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Monday, June 29, 2015

Approved Fireworks Locations in Prince George's County

All consumer purchased fireworks are illegal to purchase, posses, transport and use in Prince George's County.  This law has help to reduce the number of injuries and fires typically experienced during this festive time of year.


The following public and Municipal locations have obtained appropriate permits to conduct an approved fireworks display.  Some locations may charge an entrance fee, please call ahead for details.  Most fireworks displays start shortly after dusk (approximately 9:00 pm).

Fireworks Display for Friday, July 3, 2015

Lanham, MD Ball Field (behind church) - 7800 Good Luck Road                               

Fireworks Displays for Saturday, July 4, 2015

Upper Marlboro, MD - Spirit of Faith Christian Center  - 14001 Candy Hill Road 
   
District Heights, MD - E. Michael Roll Municipal Building - 2000 Marbury Drive

Morningside, MD - 6901 Ames Street                   

Bowie, MD - Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Hwy. Fireworks after the game. Call 301-805-6000 for more information.

College Park MD - University of Maryland Parking Lot 1 Concert at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Call 301-864-8877 for more information.

Greenbelt MD - Buddy Attick Park 555 Crescent Road. Fireworks at Dusk. Call 301- 397-2200 for more information.

Six Flags America - Mitchellville, MD. The amusement park sponsors a spectacular fireworks display on July 4th. Enjoy a full day of family entertainment.
Call for more information 301-249-1500

Laurel, MD - Granville Gude Park, Laurel Lake, Laurel, MD Parade at 11 a.m.
Fireworks at dusk. Call 301-725-5300 ext. 44 for more information.

Fireworks Display for Sunday, July 5, 2015

Brandywine, MD - Spirit of Faith Christian Center  - 14107 Gibbons Church Road

On behalf of all the men and women of the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department we wish each and everyone a festive, happy and safe Fourth of July!!!

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson/Public Information Officer
Twitter @PGFDPIO
mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Friday, June 26, 2015

FLASH FLOOD WATCH for Saturday - PGFD Safety Advice


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


The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of the National Capital Region including Prince George's County. This Watch goes into effect at 2:00 am Saturday through late Saturday night.

This is the most recent NWS forecast:




* LOW PRESSURE WILL INTENSIFY AS IT DRIFTS NORTHEAST ACROSS
  OHIO...STALLING OVER LAKE ERIE THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.
  MEANWHILE...A WARM FRONT WILL LIFT FROM SOUTHERN VIRGINIA TO
  PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH SATURDAY. ASSOCIATED HEAVY RAINS WILL
  DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING ACROSS THE
  SHENANDOAH VALLEY AND SPREADING NORTHEAST ACROSS THE REST OF
  THE AREA SATURDAY MORNING. RAINS...HEAVY AT TIMES WITH
  EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY
  EVENING WITH ONE TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN LIKELY BY THE TIME A
  COLD FRONT CLEARS THE AREA SATURDAY NIGHT.

* DUE TO VERY WET ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS AND HEAVY RAINS EXPECTED
  ON SATURDAY...POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR ON
  SMALL STREAMS...CREEKS AND URBAN AREAS. SIGNIFICANT RISES ARE
  ALSO LIKELY ON MAIN STEM RIVERS SUCH AS THE POTOMAC AND
  SHENANDOAH RIVERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Safety Advice 
Precautionary/preparedness actions: A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.
Flash 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.
The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department wants you to stay safe during this potentially dangerous weather conditions.  Help us by helping yourself and heed warnings and safety tips.
Flash 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.
If your car stalls in high water, DON'T PANIC, leave your car and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely and call 911.
Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Video of Person of Interest for Arson at Tuckers Restaurant - Do you Recognize This Person??

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

A longtime popular restaurant and liquor store sustained significant damage from a fire on June 17, 2015.  Tuckers Restaurant, 9205 Marlboro Pike, in Upper Marlboro was built in 1969 and has been operating since then.  At around 3:30 am firefighters were alerted by a 911 caller reporting smoke coming from the roof.  The first arriving engine from the Forestville Fire/EMS Station #823 reported on the scene with heavy smoke showing.

Firefighters established an exterior attack on the fire using “master streams” providing a high volume of water from extended ladders high above the structure.

A 2nd and 3rd Alarms were sounded bringing additional firefighters, apparatus and support vehicles.  There were about 100 firefighters and medics on the scene and in a staging area.  Incident commanders reported the bulk of the fire was extinguished at 5:10 am.  A firefighter sustained a burn injury and was treated and released from a Burn Unit.

Fire Investigators have declared this fire as incendiary.  Fire loss is estimated at $2 million.

The Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal is seeking any information about this fire that occurred at Tucker’s Bar and Lounge 9205 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747, on June 17, 2015 at 3:31 am.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Solvers.  You can call 24 hours a day and remain anonymous.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Solvers tip line at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit your anonymous tip online.  A cash reward up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case.

Fire Investigators have released this video of a person of interest.  If you have any information about the person in this video you are encouraged to contact Crime Solvers.

Pay attention to the clothes, the way the person walks, what the person is carrying including the red container they use behind the bar.  





Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

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

One of the most important tips to remember while planning a trip to enjoy a local fireworks display; Leave your pets at home.  I would like to share the Top 10 Fourth of July Safety Tips from the website www.petmd.com and hope you love your pet enough to leave them at home with a TV or radio left on loud enough to cover up nearby sounds of fireworks.  Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!!!!

