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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

An Ace Paramedic Swings a Pretty Good Racket

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

An Ace Paramedic Swings a Pretty Good Racket

Fire Fighter/Medic Jorge A. Paucar, 39, is a 14-year member
of the
Department.
Fire Fighter/Medic Jorge A. Paucar, 39, is a 14-year member of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.  For the past 3 months, he has been assigned to   Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844, located at 6330 Riggs Road.  Being a veteran, Paucar has been assigned to quite a few stations in his career including District Heights, Silver Hill, Landover Hills, Riverdale, Chapel Oaks, Glenn Dale, College Park, and Berwyn Heights.  Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and letters of recognition from both citizens and the Department. 

Fire Fighter/Medic Paucar’s bilingualism is indeed an asset to the Chillum Fire/EMS Station, which is in an area highly populated with Spanish-speaking residents.  “I speak, read, and write Spanish fluently.  These skills are used frequently while on incidents,” he said.

 Paucar recently won the
United States Tennis Association (USTA) Championship
that was held at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club in Columbia, Maryland. 
Jorge Paucar spends much of his off-duty time playing tennis, which he estimates to be about 13 hours per week.  He began playing while in high school and is quite skilled at the game.  In fact, he recently won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Championship that was held at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club in Columbia, Maryland.  He humbly described his victory, saying, “There were 16 players in the tournament, and I was fortunate enough to win.” 

Paucar participated in another tournament the weekend of July 13.  He won all of his games at the USTA District level tournament and now moves on to the Sectionals in Norfolk, Virginia.



Asked about his plans for the future, stated, “I plan on furthering my career through promotions.  I will definitely do more tennis leagues, tournaments, and competitions.  I will also assist with promoting an opening of a Tennis Center in one or a few of our local communities.”


Jorge is currently single and resides in Crofton.  

Paucar participated in another tournament the weekend of July 13.  He won all of his games at the District level tournament and now moves on to the Sectionals in Norfolk, Virginia.



 For the past 3 months, Paucar  has been assigned to Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844



Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Announces Water Will Not Be Shut Off in South County, Water Restrictions Remain in Place

For Information Contact: Scott L. Peterson, Public Information Officer
Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management
(240) 619-9400 (for media only)
(301) 583-1950 (for Emergency Operations Center)

or

Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson - Fire/EMS Department, 240-508-7930


Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Announces Water Will Not Be Shut Off in South County, Water Restrictions Remain in Place


Landover Hills, MD: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) announced that South County residents will not lose water due to the replacement of a 54-inch concrete pipeline that appeared to be failing. However, mandatory water restrictions remain in place for the impacted area. Residents are advised to utilize water only when necessary and to take short showers, turn off faucets after washing hands, limit flushing toilets, and postpone using washing machines and dishwashers. If the County continues conservation efforts, WSSC is confident that the system will remain fully operational while repairs are completed to the pipeline and returned to service. As a precaution, the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management will continue operations and services that were set up for this water shortage for the next 24 hours as we confirm that residents will not lose water service. 

The Fire/EMS Department will continue to have water tankers and additional resources remain in place as well as enhanced dispatch assignments will continue to the impacted area.for a 24 hour period starting at 12 noon today.  At that time the current situation will be evaluated and resource decisions will be made.

“This is a welcome development for our residents but we must be aware that we are still under mandatory water restrictions and there could be a setback in the replacement of this pipe,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I want to thank all of our residents for their patience, understanding and adherence to our directives to conserve water. I also want to thank our emergency operations, regional partners, and the thousands of citizens, business, and stakeholders who volunteered assistance and donations of water to our impacted residents.”

Impacted communities include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor. Please check this interactive map to see if you are in the affected area.

Residents with any questions are encouraged to call WSSC’s 24-hour Call Center at 301-206-4002. Prince George’s County’s 3-1-1 Call Center is also available for resident questions. Residents should NOT call 9-1-1, unless it is a medical emergency.



Important Phone Numbers and Notify Me Information

Residents with any questions are encouraged to call WSSC’s 24-hour Call Center at 301-206-4002.   

Prince George’s County’s 3-1-1 Call Center is extending its hours during this crisis and will be open from 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Residents should NOT call 9-1-1, unless it is a medical emergency.

Citizens, residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for electronic notifications to your personal communication devices.  Sign up for Notify Me - Prince George by clicking here.  The information from Notify Me will provide updates from the WSSC water outage as well as weather updates and other timely information that you choose to receive.

