PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Oct. 21, 2008)—The Calvert County Division of Emergency Management recently welcomed Carl F. Brown, Sr. as the county's new emergency planner.
Brown began his career in 1976 as a volunteer firefighter and EMT at the Allentown Road Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County. In 1982, he was hired by the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department as a Firefighter/EMT. He was awarded the Bronze Medal of Valor in 1992 and two unit citations; one in 1998 and one in 2002.
Brown rose through the ranks eventually becoming a fire battalion chief in 2004. Assigned to Emergency Operations, he was a firefighter, fire technician, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and battalion commander in the 5th (Oxon Hill area), 3rd (Silver Hill/Suitland area) and 4th (Hyattsville area) until he retired in April 2007.
Brown helped develop response plans for on- and off-duty personnel assigned to the 5th Battalion in the event of a weapons of mass destruction incident. He also developed response plans to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and National Harbor in Oxon Hill during construction.
Brown was the lead instructor at the Prince George's Fire Training Academy for the first class of firefighters required to become paramedics as well as operational planning for paramedic engines and the training of paramedics in firefighting operations. He developed standard operating procedures for specialty apparatus and assisted in the design and assignment of tower ladders and ladder trucks. Brown oversaw the installation of over $1 million worth of vehicle exhaust systems in 35 fire stations that led to the reduction of carbon monoxide and the improvement of firefighter safety in the stations.
Brown is a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1619, nationally certified as a Firefighter III, Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor III, and graduated from Officer Candidate School and Management Development School in Prince George's County. He is an EMT-B and current member of the Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department in Charles County.
Brown can be reached at 410.535.1600 or 301.855.1243, ext 2537 or via email at browncf (at) co.cal.md.us.
Source: Calvert County Board of Commissioners