The personnel of Prince Georgeâ€™s County Fire/EMS Departments Technical Rescue Services Team (TRS) received a commendation and acknowledgment for their hard work and dedication to the citizens and residents. Major Rudy Thomas presented the personnel with plaques recognizing the excellence of personnel for their work ethic and professionalism in several recent incidents. These incidents included the rescue of a teen aged male from a snow covered steep incline, the rescue of an unstable male from the Northwest Branch, the removal of individuals that had slid off the roadway and down an extremely steep incline in Largo; twice, and the rescue of 2 dogs from deep confined spaces on separate incidents. These rescues were in addition to the dozens of collapse calls responded to during the record heavy snowfall of February 2010.
The Departments Technical Rescue Services Team responds to incidents involving; confined space, high-angle, swift water/water, trench rescue, collapse and any rescue requiring the application of special knowledge, skills, and equipment to safely resolve unique and/or complex rescue situations. The primary response of personnel and equipment for technical rescue incidents reside with the Tuxedo-Cheverly Fire/EMS Station. There are two satellite stations that include equipment and personnel response from Fort Washington and Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Stations. The Departments Water Rescue and Recovery Team Stations 856 and 857 and the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad Station 849 are included in the TRS efforts for water and swift water incidents.
Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones will present a Department Unit Citation to the Technical Rescue Services Team in the near future. This is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a group within the Fire/EMS Department. Chief Jones also acknowledged Major Thomas for his years of dedicated service to the citizens and residents of Prince George’s County and for his coordination of special services for the Department. Major Thomas is scheduled to retire after 20 years of service at the end of this month.