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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Charmin Provides Relief for Firefighter/Medics

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

Charmin Provides Relief for Firefighter/Medics
Career & Volunteer personnel graciously accepted the donation
of a years supply of Charmin.
Today, all across the Country, in all 50 States, a fire department in each State is receiving a donation that will be put to good use.  The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department received a years supply of toilet paper from Charmin.  Based a Facebook posting from a member of one of  the Chllum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Stations, 960 rolls of toilet paper, a years supply, were received today at the Fire/EMS Station on Riggs Road.  The combined career and volunteer membership sincerely thanks Charmin and CharminRelief.com for thinking of the firefighter/medics that work hard everyday protecting property and saving lives.

It may be Girl Scout Cookies one year and Charmin Toilet Paper the next, we enjoy everything that is provided to us as tokens of appreciation and admiration for the job we do day in day out.  It's comforting to know our work is recognized and appreciated.  While much can be said about this donation we recognize it happens as a sign of "job well done."  We are proud to represent the State of Maryland and all firefighters within the State in accepting this very generous donation.

Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, "We are happy to be recipients of this generous donation from Charmin and I'm confident that the Chillum-Adelphi personnel are anxious to put this donation to good use."

Chillum-Adephi Volunteer Chief Chuck Aldridge stated, "The Chillum Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department was surprised when notified.  We thank Charmin for their donation, I'm sure the members of the department will greatly appreciate it." 

Mark E. Brady, PGFD Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930  

Charmin Press Release
For Immediate Release

The Charmin Relief Project Provides Year-supply of Toilet Paper to Firehouses Nationwide

Charmin Donates Toilet Paper to 50 Firehouses in 50 States in One-Day Donation

Cincinnati, OH (March 19, 2014) – Today Charmin is donating nearly 50,000 rolls of toilet paper to firehouses in every state.  Each firehouse will receive 960 rolls, which is a year supply of toilet paper for 20 firefighters.

As part of the Charmin Relief Project, which provides a better bathroom experience anytime, anywhere, Charmin asked consumers to share stories of firehouse bathrooms with sub-par conditions or in need of relief.  Since firehouses often serve as a second home for many firefighters, Charmin wants to bring the comforts of home to these everyday heroes. 

“We heard stories of firehouses across the country that could use a little help due to insufficient funds or other constraints,” said Scott Mautz, Regional Brand Director.  "We want to help the brave men and women who put their behinds on the line day in and day out for others- America’s firefighters.  Charmin is committed to giving people a more enjoyable bathroom experience – no matter where they are. "

“My firehouse is my home away from home and where my extended family lives in good times and bad,” said Chris Smith with the North Cumberland Fire Department in Rhode Island.  “It is awesome to know that Charmin cares enough not only to think about us, but also to try and make us more comfortable. In really hard times, our firehouse serves to keep our tax payer family safe too, especially when they have lost their first home.  Helping us helps them when they need it most.”

In addition to the donation, Charmin will select five firehouses across the nation that will receive a bathroom mini-makeover to transform homely to homey and pull in elements inspired from firefighters own homes. The Charmin Relief Project has a rich history of helping firehouses and since 2012, has donated more than 130,000 rolls of toilet paper including previous donations in Moonachie, New Jersey and Detroit, MichiganFor a full list of the 50 states receiving donations, visit CharminRelief.com.

Charmin launched CharminRelief.com for consumers to “enjoy the go” by entering a sweepstakes to win weekly and monthly prizes and a grand prize bathroom makeover.   On the site, people can see a rolling count of how many people the Charmin Relief Project has helped, which is over 647,000 people and counting.

For more information on the Charmin Relief Project, visit us at Facebook.com/Charmin or @Charmin.

About Charmin
Charmin has been America's most popular toilet paper for more than 25 years.  In the U.S., P&G offers Charmin Ultra Soft and Charmin Ultra Strong - premium two-ply toilet paper; Charmin Basic - a one-ply toilet paper; Charmin Sensitive - with gentle and soothing lotion with a touch of aloe & E; and Charmin Freshmates - flushable moist wipes. For more information on Charmin, visit http://www.charmin.com/.

About Procter & Gamble 
P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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Seat Pleasant House Fire - 63rd Street

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

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at about 1:45 pm, Paramedic Ambulance 838 had delivered a patient to the hospital and was returning to the Chapel Oaks Fire/EMS Station.  They were at the intersection of Martin Luther King Highway and Addsion Road when the crew saw a column of smoke.  Not hearing any incidents dispatched over their radio they proceed to follow the smoke into a residential community.  The ambulance turned onto 63rd Street off of Field Street in Seat Pleasant and saw a single family home with fire showing and a group of people in the front yard.

