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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Strength, Agility, Endurance, Mental and Physical Toughness - PGFD Iron Team

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

For the second consecutive year an all-female team was formed to compete in the 6th Annual County Police Iron Team Endurance Competition.  The team consisted of two members of the Fire/EMS Department, a police officer and a hope-to-be Fire/EMS Department member currently participating  in the hiring process.  Team members included Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Katie Johnson, Fire Fighter Anna Pazmino, Police Officer, 1st Class Teresa Murphy and Brittany Forker.  The team started early this morning at Suplee Lane Park in Laurel.  Hundreds of law enforcement members from SWAT/Military/Police agencies from around the region competed in the Iron Team Event.  The image below shows the events that each team must complete.

Prince George's County Firefighter/Medics working at nearby stations in Laurel and Calverton were able to stop by and cheer the team on.  There was also several Firefighter/Medics at the event working the first aid station.

Fire Fighter Pazmino stated after the team had concluded today, "Iron Team is by far the hardest challenge I've ever competed in, in my life! And I'm so happy and proud to share the experience with these girls!  Each of us has our strengths and our weaknesses but together we were able to finish and that's the most important part!   Thank you to the many people who came out to support us!!! We truly appreciate it!

I stopped by the competition this morning and witnessed several evolutions of our all-female and other teams.  This was not fun and games time.  I was amazed at the number of competitors and the level of competition.  It was amazing to witness the competition with each evolution proving extremely challenging for all the teams.  The strength, agility and endurance required throughout the day demonstrated the mental and physical toughness required of our competitors.  To have competed and completed this endurance challenge is a remarkable feat itself.  Congratulations!!!



Pazmino, Johnaon, Murphy and Fork 




 




Crew from Calverton payed a visit to cheer on our team












































PGFD Tips for Before the Storm

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO



BEFORE THE STORM:


An approaching storm system could impact our normal way of life over the next several days.  "Joaquin" became a hurricane on Wednesday, September 30.  Forecasters have the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia coasts as potential landfall over the weekend or early next week.  If this storm has a direct impact on our area or not it will still bring heavy rains and high winds.

Much of our area has already been saturated with rains on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  The potential for tree falls and power outages will be high.  Today is a good time to prepare yourself and keep some good common sense tips at the forefront of your preparations.

Stay informed by monitoring local news broadcasts on TV and radio as well as reliable news  Internet sites about approaching weather.  Sign up to ALERT - Prince George's and receive important news and storm updates on your mobile device.  Follow @PGFDPIO on Twitter,  www.PGFDNEWS.com  and PGFD Facebook for up to the minute Fire/EMS news and safety advice.  Have all mobile devices fully charged before and during the storm.

Have your emergency kit prepared, stocked and ready.  For additional information on what should be in your kit go to: www.ready.gov

Your emergency kit should include a battery operated radio and flashlights.  We do not recommend the use of candles during power outages.

Ensure your Smoke alarm and CO detector are tested and have fresh batteries.

Consider purchasing bags of ice that can be stored in your freezer.

Ensure your cell phones, lap tops and tablets are completely charged.

Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.

Consider having a quantity of cash on hand in the event that ATM's and banks are out of power.

Remove any objects in your yard that could become airborne during periods of high winds.  Secure larger items by tying them down.

Clean and clear your storm and outdoor basement drains of any debris that could clog and back up rain water.

Management companies should safely inspect their rooftops to ensure all gutters and roof top drains are clear and clean up any debris that will clog drains when it rains.  Pooling water on roof tops could cause water damage inside and cause a possible collapse.

Stay ready to take quick actions in the event of severe weather including remaining indoors and going to the lowest possible level or floor and if possible in a room with no windows. Have your emergency kit ready. 

Check with your work location on what is the plan and notification for cancellations.

Set up a communications plan with family members and friends.  Remember that "texting" has been more reliable then cell phone calls and emails during times of high usage and outages.

If you have a generator - follow manufacturer's instructions on how to use it safely, position it far enough away from your residence to avoid CO finding it's way inside, refuel after cool-down, use approved outdoor heavy-duty extension cords that are free of any rips and tears.

Stay Informed, Stay Ready, Stay Safe.  Don't panic, stay calm and prepare.

Monday, September 28, 2015

NASA Goddard Haz-Mat Incident

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 Department's Hazardous Materials Team responded as part of a full box assignment to NASA Goddard in Greenbelt just before 2:00 pm, Monday, September 28.  A chemical reaction had occurred when nitric acid was combined with water.  The worker stated there was sudden heat from within the container and a vapor cloud.

NASA Building #11 was immediately and orderly evacuated of all employees.  The haz-mat team was briefed by PGFD HM Coordinator Craig Black before donning protective gear and entering the hot zone.  Has-Mat techs found negative readings and the container with product still intact.

The building was ventilated by firefighters before NASA officials were allowed to re-enter the building.  The four haz-mat techs were decontaminated and had vitals signs recorded before Incident Command gave the all-clear around 4:00 pm.

Images and video by Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO