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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY - Special Moment for a Special Sibling on Sunday

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has actively engaged in Breast Cancer Awareness over the past few years.  We have done so not just during the month of October, but year round by having our PINK PUMPER "PINKY" attend numerous events throughout the course of the year.  PINKY is an in-service front line piece of fire apparatus that is seen countless times every day on the streets of Capitol Heights and surrounding areas.  We hope by seeing the PINK unit it may motivate someone to make that appointment or perform a self exam.

The pink pumper has become so popular we are expanding our fleet of PINK units.  On Sunday, July 6, the Department will place in service our PINK Paramedic Unit.  This unit is painted pink and has uniquely designed logos supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.  A second pumper (3rd total pink unit) will arrive later in 2014.  Our goal is to have a pink piece of fire/EMS apparatus located in the north, central and southern portions of the County.

Normally, placing a new unit in service does not command much fanfare, however, in addition to highlighting our color scheme is who will be riding along with our paramedics that day.  One of the paramedics working that day has a sister who is a Breast Cancer Survivor.  She told her brother that it would mean so much to her to be able to participate in the units first day, its first call and its first patient.

This Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 10:00 am the Fire/EMS Department will hold an informal ceremony to place Paramedic Unit 812 from College Park in service.  Comments will be made by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and our special ride-along partner for the day.

PGFD - We Care Enough to Keep it Pink All Year Long!!!

WHAT:     PINK Paramedic Placed In Service with Breast Cancer Survivor Ride-Along
                   (not an official press conference format - more informal)

WHEN:     Sunday, July 6, 10:00 am

WHERE:   College Park Fire/EMS Station #812, 8115 Baltimore Avenue

WHO:        Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Paramedic Crew of the day, Breast Cancer Survivor (sister of one the on-duty paramedics) along with other family members, volunteer and career members of the Department.

Plenty of photo-ops and interviews will be available.

Heat Related Illnesses - Do You Know When to Go Just Cool Off or Go to the Hospital ER??

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

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Watch today from 12 Noon until 7 pm.  This Heat Watch is for high temperatures combined with high humidity. Heat indexes are likely to meet or exceed 100 degrees. Because this is still early in seasonal heat our bodies are not acclimated yet, heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be a bigger threat than they would be later in the summer. Everyone is reminded to take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

With high heat and humidity upon us in Prince George’s County the men and women of your Fire/EMS Department want you to stay informed and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Temperatures in the nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions.

Your best protection is to stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.


Any heat related illnesses will require a victim to be removed from the hot environment in an air-conditioned or cool/shaded area. 
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heatstroke that may develop due to a combination of several days with high temperatures and dehydration in an individual. Signs of heat exhaustion include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, or headache. Victims may also vomit or faint. Heat exhaustion is treated with plenty of liquids and rest in a cool, shaded area. If the persons condition does not show signs of improvement call 911. 

Heatstroke is a serious illness characterized by a body temperature greater than 105 degrees. Symptoms may include “dry” red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma. Onset of heatstroke can be rapid: a person can go from feeling apparently well to a seriously ill condition within minutes. Your body has lost the ability to sweat and naturally “cool-off” – this is a true medical emergency.  Treatment of heatstroke involves the rapid lowering of body temperature, using a cool bath, bags of ice or wet towels. Place ice bags in each armpit, groin and back of the neck.  A heatstroke victim should be kept in a cool area; emergency medical care should be obtained by dialing 911. 

Stay Informed - Stay Ready - Stay Safe

At Work

• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water


• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home

• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly
• Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment
• Eat smaller meals, more often
• Take cool baths
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Remember to Stay Safe to ensure everyone goes home.

Fire Chief Hits the Streets for Smoke and CO Alarms

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

On the first day of a new law requiring carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in most homes combined with this being our Safety First Day of the Month, the Prince George's County Fire Chief set out on a quest to visit at least one home within every Battalion.  Marc S. Bashoor will personally test smoke alarms and CO detectors and repair or replace with new alarms.

His first stop of the day was his own house in Bowie.  It took a total of 30 seconds for him to test his combination smoke/CO alarm.  Bashoor visited a total of 8 homes and refreshed over a dozen smoke alarms with new batteries and provided 7 combination smoke/CO alarms to residents.

Prince George's County Firefighters will canvass communities tomorrow checking on smoke alarms and alerting residents to the new CO law in the County.  We will continue to provide free smoke alarms if needed, however, we can not provide free CO detectors at this time.

A house on Croom Station Road was visited and had a new combination CO/Smoke alarm installed.

Fire Chief Bashoor installs a combination alarm in a Capitol Heights home

In addition to a new CO alarm, 3smoke alarms were fixed by adding fresh batteries.
4th Battalion crew with Fire Chief and happy homeowner on Merrimac Drive where a 30-year old alarm
was replaced with a new one

A grateful Capitol Heights family poses with firefighters from #805, Fire Chief Bashoor and Battalion Chief Betts

A happy resident of Offut Drive in Suitland.  Refreshed smoke alarms and provided new combo CO/smoke alarms

Battalion Chief Joe Cardello tests a new combo alarm after installing on Payne Drive in Fort Washington