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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Unit Citation Awarded From BW Parkway Crash

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Twenty-eight career and volunteer members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department were presented with the Departments highest award – a Unit Citation. The presentation was made by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor who presented individual certificates, letters and Distinguished Service Ribbons to the individuals involved. Unit Citation Plaques were also presented to each unit that will be displayed in the station or office of the unit. The award presentation was held at the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station on Tuesday evening, October 11, 2011. Assisting Fire Chief Bashoor in the award presentation was Lieutenant Colonel Jerome LaMoria who is retiring after 27 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Prince George’s County. This award ceremony is LaMoria’s last official act as his final day in office is Wednesday, October 12.

A Unit Citation is awarded to an entire crew assigned to a station, unit or incident that warrant honor as a group for valorous or meritorious action. Upon approval of the Fire Chief, any crew or unit so designated will be presented a plaque, suitably inscribed, to be displayed at the station or office of the unit. Each individual of the honored unit will receive a Certificate of Merit, Unit Citation, and Distinguished Service Ribbon.

The Fire/EMS Department’s Unit Citation was awarded for actions on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at approximately 2:27 A.M., Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department units responded to a motor vehicle accident on southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway, in the area of Laurel-Bowie Road. Fire/EMS units responded from Beltsville Fire/EMS Station 831, Greenbelt Fire/EMS Station 835, Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Station 814, Paramedic Unit 810 (Laurel), Paramedic Unit 812 (College Park) and the Emergency Medical Services Duty Officer. Personnel arrived to find a single vehicle crash involving seven victims. The adults, children, and an infant, some of whom had been ejected, sustained injuries ranging from serious to fatal.

In making the presentation, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “Although there were numerous and challenging obstacles, everyone worked cohesively to ensure rapid pre-hospital treatment and transport to trauma centers via ground and air. This incident tested the physical, mental, and emotional resolve of even the most experienced first responder. However, the professionalism and unrelenting commitment you displayed, as you worked alongside your fellow crew members, is commendable and worthy of recognition.”

The following listed individuals were recognized as a group with the Unit Citation.
All photos by Teresa Ann Crisman.

Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic Captain Roland D. Berg

Paramedic Amanda Garrett

Fire Fighter/Paramedic Rob A. Egli

Fire Fighter/Medic Amy L. Gunn

Fire Fighter/Medic Maria A. Dumlao


Volunteer Lt. Kelly Lawson

Volunteer Fire Fighter Augustine Garcia

Volunteer Fire Fighter Joseph Lasick

Volunteer Fire Fighter John Dutton

Volunteer EMT Kelly Piper

Berwyn Heights

Northern Operations Commander/Volunteer Chief Charles Fusco

Volunteer Deputy Chief Danny McCoy

Volunteer Assistant Chief Chief Chase Fabrizio – Incident Commander

Volunteer Lt. Ben Ross

Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin McVey

Volunteer Fire Fighter Justin Thorpe

Volunteer Fire Fighter Brandon Hool

Volunteer Fire Fighter Marty McMahon

Volunteer Fire Fighter Jason Hoffman


Volunteer Deputy Chief Matthew Tomlins

Volunteer Fire Fighter Steve Flora

Volunteer Fire Fighter Lindsay Meehan

Volunteer Fire Fighter Sara Grimshaw

Volunteer Fire Captain Charles Hagee

Volunteer Fire Fighter Justin Bassford

Volunteer Fire Fighter Ian Shattuc

Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael Alexander

Citizen Services Unit Billy McNeel

Halloween Safety Tips

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

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; trick-or-treating is one of greatest concerns to Fire/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 alcohol consumption with inherent dangers.

Often, there are safe alternatives to trick-or-treating that can be fun and also risk-free. Local churches 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 Marc S. Bashoor 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. Bashoor stated, “Remember Safety First ensures everyone goes home.”

For those who plan to venture out trick-or-treating, the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services 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 Monday, October 31, 2011, there are numerous additional Halloween parties planned for both adults and children over the weekend of October 29 - 30. Traditionally, when festive occasions are celebrated amongst adults, the consumption of alcohol goes up. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department offer 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.


Office of Human Resources Management
1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 159
Largo, MD 20774


An Equal Opportunity Employer
   $70,275.00 - $136,725.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 10/07/11
CLOSING DATE: 10/21/11

The Fire/EMS Department is currently seeking a qualified individual to fill the Fire Apparatus Services Manager, grade G-31, position in the Fire/EMS Apparatus Maintenance Division.

The Fire Apparatus Services Manager is a responsible management, technical and supervisory position in charge of the design, maintenance and repair of a wide variety of fire apparatus, automotive, and heavy equipment. Incumbent schedules, coordinates and directs all operations concerning the design, repair, maintenance and inspection of automotive and related equipment.
Manages the overall operation of the Apparatus Maintenance Division; plans, assigns and supervises the work of subordinate staff in order to meet the goals and objectives of the Bureau; schedules and coordinates the service and maintenance on automotive and related equipment with the operation agency in order for the equipment to fulfill its projected services; receives and resolves complaints from station personnel and vendors; conducts vendor inspections; manages the overall operations of the Department's SCBA program; leads and coordinates special assignments and reports; performs non-routine special project on a routine basis; prepares documentation of SCBA operation conditions regarding a firefighter's serious injury or death; analyzes apparatus maintenance problems and instructions, and implement modifications and improvements to maintain the fleet in operation readiness; develops detailed specifications for Fire/EMS rescue apparatus purchases, major repairs and maintenance; establishes effective rapport with co-workers, and expresses ideas effectively; participates in pre-bid conferences with Procurement and prospective bidders to protect the best inters of the Department and County; writes technical bid proposals for outsourcing mechanical work in a manner that best serves the County; has working knowledge of all EEOC laws to ensure compliance and enforces EEOC guidelines and regulations, and County policies and procedures with respect to equal employment, discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation.
Bachelor's degree with major course work in business/public administration, engineering or related field, plus at least five (5) years administrative and supervisory experience in fleet maintenance operations, including responsibility for maintenance of heavy duty vehicles and equipment such as those used in fire and rescue work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

DURATION OF ELIGIBILITY: Candidates will be selected from a temporary register of eligibles which will become effective approximately four (4) weeks after the closing date. Once a selection has been made, the register will expire.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an employer is required to hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Applicants who are selected for employment will be required to show and verify authorization to work in the United States.

CLOSING DATE: Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) onOctober 21, 2011.

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