Friday, May 30, 2014
Landover Hills Volunteer George H. Linnell and Underwater Rescue Volunteer James "Doc" Brooks will be memorialized at the 2:00 pm ceremony.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Media will be provided the opportunity for individual interviews and walk-along filming.
Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief
Questions??? Call Assistant Fire Chief Paul Gomez, Public Information Officer, at 240-508-6583
Friday, May 23, 2014
This holiday was created several years ago in an agreement between the Prince George's County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1619, and Prince George's County, Maryland.
So when you see a firefighter or paramedic today wish them a Happy Firefighters Appreciation Day!!!
Being as it is a holiday, PGFD PIO will only be available for breaking news updates via text and Twitter. Day-to-day media inquiries can be addressed next Tuesday.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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National EMS Week continues with news of new ambulance transport units on the way to Prince George's County. We have already told you about what will be a PINK Paramedic Unit #812 College Park. Now we hear the volunteer membership at the Riverdale Fire/EMS Station #807 has a new ambulance transport unit on the way. Prince George;s County has 2 new transport units on the way scheduled for delivery to Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831 and Oxon Hill (Livingstone Road) Fire/EMS Station #821. The approximate cost of a new transport unit is $260,000.
These EMS units will be staffed by career and volunteer firefighters, EMT's and paramedics. All of our firefighters are trained to a minimum of an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B). Additional training allows a member to become a Paramedic and administer pre-hospital care including airway management, administration of medication, IV therapy, application and understanding of results from a 12 lead EKG are just a few of the many skills our paramedics possess.
Pre-hospital EMS care and transport arrives in many fashions. We dispatch traditional Paramedic Units; staffed by two paramedics, Paramedic-Ambulance; staffed by 1 paramedic and 1 EMT-B with additional medic assist training, Paramedic Engine; a paramedic with ALS equipment is included in staffing for the suppression unit but may arrive first at the scene of a medical emergency and initiate treatment. The Firefighter/Medic may also be used as an extra set of hands on a challenging medical incident.
Four of our volunteer Fire/EMS Stations are capable of placing a Paramedic Ambulance in service. Branchville, Berwyn Heights, Hyattsville and Laurel Rescue have members trained as Paramedics. When staffing and required medical equipment are available, an ambulance from one of these 4 volunteer stations can be upgraded to a Paramedic Ambulance and provide pre-hospital advanced life support care.
Fire/EMS Department civilian members are provided the option of receiving emergency medical training. Some civilian employees are certified at the First Responder level while some are EMT-B.
There are over 580 career firefighters certified as EMT-B with an additional 380+ members certified as paramedics.
Of the approximately 2000 volunteer members in Prince George's County, about 1000 are certified as EMT-B or paramedic.
There are 45 Fire/EMS Stations located through the 500 square miles that comprise Prince George's County serving over 900,000 citizens and residents. 43 of these stations provide EMS, ALS and BLS, care with an ambulance, paramedic ambulance, paramedic unit, paramedic engine or a combination of these units. 2 of our 45 Fire/EMS Stations provide EMS care at the EMT-B level as first responders on-board fire suppression units.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Emergency Medical Services Week, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Memorial Day is commonly thought of as the start of summer. Some schools have extended their year and the pool water may still be chilly after a cool Spring but the traditional start of summer is here. Summer vacations are being planned, however, "staycations" are becoming more popular with residents staying at home enjoying swimming, BBQ'ing and planning many other fun activities right here in Prince George's County. The Memorial Day weekend is when many private, public and home swimming pools open as well as BBQ grills are cleaned off and readied for summer cook-outs.
The men and women of your Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department unfortunately have seen many festive occasions quickly turn into tragedy when a swimming incident or BBQ grille fire erupt. We want to help you avoid those circumstances.
Everyone needs to keep safety at the forefront of every activity. We offer these common sense safety tips that will help to keep everyone safe including our firefighters and paramedics. By you staying safe keeps our emergency personnel in the Fire/EMS Station and available for other incidents. Remember, "Safety First Ensures Everyone Goes Home."
"It is anticipated that many backyard barbeque's will be in use over the course of this long holiday weekend and throughout the summer months. I recommend that you exercise caution and keep safety in mind when setting up, using and cleaning your BBQ grill," said County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor. Did you know that cooking, most notably "unattended cooking" is the number one cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George's County, this includes both inside and outside cooking: WATCH WHAT YOU HEAT!!!
•NEVER use a grill indoors including garages, overhangs and canopies
•By Law - Grills must be at least 30 feet away from any multi-family apartment dwelling.
•When using a grill at your single family home – homeowners should use a 10-foot perimeter from anything combustible – including your house!!! Never place a grill up against your house, wood deck or fence.
•In Prince George’s County - all grills are illegal to use on balconies of apartments and condominium apartments
•Do not allow children and pets to play near a grill - set up a 10 foot safety zone around your grill.
•Only use approved ignition fluids – NEVER use gasoline to ignite a grill
•Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of sand nearby to douse a grill fire that gets out of control.
•Inspect your grill before you ignite to ensure everything is in working order. This inspection includes all connections on your gas grills are tight and not leaking.
Charcoal ashes and used briquettes should be disposed of in a metal container and allowed to cool down for up to 48 hours before disposal. Keep ash container off of your wood deck and away from your house.