Water Distribution, Reception Centers and County-wide Cooling Centers Locations


Press Release

For Immediate Release:
July 16, 2013

For Information Contact:
Scott L. Peterson
Public Information Officer
Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management
(240) 619-9400 (for media only)
(301) 583-1950 (for Emergency Operations Center)

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Begins Water Restrictions in Southern Prince George’s County

Landover Hills, MD: This evening beginning at 9:00 p.m., the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) began a mandatory water restriction to areas of Southern Prince George’s County that are impacted by a 54-inch concrete pipeline that appears to be failing.  Under the mandatory water restriction residents are advised to utilize water only when necessary such as short showers, turning off faucets after washing hands, limit flushing toilets, and postponing using washing machines and dishwashers.  According to WSSC, eventually the impacted area will run out of water and residents need to utilize bottled and/or previously stored water.   Additionally, Prince George’s County has announced a “Local Declaration of Emergency” due to this crisis.  

Some of the communities likely to be affected include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor.  Please check thisinteractive map to see if you are in the affected area.  Residents may be without water for several days while repairs are made.  Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 11:00 p.m. yesterday evening to monitor the situation and begin preparation for the water shortage.  Earlier this afternoon, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Council Members Obie Patterson (D-District 8), Council Member Karen Toles, (D-District 7) Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management conducted a press conference regarding the water shortage and announced that the County will be opening “reception centers,” where residents will be able to use shower facilities as well as cooling centers, and a shelter. 

Residents with any questions are encouraged to call WSSC’s 24-hour Call Center at 301-206-4002.   Prince George’s County’s 3-1-1 Call Center is extending its hours during this crisis and will be open from 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Residents should NOT call 9-1-1, unless it is a medical emergency.

Residents in the impacted areas are encouraged to heed the following tips;

·         Store 1-2 gallons of safe water per person per day.

·         “Safe” is tap water stored in airtight, clean, food-grade plastic containers or store bought bottled water.

·         Store 1-2 gallons of purchased distilled water for any individuals with chronic health problems including weakened immune systems.

·         Do not store drinking water in glass or used milk containers.

·         Remember to store water for your pets to drink.

·         Use water in your hot-water tank and ice cubes.

·         Water stored in a bath tub or swimming pool can be used to flush toilets.

·         Remember most people in the area are NOT affected.  So contact relatives and friends and ask for their assistance if needed.

WSSC is providing water to residents in the affected areas and the County has set-up three distribution points in the affected areas.  Residents will be limited to 2 gallons per person.
The distribution points will open from 12:00 noon  -  9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. until the water outage is over.  Residents must bring their own containers.

Hillcrest Heights Elementary
4305 22nd Place
Hillcrest Heights, MD  20748

Thurgood Marshall Middle School
4909 Brinkley Road
Temple Hills, MD  20748

Oxon Hill Elementary School
7701 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD  20745

In addition to water distribution, the County will open the following centers to assist residents during the outage:

Reception Centers
Reception Center are designed to provide residents with a place where they can take showers, clean-up, get water and cool off.  Reception Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.  Bottled water will be available at the reception centers.

Stephen Decatur Middle School
8200 Pinewood Drive
Clinton, MD 20735

Friendly High School
10000 Allentown Road
Fort Washington,  MD 20744
Shelters
Shelters are designed for residents who have been displaced and require overnight accommodations. Shelter locations have been identified and will be opened as needed.  The first shelter to open will be at:

Wise High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Cooling Centers
Cooling Centers are designed so that residents can take a break from the heat for a few hours.

M-NCPPC Cooling Center Locations open to the General Public:
Weekday Hours of Operation (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); Weekend Hours of Operation - Residents are encouraged to call the facility to obtain weekend hours or check www.pgparks.com.

·         Baden Community Center - 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
                  301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Beltsville Community Center - 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville
       301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Bladensburg Community Center  - 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; InformaciĆ³n en espaƱol: 301-445-4509
·         Bowie Community Center - 3209  Stonybrook Drive, Bowie
301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Cedar Heights Community Center - 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant
301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768
·         College Park Community Center - 5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park - 301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512
·         College Park Youth Services Center  - 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park
301-345-4425; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Deerfield Run Community Center - 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road - Laurel
301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex - 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden,
301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Glenn Dale Community Center - 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193)
Glenn Dale - 301-352-8983; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Good Luck Community Center  - 8601 Good Luck Road,  Lanham,
301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512
·         John E. Howard Community Center and Senior Activity Center - 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Kentland Community Center - 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Center - 431 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro - 301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Lake Arbor Community Center - 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville
301-333-6561; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Langley Park Community Center - 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center – 7120 Contee Road, Laurel – 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402
·         North Brentwood Community Center - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood
301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Oakcrest Community Center - 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard,
Capitol Heights - 301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Patuxent Community Center - 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro
301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Peppermill Village Community Center - 610 Hill Road, Landover
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Prince George's Plaza Community Center - 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center - 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum
301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Seat Pleasant Activity Center - 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant
301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768
·         South Bowie Community Center - 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie
301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Upper Marlboro Community Center - 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro - 301-627-2828; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Vansville Community Center - 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

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