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Friday, November 9, 2018

All PGFD Fire/EMS Stations are Toys for Tots Collection Points

All Prince George's County Fire/EMS Stations, Headquarters and worksites have been designated as Toys for Tots Collection Points.  

You are encouraged to drop off new and unwrapped toys for children of all ages.  

Donated toys will be distributed to local children during the Holiday Season.

34th Annual Public Safety Holiday Food Basket program is underway.

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

The Prince George’s County Public Safety Assistance Program’s (PSAP) 34thAnnual Christmas Food Basket program is underway.   

MEDIA ADVISORY "Save the Date" - Public Relations/Media event in advance so that you can put it on your calendar to attend.  

The Prince George's County Public Safety Assistance Program's 34th Annual Christmas Food Basket
Breakfast and PR/Media event.

It will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Fire Station #806.  Station #806 is located at
2901 St. Joseph Drive, Springdale, MD 20774.

The day will start with a "Hearty Fireman's Breakfast" at 7:30 AM.  This is the BEST BREAKFAST in town!!

At 9 AM the PR/Media Event, with County Officials and the Directors of the County Public Safety Agencies
attending, will be held.  

We appreciate your continued support of the Christmas food basket program.

Monday, November 5, 2018

TRAINING OP - Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel

Stress First Aid
for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel
Train the Trainer
Wednesday, November 28 – Thursday, November 29, 2018

Howard County Maryland Department of Fire & Rescue Services

WHAT: Stress First Aid (SFA) is a set of supportive actions designed to help emergency responders take care of themselves and assist each other in reducing the negative impacts of stress. SFA was designed specifically to support firefighters, EMS, and rescue personnel. This method of assisting a co-worker undergoing stress is practical, flexible, and can be tailored to the specific need of the individual. Instructed by Patricia Watson, PhD, CAPT Frank Leto, FDNY and Chief John Oates, East Hartford Fire Department.

OBJECTIVES: This training will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the SFA model, and to be able to deliver the 15 minute, 90 minute or four hour versions of stress first aid trainings. Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

• Have a better understanding of the needs of individuals affected by stress in fire and EMS jobs
• Better manage stress
• Engage in more helpful peer support
• Be better able to create peer support and behavioral health programs
• Deliver 15 minute, 90 minute, or 4 hour versions of the SFA trainings

WHEN: Wednesday, November 28 – Thursday, November 29, 8:00am – 4:30pm

WHERE: Howard County Maryland Department of Fire & Rescue Services Training Center 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville, Maryland 21104 PREREQUISITE: Students must currently possess NFPA Instructor I or equivalent.

HOW TO APPLY & REGISTER: Go to www.firstrespondercenter.org/events or www.cvent.com/d/cbqpnh

About the First Responder Center for Excellence
The First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths, Inc., a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation affiliate, was created in 2016. Our mission is to promote quality educational awareness and research to reduce physical and psychological health and wellness issues for first responders. For more information visit firstrespondercenter.org or contact Kelly Casillo, Programs Specialist at kcasillo@frcmail.org or 443-302-2917.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

PGFD Fire Officer Placed on Leave After Arrest

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

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medic Lieutenant Sean Christopher Roth has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for Arson.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided details to the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department that Roth was arrested and charged with 3 felony crimes related to an arson that occurred on August 29, 2018.  Roth was jailed at the York County, Pennsylvania, Prison and held on a $25,000 bond on November 2, 2018.  He is charged with:

Arson-Intent to Collect Insurance
False/Fraud/Incomp Insurance Claim
Risking Catastrophe 

Roth, 39 years-of-age of Red Lion Pennsylvania, is a 19+-year member of the Department and was assigned to the Facilities and Resource Planning Office.  He will remain on administrative leave (leave with pay) status until further notice.

No additional information is available about the actual incident.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Upper Marlboro Female Arrested for Setting Fire to Mothers Home

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

A 25-year-old female has been arrested and charged with Arson and other related crimes for setting her mother’s home on fire. 

Prince George’s County Firefighters responded to a fire just before 1:00 am, Monday, October 29, 2018 at a mobile home park in Upper Marlboro.  Public Safety Communications (PSC) had initially received a 911 call for a female damaging her mother’s property and a subsequent 911 call reported a fire at the same location.   Both the County Police and Fire/EMS Department responded to 9115 Marlboro Pike, trailer home lot #62, in Upper Marlboro and arrived to find fire showing from the mobile home.

