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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

PGFD Career Recruit School #50 Begin Training Academy

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

Career Recruit School (CRS) #50 commenced on Monday, February 24, 2014 with 36 firefighter recruits and 2 members of the United States Coast Guard.  On their 2nd day at the Cheltenham based Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training Academy they were greeted by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, command staff and senior civilian members.

Chief Bashoor referenced the long journey from job application to this point by saying, "Over 3,000 of you started this particular journey, over 2 years ago.  Just like you, over 1,500 recruits before you in classes 1 through 49 sat in these chairs for a Day 1 – scared, humbled, excited and ready to make a difference in Prince George’s County."  Bashoor continued to welcome the recruits by saying, "I am honored to welcome the 50thclass of recruits to walk our training grounds.  For those Prince George’s County employees, welcome to the ranks of the Prince George’s County Government and the Fire/EMS Department – You are the 9th class that County Executive Baker and this County Council have graced us with hiring.  I also welcome our cadre of Coast Guard firefighting candidates to Class 50."

I his comments 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."  He concluded with,  "From this point forward, the satisfaction and reward you receive from this calling will depend in large part on what you choose to contribute.  For those 20-year-olds in the room – this isn’t High School or the Community College – you MUST apply yourself and successfully complete everything your instructors teach and test you on.  Your job, and ultimately your LIFE and your partners lives depend on it."

Recruits of CRS #50 are the first to be issued with polo shirts instead of a traditional firefighter buttoned work shirt.  This is the first part of the transitioning the entire Department over to polo shirts as the official uniform work shirt.


Members of PGFD CRS #50 are

1.     Backman, Matthew
2.     Burneson, Charles L
3.     Carmody III, Donald
4.     Celentano, Alaura L
5.     Dolan, Andrew
6.     Drugan, Kyle
7.     Duerbeck, Jered A
8.     Dugan, Michael
9.     Fayette, Ronel
10.     Forstoffer, Jr. Michael
11.     French, Kenneth D.
12.     Gardner, Ryan T.
13.     Graney, Jon-Curtis
14.     Gruentzel, Michael R.
15.     Harris, Christopher A
16.     Hartman, Zachary G.
17.     Hickey, Kenneth J.
18.     Johnson, Brandon R.
19.     Lewis, William A.
20.     Mariner, Matthew
21.     Reeves, Keayana
22.     Rychwalski, James N.
23.     Satterfield, Samantha
24.     Scott, Tavon L.
25.     Spriggs, Andrew
26.     Stewart, Robert J.
27.     Tippett, Matthew J.
28.     Townsend, Jonathan A.
29.     Watson, Devin J.
30.     Van Schoonhoven, Aaron
31.     Mascaro, Vincent A.
32.     Schlegel, Ryan
33.     Graham, Robert J.
34.     Horak, Stephen A
35.     Thorne, Britt D.
36.     Munson, Keith



















Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Fire/EMS Department is Hiring - Garage Supervisor (Apparatus Maintenance Division)

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is seeking applicants for the position of Garage Supervisor (Apparatus Maintenance Division) – Fire/EMS Department.  Only on-line application will be accepted.

Click here for the job description and on-line application.


Good Luck!!!


Capitol Heights Family Escape Tragedy Thanks to Smoke Alarm

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

A Capitol Heights family was awakened by the sharp and crisp tones being emitted from their working smoke alarm.  Just before 5:00 am, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 4700 block of Heath Street and arrived to find a 1 ½ story single family home with fire and smoke showing.

The family met firefighters in the front yard to inform them that all members escaped safely; however, the family dog was still inside.  An electrical malfunction involving a surge protector appears to have ignited the fire in the basement. 

The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival and caused an estimated $75,000 in fire loss.  Unfortunately, the dog did not make it outside and perished in the fire.


Lessons to be learned from this incident are that, Smoke alarms save lives!!!!  Additionally surge protectors and/or multi-port extension cords can be dangerous if overloaded or combustibles placed on or around them.  These electrical devices should be replaced every few years per manufacturer guidelines.  Newer electrical surge protectors have better safeguards against fire.


