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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Media Advisory - "Be a Hero - Save a Hero" Kicks Off in Nashville


Country Music Star Craig Morgan Joins Forces with Kidde and Fire Service to Promote Simple Steps to Safety
Program empowers everyone to be a safety hero; kicks off a multi-community alarm donation initiative in conjunction with Morgan’s 2014 tour

WHAT: Craig Morgan, one of country music’s best-loved artists, will unveil a new national awarenesscampaign in partnership with Kidde Fire Safetya leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products. The ‘Be a Safety Hero’ initiative empowers everyone to follow simple steps to fire safety.TV and digital spots featuring Morgan, a former first responder, and Nashville firefighters remind families of the steps and will air in the weeks surrounding the 2013 CMA Awards on ABCAdditional media outreach and awareness will follow the press event.

The first step to ‘Be a Safety Hero’ is to replace outdated smoke alarms. To help, Kidde will donate1,000 of itnew Worry-Free smoke alarms to fire departments at 10 stops during Morgan’s 2014 tour($25,000 retail value)These 10-year sealed-in battery smoke alarms will be installed in local at-risk homes.
Kidde is honored to also welcome special guest Kix Brooks, this year’s CMA “National Broadcast Personality of the Year” winner, which follows more than 75 major industry awards as part of music duo, Brooks & Dunn. Brooks serves as the radio voice for public service announcements on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s alarm pledge program – step #5 to “Be a Safety Hero.” The pledge asks families to commit to being fire safe, which in turn helps firefighters who would enter burning homes to rescue trapped residents.  
Kidde, Brooks and Morgan also will recognize the proactive and industry-leading fire preventionactions of the State of Tennessee. According to the state of Tennessee, 39 lives have been saved since January 2013 thanks to 10-year sealed-in battery smoke alarms installed by the state’s Division of Fire Prevention. Kidde will donate 500 of its Worry-Free smoke alarms to help Tennessee continue its life-saving efforts.

WHY:Approximately 3000 people die in U.S. home fires each year, and winter is the peak time. Most fatal fires happen in homes with either no alarm or no working alarm. The main reason smoke alarms don’t work is due to dead or missing batteries. Knowing simple steps to fire safety can help save lives.
Craig MorganCountry music star and Grand Ole Opry member
Kix BrooksCMA National Personality of the Year, host of American Country Countdown
Gary West, Assistant Commissioner, State of Tennessee Division of Fire Prevention
Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
A Tennessee family who escaped a home fire due to a working smoke alarm
Kidde Fire Safety representatives

WHEN:Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Curb Courtyard along Demonbreun St.
Find out why Craig Morgan is passionate about helping families be safe from fire
Watch the spots featuring Craig Morgan and Nashville Fire Department
Hear from an 8-year old boy hailed as a hero in a recent massive apartment fire
Capture footage of Morgan, Brooks and Kidde representatives presenting smoke alarms to the State of Tennessee Division of Fire Prevention
Ask national fire officials how Americans can make their homes more fire safe

CONTACT:Emily Lauer, 216-224-3624 for KiddeCindy Heath, 615-429-2203 for Craig MorganTyne Parrish, 
615-242-7444 for Kix Brooks; Kate Abernathy, TN State Fire Marshal’s Office615-878-4959
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mylo and Otis Updates

The 2 family pets rescued and resuscitated by firefighters from the charred remains of a Bowie house fire are showing signs of improvement.

After firefighters returned the dogs to their family on Wednesday afternoon the health of the animals started to worsen. Mylo, a 3-year old Chihuahua, was constantly scratching at her eyes and Otis, a 2-year old Chihuahua, had trouble breathing, would not eat/drink and could not stand.

The family had limited financial resources and could only think of bringing the dogs back to firefighters. On Thursday evening the family brought their pets to the Bowie Fire/EMS Station on Annapolis Road. Personnel used the canine oxygen masks again to provide a much needed boost of air to the dogs. The Bowie Firefighters contacted Fire Investigators to see if there was anything additional that could be done for the pets that had become victims of an arsonist.

On Friday morning
Investigators contacted the Departments Office of Public Information and collectively sought help for the dogs that were in obvious need of veterinary services.

