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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PGFD Personnel Presented Emergency Service Awards

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

Several members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department were recognized for their actions on recent incidents.

AFC Darren Ware, Fire Chief Bashoor and Lt. Col. Wells (retired)

On the afternoon of Friday, April 22, 2016, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tyrone Wells and Assistant Fire Chief Darren Ware were in the area of Crain Highway (Route 301) and Brandywine Road when they observed a car on fire.  Upon stopping to provide assistance, Assistant Chief Ware ran to the vehicle and discovered the female driver still inside.  He attempted but could not to open the door, and the woman was unable to respond to his instructions to unlock the door.  At that time, Tyrone Wells, assisted by an unidentified citizen, used a heavy hand tool to break the rear window on the driver side and the passenger side front window.

During the initial extrication attempt, the driver, who appeared to be suffering from a medical condition, had pushed on the accelerator.  This caused her vehicle to move forward and further down an embankment, preventing access from the driver side.  Chief Ware and the citizen pulled the woman through the passenger side window and carried her up the embankment and away from the burning vehicle.  Fortunately, she did not incur any injuries from the accident but was transported to the hospital for suffering from an unknown medical emergency.

Greenbelt Volunteer EMS Sergeant Ashley Kozlowski received her Emergency Services Award for stopping and providing EMS assistance to the female pulled from the vehicle.  She was presented her award by Deputy Fire Chief Jim McClellan along with Greenbelt Volunteer Chief Tommy Ray and Association President Chuck Walker at the Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association meeting in Laurel on Wednesday, July 13.

While presenting the Emergency Services Awards, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor/Deputy Fire Chief McClelland stated,  "Your performance on the scene of this incident saved the victim’s life and is commendable and worthy of recognition.  Therefore, you are hereby awarded a Fire/EMS Department Emergency Services Award.  Your actions reflect well on you both personally and professionally and exemplify the excellent caliber of service we strive to provide to the residents of Prince George’s County."

Chief Deputy Ben Barksdale, Fire Chief Bashoor, Captain Jonathan Bender and Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Wood.

The crew from St. Joes Fire/EMS Station 806 were recognized for their efforts on an incident on the Beltway.  While working on the extrication and packaging of a crash victim the crew had to quickly transition to a secondary crash that critically injured a trapped civilian driver.  

Fire Fighter/ Medic Captain Jonathan Bender accepted the Emergency Services Awards on behalf of the rest of the crew which included Fire Fighter Brian Brady, Fire Fighter Andrew Breen, Fire Fighter Alexandria Myers, Fire Fighter Patrick Maloney, and Fire Fighter Bryan Wilson.

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OP: Stealing Water is a Crime

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OP: Stealing Water is a Crime

See the Various Ways Water is Stolen from WSSC and Hear from Montgomery and Prince George’s County Fire Chiefs about the Public Safety Consequences

 | News Release



Laurel – July 11, 2016: WSSC is cracking down on water theft. Last year approximately 145 million gallons of water were stolen from fire hydrants to fill up swimming pools, for landscaping purposes, mobile car washes or use at construction sites and neighborhood carnivals.
Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., WSSC, in partnership with the Montgomery and Prince George’s County fire chiefs, will hold a special event for the media to:
  • Raise awareness about water theft
  • Detail the various types of theft
  • Explain the fines associated with stealing water
  • Highlight the public safety consequences
WSSC maintains nearly 42,000 fire hydrants in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Stealing water from hydrants is not only illegal but also often leads to hydrant tampering, causing public safety concerns.
WHAT: WSSC Water Theft Prevention Briefing/Photo Op
WHO: Chief Harvey Baker, WSSC Police
          Fire Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue
          Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue
           Assistant Fire Chief Darren Ware, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
          Chief Spokesperson, Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Rain or Shine
WHERE: The Bentley Park Community, Bentley Park Dr. and Pargate Dr., Laurel (off Old Gunpowder Rd.)
VISUALS: Demonstration of illegal fire hydrant connection to steal water, photos of various illegal connections and fire hydrant meter used for the legal purchase of water from a hydrant.

Movie Production to Include Special Effects in Bowie Area

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has been made aware of a movie production company that will be working in the Bowie area re-creating a plane crash.  The production will involve a thick column of black smoke and pyrotechnics that will be able to be seen and heard by the public.  The production is scheduled to last for 3-days.

The production company will be working in the area of Freeway Airport located at 3300 Church Road in Bowie.  It is very likely that commuters on John Hanson Highway (Route 50) and other local roadways will be able to see the smoke and hear the pyrotechnics.   Smoke and pyrotechnics will be able to be seen and heard in communities surrounding Freeway Airport.

Production is set to start on Wednesday, July 13 with an end date of Friday, July 15.  Filming and special effects will occur between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

As a precaution and to ensure all permits issued by the Fire/EMS Department are followed officials from the Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal as well as a fully staffed piece of fire apparatus will be on location throughout the production.  We have alerted all of our public safety partners including the Maryland State Police, Prince George’s County Police, Bowie Police and the County Public Safety Communication, which handles 911 calls of these events.

Due to the hazards involved during this 3-day production members of the general public will not be allowed inside the secured area.

Citizens, residents and visitors in the Bowie area may see smoke and hear explosions.  If you feel that a true emergency is occurring not related to this production you are advised to call 911.  We anticipate numerous 911 calls will be made with the best intentions.  Public safety members will work through the calls and dispatch units as appropriate.