The crew quickly determined that these were the home occupants, an adult female, her 1 year old son and 3 teenagers had escaped the fire by jumping from a second floor window in the rear of the house.  The fire appears to have started in the living room located in the front of the house. The fire blocked the 1st choice of exit, front door, for the occupants.

PA 838 radioed in the incident while trying to prevent the homeowner from going back inside the house to gather personal belongings.

Firefighters arrived quickly and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes of arrival.  The house is located in the 600 block of 63rd Street in Seat Pleasant.

The adult female sustained a burn injury to her face, smoke inhalation and an injured ankle and was transported to a Burn Unit.  Her 1 year old son was taken to a hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation.  The 3 teenagers were not injured.  No firefighters injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation with fire loss estimated at $60,000.

Berwyn Heights Places Volunteer Paramedic Ambulance In Service

Fax: 301-220-2476



BERWYN HEIGHTS, MARYLAND, MARCH 19, 2014 – The Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. (BHVFD) is proud to announce that Paramedic Ambulance 814 went in service at 7AM this morning as part of a pilot program for the department to provide advanced life support (ALS) services to the citizens and visitors of Berwyn Heights. This program will significantly enhance the department’s emergency medical capabilities in addition to the department’s ability to provide dependable fire and rescue services.

On days like today when a volunteer paramedic and specially trained driver are available at the station the paramedic ambulance will be placed in service. The volunteer paramedic has not only committed
hundreds of hours to attaining national certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical
Technicians but has also been licensed by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems and certified as a volunteer provider by Prince George’s County Fire Department. The volunteer driver has been also been trained above and beyond their certification level by attending an 8-hour “ALS Assist” class to be able to support life-saving efforts in the ambulance.

The paramedic ambulance will utilize one of the two ambulances owned by the BHVFD. The ALS
equipment is provided by Prince George’s County Fire Department to allow administration of advanced
level medications and interventions for critically ill patients. Though the paramedic ambulance will have an increased capability to mitigate serious medical emergencies it will still be available for dispatch to basic life support calls within our area.

“We hope that this new service will benefit our residents and visitors as well as foster an environment of continuous improvement and education for our EMS members,” said James Hurley, President of the
BHVFD, “As a department, we want to be a place where people who want to be the best emergency
medical provider or firefighter comes to serve their community, train, and gain experience.” The BHVFD
offers free firefighter and medical training at the basic life support level for its members.

Questions may be directed to Fire Chief Danny McCoy at DMcCoy@bhvfd14.org or by calling the
BHVFD at (301) 474-7886.

Pet Rabbits Survive House Fire Now in Need of a Home

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Fire/EMS Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     Twitter: @PGFDPIO

Media Contact: Linda Lowe Public Information Officer - Animal Management

Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources 
(301) 836-2115

A New Carrolton resident was awakened from an afternoon nap and saw the smoke.  He knew something was on fire in his house and called 911.  Firefighters responded to the single family home in the 6600 block of Adrian Street and battled a fire in the basement.  Fire Investigators believe a burning log shifted in the fireplace and fell out igniting nearby combustibles.  The home did not have a working smoke alarm.  Firefighters extinguished the fire and discovered numerous pets including numerous rabbits.  Fire loss was estimated at $20,000.

The homeowner escaped from the house prior to the fire departments arrival and sought shelter at a neighbor’s house.  He is displaced and was assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit with temporary shelter.

Officers from the County Animal Management Division reported to the scene and collected 41 rabbits that survived the fire.  The homeowner has no place to maintain his pets and relinquished ownership of the rabbits and Animal Management officials are now seeking homes for the pets.

One Animal Management official stated, “Rabbits galore! We’ve just received a huge delivery of bunny rabbits that need homes.  We’re discounting their adoptions to $30 each, which includes spay/neuter.  Consider this fur-ever pet as an alternative to a cat or dog, but please be aware that they need a commitment from you for their lifetime, not just a trendy thing to get the kids for Easter.”

For additional information on how to adopt one of these rabbits call the Animal Shelter at 301-780-7201.

Rodney C. Taylor, Associate Director, Animal Management Division provides details on what it takes to adopt these pet rabbits.

I like the rabbit with white hair!!!