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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Other Jurisdictions Cover Prince George's County Fire/EMS Today

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

Do not be surprised to see Fire/EMS units responding from other jurisdictions today in Prince George's County.  In addition to volunteer staffing many neighboring jurisdictions and from the National Capital Region are filling in at Prince George's County Fire/EMS Stations allowing on duty personnel the opportunity to attend Funeral Services for Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Chris Hill.

In no particular order, the following jurisdictions are assisting us today:

Fredrick County
Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Andrews Air Force Base
Montgomery County
District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department
City of Alexandria
Calvert County
Fairfax County
Arlington County
Howard County
City of Annapolis
Charles County
Naval District Washington
Baltimore Washington Airport
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Chris will receive a Fire Department Line of Duty Death Funeral Service in addition to full military honors administered by the Old Guard of which Chris was a former member of.  These ceremonies will take place at the FOP Lodge on Route 202 in Upper Marlboro sometime around 1:00 pm.

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is deeply appreciative of the tremendous amount of support and assistance we have received.  We are forever grateful.



Monday, July 25, 2016

Funeral Services for Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Christopher E. Hill

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

Christopher E. Hill
After a heroic battle with cancer, Christopher Eugene Hill, 46, died at his Hanover, PA home with his loving wife, Jennifer, by his side. He is survived by his two devoted children, Amy Grace, 9, and Evan Christopher, 5. He also leaves behind his Mother, Judith Hill, and all of his brothers and sisters of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and IAFF Local 1619.

Chris dedicated his life to the service of the community and his country. He served in the United States Army in the 3D Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Following his service in the Army, Chris continued his service to the community with the Naval District Washington Fire Department along with volunteering his time at the Baden Volunteer Fire Department.

In 2002, he joined recruit class #31 of the Prince George's County Career Fire/EMS. With hard work and dedication, he rose through the ranks and finished his career as a Lieutenant at Station 823 in Forestville.

Chris cherished his wife and his children. With numerous back yard soccer games, RV adventures and family movie nights, the Hill’s enjoyed their time together. Even after Chris’ unfortunate diagnosis, He felt being close to family was most important for Jen and the kids. He then began the process of moving from Maryland to Pennsylvania. Chris enjoyed a short few months in their new home before passing away.

Prince George’s County Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Christopher E. Hill will receive full military honors and a line of duty death funeral service.  His form of cancer is considered occupational and service related.

Viewing will be Tuesday, July 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Borgwardt Funeral Home located at 4400 Powder Mill Road in Beltsville.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 27, at 11:00 am at the Riverdale Baptist Church, 1177 Largo Road in Upper Marlboro. 

After church services, a brief and limited vehicle procession will take Chris by his last duty station at the Forestville Fire/EMS Station 823.  The procession will then proceed to the FOP Lodge located at 2905 Old Largo Road in Upper Marlboro where military honors will be administered.


There will be no interment held Wednesday. 

ATTENTION ALL UNIFORMED PERSONNEL ATTENDING LINE OF DUTY FUNERAL SERVICES FOR FIRE FIGHTER/MEDIC LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER E. HILL

ATTENTION ALL UNIFORMED PERSONNEL ATTENDING LINE OF DUTY FUNERAL SERVICES FOR FIRE FIGHTER/MEDIC LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER E. HILL 
ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 27:

All personnel are to park their vehicles
 in front of Riverdale Baptist School
1133 Largo Road in Upper Marlboro.  
Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.


There will be an on-site briefing and formation 
in front of Riverdale Baptist Church, 
1177 Largo Road, at 10:15 a.m.

Two Funeral Services Wednesday 1.5 Miles Apart with Anticipated High Attendance

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

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Line of Duty Death Funeral services for Prince George’s County Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Christopher Hill will be on Wednesday, July 27 in Upper Marlboro, Md.

The funeral, with full honors, will take place at Riverdale Baptist Church located at 1177 Largo Road.

Funeral service will begin at 11:00 am.  Interment is private.

and

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Funeral arrangements for Redskins superfan Chief Zee will be held on Wednesday, July 27th in Upper Marlboro, Md. 

The funeral and viewing will take place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden located on 600 Watkins Park Drive. 

The viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 s.m. followed by the funeral service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Both the funeral and viewing will be open to the public. The church holds 10,000 people. 


The two churches are 1.5 miles apart.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Do you know how to survive a burning house???

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

Arrangements for Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Christopher Hill

The arrangements for Lieutenant Christopher Hill are as follows:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Viewing – 2 pm – 4 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm
Borgwardt Funeral Home
4400 Powdermill Road
Beltsville, Maryland

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Funeral Service – 11 am
Riverdale Baptist Church
1177 Largo Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Repast 
FOP Lodge #89
2905 Old Largo Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland


Protocol Details

Mourning Bands

Mourning bands may be worn horizontally across badges for 30 days until August 21, 2016.  

PGFD Emblem Mourning Stripe

All Department vehicles bearing the emblem of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department shall be marked with a temporary black mourning stripe.  This black stripe should be 3/4 inches in width, diagonally from top left corner to bottom right corner of emblem.

Attire

For the viewing, all on-duty station personnel must wear their County issued work uniform (short-sleeve button down blue shirt and blue pants).  For the funeral, all personnel must wear a Class A uniform. Due to limited availability, white gloves will not be worn.  Personnel unable to obtain a full Class A uniform must wear appropriate business attire (collared shirt, slacks (no jeans), and dress shoes (no sneakers).  Dresses are appropriate for females. 

Coordination of all apparatus has been previously arranged through the Special Events Unit and coordination of  on-duty personnel for visitation has been arranged through the Emergency Services Command.  All other requests and questions should be relayed through the proper chain-of-command.