The fire was extinguished without incident.  Fire loss was estimated at $80,000 to the structure and contents.

Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal were alerted to the call and Investigators determined the fire to be incendiary in nature.

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the home occupant’s adult daughter set the mobile home on fire. Amanda Hooker, 25-year-old female of Upper Marlboro was arrested and transported to the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro.

Amanda Hooker has been charged with the following crimes:

Arson- First Degree
Arson- 2nd Degree
Malicious Burning 1st Degree
Malicious Burning 2nd Degree

Amanda Hooker, 25-year-old female of Upper Marlboro was arrested
after allegedly setting her mother mobile home on fire.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PGFD and ASPCA Halloween Safety Tips for our Pets

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930

MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO


for Pets

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Stash the Treats

The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Baylee or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach

While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Be Careful with Costumes

For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandanna instead.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable

Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.

Monday, October 22, 2018

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Halloween Safety

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

The fun and excitement surrounding Halloween can suddenly turn to sorrow and misfortune through one careless act. The incidence of fire, accident, and injury often increases during holidays and festive events. Each year, firefighters and paramedics witness incidents on Halloween that could have been prevented had simple safety rules been followed. Among the high-risk activities on Halloween; door-to-door trick-or-treating is one of greatest concerns to Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department personnel. Between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Halloween, there is a significant increase in falls, burn-related injuries, and pedestrian injuries. Children are four and a half times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night during the year. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween. Additionally, many parties and festivities are planned over the Halloween weekend which could result in an increase in adult alcohol consumption with inherent dangers. 

Often, there are safe alternatives to trick-or-treating that can be fun and also risk-free. Local houses of worship and schools may plan Halloween parties, or families may get together and conduct games and activities instead of allowing young children to engage in trick-or-treating in neighborhoods or along busy streets. Prince George’s County Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale urges adults to take a more pro-active role in activities on Halloween. Additionally, he reminds adults to be vigilant and exercise due caution when traveling to avoid automobile related crashes. Barksdale stated, “Remember safety should be a priority and lets work together to ensure everyone goes home.”

For those who plan to venture out trick-or-treating, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department would like to offer the following safety tips so that all might enjoy a happy and safe Halloween:

• Costumes should be made of flame resistant light-colored fabric or have reflective qualities. They should be short enough so as not to interfere with walking or become entangled in bicycle chains. Use facial makeup rather than masks so children can see easily. 

• Children should carry flashlights and not use candles or torches. Before leaving the home, children should discuss the proposed route, time of return, and companions. An adult should always accompany younger children. It is advisable to visit the homes of persons you know or local familiar neighborhoods, stopping at well-lit houses only. As a general rule, children should avoid entering homes or apartments and always travel with a companion. 

• Children should avoid busy streets, always use sidewalks, and follow all traffic rules and regulations. Motorists should avoid all unnecessary travel on Halloween evening, and when driving they should drive slowly and be alert to small children crossing streets. Many accidents occur when motorists are backing vehicles out of driveways, unaware of the presence of small children. 

• Halloween treats should be saved until children return home where adults can examine all items closely. Treats that are unwrapped, or show signs of having been opened, should not be eaten. Fruit should be sliced into small pieces and checked for foreign objects. Keep small pieces of candy away from infants and very small children, as they can easily become lodged in the throat and cause choking. 

• Persons receiving trick-or-treaters should keep a light on and pick up obstacles that could cause a child to trip and become injured. Jack-o-lanterns should be kept clear of doorsteps and landings. Consider the possibility of using flashlights instead of candles to light Jack-o-lanterns. Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened.

A recent trend in celebrating Halloween has been to celebrate as groups at parties or community events in addition to more adult Halloween parties being held. This trend has resulted in fewer door-to-door trick-or-treaters, however, creates additional vehicles on the street. With Halloween falling on Wednesday, October 31, there are numerous additional Halloween parties planned for both adults and children over the October 26, 27 and 28th weekend. 

When festive occasions are celebrated involving adults, the consumption of alcohol goes up. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department offers these everyday reminders and safety tips to party-goers:

• Never drink and drive. 

