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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

PGFD receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

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

Prince Georges Fire/EMS Department receives American Heart Association’s
Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

PRINCE GEORGES MD, June, 2018 —The Prince Georges Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. 

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. 

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“The Prince Georges Fire/EMS Department is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack and all patients that request our assistance,” said Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.” 

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud our providers for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.” 

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About The Prince Georges County Fire/EMS Department: 

The Prince Georges County Fire/EMS Department is the busiest and largest combination, career and volunteer, Fire/EMS Departments in the Country.  950 career Firefighter/Medics and civilians in addition to 1,200 volunteers protect 500 square miles and nearly 1 million residents through a system of 45 stations that provide a variety of fire, EMS, hazmat and technical services.  The Department responds to about 145,000 incidents per year.

About Mission: Lifeline 

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org. 


WARNING - All Consumer Fireworks are Illegal in Prince George's County - Watch Video Demo

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO
For citizens and residents of Prince George's County the purchase and use of "backyard" fireworks for the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations may be confusing.  It is OK to purchase a Christmas Tree in another jurisdiction and bring home to the County.  The same applies for roadside purchases of flowers, fruit, artwork, etc.  As County residents travel around the region they will see roadside and parking lot booths set up promoting the sale and use of fireworks in neighboring jurisdictions.  Stores sell fireworks also.  You may ask whats up??

Prince George's County is one of three jurisdictions in Maryland that prohibit all consumer fireworks.  This law is designed to protect you and those around you.

Citizens, businesses and visitors should know that any consumer purchased fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County.  All fireworks from sparklers up to ground display are illegal - our law removes any doubt about what is permitted and what is not!!!  All consumer fireworks are not permitted in Prince George's County.  

Consumer purchased backyard fireworks can cause injuries and damage from fires.  Please enjoy your fireworks at one of the many public displays.

Penalties for violation of this law carries up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months in jail.  Enjoy Fourth of July safely and legally, attend a public or municipal display.

To demonstrate the power of a seemingly innocent fire cracker I encourage you to watch this video.  A small firecracker is inserted into a melon.  Imagine you are holding this same firecracker in your hand when it explodes!!!

Don't try this at home.  These displays were conducted by members of the Fire/EMS Department Bomb Squad under strict safety guidelines!!!



Facts & Figures from the National Fire Protection Association
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,8000 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 61% of 2011 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44 in an atypical year of a very comparable risk across much of the population
  • On Independence Day, in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
  • The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department sincerely wishes everyone a happy and safe Independence Day celebration.  We understand that fireworks are a traditional component of the celebration and we strongly encourage everyone to visit one of these approved fireworks displays.


Over the past several years, during the July 4th week, there has been two significant injuries, this one in Capitol Heights and this one in District Heights.  No significant property damage in Prince George's County were documented from fireworks.  Our fireworks law is a law we can live with!!!  If you have purchased your own backyard fireworks and were not aware of the County Law, call 301-583-2200 and request a Fire Investigator to come by your residence to confiscate them.  You will not be charged with a crime if you use this method of surrendering fireworks.

  • All consumer purchased fireworks are illegal to purchase, posses, transport and use in Prince George's County.  This law has help to reduce the number of injuries and fires typically experienced during this festive time of year.

Beat the Heat with AC and Hydration

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

With high heat and humidity upon us 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 in the nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions, primarily, however, everyone can be exposed to unhealthy conditions if precautions are nor followed.

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.

Stay in an air conditioned environment and drink plenty of water!!!

Remember to check on neighbors, particularly, our senior citizens that may not have air conditioning or choose not to run the cool air due to being on limited incomes.  Being in a home without air conditioning in these temperatures is unhealthy and dangerous!!!

Don't forget our pets.  Keep them indoors in an air conditioned environment and have plenty of water available for them to drink as well.  Remember if the sidewalk and road are hot to he touch of the back of your hand - its too hot for a pets paws.

HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES:

Any heat related illnesses will require a victim to be removed from the hot environment in 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

At Work

• Avoid the heat - stay in an air conditioned environment 
• 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
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Staying in an air conditioned environment and drinking plenty of water is a key to staying healthy during the high heat and humidity!!!

Remember to Stay Safe to ensure everyone goes home.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Career & Volunteer Fire/EMS Recruitment Expo

MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson

Additional Information on Expo visit www.tinyurl.com/pgfdrecruiter
Fire/EMS Department Recruiter at 301-883-3164 or at PGFDRecruiter@co.pg.md.us.

