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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brad Paisley Pays Tribute to Firefighters with Song - Hails from a Firefighting Family!!!

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

Brad Paisley has always been a favorite country performer but his popularity amongst firefighters just went red hot.  Who knew Paisley is part of a firefighting family??  Paisley's family includes firefighters starting with his father.  So he didn't need to go far for inspiration for a song about firefighters, "All In," is featured in the upcoming Disney Film, "Planes: Fire & Rescue."  

"My father's a firefighter," Paisley said in promotion for the children's film. "He was my whole life. And my brother-in-law and several family members are firefighters. I was really honored to pay tribute to them. I sat down after seeing a rough cut of the movie and it came to me very quickly."  The entire Rolling Stone interview can be read by clicking here.

A recent USA TODAY article had these quotes from Brad;

"The movie is essentially a tribute to firefighters told through these planes," says Paisley, 41. "When John pitched the idea, he said it was a way of paying tribute to my dad. My brother-in-law is also a firefighter in Tennessee. These guys run toward the problem that everyone else is fleeing from."  Paisley's childhood in Glen Dale, W.Va., was dominated by the firefighter lifestyle. His father, 65, was the assistant chief of the local volunteer force and an emergency medical technician.

Firefighters were Paisley's heroes and he recalls the many visits to the station.
"My earliest memories are on these fire trucks," says Paisley. "There are more photographs of me from age 5 to 10 on these fire engines than there are photographs of me on birthdays."

Even on family vacations his father used to seek out the local fire department and ask to check out the trucks. Paisley says if he wasn't sidetracked by success as a musician in Nashville, he might have gone into the profession.

Being part of a firefighters family means you are part of an extended family of firefighters everywhere.  I often tell family members that if they ever get into a jam, wherever you are at, go to the nearest fire station.  Brad Paisley is already part of a firefighting family and is welcome anytime in Prince George's County, Maryland.  Brad - you have an open invitation to visit with our family of firefighters and ride along with us at any time.  

If things don't work out for you with singing, we have a spot for you here as a Fire Fighter in Prince George's County, Maryland. (:

Image from USA TODAY shows Paisley temporarily trading the cowboy hat for a fire helmet during a viewing of the upcoming Disney film "Planes: Fire & Rescue"

"All In" featured in the upcoming Disney film "Planes: Fire & Rescue"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Potential for Hazardous Weather Today - Stay Informed-Ready-Safe

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

The weather forecast for Tuesday, July 15, includes the potential for strong to severe storms that could result in Flash Flooding.  

Here is today's Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service (NWS).



Anticipate the NWS to post warnings later today concerning thunderstorms and flash flooding.  Please keep informed about today's weather.  Monitor local media for updates.

For safety information on thunderstorms and lightening we want to refer you to our partners at FEMA, please, click here.

Flash Flood Facts...
Flash floods occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall or a dam failure. Flooding is a longer-term event and may last a week or more.
Most flash flooding is caused by (1) slow-moving thunderstorms, (2) thunder-storms repeatedly moving over the same area or (3) heavy rains from hurricanes and tropical storms.
Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges.
Densely populated areas have a high risk for flash floods. The construction of buildings, highways, driveways, and parking lots increases runoff by reducing the amount of rain absorbed by the ground.
Water can erode the roadbed creating unsafe driving conditions.
Many flash floods occur at night when flooded roads are hard to see.
2 feet of water will float your car, truck or SUV!!! 6 inches of fast-moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.
Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.
Underpasses can fill rapidly with water, while the adjacent roadway remains clear. Driving into a flooded underpass can quickly put you in 5-6 feet of water.
The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department wants you to stay safe during this potentially dangerous weather conditions.  Help us by helping yourself and heed warnings and safety tips.
Flash Flood Safety Tips...
Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.
If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!!
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.
If your car stalls in high water, DON'T PANIC, leave your car and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely and call 911.
Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

More Proof - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives and Property - 5 Home Fires within 48 Hours

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

Several house fires across Prince George’s County over the past weekend have disrupted the lives of many residents, however, no one was hurt.  There is no connection to any of these fires except that in 3 of these 5 incidents a working smoke alarm is credited with alerting the occupants of a fire.

