PIO Management of an MCI

It was 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon, with one NFL game over and another due to start in an hour. As I sat contemplating a favorable outcome in the next game, my thoughts were interrupted by the ringing of my phone. The caller ID displayed Public Safety Communications (PSC). My typical experience has been […]

High School Fire Science Cadet Program

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department High School Fire Science Program By: Leonard S. Simmons, Paramedic Captain, Training and Leadership Leadership Academy Springdale, MD – It’s a cool, rainy and quiet morning at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in northern Prince George’s County. In the parking lot of the school building about fifteen students in […]

PGFD Suffers a Line of Duty Death and Serious Injury

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MARK E. BRADY, Chief Spokesperson The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is mourning the death of one of our own and praying for the best of a second member.  Firefighter/Medic John E. Ulmschneider was shot and killed while on a call Friday evening.  A Morningside Volunteer Firefighter, Kevin Swain, was shot multiple […]

BE WARNED – Firefighter Hose Lines are Lines You Can Not Cross

Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 mebrady@co.pg.md.us    Twitter – @PGFDPIO Members of the fire service totally understand a motorist’s frustration when trapped in their neighborhood or complex by fire hose laid in the street or driveway. We may understand your frustration but we can not allow you to drive over our hoses. Motorists need […]

Firefighter Rescued After Fall Through Roof of Burning House – Old Marlboro Pike

      MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E . Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 mebrady@co.pg.md.us @PGFDPIO Prince George’s County Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Donny Fletcher knows the feeling of falling through a burnt out section of a house and holding on for your life waiting for someone to rescue you. Fletcher fell through a burnt out stairwell in […]

FEMA PIO Training Opportunity

Mark E. Brady Chief Spokesperson/PIO Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department 9201 Basil Court #452 Largo, MD 20774 240-508-7930   PIO Training Opportunity An opportunity to apply for the E953 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific, PIO, train-the-trainer class is currently open. The weeklong class will be taught at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, […]

Busy Shift for PGFD on Monday

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 mebrady@co.pg.md.us @PGFDPIO Monday, October 19, 2015 proved to be a busy day for firefighters in Prince George’s County, Maryland. These incidents that required some level of suppression and caused monetary loss to property. Yesterday, in general, was an above average day for the entire Department. The Department […]

PIO Lessons Learned from the WDBJ-TV Tragedy?

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By: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson/Public Information Officer What can we take away from this tragedy for our own safety and that of others. Friends and new acquaintances often ask me after they hear what I do for a living, “I bet you have seen everything?” My response is always, “I may think so until […]

PGFD Safety First Day of the Month – Safety Advice of July 2015

PGFD Safety First Day of the Month – Safety Advice for July 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 mebrady@co.pg.md.us @PGFDPIO Today is July 1, 2015, the Safety First Day of the Month. Having a working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm could be the difference in life or death – yours and […]

Temporary Relocation of Firefighters and Apparatus Due to Emergency Plumbing Repairs

Staffing and apparatus from one Beltsville Fire/EMS Station have been temporarily relocated to their sister station while emergency plumbing and associated repairs are ongoing. A broken sewage pipe that drains kitchen waste, not human waste, was found Friday night at the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station 831 located at 4911 Prince George’s Avenue.   Working with the volunteer […]

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