at the fire house. All others please park at St. Hugh’s rear parking lot. There is a path that will lead you to the fire house.

Registration for Delegates and Alternates will be from 1800 – 1845 – Association Voting will take place from 1800 – 1900 hrs.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Prayer Breakfast 0800 hrs.

Parade: Registration for Parade will at St. Hugh’s School and will begin at 0830-0945 hrs. Parade will step off at 1000 hrs. Hook UP Contest Registration will begin after parade is completed.  Parking will be at St. Hugh’s Church Rear Parking Lot. Parade and Contest Trophy’s will be awarded 1 hour after last contest is concluded.  Greenbelt VFD 125 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland

Convention Final Party – held at the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company: Address: 4905 Branchville Road, College Park, Maryland