On Friday morning, July 11, firefighters from Accokeek responded to a report from an alarm company that they were receiving an activated fire alarm coming from a home in the 3100 block of Bryan Point Road.  Upon arrival firefighters saw smoke inside the house and immediately took action.  No one was home at the time an a electrical appliance, a dehumidifier, malfunctioned and ignited a fire in the basement.  Firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire and limited fire loss estimates to $5,000.  With no one being home and without that smoke alarm the fire would have grown until a neighbor or passerby could see flames and smoke coming from the house.  No injuries occurred at this incident.

25th Avenue scene by Trevor James on Twitter
Later on Friday, at about 2:35 pm, a smoke alarm emitted a warning to occupants of a 1-story, with basement, duplex in the 6700 block of 25th Avenue in West Hyattsville.  Firefighters from the Chillum Fire/EMS Station were the first to arrive with heavy smoke issuing from the house.  A fire in the basement was located and extinguished.  The occupants, escaped unharmed after hearing the smoke alarms warning.  Two pets, a dog and a rabbit, were removed by firefighters and were not injured.  Fire loss is estimated at $20,000 and the cause remains under investigation.  9 adults, 2 children and 2 pets are displaced and are being assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit (CSU) and the American Red Cross (ARC).

Fire showing from roof of townhouse on Grenfell Pl.
Photo by Laura Bashoor
Just after 4:30 pm firefighters from the Bowie area operated at the scene of a townhouse fire in the 13900 block of Grenfell Place.  No one was home at the time of the fire.  It appears a fire started on the exterior rear of the house, extended up the rear wall bypassing any smoke alarms and sprinklers, and entered the attic.  Firefighters arrived with fire showing from the top floor.  A 2nd alarm was sounded bringing a total of about 75 firefighters to the scene.  The fire was extinguished with 30 minutes of arrival.  The family of 5 adults, 5 children and 1 dog are displaced and are being assisted by CSU and the ARC.  Fire loss is estimated at $200,000 and the cause is accidental3 of these 5 incidents resulted in a working smoke alarm. 

Just before 9:30 pm firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 8700 block of 21st Place in Adelphi.  A malfunctioning gas dryer in the basement had ignited a fire, which activated a working smoke alarm.  Six adults and one child escaped safely and without injury thanks to the warning sounded by the alarm.  It took about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire with fire loss estimated at $15,000.  The family is displaced and being assisted by the CSU and ARC.

Fort Washington house well involved with fire.
Photo by Assistant Fire Chief S. White
An early morning fire destroyed a vacant 2-story house in Fort Washington.   The 2-story structure in the 200 block of St. Andrews Place was well involved upon arrival at about 5:30 Sunday morning with firefighters taking a defensive exterior position preventing the fire from extending to other structures.  This fire remains under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $250,000.

A working smoke alarm played a role in 3 of theses 5 incidents.  The early warning ushered all occupants out of burning structures without injury and allowed early notification to firefighters that arrived quickly, extinguished the fire and minimized the amount of fire loss.  With all occupants out of the structures and no reports of any humans trapped, firefighters focused their primary attention to extinguishing the fire.  Entire searches of the homes were conducted, however, without the urgency of searching for a trapped occupant.  This action reduced the risk of injury to firefighters.

Of the 3 incidents involving working smoke alarms, total fire loss is estimated at $40,000.  The 2 incidents where it is undetermined if a smoke alarm was present, fire loss is estimated at $450,000. 

Working smoke alarm incidents did result in the families being displaced, however, these will be short term.  The other 2 incidents will be long-term displacements.

Throughout all of these incidents, no injuries to civilians or any firefighters operating on the fire ground were reported.

Smoke alarms save lives, can reduce the amount damage your property suffers and the amount of time you will be displaced.  A working smoke alarm combined with a family escape plan increases the chances of you and your family surviving a home fire by over 50%.  A working smoke alarm, escape plan and a residential sprinkler system increase your chances of survival by over 80%.

The Fire/EMS Department highly recommends that families install a 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke alarm on every level of your home (this will be a law effective January 1, 2015).  Test your alarm on the first day of every month to ensure it is working, additionally, design and practice a home escape plan identifying two ways out of every room in your home in addition to a meeting place outside.