• Always wear your seat belt and ensure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up as well. 

• If you are wearing a costume – vehicle occupants, including the driver, should not wear a mask or head dressing as this may block the view of the driver. 

• Be aware that there are still many trick or treaters walking and crossing streets – slow your speed and use extreme care while driving. 

• Use battery powered illumination instead of candles at your Halloween celebration, including inside of your carved pumpkin.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

History of PGFD Pink Engine "Courage"

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

After a successful campaign promoting “Breast Cancer Awareness” with a pink wrapped fire engine the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department expanded the campaign to include two new “painted” units.  County Executive Rushern Baker and the Prince George's County Council approved funding for the manufacture of two brand new pink-painted response units.  There is no difference in cost to paint a unit pink vs. red or any other traditional color.  One pink fire engine and one pink transport ambulance have been placed into full time service around the County.

With the advent of these new units in October of 2014, the Department conducted a social media 'naming' campaign to provide identity for the units. The 2014 Pierce engine was named "Courage", while the 2014 Freightliner/Horton paramedic transport unit was named "Hope."  In addition to being painted pink and white, "Courage" sports a lavender reflective safety-stripe.  Together the pink and lavender design represents cancer-awareness across the disease spectrum.

Over the past 4 years these pink units have been showcased at events across the region, including; the United States Congressional Women's Softball tournament, The Redskins “think Pink” NFL game, the Naval District Washington 5k run, the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, Annapolis St Baldricks fundraisers, and various other events and conferences.  The units are always favorites and are routinely recognized as emotional boosters for cancer survivors and those now suffering from the disease.

The next phase of the "pink-team campaign" was allowing employees and volunteers to wear pink uniform shirts during the month of October (breast cancer awareness month), members voluntarily purchase their own shirts and sport them during emergency responses during October, further spreading the cancer awareness message across all 45 community-based fire/EMS stations.

Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale said, "We have had 2 members succumb to occupational cancer over the past 2 years.  Cancer awareness and prevention are important to our members and are now part of our everyday life in the Fire/EMS service.  The message and mission of cancer awareness and research are especially poignant and personal for myself and the Department this year.”  
Fans attending game will be welcomed by Tanya Snyder, and hundreds of Alpha members distributing THINK-PINK!® ribbons and breast cancer awareness educational materials. Look for PGFD Pink Engine at with   Image taken pre-game on October 14, 2018 pre-game at FedExField

"Courage" with PGFD Firefighter/Medics and the Redskins Cheerleaders pre-game October 14, 2018 at FedExField

PGFD File Image from 2014

Friday, October 12, 2018

MEDIA NOTES - PGFD Line of Duty Death Funeral Service on Saturday

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department continues to mourn and remember Firefighter Jesse Wade McCullough.  Firefighter McCullough passed away on October 9, 2018, after his heroic battle against occupational cancer.  Firefighter McCullough will be honored with a line-of-duty funeral, to be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 (details below): 

Saturday, October 13th, 0900 at: 
First Baptist Church of Glenarden
600 Watkins Park Dr. 
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Funeral service will follow the viewing at 1100

Saturday, October 13th, 1400 at: 
Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc.
PGFD Station 835
125 Crescent Rd.
Greenbelt, MD 20770 


·      Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics, honor guards, pipes and drums as well as public safety personnel from other agencies and departments will report for line up at 7:30 am at First Baptist Church of Glenarden.  

·      The funeral procession is scheduled to arrive at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden at 8:30 am.  Everyone must display the utmost respect at all times while on the church property.

·      Church policy does not permit media cameras or recording devices inside the building.

·      At this point no family will be available for interviews.

·      Services will be available via live streaming at:


·      Media should notify Mark Brady, PGFD Chief PIO, by phone call or text at 240-508-7930 if you plan to cover this event.

Many on duty Prince George’s County Firefighters will be attending funeral services thanks to other area jurisdictions departments filling in our stations and responding on calls.  These jurisdictions include:

District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department
Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
Alexandria City Fire Department
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
BWI Airport Fire Department
Charles County Fire and EMS Department
Providence VFD (Baltimore County)
Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services
Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Calvert County Fire Rescue EMS Department
Annapolis City Fire Department
Queens Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services