The Fire/EMS Department sounded a call for help from vets. Several members of the Department, a County Council Member and other citizens from across the region have offered monetary donations to help offset the cost of vet care.

By the end of Friday both dogs were receiving veterinary care. Otis, the most seriously ill, was surrendered to the SPCA in Annapolis. The dog was immediately taken to a veterinary facility and was being treated for smoke inhalation and thermal burns to his throat and eyes.

Mylo was accepted with no promise of payment by the Family Veterinary Clinic on Defense Highway in Gambrills. Mylo was being treated for thermal burns to his eyes and throat. Christine D. Yates, D.V.M. told a fire investigator that Mylo responded well to treatment and medicine and looks for the dog to recover with follow-up care.

Otis is under constant care and wanted to eat this morning. He still was not walking and will be evaluated again tomorrow. The Annapolis SPCA agreed to work with returning the dog to the family after he has has recovered

A fund to accept donations for treatment of the dogs is being set up. Information on where to send your donations will be announced on Monday.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesman/PIO
Prince George's County Fire/EMS

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Arrest Made in Bowie Home Arson - Dogs Rescued Need Veterinary Help

 Julian Martin Massiah of Bowie
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

The Office of the Fire Marshal, Fire Investigations Division, has arrested Julian Martin Massiah of Bowie, in connection with the fire that occurred on October 23, 2013 at 12418 Sandal Lane, Bowie, Maryland.  Massiah was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Arson, felonies, carrying a maximum sentence of 30 years and 20 years respectively, with further charges possible after review from the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Massiah is currently being held at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections on a $150,000 bond.  

Prince George's County Fire/EMS Chief Marc S. Bashoor commended the firefighters that made quick work of the well-advanced fire and doing so without injury on Wednesday. Chief Bashoor also acknowledged the excellent "around-the-clock investigation" by personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal in identifying and arresting the suspect.

On another related note, the two Chihuahuas removed from the home and revived by firefighters appear to be in declining health.  "Mylo," a 3-year old Chihuahua, is experiencing eye irritation either from burns or debris.  "Otis" a 2-year old Chihuahuas has not responded very well and may be experiencing the effects of smoke inhalation.  Unfortunately, the family does not currently have the financial resources to have the dogs examined by a veterinarian.  The medical condition of "Otis" sounds as if he may not survive unless treated in the very near future.  The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department has contacted the dogs owner and is working with local veterinary services in the hope of starting treatment.  The public may be asked for financial donations to help cover the costs of the treatment of these dogs, additional information will be forthcoming.

 "Mylo" is a 3-year old Chihuahua 

 "Otis" is a 2-year old Chihuahua

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Second Battalion Community Outreach and Public Education

Firefighters from the Second Battalion conducted several Fire Prevention demonstrations to young students throughout their area during the month of October.

Firefighters from Fire/EMS Station 843 visited the Pointer Ridge Elementary School

Students from the Northview Elementary School visited the Northview Fire/EMS Station

Career Recruit School 49 Commences

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is proud to announce the start of Career Recruit School 49.  Thirty-one recruits started the Fire/EMS Training Academy on Monday, October 21, 2013.  The academy class will take up to 6 months to complete with a number of recruits with previous experience will be released earlier.

Prince George's County Fire/EMS Chief Marc S. Bashoor and his Command Staff greeted the recruits on Wednesday, October 22 at the Training Academy in Cheltenham.  In his opening comments Chief Bashoor stated, "In the coming weeks, your Training Academy instructors will instill a measure of discipline and respect that you should cherish.  You must realize this is merely a starting line. From this point forward, the satisfaction and reward you receive from this calling will depend in large part on what you choose to contribute."  Bashoor concluded by saying, "For those 19 year old recruits in the room – you are not in High School any longer – you MUST apply yourself and successfully complete everything your instructors teach and test you on.  Your job, and ultimately your LIFE depend on it."

