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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Working Smoke Alarm Saves Lives of Sleeping Occupants in Brandywine Home


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


Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) identifies a theme for the annual Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme for the week of October 5, 2014 is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”  Firefighters have always known this to be true and sometimes find it challenging to convince our citizens and residents to maintain working smoke alarms in their homes.  Although, in Prince George’s County we are hearing of numerous success stories of working smoke alarms alerting residents and allowing them precious few seconds to escape.


“Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives” was never more evident than this morning when a fire in a Brandywine home could have easily claimed three lives of occupants all over the age of 60 

The home did have a working smoke alarm and at 2:15 am the alarm detected smoke and emitted a warning signal.   A male occupant was awakened by the loud piercing chirps from the alarm and upon investigating discovered a fire in an occupied bedroom and removed the adult female as well as verbally notifying the third occupant.

While sustaining injury the three escaped with their lives and for the one occupant in the burning bedroom perhaps seconds from sustaining fatal injuries.  “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”

Firefighters responded to a subsequent 911 call and arrived to find smoke issuing from the 1-story single family home located in the 7000 block of Floral Park Road.  Medics tended to the female removed from the bedroom and found her suffering from smoke related injuries and also treated the third occupant, adult female with lacerations.

The bedroom fire was quickly extinguished with fire loss estimated at $30,000.  One patient was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation.  The other female with lacerations was treated on the scene and did not go to the hospital.  The displaced aunt and nephew are displaced and staying with other family in the area.

Fire Investigators have labeled this fire as accidental.  The live-in caretaker had fallen asleep while smoking a cigarette.  The smoking materials ignited bedding and nearby combustibles.

The male homeowner told firefighters that he had just replaced the smoke alarm battery two weeks ago.  Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.  Any resident of Prince George’s County is eligible to have a new smoke alarm installed in their home by firefighters or have fresh battery’s installed in your alarm at no cost to you.  Simply call our Safety First Smoke Alarm program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) or on-line by clicking here.

Consider replacing all battery operated smoke alarms with a new 10-year smoke alarm that eliminates the need to replace batteries.  Test all your alarms on the Safety First Day of the month.

Take the time to visit one of the many Open Houses and Fire Prevention Days at your community Fire/EMS Station being held throughout the month of October and see how smoke alarms work as well as learn how to plan and practice a home escape plan identifying two ways out of every room in your house and a safe place to meet outside.

Have your elementary school age children participate in a contest by drawing an escape plan or the location of smoke alarms in their home.  The Sentinel Newspaper sponsors this contest.  Rules can be found by clicking here.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

Friday, September 26, 2014

PGFD Ambulance Involved with a Pedestrian Injury


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

Prince George’s County Public Safety officials are investigating an incident where an ambulance was involved with injury to a pedestrian.  Preliminary information is as follows; at around 5:15 pm this afternoon, Paramedic Ambulance 806, St. Josephs Fire/EMS Station in Springdale, had been dispatched to an incident.  While responding to the incident location the ambulance and an 11-year-old female made contact at the intersection of Greenleaf Road and Romney Court in Landover.

The Firefighter/Medics on-board the unit immediately stopped and initiated treatment to the young female.  According to witness accounts the female may have walked out into the street from behind a METRO bus and made contact with the side of the responding unit as it passed.

The patient was experiencing pain in her lower extremities and transported by another ambulance to a nearby hospital.  Her injuries are considered non-life threatening.

It is a matter of standard operating procedure for the driver of the paramedic ambulance to undergo post-accident testing.  Both members of the crew will also go through an internal safety review of the incident.

The Prince George’s County Police Department is conducting an investigation.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Flood Watch for Prince George's County

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

mebrady@co.pg.md.us    @PGFDPIO

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Prince George's County starting this evening and through the night.  If you must drive be aware that any road could incur flash flooding but we have listed the most common roadways prone to flooding.  We have also included flood safety tips for you to review with family, friends and co-workers.

From the NWS:

Flood Watch

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1149 AM EDT WED SEP 24 2014

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING
THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* FROM 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* LOW PRESSURE APPROACHING FROM THE SOUTHERN ATLANTIC STATES WILL
  BRING PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
  AREA LATE THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE OVERNIGHT. ONE TO TWO
  INCHES OF RAIN WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED BY EARLY
  THURSDAY.

* PERSISTENT MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN MAY CAUSE FLOODING OF
  LOW LYING AREAS...ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AREAS AND LOCATIONS PRONE
  TO FRESHWATER FLOODING. NEVER CROSS ROADS THAT ARE FLOODED. TURN
  AROUND DON`T DROWN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.


