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Thursday, December 3, 2015

“Fit-4-Duty” - 2016 PGFD Firefighter Calendar

Firefighting and Emergency Medical work is tough and demanding work.  Over 2,500 career and volunteer Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics work to keep Prince George’s County safe every day.  The Fire Chief’s Community Advisory Council (CAC), on behalf of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, is proud to present the inaugural edition of “Fit-4-Duty” ‘2016 PGFD Firefighter calendar’.  Proceeds from this fundraising effort will support the Departments “Adopt-A-Neighborhood” (AAN) program. 

In addition to other Community Risk Reduction strategies, the AAN targets specific communities for smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector installations.  The single most effective thing a resident can do to improve their odds of surviving a fire, is to ensure working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are located on every level and in every sleeping area of their home.

County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has embraced the physically fit lifestyle, routinely joining public safety recruits in physical training, including annual runs across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge with the Fire/EMS recruit classes.  County Executive Baker commented, “I am proud of our men and women in public safety.  The demands of firefighting and EMS, including life and death situations that these men and women face every day, require them to maintain a physically fit lifestyle.  The Fire/EMS Department’s effort to showcase some of their firefighters and paramedics in environments that promote physical fitness demonstrates their commitment to ensure our fire and EMS team is prepared for any situation they may encounter on the job.”

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, who is featured in August, commented, “Our folks are very talented and are committed to our communities safety.  Physical fitness is not just a choice or a ‘feel good’ thing – it is a necessity, both in life and in our profession.  I am proud to join the team of both paid and volunteer members that you will see showcased in this inaugural edition calendar.  I thank the CAC for thinking outside the proverbial box to help us raise funds for the Adopt-A-Neighborhood program into 2016.”

CAC President Cheryl Walker is excited to help the Fire/EMS Department fulfill its mission to make Prince George’s County a safer place.  The CAC is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, chartered to guide and assist the Fire/EMS Department’s community outreach efforts.  

Orders for the calendar can be placed on-line at the following link: https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/2016+PGFD+FIT4DUTY-9527013679 . 

Any questions should be addressed to the CAC President Cheryl Walker at pgfdcac@gmail.com 


 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 (EMS) Department displayed and demonstrated why $3.3 million in new EMS equipment will improve the quality of life for our citizens, residents and visitors.  During a media presentation held at the St. Joes Fire/EMS Station in Springdale on Wednesday, December 2, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor proudly displayed the new equipment and spoke of the important role of EMS within the Department.  Bashoor stated that of the 142,000 annual call volume that the Department answers annually that 80% are EMS related.  Fire Chief Bashoor also spoke on the apparatus replacement program and the recent addition of 39 new ambulances with more on their way.

The new equipment highlighted during the presentation included automatic external defibrillators (AED), ECG monitors/defibrillators and a Lucas2 CPR device.

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department serves an important role in the overall healthcare system.  Not only does it serve as the entry point into the healthcare system we provide the highest level of prehospital care where ever we are requested.  Day or night, our EMS providers can provide emergency medical care and transportation to our healthcare partners.  We consistently monitor the needs of our residents and can adapt to the ever changing environment on a daily basis.  At a minimum, our EMS Providers are trained to provide national recognized care at the basic life support level. Currently we operate 46 Basic Life Support units within the county on a daily basis.  In addition we also have 21 advanced life support equipped EMS units stationed throughout the county.  These advanced life support units, have at least one national certified paramedic on board that can deliver the highest quality of medical care.  These paramedics can perform numerous out of hospital procedures to include cardiac care, medication delivery and the ability to provide advanced assessments to the patients they are treating.  Together our EMS providers are trained, ready and equipped to handle any emergency and ensure that our residents receive the highest quality of care available in the region.  

Paramedic Captain Roland D. Berg provided a review of each piece of equipment and demonstrated their use.


The total value of EMS Equipment is approximately $3.3million and was funded through the County’s Certificate of Performance program. The new equipment will be used throughout the county and ensure that we can deliver the highest quality of medical care to our residents.

AED 1000 automatic external defibrillators – These are being purchased to update our current technology, in addition this new AED will enable us to treat Pediatrics experiencing cardiac emergencies

Quantity purchased - 161
Cost of each unit - $2,319.75
Assigned: Throughout every station with the Fire/EMS Department
Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, Corrections, County Administration Building, Largo Government Center and other government buildings

Lifepak 15 monitor/defibrillators – Will provide the latest portable cardiac technology for EMS, which includes gas monitoring for exhaled carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide monitoring, portable 12 lead diagnostic quality EKGs and Bluetooth technology that will allow us to import information into a patient’s medical records.

