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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kentland Volunteers Receive Grant from BG&E

The Baltimore, Gas and Electric Company (BGE) recognized the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. this morning and the work that they do as BGE announced grants totaling more than $300,000 to emergency response non-profits. The grants awarded will fund a wide range of emergency response and safety equipment and training programs to help benefit the communities in which we live and work. The Kentland Volunteers received a Grant amount of $9,350 from BGE at a ceremony held this morning in Pikesville, Maryland.

According to Donald Aker, Kentland Volunteer President, “Natural gas emergencies are some of the most potentially dangerous calls that the Kentland VFD responds to. The objective of this program is to equip the department with gas detection devices for each piece of apparatus, so that members can quickly and accurately identify the presence of hazardous atmospheres and determine the source of natural gas leaks. The goal is to keep at least 1 set of meters in service at all times, with a reserve meter available for use in case one of the frontline units malfunctions.”

Kentland will request quotes from a variety of vendors, and the meters will be purchased from the most cost efficient option. All of their members are already trained in the operation of gas meters so transition from the box to apparatus will be immediate.

“Operationally, we will equip each piece of suppression apparatus with a Sensit HXG-3 meter and an appropriate carbon monoxide or 4 gas meter, said Tony Kelleher, Kentland Volunteer Chief. “All suppression units including the engines at the Landover Road and Campus Way Stations, ladder tower and the rescue engine would all be equipped with 1 set of meters. One set would be kept at the station as a reserve.”

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor congratulates the Kentland Volunteers for seeking and securing the BGE Grant. He stated, “I commend the Kentland leadership for securing a Grant to purchase meters that will benefit citizens, visitors and business in the greater Landover and Largo communities but also serve a mutual benefit throughout the entire County.”

Don Akers said the meters they plan to purchase will carry a 2-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Both Akers and Kelleher expect these units to remain in service for a period of up to 10 years.

For additional information on the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Inc. visit their website or call Volunteer President Aker or Volunteer Chief Kelleher at the fire station; 301-883-7733.


Mark E. Brady
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
Chief Spokesperson/PIO
240-508-7930
Twitter: @PGFDPIO

Preventing Hypothermia: A Dangerous Health Condition

                                                                             PRESS RELEASE


                                                                           For Immediate Release:

                                                                                 January 23, 2013

                                                                              For more information:

                                                                  Dellia Williams, Press Information Officer
                                                                Prince George's County Health Department
                                                                        301-883-7835 240-417-8443

                                                      Preventing Hypothermia: A Dangerous Health Condition

LARGO, MD—The Prince George’s County Health Department wants residents to be aware of the impact that over exposure to cold weather can have on your health during the winter months. Hypothermia and frostbite are two fairly common conditions that typically affect people at this time of year and residents should take precautions in order to ensure that they keep themselves and family members safe and warm.

“We want to remind residents to dress in layers, wear mittens versus gloves and to cover your head when outside for significant periods of time. These are just a few of the simple ways to prevent illness that may result from extreme cold weather conditions,” said Pamela B. Creekmur, Health Officer. “When exposed to cold weather, our bodies lose heat faster than it can be produced which could result in bodily injury, illness, and even death.”

The Health Department advises all residents to check on your elderly relatives and neighbors to ensure they have adequate heat and protection from the cold.

Hypothermia is one of the serious health problems that can be caused by exposure during cold weather. If a person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees, immediately seek medical attention.

In mild cases the symptoms include:

• Uncontrollable shivering

• Pale and cold skin

Other more serious signs include:

• Confusion or sleepiness

• Slurred speech

• Shallow breathing

• Weak pulse

• Stiffness in the arms or legs

• Or, poor control over body movements

In the case of serious symptoms, contact the victim’s doctor or call 911.

In either case, until help arrives or the person is seen by a doctor, move the person to a warm room, warm the body with dry layers of blankets or clothing, and give warm beverages.

Frostbite refers to actual freezing and subsequent destruction of body tissue which is likely to occur any time skin temperature gets much below 32F. The areas most likely to freeze are toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose.

Individual at risk for frostbite include those with impaired circulation, the elderly, the very young and anyone who remains outside for prolonged periods. The danger increases if the individual becomes wet.

Symptoms of frostbite include:

• Gradual numbness;

• Hardness and paleness of the affected area during exposure,

• Pain and tingling or burning in affected area following warming; and

• Possible change of skin color to purple

NEVER MASSAGE OR RUB FROSTBITTEN AREAS AS THIS MAY CAUSE FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE SKIN.

Follow these tips to weather the winter in a healthy way:

• Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head.

• Wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The air between the layers acts as insulation to keep you warmer.

• Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect lungs from direct, extremely cold air. Cover your ears and lower part of your face as well.

• Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The close contact of fingers helps to keep your hands warm.

• Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks or two pairs of lightweight socks.

• Wear waterproof boots or sturdy shoes to keep your feet warm and dry.

For additional information about Hypothermia and Frostbite visit,

www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/AgencyIndex/Health/hypothermia.asp

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K of C - Bowie to Recognize Members of Fire/EMS Department

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department was honored to hear that the Knights of Columbus in Bowie will be recognizing two members for their actions over the past year.


Paramedic Amy Gunn and Fire Chiefs Aide William Hawkins were selected as Paramedic of the Year and PGFD Employee of the Year, respectively. An award ceremony will be held this Saturday where our two members will be recognized and awarded. The Knights of Columbus will also recognize a Bowie Volunteer Firefighter and members of law enforcement for their meritorious service in 2012 at this event.

Congratulations to all!!!

Knights of Columbus
Sacred Heart Council #2577

17th ANNUAL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER

RECOGNITION NIGHT

BULL AND OYSTER ROAST

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Boswell Hall
6111 Columbian Way
Bowie, MD 20715-4302

DOORS OPEN at 4:00PM
BAR OPEN 4:30 TO 10:00PM
FOOD SERVICE 5:00 TO 7:00PM
DANCING 8:00PM-10:00PM

BIG SIX WHEEL — PULL TAB MACHINE

TICKETS - $35 (reserve a table of 8 or more and pay $30 per person)

CHILDREN UNDER AGE OF 12 – $10

Menu: Raw Oysters, Fried Oysters, Oyster Stew, Pit Beef, Pulled Pork,
Barbecued Ribs, Italian Sausage, Pasta, Chicken, Sodas and More.

Seafood Provided by Shoreline Seafood

ALL YOU CAN EAT ON PREMISES

FOR TICKETS CONTACT:
PGK Mike Garner (202) 359-9527      Rick Marek (410) 721-0004
Jim Nelson (301) 249-5675                  Ray DeVous (301) 731-0073