Thursday, May 23, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
A misconception exists in that when someone is drowning the event is loud and filled with screams for help and splashing water. This is far from the reality. Drowning occurs silently and without warning. Adult supervision, without distraction, is vitally important. Put down the smart phone and pay attention to the water.
For home pool owners and managers:
• Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool.
• Use self-closing latches and gates.
• Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.
• Have lifesaving equipment nearby such as life rings or reaching poles. Commercial and public pools should have an AED readily available and personnel trained on how to use it if needed.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
May the distance of time in no way diminish our resolve to ensure that our Fallen Heroes are never forgotten. Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, Lieutenant John E. Ulmschneider, known by most as “Skillet,” lost this day in 2016 while in response to a call.
At approximately 1930 hours on the evening of April 15, 2016, Ulmschneider and his partner responded on Paramedic Ambulance 823 with Rescue Engine 827 to a “check on the welfare” call. After several attempts to make contact with the home occupant, forcible entry was initiated. Upon entry into the home, multiple gunshots were fired, leaving several wounded. Brother Ulmschneider was fatally shot in the upper torso.
John served the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department for 13 years. At the time of his death, John “Skillet” Ulmschneider was 37 years old, andsurvived by his wife Dawn and their daughter Abigail.
Let us learn from their stories so that our safety today stands as a lasting tribute to those who have gone before us....and let us keep their memory forever in our hearts.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
In June 2018, a horrific crash occurred on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge that left several vehicles on fire and 3 workers dangling from the underside of the bridge. First arriving fire, EMS and police personnel played an integral role and work collaboratively as a unit to save lives, limit damage and ensure the safety of everyone involved. Tragically, a civilian perished in the crash and subsequent fire. The initial personnel are being recognized for their actions with a PGFD Unit Citation.
A Unit Citation is the highest level award bestowed upon a group of individuals that acted as a unit to mitigate the incident.
WHAT: Unit Citation Presentation
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1:30 pm
WHERE: Stage at National Plaza, National Harbor (near entrance to Capital Wheel)
WHO: Prince George's County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale, County Police Chief Stawinski and Fairfax Fire Chief Butler, Unit Citation recipients
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
PHOTO CREDIT - Matt Fisher, PGPD
|L to R Public Safety Director Mark Magaw, Fire Chief Barksdale, Firefighter/Medic Bascom and Police Chief Stawinski|
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Prince George’s County, MD -- Over a span of 12 days this April, 250 members of the Prince George’s County Fire Department will participate in a comprehensive EAT SWEAT THRIVE workshop series delivered by O2X Human Performance, a Boston-based company started by former Navy SEALs. All O2X training will be held at the Cranford-Graves Fire/EMS Services Building at 6820 Webster Street in Landover Hills.
During the sessions, firefighters will learn about nutrition, conditioning, sleep, stress management and resilience training from O2X’s team that includes U.S. Special Operations veterans, strength and conditioning specialists, yoga teachers, mental performance experts, PhDs in nutrition and psychology, and sleep scientists.
As tactical athletes, firefighters put themselves in harm’s way daily in order to keep their community safe. Along with facing adverse weather conditions and unpredictable dangerous environments, they deal with heightened levels of job-related physical and mental stress for the duration of their long careers. As a result, it is critical that they train properly not only to stay healthy and fit, but also to optimize their performance under pressure and to cope with chronic stress.
“Like all firefighters, our members face high injury rates, elevated cancer and cardiac health risks, poor sleep hygiene, and behavioral health issues - just as a product of the job.” Said County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale. “This is where O2X comes in. They provide a comprehensive approach to performance that tackles every aspect from nutrition, conditioning, and yoga to sleep, stress management, and mindfulness. This program will help keep our members safe and effective.”
O2X has worked with hundreds of public safety agencies nationwide - including many in the DMV area - to provide innovative training and education aimed to help first responders finish their careers as strong as they started.
About O2X: O2X Human Performance provides comprehensive, science-backed training and education so tactical athletes can finish their careers as strong as they started. The results driven O2X EAT SWEAT THRIVE curriculum encompasses all areas of human performance: nutrition, conditioning, sleep, stress management, and resilience. The O2X team is comprised of U.S. Special Operations veterans, Olympic, professional, and All-American collegiate athletes, and 70+ human performance experts who teach the latest cutting-edge research in each of the primary fields of health and wellness.
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Monday, April 1, 2019
“This training is part of a continued regional partnership across numerous police, fire, and emergency medical services departments to enhance medical care during high threat events," said Brian J. Frankel, Prince George's Fire/EMS Department Deputy Fire Chief. "The course was sponsored by the Maryland Emergency Response System through a grant from the Urban Area Security Initiative, a federal program that supports efforts to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.”