Departmental Crash - Landover Road at Arena Drive

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

At around 12:30 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, firefighters from the Kettering/Largo Fire/EMS Station 846 arrived on the scene of a working townhouse fire in the 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive.  As is standard procedure, a working fire dispatch was sounded, sending the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Supervisor to the scene of the fire.

At about 12:45 pm the EMS Supervisor, operating a marked Chevrolet Tahoe Fire/EMS Department vehicle, with emergency lights and siren on and operating, was travelling southbound on Landover Road (Route 202) approaching the intersection of Arena Drive in Largo.  At the intersection he ensured all cross and opposing traffic had stopped and he started to proceed through the intersection.  A civilian operated 4-door vehicle entered the intersection by driving around the stopped traffic as the EMS Supervisor was proceeding through when the civilian vehicle broadsided the Fire/EMS Department unit.

The driver of each vehicle sustained injuries.  The female civilian was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.  The Paramedic Captain suffered loss of consciousness and was transported to a nearby Trauma Center.  He regained conscious while on the scene and complained of pain in his back and tingling in some extremities.  He has been admitted to the hospital and is currently undergoing a battery of tests. The injured Captain was able to speak with Fire Chief Marc Bashoor via phone and sounded in good condition despite his ordeal.


The intersection of southbound Route 202 and Arena Drive was closed for nearly 2 hours for investigation and clean-up.  The Fire/EMS Department Safety Office and County Police will be conducting investigations into circumstances of the crash.





Townhouse Fire - 600 Block of Harry S. Truman Drive

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

At about 12:30 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, firefighters were alerted to a townhouse fire in the 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive in Largo.  First arriving firefighters from the Kettering/Largo Fire/EMS Station #846 were the first to arrive and forced entry through the front door and encountered a significant fire in the kitchen.  As firefighters worked to control the fire a search of the 2-story, end of the row, townhouse was conducted with negative results.


The fire took about 20 minutes to extinguish.  No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation and fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.  

Images provided courtesy of Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO







Monday, February 24, 2014

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Smoke Alarm Alerts Glenn Dale Family of Fire - Escape Safely


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

Personnel from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal detailed accounts of a house fire in Glenn Dale that included a working smoke alarm provided a warning to the occupants.

Just after 4:30 pm, Sunday, February 23, 2014, Fire/EMS units were dispatched to a report of a fire inside a home in the 8600 block of Springfield Road.  Firefighters arrived to find a 1-story single family home with fire showing from the roof.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire but not before the fire caused an estimated $30,000 in property loss.  The area of origin was in the attic and caused by an electrical malfunction. 

The occupants were able to escape safely after being alerted by a working smoke alarm.  The alarm detected the smoke banking down from the attic and emitted a loud and piercing warning.  No civilian injuries were reported as well as no firefighters were injured while battling the fire.

Working smoke alarms save lives.  A new law will go into effect at the end of this year requiring all homes currently protected by a smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery to upgrade to a 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke alarm.

The National Fire Protection Association reports approximately 3,000 people die in home fires in the U.S. every year. Two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm.  Most smoke alarms are found to be non-working due to a lack of batteries or no battery at all.  The newer 10-year, tamper-proof, with hush feature smoke alarms will reduce the number of preventable fire fatalities occurring every year.  The advancement of smoke alarm technology to 10-year alarms is perhaps the greatest fire service life-saving achievement since the invention of the smoke alarm itself.

If you cannot afford to purchase a smoke alarm you may contact the Fire/EMS Departments Safety First Smoke Alarm program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) or click here to make an on-line request.  A firefighter will make arrangements to visit your home and install an alarm, free of charge.

