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    Our own Harve Woods receives President Obama's Call to Service Award!

    http://www.thesentinel.com/pgs/Call-to-Service-award

    Published on: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
    By Julie Baughman

    Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Association firefighters Hugh Owens and Harve Woods were recently awarded President Obama’s Call to Service Award for their development of a communication system that provides real-time information to senior fire and rescue officers across the state.

    “We were looking for a system that would allow us to have information sent out to certain level people, that would keep folks up to date on things that were going on, in a real-time fashion,” said Woods, assistant fire chief at the Glenn Dale Fire Department.

    The concept originated approximately 10 years ago and the system is a product of the work of fire chiefs from across the state. It first came online a year and a half after work began on the system, and it has been constantly updated and refined ever since.

    “It’s almost a continuous process of making it better,” Woods said.

    The use of this communication system has been pivotal in relaying information about important emergency events to high level officials all across the state and not just at a local level. There had previously been no efficient method of spreading this kind of information statewide.

    “It took time for the word of various incidents to spread throughout the state to all incident commanders,” said Mark Brady, chief spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

    The system, he said, “Provides more timely and more accurate information.”
    Woods said if a Metrobus vehicle crashed in Prince George’s County, information about the crash is broadcast to fire and rescue officers within the county.

    However, if a more catastrophic incident such as a train accident were to occur, the communication system would spread information about the incident to other counties in order to call for assistance, Woods said.

    “We now have a system that, as soon as any one of the folks that operate the system pick up intelligence, they can send it out to those who have a need to have that information at hand,” Woods said. “We’re trying to fill in the blanks.”

    When asked how it felt to be a recipient of the Call to Service Award, Woods said he felt “humbled and appreciative.”

    “It’s not often that people in our line of work receive an award of this nature of this magnitude,” he said.

    Woods said the system has proven to work “extremely well” over the years and that the group who designed this system has been enlisted to help groups in other states develop similar systems.
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    Way to go Harve!
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    • #3
      Congrats!

      Love to hear more about this comm system....
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      • #4
        [Scfire]atleast the democrats acknowledge this stuff[/Scfire]

        lol nice work Chief.
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        • #5
          Congrats to the both of you!

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          • #6
            Well done to you and your partner sir. As long as the system isn't painted yellow, it should continue to work well!
            "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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            • #7
              WELL DONE THE GUNS CREW! Excellent work Harve. But I gotta ask....

              “We now have a system that, as soon as any one of the folks that operate the system pick up intelligence


              Whose "intelligence" are you expecting to "pick up"?????
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              • #8
                It is little known but Harv has pioneered many many communication and notification systems in his time. One if by land, two if by sea was all Harv's plan. He helped create the box alarm system. And most people don't know this but Morse Code was actually once known has Harv Code.
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                • #9
                  Congrats Harve!

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                  • #10
                    Congrats Harve!
                    "A fire department that writes off civilians faster than an express line of 6 reasons or less is not progressive, it's dangerous, because it's run by fear. Fear does not save lives, it endangers them." -- Lt. Ray McCormack FDNY

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                    • #11
                      Congrats to the both of you.

                      Come on in Harve and give us the scoop.
                      Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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                      • #12
                        Is the new system painted yellow too?
                        ~Drew
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                        USAR TF Rescue Specialist

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                        • #13
                          It's little stuff like this that sneaks up on us and makes our jobs a little easier.

                          Around here we're still in awe of being able to get our dispatches on our cell phones...

                          Way to go, Harve!
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                          • #14
                            Never heard of him.
                            Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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                            • #15
                              Wow......

                              Thanks guys....... I had no clue that this would get out...... And, the poor young lady that wrote the story did kinda get off track a bit.....
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