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Monday, July 31, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY - Review of PGFD Fire/EMS Department Apparatus with County Executive

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

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker and Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale will proudly showcase Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) apparatus delivered over the past 6+ years.  Baker has invested over $50M in equipment designed to keep residents safe and provide assistance in times of medical emergencies and disasters.

Members of the media are invited to attend this display.  County Executive Baker and Fire Chief Barksdale will make themselves available for comment during this event.

Examples of the apparatus on display include:

·         Pierce Engine (Red) (Pierce Manufactured similar to unit POTUS sat in the other day)
·         Pierce Engine (Pink Courage)
·         Super Pumper
·         Truck
·         Tower 826
·         Rescue Squad – TR806 (TR – Technical Rescue)
·         TR806 Support Unit
·         Hazmat 816
·         Rehab Unit 805
·         Rehab Support (Canteen)
·         Ambulances (Different types)
·         Medic 812 (Pink Hope)
·         Boat 847 
·         Vehicles assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal
·         Command Tahoes
·         AMD Fuel Truck (AMD – Apparatus Maintenance Division)
·       Volunteer Corporations purchased apparatus will also be on-site


WHAT:            Fire/EMS apparatus display of units acquired during the Baker administration. 

WHEN:            Tuesday, August 1, 2017 10:30 am

WHERE:          FedEx Field, Parking Lot at entrance to Gate H
                        Off of Garrett Morgan Boulevard


WHO:              County Executive Rushern L. Baker, Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale and the men and women of the Fire/EMS Department.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Recognition of One-Year Anniversary of LODD - Captain Chris E. Hill

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

Captain Christopher E. Hill
On July 21, 2016, Captain Christopher E. Hill lost his courageous fight against a form of occupational brain cancer.  

On July 21, 2017,  the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department will recognize the one year anniversary of Captain Hill’s line of duty death with the following ceremony:


1100 hours:
Graveside Visit

Cheltenham Veteran’s Cemetery
11301 Crain Highway
Cheltenham, MD
Area M-5, Grave 1230

1135 hours:
Time of death - moment of silence over all Fire/EMS radio channels.


There is no required uniform for the event.

Stay safe and healthy during Summer high heat!!!

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

The 2017 summer heat wave continues with high temperatures and humidity 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 95 combined with humidity will create a dangerous situation primarily 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.  The first heat wave of the season is always the hardest on our bodies as we have not yet acclimated to these temperatures  

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

Never leave anyone and pets inside a hot car, unattended and with no cool air relief.
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Friday, July 14, 2017

Critically Injured Crash Victim Thanks Firefighter/Medics "Angels in My Path"

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

Before sunrise on an October morning in Laurel two Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics were driving separately on their way to work.  They had no idea what they were about to witness in addition to quick thinking and actions would help to save a young mans life.  The very man they helped that morning visited the Laurel Fire/EMS Station this afternoon to thank them and others firefighters that responded to help.

Firefighter/Medics Damion R. Duncan and Michael R. Dugan were travelling in the area of Route 198 and Interstate 95 in Laurel.  Duncan on his way to Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 and Duncan on his way to Laurel Fire/EMS Station 849 when they witnessed a vehicle, for whatever reason, cross the median strip on Route 198, go airborne, leave the roadway and broadsiding a large tree.  Both firefighters stopped to provide assistance with Dugan alerting 911 of the incident with an occupant trapped with life threatening injuries.  Both firefighters worked to keep the victims airway open and treat his injuries until assistance arrived.  Both firefighters knew that time was of the essence if this young man was going to survive. 

With the morning darkness and lack of other vehicles on the road it is quite possible that if this crash was not witnessed by the two firefighters it may have gone unnoticed due to its out-of-sight location off the roadway.

Additional firefighters and medics arrived from the nearby stations and initiated extricating the adult male and arranging transportation by helicopter to a Trauma Center.  The victim,  23 years-of-age, a West Laurel resident and graduate of Laurel High School, was suffering from a head trauma and bi-lateral fractures of his femurs in addition to other multiple injuries.

As is the case with the majority of patients the treatment and transport would be the last contact personnel would have.  However, Juan Morales was determined to survive and once released from months in the hospital and rehab, he wanted to meet and thank his rescuers.  Morales reviewed the police report of his crash and located the names and phone numbers of the firefighters.  They were listed on the report as they had witnessed the crash.  Still recovering with mobility and speech he asked his girlfriend to contact the firefighters and arrange a visit.

Morales accompanied by his girlfriend, mother and other relatives visited the Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 this Friday afternoon, July 14, to meet the firefighters.  They brought along a plaque and lunch for the entire crew.  On the appreciation plaque presented to firefighters Morales referred to them as, "The Angels in My Path." 

Morales still uses a wheelchair and attends physical, occupational and speech therapy.  He spoke in a low and raspy voice thanking the firefighters for everything they did that morning and how much he appreciated their help.  He greeted each firefighter that was able to attend today's informal meet and greet and asked questions about that morning.  He does not remember any events of that morning and asked Duncan and Dugan details about what had occurred.  Each firefighter discussed details of the crash that Morales had never heard before.  

Fire Fighter/Medics attending today's event that were on the incident included Sean Roth, Matthew Von den Steinen, Frank Nicholson, Danon Ushinski, Duncan and Dugan. Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Wood and Battalion Chief John Thompson also attended the event.

It is well known in the arena of public safety that awards are nice but there is nothing better than to meet a former patient that you never thought you would ever see again.  That is the best award to receive.

This is a list of personnel on the incident:

            Incident Commander

            Laurel Volunteer Rescue Assistant Chief Stefan Livingston

Rescue Squad 849

William Porter
Frank Nicholson
Zachary Proffen
Matthew Von den Steinen
Tonaio Swangin
Michael Dugan - off-duty on scene

Engine 810

Sean Roth
Paul DeMennato, Volunteer Fire Technician
Sean Losgar
Phillip Coleman
Damion Duncan - off-duty on scene

Engine 841

Danon Ushinski
Clayton Deskins
James Redman

Medic 810

Nathan Bowie
Brian Brady

NEMSDO


Akintunde Ola

The vehicle Morales was driving
Fire Fighter/Medic Matthew Von den Steinen was on the Squad that extricated Morales from the car.
Firefighter/Medics Michael R. Dugan and Damion R. Duncanwith Juan Morales









Dugan shows Morales images from the scene on his cell phone