PGFD INFO & ORGANIZATION
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Prince George’s County, Maryland is a diverse and multicultural community bordering the eastern edges of our Nation's Capital. The Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department responded to a total of over 122,600 calls for service last year.
FIRE CHIEF MARC BASHOOR
PAST PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS
|Darrell C. Odom|
|M.H Jim Estep|
|M.H. Jim Estep|
Fire/EMS Department Headquarters
Largo Government Center
9201 Basil Court, Suite 452
Largo, Maryland 20774
(24 hour, Operations Center)
(Business Hours: 8:30am to 5pm, M-F)
The Fire/EMS Department strives to improve the quality of life in Prince George’s County by promoting safety, and providing the highest quality of fire prevention, fire protection, emergency medical services, and community outreach programs.
The actions of the Fire/EMS Department will be guided by an understanding of the needs of our customers, while we ensure the highest commitment to safety, professionalism, integrity, and care.
Our Code of Ethics
As A Representatives Of The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department :
- We acknowledge that our three fundamental duties are to serve this community; to safeguard lives and property; and to respect the rights of all.
- We understand and hereby recognize and commit that our actions must always remain above reproach;
- We will remain honest in thought and deed in both personal and official life, and commit that we will strive to conduct our private affairs in a wholesome manner;
- We will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of this Department;
- We will never permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence our decisions;
- We will be constantly mindful of the welfare of others, and
- We will never act maliciously or resort to unnecessary force or violence in the performance of duties.
Should information of a confidential nature be confided in the course of our duties, such information will be kept in confidence unless its revelation is deemed to be absolutely necessary to fulfill our obligation.
We recognize that being permitted to be a part of this organization is both an honor and an expression of public faith. We openly accept this honor as a public trust, to be held only so long as we remain true to the ethical and moral values of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.
Prevention and Planning Over Response
As important as our response capabilities are to the protection of the eight hundred plus thousand residents of Prince George’s County, nothing can be more important to the well-being of our community than the prevention of fires, accidents and illnesses before they occur. We do this by focusing our attention on educating our communities on the following topics;
- How to make their homes safer from the dangers of fire,
- The importance of home protection devices, such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and residential sprinklers
- Proper planning for natural and manmade disasters, including emergency supplies, how to shelter in place, and when and how to evacuate when told to do so
- How to avoid needless injuries
- How to monitor and make lifestyle changes to prevent or manage long-term illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes
The Emergency Operations Command (EOC) is the largest and most visible to the public. The EOC includes daily operations and of all emergency services, both Fire and EMS. The EOC incorporates both sworn career and volunteer Fighterfighter/EMT's. The EOC is further split into Northern and Southern Divisions. The dividing line between North and South within the fire department is Central Avenue or Maryland Route 214 Within each division there are a set of battalions, Battalions 1,2,4,and 6 are located in the Northern Division and Battalions 3,5,and 7 are located within the Southern Division. "The PGFD's busiest service areas are located within Battalions 1,3,and 5 which includes the area commonly bordered by the District line to the west, Central Avenue to the north, the Capitol Beltway to the east, and Allentown Road to the South. These areas represent better than 60% of the PGFD's total calls for service, as they contain the highest population densities."
The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is organized into seven battalions. A breakdown of the battalions into communities and stations within the county is as follows:
Battalion 1 serves the communities of Capitol Heights, Landover, Seat Pleasant, and Largo. It includes stations 5, 6, 8, 30, 33, 37, 38, and 46.
Battalion 2 serves the communities of New Carrollton, Lanham, Bowie,and Glenn Dale. It includes stations 16, 18, 19, 28, 39, 43, and 48.
Battalion 3 serves the communities of District Heights, Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Suitland,and Forestville. It includes stations 17, 23, 26, 27, and 29.
Battalion 4 the communities of Langley Park, Chillum, Brentwood, College Park,and Riverdale. It includes stations 1, 7, 9, 12, 13, 34, 44, and 55.
Battalion 5 serves the communities of Accokeek, Camp Springs,and Oxon Hill. It includes stations 21, 24, 32, 42, and 47.
Battalion 6 serves the communities Laurel, Greenbelt, Beltsville,and Berwyn Heights. It includes stations 10, 11, 14, 31, 35, 41, and 49.
Battalion 7 serves the communities Upper Marlboro, Clinton,and Brandywine. It includes stations 20, 25, 36, 40, and 45.
The Administrative Services command includes Human Resources, Logistics and Supply, Fiscal Affairs, Facilities and Resource Planning, and Apparatus Maintenance. The Administrative services command incorporates both sworn career firefighters and career civilian employees.