A better option to installing just a smoke alarm is to purchase and install a combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm with a 10-year tamper proof battery and install one on every level of your home and especially in areas where occupants sleep.  By doing so, you will be compliant with our CO law (effective July 1, 2014) and our new smoke alarm law requiring the 10-year style alarm by January 1, 2015 as well as providing the best protection possible for you and your family.  Visit your local hardware or home improvement store today.

Friday, July 11, 2014


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



An Equal Opportunity Employer
$45,000.00 /Year
OPENING DATE: 07/11/14
CLOSING DATE: 07/25/14
Bi-Lingual applicants are encouraged to apply.


The Fire/EMS Department is currently seeking a highly qualified individual to fill one (1) vacant Instructor III (1,000 Hour), G-24, position (Fire Instructor) in the Fire/EMS Training Academy.

This is a senior/lead level professional work responsible for providing key management level, administrative and technical support for managing the High School Fire Science Program in the Fire/EMS Department.  This position is responsible for teaching and curriculum development.  
Plans, develops and implements programs and provides management and administrative technical support to the Fire Chief in the creation of a variety of Fire/EMS programs related to the High School Fire Science Program; researches, reviews and prepares programs, plans and reports; develops strategies and makes recommendations to the Fire Chief on various topics/subjects; prepares, develops and evaluates proposals and assessments to guide in the production of topical reports and publications to keep the public informed; provides and conducts firefighting and other courses of instruction; meets Prince George's Fire/EMS Department's physical requirements and ensures compliance with Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's Training Academy guidelines, including requirements for Professional Development for Instructors; responsible for the overall direction and management of projects; and works with internal and external parties to organize, run, and conclude major projects.
Bachelor’s Degree in education, business or public administration, or a closely related field, plus two (2) years of professional experience in training or educational instruction; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  Applicant must:
  1. Successfully pass a background investigation.
  2. Possess a valid driver's license.
  3. Must have a Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board (MICRB) Level II Emergency Services Instructor by the completion of the first semester of school.
  4. Maintain a minimum of a State of Maryland EMT-B certification.
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) onJuly 25, 2014.

Prince George's County Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Diversity in the Workplace
EXAM #14-085-51-NM

INSTRUCTOR III - 14-085-51-NM Supplemental Questionnaire
*1.What is your highest level of completed education?
Checkbox High School
Checkbox Associate's Degree
Checkbox Bachelor's Degree
Checkbox Master's Degree
Checkbox Doctorate
*2.Do you possess two (2) years of professional experience in training or educational instruction?
Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No
*3.If you answered yes to the previous question, please indicate the dates of employment and how you obtained the experience.

*4.Which of the following certification(s) do you possess?
Checkbox EMT-B Instructor
Checkbox Fire Instructor
* Required Question

PGFD Firefighter/Medic Selected as the American Legion National Firefighter of the Year

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

Fire Fighter/Medic Sara Shaffer was awarded a Gold Medal of Honor and named the Prince George's County Firefighter of the Year in April of this year.  She has received numerous awards since saving another firefighter that had sustained critical injuries when the fire engine he was riding was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on the Beltway in January. 

Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stopped by Shaffer's station this morning and presented a plaque from the American Legion for being selected as the State of Maryland's Firefighter of the year.   While at the St. Joes Fire/EMS Station in Springdale Chief Bashoor reflected on the incident in which Shaffer is receiving a well-deserved abundance of acclaim.  He told the crew that all the personnel on this particular incident did an outstanding job under challenging circumstances but that Shaffer's performance in helping to save life and limb of another firefighter was being singled out as being extraordinary and above and beyond the call of duty.

Fire Fighter/Medic Shaffer is also very gracious and quick to acknowledge her fellow firefighters on this incident and she accepts the accolades and awards on behalf of her team.

Fire Fighter/Medic Shaffer and the Fire/EMS Department were recently notified that Shaffer will be recognized at the American Legion Regional Level Firefighter of the year in Ocean City on July 17 and that in August she will be recognized as the American Legion National Fire Fighter of the Year at the organization's annual meeting in North Carolina.  Congratulations Sara.