PEPCO and the Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics Association, IAFF Local 1619, have donated nearly 800 10-year smoke alarms to the Department this year.  However, the Fire/EMS Department is still in need of additional 10-year smoke alarms.  Donations will help to relieve a backlog of residents awaiting alarms in their homes.  Anyone that would like to donate alarms is encouraged to contact the Public Information Office at 301-883-5222.

Images provided courtesy of Jim Davis, PGFDFIRE.com






Friday, February 21, 2014

PGFDNEWS Blog Entry Awarded First Place by the IAFF


I was humbled to have been awarded with First Place for the best blog story by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Media Awards for 2013.  The story was my account of Firefighter/Medics from the Special Events Unit working a summer concert at Fed Ex Field.  The article and images can be seen by clicking here

I am honored and humbled to be recognized for the best blog story by the IAFF from entries submitted from across the country, however, the award is not about me.  I have the privilege of documenting with images and articles the day-to-day activities of the very best firefighters and medics that are members of one of the very best Fire/EMS Departments in the country.  The award is about them, the remarkable job they do and by allowing me the opportunity to do my job.

Thanks to IAFF Local 1619 and President Andrew Pantelis for the nomination and presenting the 1st Place plaque.


Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson/PIO
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us
@PGFDPIO

IAFF Local 1619 President Andrew Pantelis presents award for Best Blog Story from the IAFF Media Awards 2013

The award is not about me.  I have the privilege of documenting with images and articles the day-to-day activities of the very best firefighters and medics that are members of one of the very best Fire/EMS Departments in the country.

Firefighter/Medic IAFF Local 1619 Donate Smoke Alarms


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

The Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department has 150 smoke alarms to distribute to residents of Prince George’s County thanks to a very generous donation.  The International Association of Firefighters and Paramedics Association, IAFF Local 1619, donated the smoke alarms to help meet the demand for the life saving devices. 

IAFF Local 1619 President Andrew Pantelis and Treasurer John Wiseman presented the alarms to Assistant Fire Chief Paul Gomez at the Union offices in Bowie, Md.

Firefighters know better than anyone else that smoke alarms save lives and help to reduce property loss by early notification to home occupants.  “Early awareness by a working smoke alarm allows occupants an opportunity to escape and provides firefighters to respond sooner resulting in reducing the risk of injury or death to our personnel,” said IAFF Local 1619 President Andrew Pantelis.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor is a strong advocate for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in homes.  “Working smoke alarms increases chances of survival by about 50%.  The addition of 150 10-year smoke alarms will save lives and reduce the number of homes with non-working smoke alarms,” said Chief Bashoor.  "I want to thank President Pantelis and the membership of Local 1619 for this generous donation of smoke alarms that will make the difference in protecting lives and property."

The National Fire Protection Association reports approximately 3,000 people die in home fires in the U.S. every year, with most fires happening during the winter. Two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm.  Most smoke alarms are found to be non-working due to a lack of batteries or no battery at all.  The newer 10-year, tamper-proof, with hush feature smoke alarms will reduce the number of preventable fire fatalities occurring every year.  The advancement of smoke alarm technology to 10-year alarms is perhaps the greatest fire service life-saving achievement since the invention of the smoke alarm itself.

A law requiring 10-year smoke alarms on every level of your home will go into effect at the end of this year.  This law applies to any home currently protected by smoke alarms that are battery operated.  It’s a law we can live with.

If you cannot afford to purchase a smoke alarm you may contact the Fire/EMS Departments Safety First Smoke Alarm program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) or click here to make an on-line request.  A firefighter will make arrangements to visit your home and install an alarm, free of charge.

The Fire/EMS Department is still in need of additional 10-year smoke alarms.  This donation of 150 alarms will help to relieve a backlog of residents awaiting alarms in their homes with a few remaining alarms left available to distribute.  Anyone that would like to donate alarms is encouraged to contact the Public Information Office at 301-883-5222.


(L to R) IAFF Local 1619 Treasurer John Wiseman and President Andrew Pantelis present their donation of 150 10-year smoke alarms to Assistant Fire Chief Paul Gomez. (MEBrady)