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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PGFD Fire Investigators Need Assistance in Identifying Suspects

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.ys     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal Fire Investigations Division is attempting to identify the suspects shown in the above surveillance photos.  

The suspects are wanted in connection with several incendiary fires that occurred on 09/28/2014 at 4325 St. Barnabas Road, Temple Hills, Maryland 20748.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Fire Investigation Division.  You may call 24 hours a day and remain anonymous.



Housing and Dedication of "Courage"


 October 1 at 11:20 AM  

First there was “Pinky,” then there was “Hope,” and starting this week, there will be “Courage.”
The Prince George’s County fire and emergency services department launched breast cancer awareness month with a new pink fire truck named Courage. The name was selected from hundreds of suggestions people submitted via Twitter. Courage will be the third piece of pink equipment added to the county’s fleet and will be stationed in Capitol Heights.
Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said at a dedication ceremony that the pink vehicles are meant to remind the community to get regular cancer screenings. A lavender stripe around the new pink pumper is meant to represent all kinds of cancer, not just breast cancer, he said.
“We’re not just responders, we’re part of the community,” Bashoor said about why the county has adopted some of the pink vehicles.
Pinky was the county’s first pink pumper introduced in 2012. Shortly after, an ambulance the county named Hope also joined the ranks of pink-adorned apparatus.
Jane Stack, 49, was the first person to submit the name Courage for the newest pink pumper.
Stack, who is married to a county fire official, said she has had five operations to remove tumors, all of which had turned out to be benign and her personal experiences inspired the name. Before one procedure, Stack said she was particularly worried about her test results and told a nurse she was scared. But the nurse said something that helped ease her fears.
“‘No, you’re not scared,’” Stack recalled the nurse saying. “‘You have courage.’”

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

All of the following images are courtesy of Teresa Ann Crisman, Community Outreach Coordinator for PGFD
Invocation and Benediction by Fire Service Chaplain Dwayne Frost

Jane stack was the Social Media Naming Contest Winner being as she was the first to suggest the name "COURAGE."

County Council Member Karen Toles, District 7

Fire Fighter/Medic Technician Rebecca Richardson spoke of the history of PGFP Proud to Wear Pink Campaign

All 3 PGFD PINK units together for the first time.

The Pink Fireman, Marshall Moneymaker, provided personal commentary on the need for monthly self-exams, awareness and early treatment.

Cathy Copertino, Executive Director of the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center highlighted awareness efforts by Firefighter/Medics are making a difference.

Fernando Ascencio is the Executive Director of Nueva Vida, a regional organization that supports 3,500 Latino families affected by cancer here in the metro area. 

Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing, comments on building a piece of apparatus that means so many things to so many people.

County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor took the podium to help announce the winner of our Social Media Contest to name the unit, name reveal and Housing of the new engine 805.


The new engine is pushed back into the fire station - "The Housing"

Safety First Day of the Month - October - Fire Prevention Month

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

This is an exciting time of year for firefighters, medics and public educators.  First of all this is Safety First Day of the Month for October (Fire Prevention Month).  Take the time today to test your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.  If your alarms do not emit a warning signal, replace batteries or replace your alarm with a 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature.  Fire prevention is a year long job for everyone.  The month of October, highlighted by one particular week, is the time of year firefighters go the extra mile to remind and educate our residents about fire safety and the importance of smoke alarms.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.  For additional information about Fire Prevention week and tools to use please click here.

This years fire prevention theme is that working smoke alarm save lives.  Firefighters know this better than anyone else.  Having a working smoke and a home escape plan designed with two ways out of every room in your house increases the chances of you surviving a home fire by over 50%.

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is also encouraging the use of 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke alarm.  We see many fire related injuries and deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or a smoke alarm with dead or missing batteries.  Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, especially just out side of sleeping areas.

Do you need a battery in your smoke alarm or how about a brand new 10-year alarm installed in your home??  Energizer batteries just provided the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department with 5,000 batteries that we will provide to you.  We also have smoke alarms on hand ready to be installed in your home.  Simply call us at 301-864-SAFE (7233) or on-line by clicking here.

Fire Departments across the Country typically use the entire month of October to help highlight fire prevention habits.  Firefighters utilize public service campaigns, school visits and open houses at Fire/EMS Stations in an effort to provide fire safety and injury prevention.

Many stations in Prince George's County will be conducting open houses and fire prevention activities.  We will highlight just some that are planned and will continue to announce others as plans are finalized.  To find out what and when your local Fire/EMS Station is planning we encourage you to call them.  Click here for the location and phone number of the station nearest you.

St. Josephs Community Fire/EMS Station, 2900 block of St. Josephs Drive in Springdale.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fire Prevention Day: PGFD and Energizer Battery,  CYC-CYB
Shoppers Food Warehouse 2950 Donnell Drive, Forestville
Friday, October 17, 12 pm until 3:00 pm

We will help spread awareness about fire safety month and encourage the public to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
For additional information about this event click here.

Bowie VFD Annual Fire Prevention Day & Open House
Saturday, October 18, 2014,  11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
At the Freestate Mall Fire Station (Company 39 - Belair)
15454 Annapolis Road (Google Maps)

Come join the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad as we continue to make Bowie a safer place to live. Help us help you by attending a full day of fun, sights and sounds. See live demonstrations and displays of fire trucks, as well as other public safety vehicles/equipment. This year, we will follow the theme established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for Fire Prevention Week, "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month".