The members of Career Recruit School #49 are:

Buehler, Brett
Clarke, Fredrick
Coleman, Phillip
DeForest, Christopher
Delgado, Mark
Greene, Marcus
Groce, Charles
Haden, Chad
Hayden, Thomas             
Harvey-Bowen, Alan
Height, Javon
Hood, Jarden
Hosselrode, Brandon
Hull, Harry
Ivey, Kyle
Jones, Bradley
Kiefer, Brian
Krichbaum, Anthony
Lozada, Eric
Lucas, Lauren
Marsal, John
Morrison, Christopher
Ocasio, Miguel
Ogilivie III, Robert
Parker, Michael
Proffen, Zachary
Robert, Jesse
Simms, Steven
Von Den Steinen, Matthew
Wierzbolowicz, David
Williams, James

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cold Temperatures Increase Risk of Carbon Monoxide

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

With cold weather in the forecast the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) will rise as temperatures fall.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas and is referred to by firefighters and paramedics as the “The Silent Killer.” The reference to the “silent killer” is due to the properties of CO (colorless, odorless and tasteless) make it nearly impossible to detect without monitoring equipment. A working CO detector is the best method citizens and residents can use to detect the presence of CO. CO alarms are inexpensive and can be purchased at hardware and home improvement stores.

CO results from incomplete oxidation of carbon in combustion and/or the inadequate ventilation of CO after normal combustion. Sources of CO include unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages.

NOW is the time to contact a certified technician to clean and examine your heating equipment.  This function should be performed annually and before full time use of your furnace and chimney.

CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

• Install a 10-year tamper proof with hush feature smoke alarm and CO detector on each level of your home and near sleeping areas, and make sure it is more than 5 feet from fuel-burning appliances to prevent false alarms.

• Ensure that fuel-burning appliances are properly installed and working according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Inspect these appliances for adequate ventilation.

• Do not burn charcoal inside your house, even in the fireplace.

• Do not use gasoline-powered generators inside of your house.

• Keep chimneys clear of animal nests, leaves and residue to ensure proper venting.

• Do not block or seal shut exhaust flues or ducts for appliances, such as water heaters, ranges and clothes dryers.

If It Happens to You

• Never ignore your CO detectors if it sounds.

• Operate test/reset button.

• Determine if anyone in the household is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning such as a headache, nausea, drowsiness or confusion. Call 911.

• Open doors and windows, or exit your home. Leave the CO alarm where it is.

• If you have an alarm with digital display, emergency responders can determine the highest level of CO present and decide how to treat victims.

• Do not return to your home until the emergency personnel have arrived, the home is aired out and your CO alarm returns to normal operation.

The best protection a family can provide for themselves is to have a working smoke alarm and CO detector in their home.  These devices should be tested on the first day of every month and battery’s changed at least once-a-year.  These life saving alarms, when properly maintained, work every second of every day protecting you but they don’t work forever.  CO detectors should be replaced every 8 years and smoke alarms every 10 years.

Any resident that is in need of a smoke alarm and/or CO detector, and can not afford to purchase one, can contact our Safety First Alarm Program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) and request one.  A firefighter will come to your home, at a mutually agreeable time, to provide and install the alarm for you.

Bowie House Fire - 2 Dogs Removed from Burning Home

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

A fire in a Bowie home remains under investigation by the personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal. Fire/EMS units were alerted to the house fire in the 12400 block of Sandal Lane at around 9:00 am, Wednesday, October 23.  The first arriving unit from Bowie Fire/EMS Station 839 advised of a 2-story, Cape Cod, single family home with heavy fire showing from both levels.

Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack and brought the fire under control within 20 minutes of arrival.  There were 36 firefighters on the scene battling this blaze. No injuries were reported.  Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $100,000.

The home is in foreclosure, however, at least 1 person occupied the home.  The relationship between the occupant and the home owner is part of an on-going investigation.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters were performing overhaul and located two small dogs on the first floor.  One of the dogs, a chihuahua, was described as being near death.  Firefighters used Pet Oxygen Masks, donated to the Fire/EMS Department by various groups, to revive the dogs.  After a period of oxygen therapy the Chihuahua became alert and started trembling.  The other small black dog responded and appeared to be in good condition.  The dogs owner arrived on the scene and after being interviewed by Fire Investigators was allowed to take her dogs.  Both dogs appeared to be in good condition.

The cause and origin of this fire remains under investigation.

All images provided courtesy of Mark e. Brady. PGFD PIO

A City of Bowie Police officer assists in providing oxygen to a Chihuahua that was overcome from smoke.

