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Friday, February 16, 2018

Firefighter Arrested (CORRECTION MADE on 2-20-2018)

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

On February 13, 2018, A 19 year old Prince George’s County resident and volunteer firefighter, Mr. Tyree Torney, was arrested for allegedly entering Suitland High School on February 12, 2018, and starting a fire.  Suitland High School was occupied by various teachers and support staff at the time of the fire. This incident was investigated by Fire Investigators from the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal and the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Arson Task Force. During the course of the investigation, Mr. Torney admitted to his involvement in other incidents highlighted below.

His initial volunteer firefighter application was submitted on February 5, 2017and Mr. Torney was currently a probationary member of the Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Association (Co. 818). Torney has been removed from all affiliations and operations with the Fire/EMS Department.

TORNEY, Tyree Donnell
DOB: 06/24/1998
Hyattsville, MD

Incident 1:
May 2, 2017 - Mr. Torney has admitted to setting a bridge on fire at 635 Stretford Way, Hyattsville, Maryland 20785 For that incident, Mr. Torney has been charged with:
·         2nd Degree Arson
·         Malicious Burning 1st Degree
·         Malicious Destruction of Property (over $1000)

Incident 2:
On June 10, 2017 - The Fire/EMS Department was alerted to 14302 Marlborough Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Units arrived to find an occupied two-story, end unit townhome with fire on the exterior of the Bravo side of the home. The fire quickly spread up the exterior and into the attic. This townhome was occupied by 4 adults and 1 infant who were all sleeping at the time of the fire. One of the occupants was Mr. Torney’s ex-girlfriend. They allegedly had broken up in May 2017. For that incident, Mr. Torney has been charged with:
·         5 counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder
·         1st Degree Arson
·         2nd Degree Arson
·         Malicious Burning 1st Degree
·         5 counts of Reckless Endangerment

Incident 3:
February 12, 2018 - The Fire/EMS Department was alerted to an incendiary fire at Suitland High School and an investigation revealed that a suspect entered the school and set a fire in the building, which was still occupied by various teachers and support staff. For this incident, Mr. Torney has been charged with: 
·         1st Degree Arson
·         2nd Degree Arson
·         Malicious Burning 1st Degree
·         2nd Degree Burglary
·         Malicious Destruction of Property (Over $1000)
·         Trespassing on Posted Property

All media inquiries are being handled by the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Anyone with information relevant to these cases is urged contact the Prince George’s County Fire Investigations Division. You can call 24 hours a day and may remain anonymous.  CALL 301-77ARSON (301)772-7766 or email 77ARSON@CO.PG.MD.US

Correction made on 2-20-2018 correcting the name of the Glenn Dale Fire Association.

Monday, February 12, 2018

District Heights Townhouse Fire with Civilian Fatality - North Hil Mar Circle

MEDIA CONTACT: Alan Doubleday, Assistant Fire Chief, 202-480-4776
ACDoubleday@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDNews

A female occupant of a District Heights townhouse died after being rescued by firefighters on Sunday night.  Just after 11:00 pm, Sunday, February 11, Prince Georges County Firefighter/Medics were alerted to a townhouse fire in the 6000 block of North Hil Mar Circle.  Public Safety Communications obtained information from the initial 911 caller that someone was trapped inside.  Dispatchers relayed this information to responding firefighters.   Fire and EMS units arrived at the 2-story townhouse to find fire showing from the rear and immediately started a search for the trapped occupant as well as advanced hose lines inside to extinguish the fire.

An adult female was located on the 2nd floor by firefighters and brought outside to awaiting medics.  Immediate treatment on the patient was initiated and transported to a nearby hospital.  Tragically the patient was pronounced deceased a short time after arriving at the hospital.  No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  As with any incident that involves a potential fire fatality the County Police Homicide Unit will jointly investigate with fire investigators until a cause of death and cause and origin of the fire have been determined.  No working smoke alarms were found inside the townhouse.  Fire loss is estimated at $80,000.

The County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross are assisting 2 other residents from the townhouse of origin that are now displaced.

The deceased occupant has been identified as Doris Miller, 84 years-of-age, of District Heights.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Heavy Rain Forecast Prompts Flood Watch for County

Flood Watch for Prince George's County

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

mebrady@co.pg.md.us    @PGFDPIO

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Prince George's County starting this evening and through Sunday.  If you must drive be aware that any road could incur flash flooding.  We have also included flood safety tips for you to review with family, friends and co-workers.  Remember to Stay Informed by monitoring local media.  Stay Ready by having a Emergency Kit stocked and available and Stay Safe.

From the NWS:

Flood Watch

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a

* Flood Watch 
* From this evening through Sunday evening.

* A slow moving front will lead to multiple rounds of moderate/
  heavy rainfall from this evening through Sunday evening.
  Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely, with
  localized amounts over 2.5 inches possible.

* Heavy rain may lead to flooding of streams and some rivers. 
High water may also develop in low-lying and poor drainage areas


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should
be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
This type of rainfall could lead to Flash Floods.  Flash floods occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall or a dam failure. Flooding is a longer-term event and may last a week or more.

Most flash flooding is caused by (1) slow-moving thunderstorms, (2) thunder-storms repeatedly moving over the same area or (3) heavy rains from hurricanes and tropical storms.

Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges.

Densely populated areas have a high risk for flash floods. The construction of buildings, highways, driveways, and parking lots increases runoff by reducing the amount of rain absorbed by the ground.

Water can erode the roadbed creating unsafe driving conditions.

Many flash floods occur at night when flooded roads are hard to see.

2 feet of water will float your car, truck or SUV!!! 6 inches of fast-moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.

Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.

Underpasses can fill rapidly with water, while the adjacent roadway remains clear. Driving into a flooded underpass can quickly put you in 5-6 feet of water.

Flood Safety Tips...

Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet. 

If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!! 

Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.

Friday, February 2, 2018

PGFD Basketball Team Standing Tall

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George's County, Maryland, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department were proud to be represented in the Badges and Ladders Basketball Tournament.  The tournament was held on February 1, 2018 at the Capital One Arena, home court of the NBA Washington Wizards Basketball Team.

While the results were not what we had hoped for the Department can stand tall as a result of the enthusiasm, sportsmanship and skills demonstrated by Team PGFD.

Players included:

Marcus Greene 819-C  
James Redman 841-A
Ramonz Height 843-A
Javon Height 835-A
Nate Davies 843-A
Derian Whitted 819-D
Tavaris Murray 846-A
Ronell Fayette 826-C
William Lewis 829-A
Allen McKnight 839-E
Martino Wilson 839-E
Patrick Jenkins 830-B

Fire Chief Ben Barksdale enthusiastically endorsed the teams entry into the tournament by saying, "Approved as requested.  Lets get another win!!"  Many thanks to IAFF Local 1619 for their support in meeting entry demands and to Teresa Crisman for handling the paperwork and taking the pictures of TEAM PGFD in action.  Deputy Fire Chief Tiffany Green and Captain Aaron White were on hand to cheer the team on!!!

Deputy Fire Chief Tiffany Green and Captain Aaron White were on hand to cheer the team on!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Images from Recent PGFD Ice Rescue Training

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, 
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department conducts annual recertification training for members of the Technical Rescue Team in Ice Rescue.  Volunteer and career members of the Department conduct training, weather permitting, on frozen bodies of water.  A recent period of below freezing temperatures provided an excellent opportunity to go on the ice and conduct the training.

Annual recertification includes classroom lecture and practical skills evaluation.

This particular training was conducted at Bladensburg Water Park on Friday, January 5, 2018.

All images by Mark E. Brady and are ok to use.