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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Marlboro Volunteers Complete Sale of Station #2 to County

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


After months of negotiations between the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and Prince George’s County the sale of the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 and property has been completed.  The sale involved the 1- 1/2 acre parcel including the existing structure serving as a  Fire/EMS Station located at 7710 Croom Road in Upper Marlboro.  The transfer of ownership to Prince George’s County is mutually beneficial to the Marlboro Volunteers and Prince George’s County.  Citizens and residents will not see any interruptions in service as there are no operational changes planned for the Fire/EMS Station.  Currently,  the newly named Croom Fire/EMS Station is staffed by 5 career Firefighter/Medics that are responsible for response of an Engine, Water Tanker, Haz-Mat Support Unit and Paramedic Unit.

Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, "I appreciate the leadership of the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department working with the County to complete this transaction.  This move will allow the MVFD to consolidate volunteer staffing at the Pratt Street station and focus the Volunteer Corporations efforts on one station.  We are proud of the many hours the men and women of the MVFD have provided and continue to provide towards staffing equipment, stewarding a cadet program, and contributing to the Fire/EMS Department’s overall fire prevention efforts."

Jeff Wyvill, 2014 President of the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ceremoniously hands the keys to the Croom Fire/EMS Station over to County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor

Jeff Wyvill, 2014 President of the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ceremoniously hands the keys to the Croom Fire/EMS Station over to County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor

Marlboro President Wyvill, Fire Chief Bashoor, Deputy Fire Chief Ben Barksdale and crew working today at the Croom Fire/EMS Station #845





Safety First Day of the Month and Year - Fire Safety Resolutions for New Year!!!

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

Top Ten Fire Safety Resolutions for 2015 



I will test my smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms once a month on the first day of every month (Safety First Day of the Month).

 I will change my battery in alarms at least once a year. Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery.

I will discard any alarm over 10 years of age and replace with a new 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature alarm.

 I will upgrade to a 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke and CO alarm this year.  A combination smoke/CO alarm is highly recommended.

I will install a smoke and CO alarm on every level of my home, primarily outside of sleeping areas and inside of every bedroom.

I will install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of my home (County Law).  A 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature alarm is highly recommended.

 I will never leave cooking unattended.

I will not overload power strips or use extension cords when not recommended, for example, space heaters and window air conditioners.

 I will never leave candles burning unattended or overnight and turn off space heaters before I go to sleep.

I will plan a home escape, identifying 2 ways out of every room and select a safe meeting place outside.  My family will practice this plan at least twice a year on the Safety First Day of the Month.

Pledge to be fire safety aware and reduce risks in 2015.  Safety First ensures everyone goes home.

PGFD 2014 Limited Statistical and Social Media Information

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

The following are statistics are from calendar year 2014.  Many of the statistics and data have a link that will provide additional information.  Simply click on the link to be taken to that information.

2014 Top 6 Highest Fire Loss Estimate Incidents


9/12/2014            5405 Doris Ct., Bladensburg                   Residential dwelling        750K
1/29/2014            416 Compton Ave., Laurel                      Residential dwelling        300K
11/16/2014         3408 Gennene Ln., Fort Washington       Residential dwelling        250K
7/13/14                222 St. Andrews Dr., Fort Washington   Residential dwelling        250K
6/3/2014              1902 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek            Residential dwelling        250K
3/25/14                7815 Jordan Park Blvd., Forestville         Residential dwelling        250K

Source: PGFD Office of the Fire Marshal

2014 FATAL FIRES

14-042-0241
2/11/2014 (Tuesday @17:00)
Thomas, Mathew Joseph - 75 y/o
Trailer Fire – Undetermined cause, complete structural failure – Smoke alarm not found
$5,000

14-148-0399
5/28/2014 (Wednesday @ 22:15)
Raymond, John Collins - 65 y/o
House Fire – Undetermined cause, significant structure damage –No working smoke alarm found
$200,000

14-341-0402
12/7/2014 (Sunday @ 22:00)
Weyzen, Robert Walter - 26 y/o
House Fire – Accidental (Candle) – Had alarm - Not Working
$20,000

14-358-0083
12/24/2014 (Wednesday @ 08:30)
Sowder, Kenneth - 83 y/o
House Fire – Accidental (Space heater too close to combustibles) – No working smoke alarm found
$100,000

14-359-0042
12/25/2014 (Thursday @ 02:15)
Kirkland, Fannie Bell - 84
House (Duplex) Fire – Undetermined/Under Investigation – Working Alarm alerted occupants
$75,000

Source: PGFD Office of the Fire Marshal




2014 Top 5 Videos based on views on YouTube

#1 - 11,363 views - Apartment Fire 6800 block of Riverdale Road in Riverdale

#2 - 9,892 views - House Fire 9200 block of Gary Lane in Springdale

#3 - 6,354 views -  Townhouse Fire 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive in Largo

#4 - 4,950 views - House Fire in Marlboro Meadows in Upper Marlboro

#5 - 2,293 views - House Fire 600 block of 63rd Street in Seat Pleasant

Source: PGFD PIO YouTube


2014 Top 5 Stories on PGFD Blog based on views

#1 - 4,690 views - Line of Duty Death Announcement - "Doc" Brooks

#2 - 4,584 views - Engine Damaged and Medic Equipment Destroyed in Crash

#3 - 3,673 views - Truck 832, Allentown Road, Crash with injury

#4 - 3,435 views - Technical Rescue of Horse Trapped by Heavy Snow

#5 - 3,354 views - Career Recruit School #50 Begins Training

Source: PGFD Blog - PGFDNEWS.com

2014 Twitter

@PGFDPIO started tweeting in June 2008

Total # of Tweets - 10.9K

Total Following - 879

Total Followers - 9,862

Source: Twitter Account of @PGFDPIO

Twitter Secondary Account - @PGFDNews

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor Twitter Account - @PGFD_Chief

2014 FACEBOOK

10,410 page likes

Average post reach of 8.4K

Source: Official Prince George's County FACEBOOK Page