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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Overview of PGFD Social Media and Internet Sites

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

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department would like to provide a brief overview of our social media and Internet sites.  Each of these sites provides a wealth of information about the Department, incidents and our personnel.  PGFD is the largest and busiest combination; civilian, career and volunteer, Fire/EMS Departments in the Country.

In 2013, the Department responded on approximately 134,00 calls for services.  The majority of these response were for Emergency Medical Services.


An excellent resource for information about the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department and other County agencies.  Visit the Fire/EMS Department County website by clicking here.


In 2013, the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department posted 367 stories on the PGFD News site;  PGFDNEWS.com.  We have listed the top 5 viewed stories during 2013.

#5.   Bowie Woman Rescued by Family Dog and Retired Fire Lieutenant Mills

#4.   Fire Chief Orders Volunteer Company to Leave Ambulance In-Service

#3.   In His Own Words - Danny McGown 

#2.   On-Line Registration for 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb and 3K Walk

#1.   2-Alarm Forestville House Fire Injures 3 Firefighters

Since PGFDNEWS.com was started in May 2007 we have had 1,178,938 page views.


The Fire/EMS Departments official Twitter account, @PGFDPIO, provides incident updates, links to PGFD stories in other media and links to fire safety and injury prevention.  The Department has been active with Twitter at about the same time we launched the PGFDNEWS.com site in 2007.

Since we started, we have tweeted 7,391 times, follow 634 other twitter accounts and are followed by 7,265.   Follow the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department @PGFDPIO.

PGFD Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor also has a Twitter account and can be followed @PGFD_Chief.


The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department maintains a Facebook account that re-posts all of our Tweets along with stories and photos exclusive to Facebook.  The Official Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Page has 7,733 "likes."


The Department is relatively new to Instagram and only joined when they allowed 15 seconds of video to be posted.  This is a great tool to capture a brief video of an on-going incident allowing followers a glimpse of the action seconds after we capture and post the video.  The site allows us to post directly to Twitter and Facebook. Our title is PGFDPIO and we have 16 posts and 351 followers.


The Fire/EMS Department maintains a Youtube account where videos are posted of incidents, press conferences and more.  We currently have 291 subscribers and nearly 330, 000 views.  You can visit the PGFD YOUTUBE site by clicking here.

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