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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Welcome to Paul Brown - PGFD Information Technology Manager

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is pleased to introduce our newest employee and IT Manager in the Information Management office, Paul Wesley Brown III, MS, MBA, MCP. 

Paul Brown is proud of the many accomplishments he has realized over the course of his career, and rightfully so.  In a recent interview, he stated, “During my 16 years of service at the University of Maryland, I supervised the Office of Information Technology help desk and developed policies and procedures to streamline processes for students, staff, and faculty.  As an engineer, I managed the Network Operations Center and served as a subject matter expert in the university network refresh project, which was responsible for upgrading the University of Maryland’s network infrastructure for increased reliability.”  As IT Director for the School of Architecture, Brown transformed an aging infrastructure by strategically aligning the school’s goals with IT initiatives that enhanced student/faculty interaction and increased efficiency.   Lastly, he facilitated and managed major technology project life cycles from inception through delivery, while meeting time and budgetary constraints.

As manager of the Fire/EMS Department’s Information Management office, Brown’s goal is to automate processes and procedures that are currently paper-based.  This consists of converting processes to web-based applications, where applicable; aligning staffing with Departmental and community needs, to include additional staffing and re-classification of current positions to reflect responsibilities; and becoming proactive instead of reactive in leveraging resources between IMD and OIT.    

Paul Brown, 38, holds Master’s degrees in Information Management and Business Administration and is a Certified Microsoft Professional.  He is also a Project Management Institute member and has successfully completed two Project Management Professional boot-camps.  A native of Columbia, Maryland, where his parents have lived for over 50 years, Paul and wife Rachelle currently reside in Upper Marlboro with their beautiful daughters, Kamya (9), Kiah (4), and Karmen (2).  “As far as hobbies go, I have a passion for motorcycles.  In fact, I race Minimoto with my oldest daughter while being cheered on by my wife and younger girls.  I also fly drones, build motorcycles, teach youth how to ride mini motorbikes, and absolutely love to cook.  My greatest passion, however, is striving to be the BEST husband and father I can be.”   

Welcome to the Fire/EMS Department, Paul Brown.  We look forward to working with you.

"Bridgette's Tree" Planted During Christmas in April Project

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

Prince George's County Fire Chief Ben Barksdale joined civilian, volunteer and career members of the Department participating in this year's Christmas in April projects across our County. This year's Christmas in April projects were conducted on Saturday, April 29.

The civilian staff project on Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro was conducted in memory of Ms. Bridgette Wilson's many years of service to the Christmas in April projects.  Bridgette started out as the house captain for this project and had made many plans but passed away on March 7.  Ms Diana Spears, co-captain, led the group through the emotional event.  "Bridgette's Tree" was planted in her memory at the house during the project.

Fire Chief Barksdale spent Saturday visiting with crews working on projects throughout the County.  "Thanks go out to everyone for what you do each and every day to improve the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Prince George's County," said Fire Chief Barksdale.

The civilian staff project was in memory of Ms. Bridgette Wilson's
many years of service to the Christmas in April projects
PGFD Civilian House with "Bridgette's Tree"
Diana Spears
2520 Crain Hwy.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

First Battalion
FF/PM Alex Hamburger
1009 Gondar Ave.
Landover, MD 20785

Fifth Battalion
FF Joe Ottey
6006 Terrell Ave.
Forest Heights, MD 20745

Seventh Battalion
FF Brad Schroeder
9644 Gwynndale Dr.
Clinton MD 20735

Other Christmas in April projects not pictured included:

Second Battalion
FF Jamey Tolson
3302 Mayo Pl.
Bowie, MD 20715

Third Battalion
FF Chris Elie
2738 Keating St.
Temple Hills, MD 20784

Fourth Battalion
FF Brian Clark
3306 Lancer Pl.
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Sixth Battalion
FF Sean Losgar
516 Prince George St.
Laurel MD 20707

Capitol Heights VFD House 
John Weaver
12 Vale Pl.
Capitol Heights, MD 20743