Arrangements for Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Christopher Hill



The arrangements for Lieutenant Christopher Hill are as follows:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Viewing – 2 pm – 4 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm
Borgwardt Funeral Home
4400 Powdermill Road
Beltsville, Maryland

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Funeral Service – 11 am
Riverdale Baptist Church
1177 Largo Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Repast 
FOP Lodge #89
2905 Old Largo Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland


Protocol Details

Mourning Bands

Mourning bands may be worn horizontally across badges for 30 days until August 21, 2016.  

PGFD Emblem Mourning Stripe

All Department vehicles bearing the emblem of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department shall be marked with a temporary black mourning stripe.  This black stripe should be 3/4 inches in width, diagonally from top left corner to bottom right corner of emblem.

Attire

For the viewing, all on-duty station personnel must wear their County issued work uniform (short-sleeve button down blue shirt and blue pants).  For the funeral, all personnel must wear a Class A uniform. Due to limited availability, white gloves will not be worn.  Personnel unable to obtain a full Class A uniform must wear appropriate business attire (collared shirt, slacks (no jeans), and dress shoes (no sneakers).  Dresses are appropriate for females. 

Coordination of all apparatus has been previously arranged through the Special Events Unit and coordination of  on-duty personnel for visitation has been arranged through the Emergency Services Command.  All other requests and questions should be relayed through the proper chain-of-command.

Dangerous Heat Conditions This Weekend!!!

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is concerned about this weekend’s weather forecast.  In particular high heat and humidity will make conditions dangerous.  The National Weather Service has stated, “HEAT INDICES AROUND 105 DEGREES ARE LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOONS OF SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY...ESPECIALLY EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS.”

We are highly recommending that if you don’t absolutely have to be outdoors to stay indoors in an air conditioned environment.  Check on elderly relatives and neighbors on a regular basis to make sure thy are staying cool.  If you find yourself or others where air conditioning is not available consider visiting a cooling center, a shopping mall, a movie theatre or any place of public assembly that has air conditioning.

With high heat and humidity upon us in Prince George’s County the men and women of your Fire/EMS Department want you to stay informed and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Temperatures nearing or above 100, combined with high humidity will create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions.  Dangers also are extended to anyone that are outdoors for extended periods of time and those involved in physical or strenuous activity.

Your best protection is to stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES:

Any heat related illnesses will require a victim to be removed from the hot environment to an air-conditioned or cool/shaded area. 
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heatstroke that may develop due to a combination of several days with high temperatures and dehydration in an individual. Signs of heat exhaustion include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, or headache. Victims may also vomit or faint. Heat exhaustion is treated with plenty of liquids and rest in a cool, shaded area. If the persons condition does not show signs of improvement call 911. 
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heatstroke that may develop due to a combination of several days with high temperatures and dehydration in an individual. Signs of heat exhaustion include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, or headache. Victims may also vomit or faint. Heat exhaustion is treated with plenty of liquids and rest in a cool, shaded area. If the persons condition does not show signs of improvement call 911.

Heatstroke is a serious illness characterized by a body temperature greater than 105 degrees. Symptoms may include “dry” red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma. Onset of heatstroke can be rapid: a person can go from feeling apparently well to a seriously ill condition within minutes. Your body has lost the ability to sweat and naturally “cool-off” – this is a true medical emergency.  Treatment of heatstroke involves the rapid lowering of body temperature, using a cool bath, bags of ice or wet towels. Place ice bags in each armpit, groin and back of the neck.  A heatstroke victim should be kept in a cool area; emergency medical care should be obtained by dialing 911. 

Stay Informed - Stay Ready - Stay Safe

Monitor weather forecast throughout weekend on TV, radio and Internet.
Stay Ready with your emergency kit  - www.ready.gov
Stay Safe and Stay Indoors

At Work

• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water

Outdoors

• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home

• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly
• Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment
• Eat smaller meals, more often
• Take cool baths

• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Passing of Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Chris Hill

It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Firefighter/Paramedic Lieutenant Chris Hill. 

Chris's passing is a deep loss for us all. The insidious cancer that he lived with for the last 18 months shows no remorse and leaves little solace for any of us.

I had the honor of promoting Chris to Lieutenant on August 12, 2012, and my wife and I have carried the honor and duty as we have helped Chris and his family through this time of turmoil.

Staff and union officials are with the Hill family currently, and will be returning to the county soon. I want to thank the West Manheim and Penn Township Pennsylvania Fire Departments for standing guard over Chris and his family until we could arrive. 

Please continue to keep Chris's wife Jenn and his children Amy and Evan along with the entire Hill family in your thoughts and prayers.

As additional information is available it will be communicated through email and through the union.  Coordination for the Department will be through the Special Events Unit

Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief
Prince George's County Fire/EMS
9201 Basil Ct. #452
Largo, MD 20774

District Heights Apartment Fire Injures Firefighter - Displaces 10 Residents

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

One firefighter was injured and 10 residents will be displaced as a result of a District Heights apartment fire today.  At around 1:30 pm, Thursday, July 21, Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to an apartment fire at 1942 Rochelle Avenue.

Firefighters arrived to find a garden style apartment building with fire showing from a first floor apartment.  Firefighters searched the building for occupants and quickly extinguished the fire.  All searches were negative.

Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.   Maintenance personnel performing work on pipes inside the apartment ignited the fire.  Fire loss is estimated at $150,000.

Three apartments were damaged and residents displaced.  The American Red Cross provided ten residents, 4 adults and 6 children, temporary assistance.

One firefighter sustained a minor burn injury and was treated and released at the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center


Conditions on arrival.  Image from DCFDRescue3 Twitter Page.