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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Area Fire/EMS Departments Provide Coverage as PGFD Attend Services

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


As we begin to pay last respects to our fallen brother John E. Ulmschneider today with visitation services this afternoon and funeral on Wednesday there will be Fire/EMS Departments from across the region covering our stations and providing services to the residents, businesses and visitors to Prince George’s County.

First and foremost the Department acknowledges the National Capital Region Incident Management Team.  This is a group established to assist a Department on a variety of incidents.  They have worked with our Department to manage the large process of planning a Line of Duty Death services.   Their assistance has been invaluable.

Tuesday and Wednesday, as members of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department attend services in St. Mary’s County for Fire Fighter/Medic John Ulmschneider, area Fire and EMS departments will fill in and cover responses within the County.  It will not be unusual for Prince George’s County residents to see units from the following jurisdictions responding on calls Tuesday.

Alexandria, Virginia
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Arlington County, Virginia
Baltimore City, Maryland
Baltimore County, Maryland
Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Calvert County, Maryland
Charles County, Maryland
Fairfax County, Virginia
Howard County, Maryland
Montgomery County, Maryland
St. Mary’s County, Maryland

This list will be expanding on Wednesday as additional members attend funeral services.  Wednesday is the shift day that Ulmschneider was assigned to.

Additionally, as I will be attending services on both days I have asked Mr. Pete Piringer to cover Prince George’s County in the event of a significant incident.  Piringer, Chief Spokesperson and PIO for Montgomery County Department of Fire/Rescue Services, is no stranger to Prince George’s County and has agreed to fill-in as a Public Information Officer on Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.


Important Parking Information for Ulmschneider Services - Attendees and Fire Department Personnel

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

As we start to memorialize our fallen Firefighter/Medic today there are a few logistical items that attendees, both civilian and Fire Department, need to keep in mind.

For our attendees both Tuesday and Wednesday

  • There is no public parking at the church for attendees
  • Parking is available at Hollywood VFD, 24801 Three Notched Road, Hollywood, MD
  • VFD Hall will be open
  • Arrive early
  • Shuttle Service will begin around 4:30 p.m.


For out of jurisdiction personnel, with apparatus,
attending Tuesdays viewing. 

-Please park your apparatus, in coordination with the onsite police, at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, located at 24801 Three Notch Rd, Hollywood, Md

Personnel with apparatus, attending Wednesday’s funeral.

  • ALL large apparatus (defined as apparatus larger than a utility truck) will be a part of a "static display"
  • ALL static apparatus will park on the southbound side of Rt. 235, in-between St. Johns Rd and Hollywood Rd (Rt. 245.)
  • County Police will be onsite to direct you in place. 
  • Any piece of apparatus that remains as a part of the static display must leave a driver with the unit for the duration of the services. 
  • If crewmembers riding in the apparatus would like to attend the services at the church, we recommend you drop them off at Hollywood VFD so they can ride the shuttle to the church. 
  • After dropping the members off, the driver can proceed to the static apparatus site on Rt. 235.  
  • There will be no pedestrian traffic allowed on Rt. 235. 


Visitation and Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at the same location.

Visitation - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm 
Funeral Mass - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm

St. John's Parish
43950 St. John's Road
Hollywood, MD 20636

A private family and Fire/EMS Department burial will follow the funeral mass.


A repast will be held to celebrate "Skillet's" life following the funeral mass at the Hollywood Fire Department