Fire Fighter George Rogers was part of the crew that located the dogs and initiated treatment.  He is providing O2 to the small black dog.

A City of Bowie Police officer assists in providing oxygen to a Chihuahua that was overcome from smoke.

Fire Fighter George Rogers was part of the crew that located the dogs and initiated treatment.  He is providing O2 to the small black dog.

The Cape Cod style home sustained significant damage.

The Cape Cod style home sustained significant damage

The Cape Cod style home sustained significant damage

Fire Fighter Anthony Slydell assisted the dogs owner by carrying the Chihuahua to her car.

The dogs were released to their owners.  Both dogs appeared to be doing well after receiving a round of oxygen.

Fire Fighter Rogers with a very alert and trembling Chihuahua 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spend Your Halloween Safely at District 7 Harvest Festival

Halloween Safety Tips - Children, Adults and Pets

Halloween Safety Tips - Children, Adults and Pets

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

The fun and excitement surrounding Halloween can suddenly turn to sorrow and misfortune through one careless act. The incidence of fire, accident, and injury often increases during holidays and festive events. Each year, firefighters and paramedics witness incidents on Halloween that could have been prevented had simple safety rules been followed. Among the high-risk activities on Halloween; trick-or-treating is one of greatest concerns to Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department personnel. Between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Halloween, there is a significant increase in falls, burn-related injuries, and pedestrian injuries. Children are four and a half times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night during the year. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween. Additionally, many parties and festivities are planned over the Halloween weekend which could result in an increase in alcohol consumption with inherent dangers. 

Often, there are safe alternatives to trick-or-treating that can be fun and also risk-free. For example, Council Member Karen Toles will be holding a District 7 Harvest Festival from 6:30 to 8:30 to which members of the community are invited.
Other local places of worship and schools may plan Halloween parties, or families may get together and conduct games and activities instead of allowing young children to engage in trick-or-treating in neighborhoods or along busy streets. Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor urges adults to take a more pro-active role in activities on Halloween. Additionally, he reminds adults to be vigilant and exercise due caution when traveling to avoid automobile related crashes. Bashoor stated, “Remember Safety First ensures everyone goes home.”

For those who plan to venture out trick-or-treating, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department would like to offer the following safety tips so that all might enjoy a happy and safe Halloween:

• Costumes should be made of flame resistant light-colored fabric or have reflective qualities. They should be short enough so as not to interfere with walking or become entangled in bicycle chains. Use facial makeup rather than masks so children can see easily. 

• Children should carry flashlights and not use candles or torches. Before leaving the home, children should discuss the proposed route, time of return, and companions. An adult should always accompany younger children. It is advisable to visit the homes of persons you know or local familiar neighborhoods, stopping at well-lit houses only. As a general rule, children should avoid entering homes or apartments and always travel with a companion. 

• Children should avoid busy streets, always use sidewalks, and follow all traffic rules and regulations. Motorists should avoid all unnecessary travel on Halloween evening, and when driving they should drive slowly and be alert to small children crossing streets. Many accidents occur when motorists are backing vehicles out of driveways, unaware of the presence of small children. 

• Halloween treats should be saved until children return home where adults can examine all items closely. Treats that are unwrapped, or show signs of having been opened, should not be eaten. Fruit should be sliced into small pieces and checked for foreign objects. Keep small pieces of candy away from infants and very small children, as they can easily become lodged in the throat and cause choking. 

• Persons receiving trick-or-treaters should keep a light on and pick up obstacles that could cause a child to trip and become injured. Jack-o-lanterns should be kept clear of doorsteps and landings. Consider the possibility of using flashlights instead of candles to light Jack-o-lanterns. Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened.

A recent trend in celebrating Halloween has been to celebrate as groups at parties or community events in addition to more adult Halloween parties being held. This trend has resulted in fewer door-to-door trick-or-treaters, however, creates additional vehicles on the street. With Halloween falling on Thursday, October 31, 2012, there are numerous additional Halloween parties planned for both adults and children over the weekend of October 25 - 27. Traditionally, when festive occasions are celebrated involving adults, the consumption of alcohol goes up. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department offer these everyday reminders and safety tips to party-goers:

• Never drink and drive. 

• Always wear your seat belt and ensure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up as well. 