The Special Operations Command includes The Office of the Fire Marshal, Risk Management and Safety, Professional Standards, The Fire/EMS Training Academy, and Technical Services. Technical Services includes, but is not limited to the department's HazMat Team, Bomb Squad, and specialty rescue companies.
Basic Response Guidelines
- Local Alarm
- Local Alarm(Respond/Proceed): 1 Engine
- Rescue Local: 1 Engine, 1 Rescue Squad or Rescue Engine, 1 Ambulance
- Rescue Local with Entrapment(Upgrade): 1Engine, 1 Rescue Squad or Rescue Engine, 1 Medic Unit, 1 EMS Supervisor, 1 Battalion Chief
- Ambulance Local: 1 Engine or 1 Ambulance
- Medical Local: 1 Engine or 1 Ambulance, 1 Medic Unit
- Medical Local(Shooting/Stabbing): 1 Engine, 1 Ambulance, 1 Medic Unit
- Working Code: Report of CPR in progress. 1 Engine, 1 Ambulance, 1 Medic Unit, EMS-Duty Officer
- Haz-Mat. Local: 1 Engine, 1 Haz-Mat. Unit
- Street Assignment: 2 Engines, 1 Truck/Tower, 1 Special Service(Tower, Truck, Quint, Rescue Engine or Rescue Squad), 1 Battalion Chief
- Street Assignment(In Non-Hydrated Areas): 2 Engines, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad), 1 Tanker, 1 Battalion Chief
- Haz-Mat. Street Assignment: 2 Engines, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad), 1 Haz-Mat. Unit, 1 Ambulance, 1 Medic Unit, 1 EMS Supervisor, 1 Battalion Chief
- Box Alarm: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad), 1 Ambulance 2 Battalion Chief
- Box Alarm(In Non-Hydrated Areas): 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad), 3 Tankers, 1 Water Supply Unit, 1 Ambulance, 2 Battalion Chiefs
- Haz-Mat. Box Alarm: 4 Engines, 2 Special Services(Truck or Rescue Squad), 1 Haz-Mat. Unit, 1 Ambulance, 1 Medic Unit, 1 EMS Supervisor, 1 Haz-Mat. Coordinator, 2 Battalion Chiefs
- Working Fire(Upgrade): 1 Medic Unit, 1 Safety Officer, 1 EMS Duty Officer
- Task Force Alarm(Optional Upgrade): 2 Engines, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad)
- 2nd Alarm: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad)
- 3rd Alarm: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad)
- 4th Alarm: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad)
- 5th Alarm: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Special Service(Truck or Rescue Squad)
- Airplane/Train Crash: 2 Engines, 1 Rescue Squad, 1 Haz-Mat. Unit, 1 Foam Unit, 1 Brush Unit, 1 Ambulance, 1 Medic Unit, 1 EMS Supervisor, 2 Battalion Chiefs
A Street Assignment is an odor of natural gas inside of structure, investigation of something burning inside of structure, electrical socket sparking, chimney fire, and other similar things.
A Box Alarm is the report of smoke or fire in ANY structure, such as a house, building, apartment, condo, townhouse, or school
Battalion 1 includes Stations: 5,6,8,30,33,37,38,46
Battalion 2 includes Stations: 16,18,19,28,39,43,48
Battalion 3 includes Stations: 17,23,26,27,29
Battalion 4 includes Stations: 1,7,9,12,13,34,44,55
Battalion 5 includes Stations: 21,24,32,42,47
Battalion 6 includes Stations: 10,11,14,31,35,41,49
Battalion 7 includes Stations: 20,25,36,40,45
Battalion 1 serves all communities in the general vicinity of Capitol Heights, Landover, Seat Pleasant, and Largo.
Battalion 2 serves all communities in the general vicinity of New Carrollton, Lanham, Bowie,and Glenn Dale.
Battalion 3 serves all communities in the general vicinity of District Heights, Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Suitland,and Forestville.
Battalion 4 serves all communities in the general vicinity of Langley Park, Chillum, Brentwood, College Park,and Riverdale.
Battalion 5 serves all communities in the general vicinity of Accokeek, Camp Springs,and Oxon Hill.
Battalion 6 serves all communities in the general vicinity of Laurel, Greenbelt, Beltsville,and Berwyn Heights
Battalion 7 serves all communities in the general vicinity of Upper Marlboro, Clinton,and Brandywine.