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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Deputy Fire Chief Underwood Leaving

In an Email sent to the Fire/EMS Department this afternoon, Fire Chief Bashoor acknowledged the departure of Deputy Fire Chief Frank Underwood. The Email from Chief Bashoor reads;

All; This email is to inform you that after careful consideration, Frank has chosen to leave his position as Deputy Fire Chief, effective November 27, 2013.

While I'm confident Frank will continue to be active within the Department, please join me in thanking Frank for his 21 months of dedicated paid service, on top of the nearly 49 years of exemplary volunteer service to the County.

Thank you Frank.

Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief
Prince George's County Fire/EMS

Prince George's and Montgomery County Fire/EMS Departments Participate in Exercise

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

After months of meetings and planning "Vigilant Response 2013" (VR13) was held at the Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) on Powder Mill road on Wednesday, November 20.

VR13 was an exercise designed to test the response and capabilities of first responders and their work with ALC staff.  Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services took the lead during the exercise assisted by units from the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.

Prince George's County Units included; Paramedic Engine and Ambulance from Calverton #841, Ladder Truck from Berwyn Heights #814, Engine from Bunker Hill #855 and an Ambulance from District Heights #826.

The drill involved an explosion, chemical vapor cloud with multiple injuries.  The exercise tested the interoperability and working relationship of Fire/EMS personnel from neighboring counties as well as the interaction of first responders with ALC personnel.

Overall, the exercise was a success in testing the capabilities of everyone involved.  Most of the training evolutions went extremely well while areas of improvement were also identified.