LifePak 15 monitor/defibrillators are equipped with 12-Lead ECG, End-tidal waveform capnography, pulse oximetry/carbon monoxide monitoring, and Bluetooth technology to facilitate the transfer of data from the device to laptop computers for inclusion in patient care reports.

Quantity purchased -  48
Cost per unit - $28,300.75

Lucas2 CPR Compression devices – Will provide continuous chest compressions for a patient that is not breathing and does not have a heartbeat.  This ability to maintain continuous chest compressions during movement to an ambulance and while in motion will ensure our citizens receive the best chances of survival.  This device as well as a regimented approach to cardiac arrest will increase survival rates within Prince George’s County.

The Lucas2 CPR device is a new technology for the Department that will assist with patients that are in cardiac arrest by providing consistent uninterrupted compressions and will be used in the Department’s High Performance CPR initiative.

Quantity purchased - 50
Cost per unit - $12,320.75

Most recent technology

In addition to the recent purchase of the cardiac care equipment from Physio-control, our department has recently purchased a system surveillance program that is used to help us to provide more efficient services.  The First Watch program provides immediate feedback and data collection that allows us to ensure we are meeting the of goals of providing the highest quality of care and service delivery.  The First Watch program has helped us to meet our performance expectations on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Ambulance Replacement Program

One of our newer ambulance/medic transport units will be on display.  The purchase of these units is not included in the $3.3 million EMS equipment purchase.  Since 2011, the Department has added 36 ambulances, with an additional 13 ambulances now on order, programmed for calendar year 2016 delivery.  The replacement of these 49 units amounts to approximately ½ of the existing County’s ambulance fleet.  The strategic plan seeks to continue replacing ambulances at the rate of 15 per year.  The cost of a new ambulance/medic transport unit is approximately $230,000 each.

Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor

Paramedic Captain Roland D. Berg

Paramedic Captain John Scruggs and County Council Member Todd M. Turner

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Holiday Safety - Christmas Trees

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO
With the Christmas Holiday fast approaching many decorations have been selected and are being prepared for enjoyment.  Bright lights will illuminate homes and decorations inside will soon be on display and for seasons greetings.  Live and cut Christmas trees have been or soon will be selected and decorated with a variety of lights, tinsel and other traditional and personal items.  The men and women of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department are providing some good common-sense safety tips to help keep you safe. 

Once again we are partnering with the United States Fire Administration (USFA) in providing these safety tips for the care of your tree to help avoid a tragedy.
Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the USFA, an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires result in an average of  21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage per year.
Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season.


What’s a traditional Christmas morning scene without a beautifully decorated tree? If your household includes a natural tree in its festivities, take to heart the sales person’s suggestion – “Keep the tree watered.”
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.
Dry Tree vs. High Moisture Tree Fire
This dramatic clip illustrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree.
Selecting a Tree for the Holidays
Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long and has probably dried out and is a fire hazard.

Caring for Your Tree

Cut anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 inches off of the tree trunk and immerse in a full basin of water.  Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.  Thoroughly inspect all electrical wires on decorations.  If a wire is cracked or frayed - dispose of it immediately and purchase a new set.

Disposing of Your Tree

Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

Everyday Protection - Smoke and CO Alarms

An every day of the year reminder to have working smoke alarms and if needed, a carbon monoxide detector, in your home to protect you, your family and visitors.  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, primarily outside of sleeping areas and if you sleep with your bedroom door closed; install a working smoke alarm inside of your bedroom as well.  Test all alarms monthly on the first day of the month and replace batteries at least once-a-year.
Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, "The common denominator with all of the holiday events and religious celebrations is for everyone to keep safety in mind to ensure everyone goes home."
Having a working smoke alarm and a practiced home escape plan improves the chances of surviving a home fire by over 50%.  Plain and simple working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives!!!  Everyone should be protected by a working smoke alarm and, if needed, a working carbon monoxide alarm as well.  If you need a smoke alarm and can not afford to purchase one on your own, call 311 and make arrangements to have a firefighter visit your home and install a working smoke alarm, free of charge.
Carbon Monoxide detectors should be purchased by the homeowner and installed on every level of your home.
The Fire/EMS Department strongly encourages residents to purchase and install 10-year smoke alarms and install one on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside of bedrooms.  Combination 10-year smoke and CO alarms are also available at most home improvement stores.