MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is proud to part of the observance of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week 2016 (May 15 - 21, 2016). This is a national celebration to honor approximately 750,000 EMS providers nationwide. This year, the theme is “EMS Strong." This year’s theme reflects the idea that EMS providers work as a strong, dedicated team with a true calling and drive to help others in need.
Prince George’s County joins the nation in recognizing 27,000 prehospital care providers, across the State of Maryland, both career and volunteer. The life-saving care offered by these highly trained personnel—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—is exemplary.
The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has several plans to help bring awareness and recognize the efforts of our personnel.
Tuesday, May 17, PGFD EMS Night with the Bowie Baysox
The Fire/EMS Department will be well represented at the 6:30 pm game when three members, volunteer and career, will be awarded Excellence in EMS medals for their actions on incidents that occurred in 2015. These same three members will throw the ceremonial first pitch. A civilian member will sing the National Anthem and the Departments Honor Guard will present colors. There will be EMS units on display and an EMS information table on the stadium concourse. There will be a Moment of Silence for the recent Line of Duty Death of John “Skillet” Ulmschneider.
Wednesday, May 18, at 10:00 AM, Star of Life Awards
the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), the State agency responsible for the delivery of trauma and emergency medical services in Maryland, will present its annual Stars of Life Awards to honor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, EMS programs, and citizens. Several Prince George’s Fire/EMS personnel will be awarded during this ceremony. The awards will be presented in the Miller Senate Office Building, President’s Conference Room, East I, located at 11 Baden Street, Annapolis, MD.
Friday, May 20, 11:30 am National EMS Bike Ride
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will start on May 14 in Boston MA and will end on May 20th in Arlington, VA. The final leg of the ride will begin in Annapolis for Arlington on the morning of May 20th.
The riders will be passing thru Prince George's County around 11:30 am. The route will be using the roadways by FedEx Field on the way to Arlington VA. The Bike Ride will use FedEx Field as a rest stop before completing their trip. The FedEx Field parking lot will serve as an excellent venue for providing the lunches and refreshments for the participants.
Friday, May 20, 1:30 pm Awards for Saving a Teen-Agers Life
A 17 year old playing basketball suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball. Family and bystander CPR was initiated, an automatic external debrilator (AED) was applied and Medics arrived with additional treatment and transport. The teen, his family and rescuers will meet for the first time. The event will occur at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building at 6820 Webster Street in Landover Hills.