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 […]

Safety First Day of the Month – Make it a Habit!!!

Today is May 1, 2015, the Safety First Day of the Month. Having a working smoke and CO alarm could be the difference in life or death – yours and your family. Today is the day that the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has designated for everyone to test their smoke and […]

Capitol Heights Industrial Storage Yard Fire Destroys Fire Apparatus

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BY: Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO Over 100 firefighters on-board nearly 30 pieces of fire and EMS units battled a 3-alarm fire in a Capitol Heights industrial park that claimed 2 pieces of fire apparatus. At about 5:15 pm. Monday, April 6, firefighters were alerted to a large column of black smoke billowing from the […]

Learn PIO 101 Before Using PIO 2.0 and Social Media

By: Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO I recently had the honor of facilitating a class of experienced and very talented public information officers (PIO) from around the country. I am an Emergency Management Institute instructor assigned to the Train the Trainer – All Hazards PIO Class, L-0953, at the National Emergency Training Center located at […]

Meerkat, Periscope or at All??

OK media friends and public safety professionals. A new tool for the PIO toolbox has emerged and I would like to know what you think. First, there was Meerkat and now a newer version, Periscope. Both allow live streaming through Twitter with your IPhone. I understand an Android version is soon to be released. Public […]

Today is the Safety First Day of the Month- March 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 mebrady@co.pg.md.us @PGFDPIO Today is March 1, 2015 and is the Safety First Day of the Month. Today is the day that the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has designated for everyone to test their smoke and CO alarms. It’s simple: Push the TEST button […]

Final SIT Report – 6404 57th Avenue in Riverdale

PGFD Safety Investigation Team final report on the incident that injured seven firefighters.  The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is making this report available so that other departments can learn from our conclusions and recommendations.  Click on the link below to view the entire report. 6404 57th Ave Report  This report had been previously released. […]

PGFD House Fire – 12800 block of Princeleigh St in Largo 846 First Due 2-23-15

Watch raw video by clicking here.   Mark E. Brady Chief Spokesperson/PIO Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/EMS Department

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