Currently our forecast calls for a beautiful Holiday weekend and thousands of residents will be taking full advantage of swimming pools. Chief Bashoor stated, "Keeping safety first will help to prevent such a festive occasion from becoming a tragedy."
•Always watch your children and never leave them unattended. A lack of adult supervision is one of the leading contributing factors to children drowning.
•Do not rely on flotation devices to protect your children from drowning. You must supervise at all times.
•Have a phone nearby in the event you need to call 911.
•Have children swim in pairs - the "buddy system"
•If a child is missing - check the pool first.
•Teach your child how to swim. Visit www.pgparks.com/aquatics.htm for additional information.
•Learn CPR. Visit http://www.redcrossnca.org/ or call the Fire/EMS Department CPR Information line at 301-864-LIVE (5483).
For home pool owners and managers:
•Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool.
•Use self closing latches and gates.
•Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.
•Have life saving equipment nearby such as life rings or reaching poles
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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This is EMS Week 2014. The following numbers demonstrate the number of incidents our dedicated members (career and volunteer) of the Fire/EMS Department respond to each day. By far, EMS units respond on more incidents than our suppression units.
Every 4 minutes, PGFD responds to an incident (Fire/EMS)
Every 5 minutes, someone in Prince George’s County calls for an ambulance
EMS/Fire Ratio - 80%/20%
About 11,000 incidents on average (9000 EMS, 2000 Fire)
About 360 incidents on average (290 EMS, 70 Fire)
About 7 incidents (Potential Cardiac arrest) calls per day
About 15 incidents on average (12 EMS, 3 Fire)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Flash Flood Facts...
Flash floods occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall or a dam failure. Flooding is a longer-term event and may last a week or more.
Most flash flooding is caused by (1) slow-moving thunderstorms, (2) thunder-storms repeatedly moving over the same area or (3) heavy rains from hurricanes and tropical storms.
Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges.
Densely populated areas have a high risk for flash floods. The construction of buildings, highways, driveways, and parking lots increases runoff by reducing the amount of rain absorbed by the ground.
Water can erode the roadbed creating unsafe driving conditions.
Many flash floods occur at night when flooded roads are hard to see.
2 feet of water will float your car, truck or SUV!!! 6 inches of fast-moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.
Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.
Underpasses can fill rapidly with water, while the adjacent roadway remains clear. Driving into a flooded underpass can quickly put you in 5-6 feet of water.
Media Contact: Paul Gomez, Assistant Fire Chief, 240-508-6583
The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department wants you to stay safe during this potentially dangerous weather conditions. Help us by helping yourself and heed warnings and safety tips.
Flash Flood Safety Tips...
Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.
If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!!
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.
If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.
Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.
STAY INFORMED - STAY READY - STAY SAFE!!!
Friday, May 9, 2014
Join our members as we educate the importance of fire prevention and life safety. The department will be offering free literature on 10 year smoke detectors, grilling and summer safety, carbon monoxide detection, provide a live auto extrication demonstration and many activities for children and adults.
Special guest appearance by Nashville country music recording artist Ashley Forrest of Crofton, Maryland. Static fire apparatus displays, an all ages bucket brigade, Sparky the Fire Dog, live firefighter demonstrations, childrens firefighter costume and coloring contests, free blood pressure checks and much more.
The department is currently hosting a Cairns 1010 Defender Helmet raffle. All proceeds from this raffle will benefit the department in refurbishment of station apparatus. Tickets are $5.00 each. Drawing will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:00pm. Winners do not need to be present at time of drawing.
Do you have what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician? The Vol. Fire Department of Brandywine is constantly looking for members of our community to join our ranks as volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians or administrative/support personnel. Potential applicants must be sixteen (16) years of age or older, pass an extensive background check, complete a physical and stress test, and complete firefighter and EMT classes within thirty (30) months of applying for membership.
The Prince George's County Volunteer Fire/EMS Recruiter will be on hand at the Open House to answer any questions or concerns regarding volunteering at Brandywine or any other department in Prince George's County.
For more information, please contact Fire Prevention Chairman Brian Clements at (240) 682-3192 or visit us on Facebook at Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department Station 40.
Southern Division Chief
Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has developed the reputation of being one of the very best in doing everything we can do to assist our citizens, residents and their pets. In the past we have rescued, revived or resuscitated numerous pets including eagles, sea gulls, wild and domestic birds, dogs, cats, snakes and rabbits. The Fire/EMS Department has been recognized by animal advocate groups including receiving two Compassionate Fire Department Awards from PETA and have recently partnered with the SPCA of Anne Arundel County to help save pets rescued from home fires.
It is no surprise when a family experiencing a "crisis" with their pets look to the Fire/EMS Department for help. It seems natural. On Saturday, May 3, 2014 a family went to the Pointer Ridge Fire/EMS Station 843 at around 8:00 am with a pet rabbit that had it's head caught in between bars of a hard wired cage. The officer-in-charge of the station wasted no time in directing his personnel to perform the very delicate removal of the rabbit. With fellow firefighters and family members looking on, Firefighters Leonard Davis, Harvey Bias and Thomas McDonald went to work. The rabbit had been trying frantically to free itself and had to be held by one of the firefighters while careful cutting of the hard wired bars was being performed. The station officer, Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Matthew McCloskey stated, "After about 10 minutes of carefully cutting the bars around his head the rabbit was free." Firefighters used bolt cutters and wire snips to perform the delicate extrication.
The family was extremely grateful and expressed their sincerest thanks to the firefighters.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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