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Monday, May 18, 2015

West Lanham Hills Video Removed Citing Criminal Investigation

During the late afternoon of May 14 the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department (PGFD 828) responded  and extinguished an auto fire in the rear of a Church on Annapolis Road.  They captured a 30 second video of their approach to the scene and some of the auto that was well involved with fire.

Not aware that the vehicle was involved in a crime in Washington, DC, and the sensitive nature of the criminal investigation, the video was posted on their Facebook page later that day.

Once the volunteer chief of the West Lanham Hills Station became aware of the video today and the circumstances surrounding the vehicle involved, the video was immediately removed.  Fire Investigators thank the volunteer chief for taking such quick action citing the on-going investigation.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department

Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844 Awarded Charmin Prize After Sincere Citizen Nomination

The Charmin Relief Project “Butts That Save Our Butts” Campaign

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



For the second consecutive year, a Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) station has been awarded a year's supply of Charmin toilet paper. 

Last years recipients, Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station 834, was kind enough to share their years supply with their neighboring station, Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844.  

This year it is the Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844 that is the 2015 "Butts That Save Our Butts" winner of a year's supply of Charmin toilet paper.  In keeping with the high standard set last year, Station 844 is splitting the prize with Station 834.  

Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844 was selected as a winner after being nominated by a Chillum resident.  In her nomination the citizen stated;

"I have a neighbor who has been ailing with cancer for the past six years.  These fire fighters in this firehouse have been to my neighbors house all the time to assist him no matter what time or under which kind of weather they always here in time.  I also live in a flood zone area and whenever there is danger or flood warning or any kind threat they would arrive to assist with a smile on their face that gives me courage even if I was afraid.  I do salute them for many things they do going door to door to check fire alarms if in order, looking for elderly who are lost due to confusion to house fires they have been there for us."

Well deserved recognition for the crew from 844 and surrounding areas that obviously have impressed this citizen.  Congratulations!!!

Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Danon P. Ushinski works at Station 844 and stated, "While the prize is rewarding and will be put to good use by everyone that works here, I believe our biggest reward was the kind words included in the nomination written by a citizen."


Firefighter/Medics assigned to Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844 show their appreciation to Charmin for selecting them to receive a year's supply of toilet paper.





Memorial Day Safety Tips

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

Memorial Day is commonly thought of as the start of summer.  Most students are still in school and the pool water may might be "just right" after some warm days but the traditional start of summer is here.  Summer vacations are being planned, however,  "staycations" are becoming more popular with residents staying at home enjoying swimming, BBQ'ing and planning many other fun activities right here in Prince George's County.  The Memorial Day weekend is when many private, public and home swimming pools open as well as BBQ grills are cleaned off and readied for summer cook-outs.

The men and women of your Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) unfortunately have seen many festive occasions quickly turn into tragedy when a swimming incident or BBQ grill fire erupt.  We want to help you avoid those circumstances.

Everyone needs to keep safety at the forefront of every activity.  We offer these common sense safety tips that will help to keep everyone safe including our firefighters and paramedics.  By you staying safe keeps our emergency personnel in the Fire/EMS Station and available for other incidents.  Remember, "Safety First Ensures Everyone Goes Home."

Grill Safety

"It is anticipated that many backyard barbecue's will be in use over the course of this upcoming long holiday weekend and throughout the summer months. The PGFD recommend that you exercise caution and keep safety in mind when setting up, using and cleaning your BBQ grill.   Did you know that cooking, most notably "unattended cooking" is the number one cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George's County, this includes both inside and outside cooking: WATCH WHAT YOU HEAT!!!

•NEVER use a grill indoors including garages, overhangs and canopies

•By Law - Grills must be at least 30 feet away from any multi-family apartment dwelling.

•When using a grill at your single family home – homeowners should use a 10-foot perimeter from anything combustible – including your house!!! Never place a grill up against your house, wood deck or fence.

•In Prince George’s County - all grills are illegal to use on balconies of apartments and condominium apartments

•Do not allow children and pets to play near a grill - set up a 10 foot safety zone around your grill.

•Only use approved ignition fluids – NEVER use gasoline to ignite a grill

•Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of sand nearby to douse a grill fire that gets out of control.

•Inspect your grill before you ignite to ensure everything is in working order. This inspection includes all connections on your gas grills are tight and not leaking.

Charcoal ashes and used briquettes should be disposed of in a metal container and allowed to cool down for up to 48 hours before disposal.  Keep ash container off of your wood deck and away from your house.

Swim Safely

Currently our forecast calls for a beautiful Holiday weekend and thousands of residents will be taking full advantage of swimming pools.  Keeping safety first will help to prevent such a festive occasion from becoming a tragedy.

For parents:

•Always watch your children and never leave them unattended.  A lack of adult supervision is one of the leading contributing factors to children drowning.

•Do not rely on flotation devices to protect your children from drowning. You must supervise at all times.

•Have a phone nearby in the event you need to call 911.

•Have children swim in pairs - the "buddy system"

•If a child is missing - check the pool first.

•Teach your child how to swim. Visit www.pgparks.com/aquatics.htm for additional information.

•Learn CPR. Visit http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class or call the Fire/EMS Department CPR Information line at 301-864-LIVE (5483).

For home pool owners and managers:

•Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool.

•Use self closing latches and gates.

•Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.

•Have life saving equipment nearby such as life rings or reaching poles   

Speaking of swimming pools, Firefighter/Medics can perform a wide variety of services, emergency and non-emergency, to assist our citizens, visitors and businesses.  One of the services we do not provide is to fill your swimming pool with water.  Please contact a contractor that can provide this service for you.   

As always, never drink and drive.

The combined career, civilian and volunteer men and women of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department wishes everyone a festive and safe Memorial Day.  Keep safety in every aspect of your event!!!

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