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Thursday, June 27, 2013

WARNING - All Consumer Fireworks are Illegal in County

Prince George's County is one of three jurisdictions in Maryland that prohibit all consumer fireworks.  This law is designed to protect you and those around you.

Citizens, businesses and visitors should know that any consumer purchased fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County.  All fireworks from sparklers up to ground display are illegal - our law removes any doubt about what is permitted and what is not!!!  All consumer fireworks are not permitted in Prince George's County.  

Consumer purchased backyard fireworks can cause injuries and damage from fires.  Please enjoy your fireworks at one of the many public displays.

Penalties for violation of this law carries up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months in jail.  Enjoy Fourth of July safely and legally, attend a public or municipal display.

To demonstrate the power of a seemingly innocent fire cracker invite you to watch this video.  A small firecracker is inserted into a melon.  Imagine you are holding this same firecracker in your hand when it explodes!!!

Don't try this at home.  These displays were conducted by members of the Fire/EMS Department Bomb Squad under strict safety guidelines!!!



Facts & Figures from the National Fire Protection Association

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,8000 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 61% of 2011 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44 in an atypical year of a very comparable risk across much of the population
Over the past several years, during the July 4th week, there has not been any significant injury or property damage in Prince George's County.  Our fireworks law is a law we can live with!!!
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Fourth of July Approved County Fireworks Displays


The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.  To enjoy holiday festivities we ask that you attend one of the public and municipal fireworks displays that will occur throughout the County.  The following locations will conduct approved fireworks displays.  Please visit respective web sites for additional information.  Some of these venues may require an admission charge.

Date:     July 3, 2013                                                                                         Date:     July 4, 2013
                                                                                                                               
Prince Georges Stadium                                                                               City of District Heights
4101 NE Crain Highway                                                                                  2000 Marbury Drive
Bowie, Maryland 20716                                                                                 District Heights, MD 20747          
Time: Post game                                                                                              Time: 9:00

Trinity Assembly of God                                                                                City of Bowie
7800 Good Luck Road                                                                                     4101 NE Crain Highway
Lanham, Maryland 20706                                                                              Bowie, MD 20716
Time: 9:00 pm                                                                                                    Time: 9:15 pm

Concert Woodmore Bevco, LLC                                                                 Spirit of Faith Christian Center
1230 Pleasant Prospect Road                                                                      14001 Candy Hill Road
Mitchellville, MD 20721                                                                                 Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Time: 9:00 pm                                                                                                    Time: 9:30 pm

                                                                                                                                Six Flags America
                                                                                                                                13710 Central Avenue
                                                                                                                                Bowie, MD 20721
                                                                                                                                Time: 9:30 pm

                                                                                                                                Town of Morningside
                                                                                                                                6901 Ames Street
                                                                                                                                Morningside, MD 20746
                                                                                                                                Time: Dusk
                                                                                                                                (PENDING)

                                                                                                                                City of Greenbelt            
                                                                                                                                555 Crescent Road
                                                                                                                                Greenbelt, MD 20770
                                                                                                                                Time: 9:20 pm 

                                                                                                                                 City of College Park at the
                                                                                                                                 University of Maryland Lot #1
                                                                                                                                 TIME: Dusk

The City of Laurel will hold a daylong Fourth of July celebration that will end with fireworks on Saturday, July 6th.  Click here for a complete schedule.
  
All of these events have been granted a permit to conduct a fireworks event and will have the pyrotechnics inspected by a member of the City, County or State Office of the Fire Marshal.  A Fire Inspector will remain on-site during the fireworks display.

Citizens, businesses and visitors should know that any consumer purchased fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County.  All fireworks from sparklers up to ground display are illegal - our law removes any doubt about what is permitted and what is not!!!  All consumer fireworks are not permitted in Prince George's County.  

Consumer purchased backyard fireworks can cause injuries and damage from fires.  Please enjoy your fireworks at one of the many public displays.

Penalties for violation of this law carries up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months in jail.  Enjoy Fourth of July safely and legally, attend a public or municipal display.

Flugtag Anyone??? Team PGFD Prepares for National Event

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

In their off-duty time, many members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department participate in various activities. They have typically pursued softball, hockey, basketball, tennis, and golf—that is until now. A group of our firefighters recently formed a team to participate in a sport many of us probably never even heard of. Yep, that’s right; we now have our very own Flugtag Team! Flugtag, pronounced FLOO-TOG, means “flying day” in the German language.


Red Bull Flugtag is an event organized by Red Bull, in which competitors attempt to fly home-made, size and weight-limited human-powered flying machines. The machines are usually launched off a pier about 30 feet high into the sea, or some suitably sized reservoir of water. Teams that enter the Flugtag completion are judged in 3 categories—distance, creativity, and showmanship.

The National Red Bull Flugtag is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013, and 1 of the 5 nationwide events will be held at the National Harbor. This is the first time for the event being in the National Capital Region. The Harbor’s event is in conjunction with 4 other Flugtags taking place in Miami, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Long Beach, CA. More than 1300 teams from all over the country applied to take part in this competition, but only 30 were selected from each city. TEAM PGFD is the only Fire/EMS Department themed entity to make the cut.

The event’s organizers stress “Safety First,” as does PGFD; and safe practices will be enforced. Each team’s members must wear a personal flotation device and helmet provided by Red Bull. All teams, along with their crafts, will be inspected prior to flight. If either a team or its craft fails the safety inspection, they will be grounded.

Each team consists of 5 members of the flight crew—a pilot who rides the craft into the water and 4 members who jettison the craft off of the flight deck. A great deal of assistance is needed with building the machine, marketing, selling T-shirts, and staffing the booth. Everyone is invited to come out and cheer on TEAM PGFD. An entry fee is applicable.

Sponsorships are also available, with all funds raised designated for TEAM PGFD’s selected charity, which is the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1619 Burn Fund. Their goal is raise $5,000. To help meet that goal, a specially designed T-shirt will soon be available to purchase. Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor will allow the garment to be worn by all personnel as a “work shirt” for the month of September. Bashoor stated, “I’m allowing and encouraging our personnel to wear the Flugtag shirt while on duty, to demonstrate our support of this effort and ultimately generate funds for a worthwhile cause.” Additional information about the PGFD Flugtag shirts will be posted as soon as they are available for purchase.

TEAM PGFD consists of the five members: George Raburn is the driving force behind this project and the craft’s pilot. Clint Cardinale, Katie Johnson and Kevin and Chris Hodges are the crew.

In applying for the event, Fire Fighter George Raburn was asked what makes his team stand out or his craft design unique. He replied, “What better way to show off fire service pride than to design your craft to look like your department’s new fleet of fire apparatus, and then push it off the platform into Flugtag history? We just bought 2 ladder trucks, 5 engines (our design), and a new fleet of chief buggies. This was a big step toward ensuring safe apparatus for our firefighters. Company pride is a big part of the brotherhood for which we stand. Driving a new fire truck into the water and not having to pay for the damages… What firefighter wouldn't want to do that? The Flugtag being held in Prince George's County is a great way for our firefighter community to really be part of the event, instead of only providing fire and EMS services.”

There is plenty of work to do in a relatively short period of time. Any personnel interested in assisting TEAM PGFD are encouraged to contact Fire Fighter George Raburn at Fire/EMS Station 846, 301-883-7746, or via email at GWRaburn@co.pg.md.us.

You may also follow TEAM PGFD on Twitter at @PGFDFlugtag.

For additional information on the Red Bull Flugtag, click here.


Design of Team PGFD Flugtag Craft






PGFD "PINKY" and Fire Chief Attend Congressional Women's Softball Game


Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and members of his Community Outreach staff joined fans at the well-attended the Congressional Women's Softball Game on Wednesday evening, June 26, 2013.  A bi-partisan group of women Members of Congress took the field against the the women of the DC Press Corps.   Chief Bashoor and his entourage were able to meet with many elected leaders and members of the press corp after arriving on-board "Pinky," a pink PGFD fire pumper used to raise Breast Cancer Awareness.  The Press Corps edged out the Congressional Women in a close hard-fought game.  

The game is a fund-raiser with an admission charge of $10.  Proceeds from the Congressional Women’s Softball Game benefit the Young Survival Coalition, the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Chief Bashoor was joined by his wife Laura, Community Advisory Coordinator Diana Fennell, Community Developer Damu McBride and Fire Fighter Joe King.