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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

PGFD Goes PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department will once again do our part to raise awareness about breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month and we will help to highlight that one in eight women will develop breast cancer and every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer, not only effects women, but a percentage of men as well. Approximately 1,600 men will become breast cancer victims with about 400 diagnoses resulting in death. Though much research and strides have been made to cure the disease, much more research is needed to aid in the education and prevention to help save lives from this type of cancer.

For the second year the Fire/EMS Department will participate in the nationwide campaign for breast cancer awareness with Fire/EMS Department members; career, civilian and volunteers, having the option of donning pink work shirts during the month of October. Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, "The color 'pink' has become symbolic of breast cancer awareness. I am authorizing the change in work uniforms during this time to help with awareness efforts."

A member of our Department has designed shirts, both t-shirts and polo’s, that reflect our advocacy for breast cancer awareness. The shirts will display a symbol of care and compassion for those affected while demonstrating a level of professionalism to be seen by a member of the community.

Chief Bashoor stated, "If not you, we all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. This is an opportunity for us to show our support and I know that the men and women of this Department will do their part to support this worthy cause."

In 2011, the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness shirts generated about $13,000. These proceeds were donated to various agencies involved in breast cancer research. This year, we hope to raise even more.

The Fire/EMS Department also has a big surprise for everyone. You might say that we are going PINK in a big, big way. The official unveiling of our big PINK news will occur during a press conference on Friday, October 5, 2012, at 1:00 pm. The unveiling will be held at the District Heights Fire/EMS Station #826, 5900 Marlboro Pike in District Heights.

To order your PINK PGFD shirt and do your part to help with Breast Cancer Awareness, click here.

Contractor Injured at Previous Collapse Site

Just before 10:00 am today Firefighter/Medics responded to a report of a contractor burned. Fire/EMS units arrived at a commercial building undergoing repairs after a roof collapse months earlier at 1501 Cabin Branch Drive in Landover.

An adult male, 50ish years of age, sustained second degree burns to his upper body from a flash fire or electrical arc while working in or near an underground vault.

The male was conscious and breathing with serious burn injuries and was transported by paramedics to a Burn Unit.

Firefighters secured the area where the incident occurred and summoned PEPCO to the scene.

No further details are available.

Mark E. Brady

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