• If you are wearing a costume – vehicle occupants, including the driver, should not wear a mask or head dressing as this may block the view of the driver. 

• Be aware that there are still many trick or treaters walking and crossing streets – slow your speed and use extreme care while driving. 

• Use battery powered illumination instead of candles at your Halloween celebration, including inside of your carved pumpkin.

Let us not forget our pets during trick-or-treating.  Some pets may suffer undue stress with the ringing of the door bell and knocking on the door -  not to mention the fear of a costumed child with a large barking dog greeting them at the door.  Keep Safety First and take appropriate measures to reduce any chance of an unwanted encounter.

We are including pet safety tips from our friends at the ASPCA to keep in mind this Halloween:

Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.  (PGFD recommends using a battery powered light to illuminate your pumpkin).
5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandanna.
7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside. Keep in mind that your pet may not recognize a familiar person wearing a costume and may become aggressive.
10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

PGFD Fire Prevention Activities

Fire Fighter/Medics from St. Josephs Fire/EMS Station 806 recently visited the Shabach Christian Academy housed within the First Baptist Church of Glenarden at 3600 Brightseat Road.  The crew provided a fire prevention demonstration and a tour of the apparatus for students and staff.  "The students were attentive and were very receptive to our fire prevention message," said Fire Lieutenant Jonathan W. Bender.

Community Fire/EMS Stations across the County have been holding Fire Prevention and Open House events and visiting our County schools.  This years theme was to prevent kitchen fires.  Kitchen fires, most notably, unattended cooking, is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries.

There is one remaining Open House that will occur on  Saturday, October  26, 2013 at the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department, 14815 Pratt Street, Upper Marlboro from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  For additional information call the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department at 301-952-0939

For additional information about having firefighters visiting your school or event please contact our Community Outreach Office at 301-883-5250.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hyattsville Fire/EMS Station & Red Cross Joint Facility Ground Breaking Information Sheet

Hyattsville Fire/EMS Station & Red Cross 
Joint Facility

Project History
In a true partnership, the American Red Cross has agreed to deed its land to the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) with Prince George’s County providing funding for the new combined public safety facility.

 Funds for the initial scope of the project and design/construction plans were approved in the FY2012 Prince George’s County budget with full construction funded in FY2014-FY2016.

  The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Approved Public Safety Facilities Master Plan, published in 2008, calls for the replacement of the existing station with a new facility shared by the Hyattsville VFD and the American Red Cross.
The location of the Hyattsville firehouse, at Belcrest and Queens Chapel Road, has been identified as the most ideal for fire, rescue and EMS response to our community and keeping the facility at its present location was of key importance.

 The project would not have been possible without the significant support from Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, the Prince George’s County Council – led by Hyattsville District’s Will Campos,, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Chief Marc Bashoor, City of Hyattsville Mayor Marc Tartaro and former Mayor Bill Gardiner and the leadership of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department and American Red Cross – National Capital Region and National headquarters.

Site History

 The current Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department’s station at 6200 Belcrest Road was built in 1958 as a sub-station to the then-main Farragut street firehouse. It was intended only as an emergency apparatus storage facility. When the Farragut Street station closed in 1969, the Belcrest Road site became the main firehouse for the community of Hyattsville.

 In 1988, the station was expanded to include an additional apparatus bay for the 100-foot aerial tiller truck as well as expanded office space and the day room.

 The Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department has actively been seeking a replacement station to replace the current outdated facility actively since 1998.

 New Red Cross Facility

The new public safety facility will serve as the Prince George’s County headquarters for the American Red Cross – National Capital Region.

The building will include a Visitor’s Center for local clients and customers to learn more and interact with Red Cross staff, space for up to five paid and volunteer staff crossing multiple disciplines including the Community Executive, Disaster Program Specialist and Health and Safety Specialists.
In addition to the many uses of the training and multi-purpose room (described below), including a regional disaster operations center, the facility will also serve as a staging area to push resources to disaster sites and as a center for disaster supply and response vehicle storage.

The Red Cross will have its own entrance along Queens Chapel Road with dedicated parking, including room for their primary disaster response units.
Joint Training and Multi-Purpose Room

The joint training and multi-purpose room in the facility will be utilized by all of the partners. The room will be state-of-the-art with capacity for ongoing disaster operations.

