Fire/EMS and Police Department Conduct Interagency Initiative

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief PIO, 240-508-7930     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and Prince George’s County Police Department interact daily to solve both routine and complex emergencies for the citizens and residents of the County.  Part of effective operations is setting expectations of the capabilities of each Department and the approach each takes to provide excellent service delivery. Understanding these important facts early on in the careers of firefighters, paramedics, and police officers is critical.  Recently, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Technical Services Division, led by Acting Assistant Chief Michael Marino and his team, delivered the training course entitled “Fire Operations 101” at the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Training and Education Division for recruit session 139.  Topics discussed included composition of the Department, capabilities of different apparatus and personnel, command structure, basic operations, and common misconceptions. 

“This interagency initiative to educate newly appointed members of the Fire/EMS Department and Police Department provides an opportunity to increase awareness for all public safety responders,” said Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale. “In addition, it also supports many of the recommendations outlined in the newly released Sharon Road Safety Investigation report.”
The training session also focused on the numerous programs where both departments integrate efficiently to share resources.  Instances include the Tactical EMS program, which is one of the busiest in the nation, High Threat Medical Program (TECC) for police, fire, and EMS, and other programs.  In the near future, a reciprocal “Police Operations 101” program with PGPD personnel is planned for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS recruits covering some of the same basic topic areas.  Assistant Chief Marino stated, “I have had the opportunity to complete both the police and fire academy and work on a number of interagency projects understanding these issues firsthand.  Effectively comprehending each Department’s capabilities prior to an incident, from the beginning of a career, will pay dividends for our community and public safety professionals for many years to come.”

Fire/EMS Department’s Emergency Operations Commander, Deputy Fire Chief Brian Frankel, stated, “By starting our focus at the newest members of our agencies, these programs will ensure that all of our emergency response personnel are better prepared to address the needs of our communities.  We are excited about this program as it will continue to build a stronger and more resilient public safety team.” 

Assistant Fire Chief Marino provides classroom instruction to police recruits on FIRE Operations 101