Have you ever thought about being a firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or a paramedic???  Start your adventure to fulfilling your career dreams by attending the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department “Career and Volunteer Recruitment Expo.”  The  Recruitment Expo is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018,  9 AM - 3PM,  at the Largo Plaza Shopping Center, 10500 Campus Way South, Largo, Maryland 20774.

The purpose of the Expo is to serve as a recruitment activity that will attract a pool of diverse individuals to apply for job opportunities within the Fire/EMS Department (career, volunteer, civilian); to involve the community in the recruitment process; and to serve as a community outreach event to provide Fire/EMS informational and educational materials and activities.

There will be career, volunteer and civilian members of the Fire/EMS Department on hand to talk about their experiences and answer any questions you may have.

Recruitment displays will include:

Hazardous Materials Demonstration
Bomb Squad Demonstration 
K-9 Demonstration
Smoke Alarm Information and Demonstration Table
Hands Only CPR Demonstration and Information Table
Stop the Bleeding Information Table
Project Safe Kids Information Table

Fire/EMS Apparatus on Display
ReHab Unit 800
Engine “Courage"
Ambulance “Hope”

Mass Casualty Bus 
Collapse 806 – Technical Rescue Unit
Tiller Truck 801
Tanker 823
Engine 819

Fire/EMS Department Command Bus


Monday, June 11, 2018

Mother and Daughter Rescued from Burning House - Coach Lane

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

An adult female and her 3-year old daughter were rescued form the second floor of their burning Suitland home this morning.

At around 9:30 am, Monday, June 11, Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics were alerted to a house fire in the 3900 block of Coach Lane.  Firefighters from the nearby Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station arrived quickly and encountered a 2-story, with basement, single family home with fire showing from the front of the house.  

The crew of four firefighters initiated operations with the Officer, Captain Russell Poe performing a check of all sides of the house, the wagon driver establishing a water supply and two firefighters stretching a hoseline into the house.  Poe provided a radio return of conditions and entered the house with his firefighters.  As the two firefighters were extinguishing the fire Poe could hear screams for help coming from another area of the house.  He moved ahead of the hoseline and followed the calls for help to a 2nd floor bedroom.  He entered the closed bedroom door and found an adult female with her 3-year old daughter.  The occupants were exposed to smoke and heat and were experiencing symptoms of smoke inhalation and respiratory distress.

Intense heat and thick smoke consumed the top floor.  Poe alerted other firefighters of his location and that he located two occupants.  Realizing additional firefighters were still responding to the scene and moments away Poe sheltered-in-place with the two occupants and provided his air mask to the 3-year-old female to assist with her breathing.  Despite having a closed door the heat and smoke inside the room was increasing from the fire which was located almost directly below them in an adjacent room. 

Moments later, with the bulk of the fire extinguished, one of his firefighters, Matthew Tippett, was able to leave the hoseline to assist with the trapped occupants.  Poe and the Tippett successfully removed the pair down the interior stairs and out through the front of the house.

Medics and an ambulance crew from the Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station were already on the scene and quickly provided treatment on the scene for exposure to smoke and heat and transported to area hospitals for treatment.  They were in “Good” condition and expected to make a full recovery.

The fire started in a first floor room towards the front of the house and was started accidentally by a discarded cigarette.  Fire loss is estimated at $45,000.  A smoke alarm was found inside the home but determined to be non-working due to the age of the alarm.  The smoke alarm appeared to be 20+ years old whereas smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department cannot stress enough the importance of having a 10-year working smoke alarm on every level of your home, primarily just outside of sleeping areas.  We further encourage everyone to sleep with their bedroom door closed and install smoke alarms inside of your bedroom as well.  Additionally, plan and practice a home escape in the event of an emergency.  During your plan identify 2 ways out of every room in your house.





Saturday, June 9, 2018

Veteran Volunteer EMT Saves Female From Possible Suicide Attempt

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

A 33-year veteran EMT from the Laurel Rescue Squad saved a woman who appeared to be just moments away from jumping off a bridge this afternoon.

At about 3:30 pm, Saturday, June 9, 2018 a Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad Ambulance, Ambulance 849B, was on the scene of a car crash involving minor injuries on the Capital Beltway near the I-95 overpass in the College Park/Beltsville area. 

