The Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad (PFVRS) kicked off National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in a big way with an open house at their new home on Saturday, May 17. National EMS Week brings together local communities and EMS teams to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on the “front line.” The new station house housed valuable services available throughout Calvert County.
The Calvert Health Department offered a wealth of information on services that included their Crisis Intervention Center, community health programs, WIC Food Program, behavioral and environmental health services. Did you know that the Calvert Health Department offers a 6-week workshop for adults with Type 2 diabetes? Or that you can call to schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian for nutrition counseling and analysis, grocery store tours, chronic disease and hypertension nutrition. To learn more, visit their website www.calverthealth.org.
For those of you that are trying to quit tobacco, the Calvert Health Department offers a “Free Quit Tobacco Program.” The program offers free cessation products. One-hour day and evening classes are available for eight weeks. For more information and the class schedules contact Jane Dodds, 410-535-5400, ext. 359. You can also call Maryland’s free 24/7 Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-
Patches for Peds is looking for patches of all kinds to make tapestry quilts to brighten the lives of children battling cancer or chronic terminal illness. They are also accepting monetary donations to offset the cost of materials. To learn more about their program visit www.Facebook.com/PatchesforPeds. You can send patches or make a donation to Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad, Patches for Peds Committee, P.O. Box 346, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, www.pfvrs.org
The DJ played great tunes. Every 15 minutes door prizes were drawn with lots of winners. At the end of the day there was a grand prize giveaway of a bicycle and a 50/50 raffle.
Optimist Club of Calvert-Prince Frederick are changing the world, one child at time. They offered information on Youth Appreciation Week, their essay contest, college and career scholarships that are available, Project Graduation, the Halloween Party, Fishing Derby, Annual Christmas Parade and Santa Night. For more information visit www.OptimistClubofCalvert.org or www.Facebook.com/OptimistClubofCalvert.
Children’s Aide helps disadvantaged children throughout Calvert County. Their programs include Operation Backpack, Great Book Giveaways and Christmas Cheer Program. The organization offers scholarships for youth sports. For more information visit www.TheChildrensAid.org, or on www.Facebook.com/ChildrensAidInc.
Serving Maryland since 1954, the Maryland State Police Aviation Command offered visitors an opportunity to talk with a member of their team while viewing photos and videos of their work. They are currently seeking experienced pilots, paramedics and aviation maintenance technicians for their team. To learn more about the Maryland Aviation Division visit https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/SupportServicesBureau/AviationCommand.aspx
Calvert Hospice offered information on their programs including grief support groups and programs for children and adults. Camp Phoenix is a 3-day day camp for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. It will be held July 10-12, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown. Pre-registration is required, more information can be found by calling Jess Foster, MS, CCLS, 410-535-0892, ext. 2206 or emailing email@example.com. To learn more about services provided by Calvert Hospice, visit www.calverthospice.org. Calvert Hospice also wished to their major sponsors DirectMail.com, Floor Systems, and Medart Gallery & Custom Framing.
When your child comes in contact with something that may be harmful or poisonous, it can be a very scary situation. The Maryland Poison Control Center, manned by Brenda Aganbar, provided an excellent display on medicines and household cleaners that are poisonous to children and animals. For more information you can call the Maryland Poison Center at 301-690-5559, 1-800-222-1222 or visit www.mdpoison.com.
Smokey the Bear wants you to remember – “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Smokey the Bear looked fit at the Maryland Forest Service booth. He is celebrating his 75th birthday this year. Smokey passed out brochures on the Maryland Forest Service and open-air burning regulations in Maryland, and took a lot of photos with the children and the young at heart. To learn more about Smokey’s birthday visit https://smokeybear.com/en. The Maryland DNR Forest Service website is www.dnr.state.md.us/forests. If you have a question the Forest Service Office in Calvert County can be reached at 410-535-1303.
The mascot for the Prince Frederick Eagles visited with children throughout the building, showing parents where to find their table. The Prince Frederick Eagles offer youth football, cheerleading and lacrosse programs. This nonprofit sports and recreation organization is open to children ages 3½ to 15. Visit their website http://www.princefrederickeagles.com for more information.
Throughout the day the Calvert K-9 Search Team provided demonstrations of their dogs on a search and rescue mission. The Calvert K-9 Search Teams are all volunteer, and provide fully equipped, highly trained and nationally certified search dog teams. The group trains year-round and in all weather conditions. The not-for-profit organization also provides safety education to the local community, including the nationally recognized “Hug-a-Tree” program. To date, the group responds at least once a month to law enforcement search requests. To learn more visit www.calvertk9search.org.
Calvert County Free Masons offered a wonderful service. Members printed up ID cards for kids that included their fingerprints. The Calvert County Free Masons have been a part of the community since the late 1800s. Meetings are held at the Prince Frederick Lodge #142, located off Main Street. To learn more about the organization visit http://www.pfmasons242.org.
The PFVRS offered tours of their ambulance. Children were able to climb aboard and explore the vehicle. While they went through the vehicle, staff provided free blood pressure checks. Families could visit the Control Center and other areas to learn more about the duties of volunteers.
The Maryland State Police offered child safety seat checks. Car seat checks in Maryland have shown that more than 70% of children are riding in seats that are not correctly installed or are the wrong type of seat for the size and weight of the child. This can cause unintentional injuries or deaths during an accident.
Outside children were treated to a giant moon bounce in the shape of an ambulance. There was a wide variety of ice cream available from Mrs. Moo that helped you cool off on a hot afternoon. Children were able to look at police cars from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police Department, and a boat from Natural Resources. Staff from the Dive Team gave tours of the Zodiac Boat provided gear that children could try on, while they explained the gear’s use.
Members of the department offered free hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and popcorn. Donations were greatly appreciated. The PFVRS is 100% volunteer and relies on donations to keep operating. Donations help to buy new uniforms and equipment that are used to save lives. Your generosity is appreciated as they continue their mission to serve their community.
The event was just one way the PFVRS works with the community providing a fun day with important information for local families. If you are interested in learning more about the PFVRS visit their website http://www.pfvrs.org.
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Joyce Stinnett Baki / Calvert Beacon Reporter