County Fire Chief Tiffany Green Joins HVFD’s Two All-Female EMS Crews Sunday to Celebrate International Women’s Day
Sunday, March 8 — In recognition of International Women’s Day, the HVFD staffed its two basic life support ambulances with shifts of all-female crews Sunday and were honored to be joined by Prince George’s County’s first female Fire Chief, Tiffany Green, who stopped by for a visit during the day shift.
Minutes after Chief Green’s visit, the units were dispatched to separate calls.
The HVFD is proud that about 25% of our active operational volunteer members are women — a growing number being led by our recruitment efforts including direct referrals from our volunteers to friends, co-workers and fellow students. The department not only recruits from the local community, but students from college campuses across the region looking for fast-paced fire, rescue and EMS experience with a busy, progressive department.
The two shifts of crews have a wide range of lives outside the firehouse, here are some short bios:
- Sarah Kessel
Sarah has been volunteering in the county for eight years, the last five years at the HVFD as an EMT and Driver FTO. For her full time career she works as an Engineer for the Navy but still finds time to spend in the community she grew up in.
- Charlotte Ishida
Charlotte Ishida is a first-year student at Yale Law School. Charlotte has been riding at HVFD for a year.
- Kanisha Bernard
Kanisha is a recently turned-over charge EMT from Hyattsville, MD. Kanisha is a UMDCP alum with aspirations of becoming a Physician Assistant.
- Samantha Saper
Sam Saper is graduating this spring from the University of Maryland with Public Health Science and French degrees. Sam has been a member at HVFD for one year and is a Field Training Officer.
- Patricia Thomas
Patricia Thomas, EMS Captain/Paramedic. Volunteer with HVFD for 8 years. She is a tax attorney with the federal government and mom to 18-month old son.
- Lindsey Abraham
Lindsey is an EMS Sergeant and has been with the HVFD for 5 years. She works as an ED tech at George Washington University Hospital and will be starting PA school at GW this summer.
- Mika Hess
Mika is a sophomore studying genetics at the University of Maryland. She’s been an EMT for two years and a member at Hyattsville for six months.
- Amiya Rattley
Amiya is a junior at the Howard University on the pre-PA track.
Are you ready to take the leap? Whether you are just starting out and looking to volunteer, or have experience and looking for a department to join to propel your experience and leadership skills forward, learn more about volunteering with the HVFD at HVFD.com/join.
And the work continues. On this #InternationalWomensDay our all-female EMT crew @hyattsvilleVFD w/in #PGFD that was on duty since this morning hands the reins over to the all-female afternoon/evening crew. Great work! Make sure you say hi if you see them out and about tonight! pic.twitter.com/z8McjMbydZ
— Prince George’s County Fire and EMS (@PGFDNews) March 8, 2020
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More crew shots from today’s celebration of #internationalwomensday here in Hyattsville. Thank you again to Chief @tdgreen99 for stopping by this morning and for all your support. . Want to join us and give back to your community? Click the link in our bio to start your application today! . #hyattsville #hyattsvillevfd #hvfdems #pgfd #princegeorgescounty #firedepartment #emt #ambulance #maryland