 The Red Cross will provide First Aid, CPR and AED training, Functional Disaster courses, Babysitting and Caregiver courses; Utilize the room for local and regional organizational meetings for volunteer leadership to plan programs and services; and it will serve as a Disaster Operations Center for major and minor incidents that occur in Prince George’s County and nearby jurisdictions.

The Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department and Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will utilize the space to host numerous meetings and classes, including EMT-B, Firefighting and Fire Officer classes, CPR, Emergency Vehicle Operations and beyond.

The space will also be made available to our community response partners for their use including the City of Hyattsville Police Department, Prince George’s County Police and CERT.

State-of-the-Art Fire/EMS Station

The combined facility is 24,988 square feet including 4,353 square feet dedicated to the American Red Cross and nearly 8,000 square feet of emergency apparatus bay space, gear and equipment storage. The combined facility replaces the current 9,000 SF firehouse and 22,000 SF American Red Cross building.

The ground level Red Cross facility includes 1,041 square feet of shared meeting, training and multi-purpose room on the lower level which will also serve as a regional disaster management facility if needed.

The Fire Department space will be on two levels. The first floor will include four large apparatus bays with supporting rooms for gear and equipment, a watch desk area, offices, day room, dining area and kitchen. The second floor features separate male and female quarters for live-in members, male and female sleeping quarters for local members on duty for response, shower and toilet facilities and a laundry room, a study room (for our college students and other members who need dedicated areas to study), a physical training (fitness room) to be shared with the Hyattsville police officers and the administrative and operational officers of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department including two offices and a conference room.

 Special care and attention by the design team, the HVFD and PGFD went into the design and space planning of this facility. All interior spaces are ideally located in the new building for firefighters and EMS personnel to quickly access emergency vehicles each time the new station is alerted to provide fast response times to calls for help in the community. 

 The design and construction of the new facility is intended to be "a green building" by selecting low energy use lighting, low energy use HVAC units, and added exterior wall and attic insulation to reduce energy consumption.

 The exterior of the proposed new facility was specially designed to have a residential look with specific features indigenous, sensitive, compatible, and consistent with the existing residential-like Hyattsville neighbor community using gabled shingle roofs, residential sized reddish-color brick, residential windows, covered porches, large roof overhangs, decorative but supporting cottage style roof brackets, cottage style columns, and more.

Construction Timeline 
 Fall/Winter 2013: temporary apparatus bays for the HVFD to be built in the current Red Cross parking lot. The Red Cross building will have modest adjustments made to serve as temporary living quarters for the HVFD.

 Spring/Summer 2014: The HVFD moves into the temporary quarters and construction begins on the new joint public safety facility.

 2016: Construction is expected to be completed, taking 18-24 months. Following completion of the new building, the HVFD and Red Cross will move into the facility. The current Red Cross/temporary quarters will be demolished for parking space.

 The project will include dedicated space for community art.
 The temporary bays and other temporary quarters components will repurposed by the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Key Fire Department Stats

On average, 70 active volunteer fire, rescue and EMS responders operate out of the station including up to 18 live-in members, many of whom are college students.  Volunteers handle over 70% of all emergency responses including all calls after 3pm weekdays, overnight, weekends and holidays.

 The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department provides six career firefighter/EMTs during weekday business hours, 7am-3p, to provide staffing when our dedicated volunteers are typically at work or school.

The Hyattsville VFD operates an engine company, heavy duty rescue squad, 100’ ladder truck and two basic life support ambulances (one of which upgrades to respond as Paramedic Ambulance when staffing permits).  The new station will have room to grow for additions to its EMS and fire/rescue fleet in the future.

 The station responds to some 6,000 emergency and non-emergency incidents annually, an increase of nearly 50% over the last 15 years – led by more demand for emergency medical services as the community grows.
The Hyattsville VFD has been continually serving the community since 1888. Its first due response area includes the City of Hyattsville and Town of University Park and Chillum Road/Queens Chapel area. The full first alarm response area includes all or parts of Chillum, Adelphi, Langley Park, Riverdale, College Park, Brentwood, Mount Rainier, Bladensburg, New Carrollton and most of Takoma Park in Montgomery County.