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Monday, July 7, 2014

Working Smoke Alarm Alerts Townhouse Occupants of Basement Fire

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

Another success story in Prince George's County with a family escaping unharmed from their burning home thanks to a working smoke alarm.  A carelessly discarded match ignited combustibles in the basement of a 2-story, middle of the row, townhouse in the 1800 block of Tulip Ave in District Heights (Ritchie) just after 1:30 this afternoon.

The fire grew in intensity and smoke soon set off a smoke alarm.  Upon hearing the tones emitted by the alarm, the 2 adult females escaped safely and without injury.

911 was called and firefighters arrived first from the nearby Ritchie Volunteer Fire Station quickly followed by other area firefighters.  The fire was extinguished with 10 minutes of arrival.

Having a working smoke increases the chances of you and your family escaping by 50%.  Early notification to the Fire Department reduces the amount of damage caused by the fire.  Have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home.  The Fire Department recommends you purchase a 10-year, tamper proof, with hush alarm feature.  Never change a battery again.

Fire Investigators determined the fire to be accidental and estimated fire loss at $15,000.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

The County Citizen Services Unit assisted the 2 adult females and the American Red Cross will provide temporary shelter.
  




















Just Some of the PGFD Memories of Wayne K. Curry 1951 - 2014

Public Safety Assistance Program December 2000 at Emerson House.  Fire Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki is 2nd from left.  Then Corrections Director and now DCAO for Public Safety is Barry Stanton is 3rd from left.

Public Safety Assistance Program December 2000 at Emerson House

Swearing In of former PGFD Fire Chief Ron Blackwell on 9-13-2001 - Two days later than originally scheduled.

Swearing In of former Fire Chief Ron Blackwell on 9-13-2001 - Two days later than originally scheduled.

Swearing In of former Fire Chief Ron Blackwell on 9-13-2001 - Two days later than originally scheduled.

Swearing In of  former Fire Chief Ron Blackwell on 9-13-2001 - Two days later than originally scheduled.

County Executive Curry at the fire ground in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive where an explosion occurred inside an apartment building causing extensive damage.  December 1999.

County Executive Curry at the fire ground in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive where an explosion occurred inside an apartment building causing extensive damage.  December 1999.

As additional images become available they will be added.



Tweet A Nickname for New PGFD Pink Paramedic Unit


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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department placed in service a new paramedic transport unit that has been painted PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness.  The unit was placed in service during a ceremony held on Sunday, July 6, 2014.  This unit will respond from the College Park Fire/EMS Station 812 near the University of Maryland.

One of the medics working today on the unit is Fire Fighter/Medic Ed Aldaco.  His sister, Teresa Aldaco Revilla, is a breast cancer survivor and asked if she could ride on the units first day.  Revilla provided comments to the media and gathered crowd of firefighters and medics at the College Park Station.

This medic transport unit is 1 of 9 that the Fire/EMS Department is receiving this year.  This is the only pink transport unit.  Each unit costs approximately $250,000.

The PGFD PINK Pumper has been affectionately nicknamed “PINKY” and we are in search of a nickname for our new pink paramedic unit.  We will accept recommendations via social media with Twitter and Facebook as well as Email at PGFDPIO@co.pg.md.us

Tweet your response with #PGFDPINK included with your recommendation.  On Facebook, visit our Official Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Page at FACEBOOK.com/PGFDPAGE. 

Be creative.
  • Think of a 1 or 2 world nickname.
  • “Pinky” is already in use by our Pink Pumper.
  • Be professional – we will not use any nickname that uses slang or inappropriate language.
  • Send us your ideas using Twitter @PGFDPIO using #PGFDPINK in your tweet.
  • We will accept ideas until the end of the month of July.
  • The person who submits the nickname that is selected will receive an official uniform pink shirt that is worn by Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics during the month of October.


Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor would like to thank First Impression of Laurel, Maryland that donated the pink shirts to our 2 paramedics and ride-along for it's first day.  “First Impressions heard what we were doing and quickly agreed to provide a very professional and appropriate looking uniform shirt of the day for our crew on PINK Paramedic 812,” stated Bashoor.





Teresa Aldaco Revilla, is a breast cancer survivor and asked if she could ride on the units first day

Fire Fighter/Medic Ed Aldaco speaks about his sister riding with him on the pink medic.

Fire Chief Bashoor speaks about the Departments pink initiative.