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

By Yahaira Cespedes

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Like many Americans, you may be planning to have a festive Fourth of July. Along with barbecues and day at the beach, no July holiday celebration would be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.

Perhaps you are considering staying at home and planning a get-together with friends and family. Or, you may want to go check out your local professional fireworks display. While putting the finishing touches on your planned celebration, take a moment to consider your pets.  Keep in mind that all backyard or consumer purchased fireworks are illegal in Prince George's County and we strongly encourage you to attend a professional fireworks display.

Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.

Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Why? In a 2005 press release the Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare, Inc. (PAW) stated that animal shelters the day after Fourth of July are “inundated with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.”

Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PAW have listed ways you can prevent your holiday celebration from turning into a tragedy. Here are 10 tips on how to keep your pet from panicking this Fourth of July weekend.


10. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!
It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

9. Don’t Put Insect Repellent on Your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Pet Use
The same tip applies to applying “people” sunscreen on your pet. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals. The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomitingdiarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.

8. Alcoholic Drinks Poison Pets
If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.

7. Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home
The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke.

6. Have Your Pet Properly Identified
If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.

5. Keep Your Pet Away from Glow Jewelry
It might look cute, but your pet could chew up and swallow the plastic adornments. The ASPCA states that while not highly toxic, “excessive drooling and gastrointestinalirritation could still result from ingestion, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.”

4. NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets
While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

3. Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”
If you are having a backyard barbecue, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.

2. Lighter Fluid and Matches Are Harmful to Pets.
The ASPCA lists chlorate's as a harmful chemical substance found in some matches that, if ingested, can cause your pet difficulty in breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems if ingested.

1. Citronella Insect Control Products Harm Pets, Too.
Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellents are irritating toxins to pets, according to the ASPCA. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.



The safest and best bet for celebrating this Fourth of July with your pets is to exclude them from holiday festivities, at least this time around. Instead, find a safe, secure spot in the home for your pets while you go out and enjoy the loud bangs, bright lights and spectator fun. Your pets will appreciate the quiet a lot more than you’ll enjoy the noise.




























Monday, June 22, 2015

ALL CONSUMER FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY - AMNESTY PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FIRE/EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT UNDERSTANDS THERE MAY BE CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL BETWEEN COUNTY TO COUNTY AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

WHILE SOME JURISDICTION ALLOW THE SALE AND USE OF BACKYARD FIREWORKS, PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY DOES NOT - ALL CONSUMER FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL!!!

IF YOU PURCHASED FIREWORKS AND YOU WERE NOT AWARE OF OUR STRICT LAW AND PENALTIES, YOU MAY SURRENDER THEM WITHOUT FEAR OF PUNISHMENT. 

THIS IS A LAW WE CAN LIVE WITH!!! 

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

MARK E. BRADY
CHIEF SPOKESPERSON/PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
240-508-7930
MEBRADY@CO.PG.MD.US
@PGFDPIO

Saturday, June 20, 2015

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY - SAFETY TIPS

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

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Prince George's County and surrounding areas.  Please take the time to read their most recent update and safety advice.

From the National Weather Service:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 20 AND 21, 2015.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.



Safety Advice 

Precautionary/preparedness actions: A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.
Flash 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.

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department wants you to stay safe during this potentially dangerous weather conditions.  Help us by helping yourself and heed warnings and safety tips.


Flash 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.

If your car stalls in high water, DON'T PANIC, leave your car and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely and call 911.

Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.


STAY INFORMED - STAY READY - STAY SAFE!!!

Tuckers Restaurant Fire Declared "Incendiary" - Investigators Seek Information

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

Fire Investigators have classified the cause of the fire at Tuckers Restaurant as "incendiary" and are seeking assistance for information.  The estimated fire loss is $2 million.  One firefighter sustained a minor burn injury while battling the fire.


Crime Solvers have joined Fire Investigators in search of information about the fire at Tucker's Restaurant.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Solvers tip line at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit your anonymous tip online.  A cash reward up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fire/EMS Service Members to Attend MSFA & LA 123rd Annual Convention and Conference

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



Hundreds of members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department and their families are headed to Ocean City this weekend to attend an annual convention.  Firefighters, Paramedics, Auxiliary, EMT’s and Ladies Auxiliary members will be attending the 123rd Annual Convention and Conference of the Maryland State Firemen's Association (MSFA) and Ladies Auxiliary.

The MSFA Convention is attended by thousands of career, volunteer and civilian members of the fire service from across the State of Maryland and nearby jurisdictions.

The convention activities will kick off in Ocean City, Maryland, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, and continue through Friday, June 26, 2015. The convention committee has been working very hard to create more family participation activities as a part of the weeklong schedule of events.

The convention will offer many informative presentations, opportunities to network with peers from around the state, election of officers, flea market, training and education and getting hands-on opportunities to view new product/technology at our two exhibit halls.  In addition, there will be an awards presentations on Tuesday morning as the MSFA recognizes the achievement, accomplishment, and dedication of many departments and individuals within the MSFA and the Ladies Auxiliary.  A parade of fire, EMS and support units, including many from Prince George’s County, will participate in a parade on Wednesday.

Several Prince George's County fire service leaders are anticipated to attend the MSFA Convention including; County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Chairman of the Fire Commission Jay Tucker and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association President Chuck Walker.