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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Contents of Gift Bag Exceed Cost of Registration for 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K

The National Capital Region 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K walk/run will be on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort in the National Harbor.  The event, sponsored by the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services, is held in honor of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9-11-01. 

The first 343 people to register will receive a gift bag containing a Special Edition challenge coin, commemorative shirt designed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), and a voucher for lunch inside the Gaylord at the Pienza—“A place where bursting flavors and the overflowing abbondanza (generosity) of the Mediterranean are well represented.”  There will also be a 50/50 raffle for cash prize of close to $2,000.  The drawing will be at the event, and the winner does not need to be present.  

All proceeds from registration and raffle go to benefit the NFFF.

To be one of the first 343 to register, click here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Pinky" "Hope" and ?? - Third Pink PGFD Unit Needs a Name

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is preparing to accept the final addition to our cancer awareness campaign, “Proud to be Pink.”  In October 2012, Pinky, an engine wrapped in pink, was introduced to the public.  Just shy of 2 years later, Hope—a painted pink paramedic transport—made her debut.  Soon the Department will place in service a 2014 Pierce Velocity pumper, also painted pink but with a lavender strip around it.  Each of these pieces of apparatus was designed to raise Breast Cancer Awareness; however, the lavender strip on the pumper represents every type of cancer. 
The 2014 Pink Pierce Pumper needs a name. (photo by Paulwall Hawkins)
 The Pierce pumper will be housed at Capital Heights Fire/EMS Station 805, where Pinky currently resides.  Croom Fire/EMS Station 845 in Upper Marlboro is slated to become Pinky’s new home, with Hope remaining at College Park Fire/EMS Station 812.

The nickname Hope was selected from over 200 entries submitted through a social media promotion.  The same process will be used to name the pumper, and, once again, everyone is invited to submit a nomination.  When choosing a name, keep in mind that while the new Pierce engine is predominately pink, its lavender-colored strip represents all cancers.  Also, your choice should be in good taste and demonstrate a positive outlook.  One or 2 words are preferable, but all nominations will be considered.  In the event the Fire/EMS Department receives multiple entries for the winning selection, the person whose entry was received first will get an official PGFD pink uniform shirt that is worn by our personnel during the month of October. 

The winning entry will be announced on September 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., during the dedication ceremony for the new pumper at the Capital Heights Fire/EMS Station.   

Entries can be sent via Twitter to @PGFDPIO  and Facebook at Facebook.com/PGFDPAGE , and should include #PGFDPINK.  If you do not have a social media account, nominations may be submitted via email to mebrady@co.pg.md.us.  The deadline for submissions is September, 28, 2014. 

2014 Fire Prevention Week

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

4 Juveniles Charged with Crime of Arson

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

Personnel from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal have charged 4 individuals with setting fire to a temporary classroom in Laurel, Maryland.

At about 6:10 pm, Monday, June 30, 2014, firefighters responded to a report of a temporary classroom on fire in the 13000 block of Laurel Bowie Road in Laurel, Maryland. Fire/EMS units arrived to find a fire in a classroom trailer at Deerfield Run Elementary School. The fire was extinguished shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene.

Fire Investigators examined the scene and determined the cause of the fire to be incendiary.

On August 15, 2014, personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal charged (3)13 year old juvenile males and (1) 15 year old juvenile male with 1st Degree Arson, 2nd Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Burning, and 2nd Degree Malicious Burning among other charges that stemmed from the incident.

If found guilty, the charges listed above carry maximum penalties that could potentially keep these individuals in a juvenile facility until their 21st birthday.

In general, this calendar year’s arson crimes have displayed an overall decrease of approximately 8% compared to the same time frame of calendar year 2013 (January-July).  Additionally, case closure rates are well above National levels (15% National average closure rate versus 24%) for the same time period.  Arson arrests are up approximately 50% compared to last calendar year (January-July).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Residents Rescued from Temple Hills Apartment Fire

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

Two residents of a Temple Hills apartment required assistance in escaping a fire this morning.  At around 12:15 am firefighters were alerted to an apartment fire in the 4500 block of 23rd Parkway.  Fire/EMS units arrived at a 3-story garden style apartment building with smoke coming out of a 2nd floor apartment.  Two residents of a third floor unit could not escape by way of the stairwell due to the high heat and thick smoke so they retreated to their exterior balcony.

As one crew of firefighters went to locate and extinguish the fire on the 2nd floor another crew used ladders to remove the 3rd floor occupants to safety.  A complete search of the building determined all other occupants were able to escape safely before the Fire Departments arrival.  The fire was extinguished within 8 minutes of arrival.

The fire appears to have originated in an apartments living room.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Fire loss is estimated at $10,000.  Occupants of 2 apartments are displaced as a result of the fire.  A total of 5 adults and 3 children did not require assistance of the Citizen Services Unit or the Red Cross and made their own temporary living arrangements.

Remember to plan an escape from your home that identifies 2 ways out of every room.  Practice your plan several times a year and include a safe meeting place outside.  Once outside - stay outside.

Retreating to the balcony in an apartment building is certainly an acceptable means of egress.  If you need to use your balcony remember to close the door behind you and do everything you can to catch the attention of someone on the ground by shouting or waving.  Await the fire departments arrival for rescue.  If you have your phone with you, call 911 and inform call takers of your exact location.