Events include:
   11:00 - Opening Ceremonies
   11:30 - Fire Department Operations Demonstration
   12:00 - First Hut Burning Demonstration
   12:15 - Residential Sprinkler Demonstration
   12:30 - Fire Extinguisher Demonstration
   1:00 - Helicopter Static Demonstration
   1:15 - Second Hut Burning Demonstration
   1:30 - "What Fills a Firefighter's Boots?" Presentation
   1:45 - "When the Ambulance Comes" Presentation
   2:00 - Auto Accident and Extrication Demonstration
   2:15 - Auto Fire Demonstration
   2:30 - Third Hut Burning Demonstration
   3:00 - Fire Extinguisher Demonstration
   3:20 - Fourth Hut Burning Demonstration
3:40 - Residential Sprinkler Demonstration

Baden Volunteer Fire Department 
October 30, 2014 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm

It will be a Halloween Costume Party for the neighborhood children aged 2 to 12 and their parents.  We will have various fire safety related games, skits, a moon bounce and fun activities all done with a Halloween theme.  We will serve light refreshments and give out fire safety goodie bags. It will be held in our outdoor pavilion and playground area.

For additional information contact Connie Boswell, Fire Prevention Chairperson, at 301-752-0010

Harvest Festival and Fire Prevention Night, hosted by Council Member Karen Toles
Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Friday, October 31, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is excited to partner with The Sentinel Newspaper in a contest for elementary school students.  We are looking for the best drawing that highlights smoke alarms and escapes plans for the students home. The contest ends October 3 so don't wait too long!!! Please visit the Sentinel Newspaper story by clicking here for complete list of rules and prizes.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Working Smoke Alarm Saves Lives of Sleeping Occupants in Brandywine Home

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) identifies a theme for the annual Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme for the week of October 5, 2014 is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”  Firefighters have always known this to be true and sometimes find it challenging to convince our citizens and residents to maintain working smoke alarms in their homes.  Although, in Prince George’s County we are hearing of numerous success stories of working smoke alarms alerting residents and allowing them precious few seconds to escape.

“Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives” was never more evident than this morning when a fire in a Brandywine home could have easily claimed three lives of occupants all over the age of 60 

The home did have a working smoke alarm and at 2:15 am the alarm detected smoke and emitted a warning signal.   A male occupant was awakened by the loud piercing chirps from the alarm and upon investigating discovered a fire in an occupied bedroom and removed the adult female as well as verbally notifying the third occupant.

While sustaining injury the three escaped with their lives and for the one occupant in the burning bedroom perhaps seconds from sustaining fatal injuries.  “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”

Firefighters responded to a subsequent 911 call and arrived to find smoke issuing from the 1-story single family home located in the 7000 block of Floral Park Road.  Medics tended to the female removed from the bedroom and found her suffering from smoke related injuries and also treated the third occupant, adult female with lacerations.

The bedroom fire was quickly extinguished with fire loss estimated at $30,000.  One patient was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation.  The other female with lacerations was treated on the scene and did not go to the hospital.  The displaced aunt and nephew are displaced and staying with other family in the area.

Fire Investigators have labeled this fire as accidental.  The live-in caretaker had fallen asleep while smoking a cigarette.  The smoking materials ignited bedding and nearby combustibles.

The male homeowner told firefighters that he had just replaced the smoke alarm battery two weeks ago.  Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.  Any resident of Prince George’s County is eligible to have a new smoke alarm installed in their home by firefighters or have fresh battery’s installed in your alarm at no cost to you.  Simply call our Safety First Smoke Alarm program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) or on-line by clicking here.

Consider replacing all battery operated smoke alarms with a new 10-year smoke alarm that eliminates the need to replace batteries.  Test all your alarms on the Safety First Day of the month.

Take the time to visit one of the many Open Houses and Fire Prevention Days at your community Fire/EMS Station being held throughout the month of October and see how smoke alarms work as well as learn how to plan and practice a home escape plan identifying two ways out of every room in your house and a safe place to meet outside.

Have your elementary school age children participate in a contest by drawing an escape plan or the location of smoke alarms in their home.  The Sentinel Newspaper sponsors this contest.  Rules can be found by clicking here.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

Friday, September 26, 2014

PGFD Ambulance Involved with a Pedestrian Injury

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Prince George’s County Public Safety officials are investigating an incident where an ambulance was involved with injury to a pedestrian.  Preliminary information is as follows; at around 5:15 pm this afternoon, Paramedic Ambulance 806, St. Josephs Fire/EMS Station in Springdale, had been dispatched to an incident.  While responding to the incident location the ambulance and an 11-year-old female made contact at the intersection of Greenleaf Road and Romney Court in Landover.

The Firefighter/Medics on-board the unit immediately stopped and initiated treatment to the young female.  According to witness accounts the female may have walked out into the street from behind a METRO bus and made contact with the side of the responding unit as it passed.

The patient was experiencing pain in her lower extremities and transported by another ambulance to a nearby hospital.  Her injuries are considered non-life threatening.

It is a matter of standard operating procedure for the driver of the paramedic ambulance to undergo post-accident testing.  Both members of the crew will also go through an internal safety review of the incident.

The Prince George’s County Police Department is conducting an investigation.