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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PGFD Tactical Medics are part of a County Police Unit Citation for Service During Baltimore Riots

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Lieutenant Michael Buffum and Acting Lieutenant Jake Gigliotti were recognized today, July 14, as part of a larger ceremony at Prince George’s County Police headquarters with a unit citation from the Prince George’s County Police Department for their response to the Baltimore riots.  

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department embeds specially trained tactical medics (TEMS) who are assigned full time to the Police Emergency Services Team and operate in areas where traditional EMS cannot access due to safety concerns.  The tactical medic program operated continuously around the clock for ten days in support of the response to the Baltimore riots.  

Battalion Chief Marino who manages the TEMS program stated “I am extremely proud of the TEMS personnel and their response to an unstable and difficult situation.   Over the entire operational period tactical EMS personnel reached a number of injured victims ahead of traditional EMS assets and incorporated the latest in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) to facilitate treatment in a high threat environment.” TEMS personnel go through rigorous training in tactics and support hundreds of operations every year.    

County Police Chief Mark Magaw, Fire Fighter/Medic Lt. Michael Buffum and
Deputy Fire Chief Ben Barksdale at award ceremony. (PGFD photo)

Police Chief Magaw, Acting Fire Fighter/Medic Lt. Jake Gigliotti and DFC Barksdale (PGFD photo_