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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PGFD New Large-Scale Training Opportunity - Market Place Project

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

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department has obtained the use of a vacant mall, Market Place Mall, in Bowie, Maryland for large-scale interior firefighter training.  The owner of the mall is allowing the Department to conduct live exercises in and around the structure.  No live burns are scheduled at this time.

Battalion Chief Christian B. Wargo is the PGFD point of contact with the Developer and will be the PGFD Market Place Project Manager. Over this three month period, companies will attend the training during one of three operational periods held six-days a week (rotating Saturdays and Sundays), 0700-1100 Hours; 1200-1500 Hours; 1700-2100 Hours. Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor said, "While the bulk of the training will be geared towards commercial structure fires, I encourage officers to review procedures on commercial structure fires, long-line deployments, search techniques, forcible entry, commercial roof operations, and maydays." 

The Department's Emergency Services Command (ESC) Master Training Calendar will be utilized to manage the training schedule. If there are questions or concerns, or if you would like to offer assistance with the Market Place Project, please contact Battalion Chief Wargo via county email: cbwargo@co.pg.md.us

Battalion Chief Wargo stated, "This is an amazing opportunity for our personnel to really sharpen their game. From long leader line operations, pitched roof cuts, cutting metal roof decks, search techniques, and so much more. We have spent countless hours of building props, creating scenarios, getting funding from the department, donations from builders, saw companies and suppliers.  This is hands-on training that includes many adjuncts and instructors daily."

MICRB certified instructors are encouraged to participate with the training.  Please contact Battalion Chief Wargo for additional details.

The Fire/EMS Department has previously conducted similar large-scale training projects including the use of a high-rise apartment building in the late 1990's.  The Vermillion Avenue Project involved live fire exercises requiring firefighters to scale several flights to extinguish an apartment fire.  The Parkway Terrace Project allowed firefighters to practice their skills in battling 3-story apartment building fires.

Media are encouraged to participate in our training.  Reporters, editors, writers, anchors, videographers and producers are invited to don firefighters personal protective equipment and go through training, side by side, with firefighters.  A Media Day is being planned for early March but no need to wait, join us today.

Today's training involved truck work including cutting roofs and doors.

All video and images provided courtesy of PGFD PIO

A Day of Service - PGFD and Red Cross - NCR

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 and the National Capital Region of the American Red Cross joined together for a Day of Service.  Each year, Americans across the country come together on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

On Monday, January 19, the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department joined forces with the American Red Cross – National Capital Region in a “Day of Service” by installing working smoke alarms.

The combined resources met at the Oxon Hill Fire/EMS Station and deployed into the communities of Glassmanor and Forest Heights.  Teams were equipped with fire safety material, working smoke alarms and batteries. 

The American Red Cross set a goal of installing a minimum of 75 smoke alarms over four hours of service.  There were over 60 members in attendance that far exceeded the goal.  Nearly 70 homes were visited by 8 teams that installed 93 working smoke alarms. Additionally, 37 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms were rejuvenated with fresh batteries.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor opened up the event thanking the Red Cross that is on the scene of just about every fire the Department battles.  He quoted Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”  “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.”  “A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

“The time is always right, to do what is right.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’  But the Good Samaritan reversed the question and said: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”

The National Capital Region CEO Linda Mathes and COO Geoff Delizzio also spoke thanking and urging participants to enjoy themselves and smile throughout the day.

Patrick M. Campbell
Disaster Program Specialist, Disaster Services, National Capital Region Red Cross coordinated the effort and promised additional similar efforts in combining the two agencies.

All images provided courtesy of PGFD PIO Mark E. Brady

Medics Recognized for Excellence in EMS Care

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

A pair of paramedics that recorded two "saves" were recognized for their Excellence in EMS Care.  On Monday, January 15, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor met with the two medics at the Laurel Fire/EMS Station #810.  Firefighter/Medic Shawn C. Miller and Paramedic Amanda H. Garrett were presented with Emergency Services Awards for their actions that occurred over two consecutive shifts.

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Laurel Medic 810 was dispatched to 14200 Laurel Park Drive for the report of a person in cardiac arrest.  Upon receiving the aggressive medical treatment rendered by the pair of medics the patient’s heart resumed beating prior to arriving at the hospital. 

Four days later, the same team responded to a working code in the 300 block of Compton Avenue.  Again, the medical care provided to the victim enabled the resumption of cardiac activity before reaching the hospital.    

A “save” is always the ultimate goal of the Fire/EMS Department.  In too many instances, unfortunately, the outcome is tragic.  However, the cohesive efforts of Miller and Garrett and the rapid prehospital care provided in the aforementioned cases saved two lives.                     

While making the award presentations Fire Chief Bashoor stated, "Congratulations on receiving a Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department Emergency Services Award for Excellence in EMS Care.  For your outstanding performance on the scene of both incidents, you are hereby presented an Emergency Services Award.  Your actions speak well of you personally and professionally and illustrate the excellent caliber of service the Fire/EMS Department strives to deliver to the residents of Prince George’s County."

Fire Fighter Medic Shawn Miller, Fire Chief Bashoor and Paramedic Amanda Garrett