Roadways Known to Flood During Heavy Rains

Areas and roadways in Prince George's County that are prone to flash flooding include:

Brock Bridge Road near Laurel-Bowie Road (RT 197) Laurel

Areas along Route 1 and Main Street in Laurel

Baltimore Ave and Ammendale Road in Beltsville

Sunnyside Avenue between Rhode Island Ave and Edmonston Rd in Beltsville

Piney Branch Rd and New Hampshire in Adelphi

Portions of Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park

Governors Bridge Road at Anne Arundel/Prince George's County border.

Water Street in Upper Marlboro

Marlboro Pike and Largo Rd in Upper Marlboro

Livingston Road and Oxon Hill Road in Ft Washington

Livingston Road and Palmer Road in Fort Washington

These roads should be avoided during periods of heavy rain and heed any signage posted.  Any and all roads could suddenly become overwhelmed by flooding waters. Do not drive through standing or swift moving water.
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.

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.

Doug Sudik Retirement Celebration


PGFD 2014 Breast Cancer Shirts Now Available


To purchase your shirt and show your support for the Prince George's County Pink Project, please go to www.pgcountyinpink.com



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PGFD LODD and Founders Circle Memorial to be Held Saturday at 12:00 Noon






LODD and Founders Circle Memorial to be Held Saturday at 12:00 Noon

The most honored and hallowed locations within the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is the Line of Duty Death (LODD) Memorial and Founders Circle.  The LODD Memorial memorializes members of the Department that made the ultimate sacrifice while performing Fire/EMS duties, those that passed away while on-duty and performing support activities for the Department.  The Founders Circle honors those members that made a significant contribution to their respective department and corporation.  The memorial area contains gardens, which help to enhance and highlight the area to generate the respect that such a memorial deserves.  The LODD Memorial and Founders Circle are located at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster Street, in Landover Hills.


On Saturday, September 27,  a Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 pm to honor our Fallen and add names to the Founders Circle.  Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association President Charles Walker along with the Chaplains Corp and Ladies Auxiliary will lead the service.




The PGFD Founders Circle Stone.  There is one for every volunteer corporation.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association 2014 - 2015 OFFICERS ELECTED

Charles W. Walker, President 2014 - 2015
Charles W. Walker, President 2014 - 2015


2014 - 2015 OFFICERS ELECTED
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By Member Brenda Sarmiento
September 20, 2014

On Friday, September 19, 2014, during Convention in Brentwood, the following Officers were elected to serve one-year terms for the Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association:

Charles W. "Chuck" Walker - President

Steven M. King - 1st Vice President


Hilmer Porter - 2nd Vice President


Margie Dickey - Secretary

Joan Robison - Treasurer

John Hughes - District 1 Board Member

Richard Melito - District 2 Board Member

Glenn Locker - District 3 Board Member

Mark Trader - District 4 Board Member

Tony Hall - District 5 Board Member

Charles Phillips - District 6 Board Member

Warren Litchfield - Chief Chaplain

Harry Hetz - Chaplain

Jim Neal - Chaplain

Elaine Huttenloch - Chaplain


Congratulations to all of our elected officers! We are wishing you all a very successful year.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Dedication and Housing Ceremony for our Newest Pink and Lavender Fire Engine

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

The new name for the pumper will be announced at this event.

You still have time to submit your suggestion.

Use Twitter with hash-tag #PGFDPINK to @PGFDPIO

or email at PGFDPIO@co.pg.md.us

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Annual Heats On – Waters Off Program September 20th

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Annual Heats On – Waters Off Program September 20th
For immediate release: 9/18/2014 4:15:00 AM

For more information, contact: Jermoni Dowd, 240-691-8409

Local Mechanical Service Contractors to Provide Free Home Heating and Plumbing Inspections to Elderly and Disabled Homeowners



Camp Springs, MD – On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Annual “Heats On – Waters Off” program will provide preventive maintenance to heating and plumbing equipment to senior citizens and persons with disabilities who may have difficulty paying for such services.  The one-day project will assist twenty-three homeowners who may be running inefficient, faulty or hazardous equipment.  The Prince George’s County Fire Department will also be visiting homes to check smoke detectors and provide carbon monoxide detectors.

“We sincerely appreciate this partnership with the Mechanical Contractors Association of Metropolitan Washington, its partners, and the Prince George’s County Fire Department,” says Department of Family Services Acting Director, Theresa Grant.  “You cannot imagine the impact you have when you go into a senior’s home and assist them with plumbing and heating which supports their ability to remain in their own homes.”

“The Heats On – Waters Off” program involves the joint voluntary efforts of the Prince Georges’ County Department of Family Services and the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department; as well as the local Steamfitters Union, Plumbers Union, and local Service Contractors Bureau members.

“There is a lot of skilled labor in our community,” says Prince George’s Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. 
“Heat’s On – Water’s Off’ is a great collaborative effort that assists homeowners who may be running inefficient, faulty or hazardous equipment.  Neighbors helping neighbors is what this project is all about.”

“Heats On – Waters Off” will begin on Saturday morning, with a kick-off breakfast at the Mechanical Trade School in Landover, MD.


NOTICE TO MEDIA:Heat’s On – Water’s Off has designated the home of 3200 Kimberly Road in Hyattsville, MD, as the place where reporters may conduct interviews, take photographs and gather news footage.  The home will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for this purpose. For more information contact Jermoni Dowd at (240) 691-8409.


WHO:Prince George’s County Dept. of Family Services Aging Services Division;
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department;
Mechanical Contractors Association of Metropolitan Washington;
Steamfitters Local 602;
Plumbers Local 5;


WHAT:“Heats On – Waters Off” Program


WHERE:Kickoff Breakfast @ Mechanical Trade School
8509 Ardwick Ardmore Road
Landover, MD 20785



WHEN:Saturday, September 20, 2014
Kickoff Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Service Inspections  8:00 a.m. – 12Noon
Media Home: 8:30 a.m.

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For more information please visit our website news page.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY - PGFD to Host 2 Dozen FDNY and Wounded Warriors Prior to Visit at NCMC

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


Visits to the National Children's Medical Center (NCMC) by those hoping to brighten the day of patients is always a heartwarming event.  Perhaps these visits benefit those bearing gifts more than that of the patients but these events are beneficial to everyone involved.  Members of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department have offered our assistance to a deserving group that is scheduled to make such a visit.

On Friday, September 19, the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department will host about 2 dozen Firefighters from New York City (FDNY) and Wounded Warriors.  The contingent is scheduled to visit the NCMC around 1:30 pm the same day.  The Fire/EMS Department wanted to provide some relief and assistance to this group that are providing support and comfort to others.

The group will arrive at the St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station in Springdale at around 12 noon on Friday.  They will be greeted by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and dozens of members of the Department.  FDNY and Wounded Warriors will be treated to a traditional firehouse lunch and a tour of the facility before being chauffeured in two department vans to NCMC to help avoid any travel and parking problems in DC.  After the visit they will return to St. Josephs Station before making their way to an overnight stay in Annapolis and plans to attend the Navy Football game on Saturday.

Members of the media are invited to attend the luncheon at the St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station.  The time line is tight however, photo ops and interviews will be made available.

WHAT:     Brief visit with FDNY and Wounded Warriors before visit to NCMC

WHEN:     Friday, September 19, 12 Noon (tight schedule) - set-up and cooking start at 10:00 am

WHERE:    St. Joseph Community Fire/EMS Station 2901 St. Joseph Drive, Springdale, MD
NOTE - Address not in GPS - Use 10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Rd - Station next to High School)

WHO:        About 2 dozen FDNY and Wounded Warriors, Fire Chief Bashoor and dozens of PGFD    


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY - Graduation Ceremony of Career Recruit School #50

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

Join Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor at the graduation ceremony of 38 recruit Firefighter/Medics (2 are members of Coast Guard). Career Recruit School #50 of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department will take their Oath of Office and receive their Certificate of Completion after nearly six months of extensive training.   The Fire/EMS Department Command Staff as well as recruits family and friends will be in attendance as well.

There will be numerous photo ops and interviews available.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Bladensburg Townhouse Fire Displaced Nearly 3 Dozen Residents


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

A Bladensburg fire has displaced 34 residents and numerous pets from 6 town homes this afternoon.  At about 4:45 pm firefighters responded to the 5400 block of Doris Court in Bladensburg for a report of a townhouse on fire.  First arriving firefighters arrived and found a middle of the row 3-story townhouse with smoke and fire showing.  A 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing over 80 firefighters and paramedics to the scene.  It required about 40 minutes to knock down the fire, which left 4 town homes with significant fire damage.

It appears the fire started on the rear deck of one of the townhouses and extended up the rear exterior wall and into the roof area.  The fire extended vertically via the attics.  An outdoor barbecue grill was in use on the wooden deck when the fire started.

There were no injuries reported.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and attributed to careless cooking.  Fire loss is estimated at $750,000.

Cooking, both indoors and out, is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County.  Remember to never leave food cooking unattended.  Ensure your grill is at least 10 feet away from anything combustible (30 feet for any multi-family dwelling).

The County Citizens Services Unit and the American Red Cross are assisting 24 adults and 10 children with temporary shelter.