MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokepserson, 240-508-7930
Article by Michael J. Marino, Assistant Fire Chief
On September 7th, 2018 two Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department members celebrated a significant achievement. Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Sim and Firefighter/Paramedic Philip O’Connell graduated from the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Emergency Service Team (EST) Basic SWAT school. This multi-week school is one of the most physically taxing and mentally challenging schools in the region that prepares police operators for high risk operations. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is the nation’s largest combination department, and not surprisingly, operates the nation’s busiest fire based operational medicine and law enforcement support program by assigning multiple seasoned paramedics to support specialized law enforcement operations on a full-time basis.
These Fire/EMS personnel must maintain proficiency in both high threat medicine and operational high risk police tactics to maintain certification. They provide immediate and lifesaving treatment far forward of traditional emergency medical services utilizing specialized equipment, training, and tactics and have positively served the Prince George’s County community for many years. This innovative integrated approach prepares for threats such as active shooter, hostile events, or even terrorism. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department routinely trains other agencies to replicate their tactical emergency casualty care (TECC) capability for better outcomes and increased preparedness in the national capital region during high threat events.
|Captain Michael Buffum, O'Connell, Sim, AFC Marino and DFC Frankel|
|Sim, DFC Frankel and DFC Doubleday|
|O'Connell, DFC Frankel and DFC Doubleday|