The driver of the ambulance, Volunteer Lieutenant EMT Scott Globerman, was about to commence with transporting a person from the crash with minor injuries to the hospital when he witnessed several bystanders looking and pointing up at the I-95 ramp and overpass.   He looked and focused on the area where they were pointing. 

Globerman, a 33-year member of the Laurel Rescue Squad, saw an adult female standing on the bridge edge of the guardrail and she appeared distressed. 

He notified his partner to remain with the patient already loaded in their ambulance from the crash and he immediately went to the distressed females location. 

Globerman called on his radio for police assistance and asked St Joe's Heavy-Duty Rescue Squad 806 to provide barrier protection. Squad 806 had just cleared the crash and was still in the immediate area. 

Globerman engaged the female in conversation in an attempt to talk her to safety.  The female only repeated she "must wait until 5:00 pm."  Globerman realized the situation was dire and only had moments to act before the female jumped from the bridge.  He and an unidentified bystander calmly approached when she suddenly pulled her shirt over her head and appeared ready to jump off the bridge. Globerman reached out and grabbed the female preventing her from jumping. 

Still holding on to her he asked her to move with him to a safe area and she complied.  Globerman escorted her away from the edge of the bridge to a safe area where another ambulance and Maryland State Police met them. The ambulance transported the female to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. 

Globerman returned to his ambulance and completed the transport of their crash victim. 

The on-duty Prince George's County Battalion Chief, Lee Collins, states that he feels confident that Globerman saved the life of this female. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

PGFD Firehouse Wish Send-Off Party for Teen

MEDIA ADVISORY 

For Immediate Release 

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, PGFD Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, MEBrady@co.pg.md.us 

Media Contact: Maddy Barnes, Marketing & Communications Manager, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, 248-320-3541, mbarnes@midatlantic.wish.org 


Chillum, MD (June 6, 2018) - Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics are planning a wish send-off party for a very special young teen and celebrating his wish come true to go to Walt Disney World® Resort later this month. 15-year-old Juan will celebrate the granting of his wish come true at the Chillum Fire/EMS Station along with his family and the firefighters. Juan suffers from a nervous system disorder and can’t wait for his wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort later this month.


WHAT: Firehouse Wish Send-Off Party for 15-year-old Juan


WHEN: Saturday, June 9th, 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm


WHERE: Chillum Fire/EMS Station 844, 6330 Riggs Road, Chillum


WHO: Wish kid Juan, family, firefighters, medics and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic


NOTE: Parking at the fire station is limited. Media should be creative and safe when parking your vehicles.

Applications Being Accepted for "Camp Embers" - Girls Summer Camp - PGFD

MEDIA CONTACT: Aaron C. White, Firefighter/Medic Captain, 301-883-5340, ACWhite@co.pg.md.us

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is excited to announce its inaugural girls’ summer camp “Camp Embers,” which will be taking place from Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3, 2018.  The camp is open to female high school students (ages 16 to 18) and is completely free of charge to participants. However, campers will have to provide their own blue pants and black boots as part of the uniform. The camp will offer a unique insight into life as a Firefighter/EMT, with optimism to encourage young females to consider the fire service as a career, either after high school or college.



Campers will participate in 5 days of fun-filled activities involving classes, physical training, and Fire/EMS simulations. They will also have the opportunity to interact and ask questions with on-duty crews at Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Stations in order to experience the everyday life of a Firefighter/EMT!

Safety is our top priority; camp participants will be supervised at all times by the highly trained professionals of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Please carefully review all included camp materials, including the proposed schedule of events, medical information and physician clearance for participation, assumption of risk and waiver requirements. All sections of this packet must be completed in full; incomplete packets will be rejected. Please write legibly in black ink; unreadable applications will also be rejected.

Please take care in completing the application and provide thoughtful answers to the essay question in Part 5 as only 20 applicants will be selected for participation in this year’s camp.

Applicants are expected to be responsible and demonstrate a self-starting attitude. Applicants must be aged between 16 and 18 years old by the first day of camp, also in good physical health in order to participate in the rigorous activities. Additionally, all applicants must pledge to participate in the entire program. Planned absences are not acceptable because of the limited space available. The nature of the program requires full attendance to achieve the total benefit. If you believe that you will be absent for any portion of the program, we ask that you do not consider applying for the camp. All applications must be RECEIVED no later than June 15, 2018.


If you have any questions regarding the application packet or process, please contact Captain Aaron C. White at 301-883-5340 or email your question to: acwhite@co.pg.md.us. We will be very happy to assist you.