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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Free Admission to Capital Wheel for 1st Responders on 9/11

The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is offering free admission to all first responders on 9/11 to honor their service and to remember those who have given so much.

First Responders, to include Police, Fire, EMS, Dispatchers, Communications Operators and Military may ride The Capital Wheel for free on 9/11/2018. Friends and family members accompanying the First Responder may purchase tickets at the Military Discount price of $13.50 + tax. General Admission is $15.00 + tax. No reservations are required, simply present relevant ID at the Ticket Booth to receive the complimentary and discounted admission (friends and family must be present at time of purchase).

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K Walk

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Arrest for Arson of Upper Marlboro Restaurant

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

A 3- Alarm fire significantly damaged an Upper Marlboro building this morning.  At around 1:30 am, Thursday, August 2, 2018, Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to a building fire at 14703 Main Street in the Town of Upper Marlboro.  Firefighters arrived within 3 minutes of dispatch to find fire coming from a restaurant at that address.  Three alarms, approximately 100 personnel, were summoned to the scene to extinguish the fire which occurred around 3:00 am.  Fortunately, no firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.  Three occupants from apartments on the top floor of this 3-story building were displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross.

The County Office of the Fire Marshal estimated fire loss at $250,000.  During the course of the investigation fire investigators determined the cause to be incendiary.  Investigators also developed a suspect identified as Jessica Marie Poole, 26 years-of-age, of Harwood, MD.  She is a prior employee of the business and had recently been fired.  She was arrested this afternoon and charged with the following crimes:

2 counts of 1st Degree Arson,
2nd Degree Arson
2 counts of Reckless Endangerment

“I commend the firefighters that battled this difficult fire and to our fire investigators and law enforcement officers for determining the cause, identifying a suspect and ensuring the suspect was arrested,” said County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale.  “I would also like to acknowledge our County Police Department for making the arrest and to the Anne Arundel County Fire and Police Departments for assisting in this investigation.”

 Jessica Marie Poole, 26 years-of-age, of Harwood, MD arrested today for Arson in connection to a 3-alarm fire this morning in Upper Marlboro.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

PGFD Firefighter to Attend Wedding of Crash Victim He Helped to Save

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

In the predawn hours of a day in October 2016, two Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics were on their way to work at Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 on Cherry Lane.  Little did the pair know that before the start of their 7:00 a.m. shift, they would significantly contribute to saving a young man’s life and forever be remembered as angels.

Firefighter/Medics Damion Duncan and Michael Dugan were traveling separately to begin their shift at the station when they witnessed a vehicle leave the roadway at a high rate of speed.  Both instinctively went to help and found a young man, critically injured and heavily entangled in the wreckage of his vehicle that was wrapped around a tree.  As each did what he could to assess and treat the victim, a call reporting the crash was placed to 911.  The dispatcher was advised of everything needed on the scene of this accident.   

In July 2017, Juan Morales, along with his family and girlfriend, visited Station 810 and met Duncan, Dugan, and his other rescuers.  The group spent a couple hours reminiscing about that fateful day in October.  Morales, confined to a wheelchair resulting from injuries sustained in the crash, treated everyone to pizza lunch.  He thanked the rescuers for saving his life and dubbed them “angels in my path”.

Damion Duncan made a special impression on Morales and his girlfriend, and the trio formed a friendship.  They speak on occasion and talk of going fishing together.  The couple, now bride and groom-to-be, have invited their new friend to their wedding.  Duncan expressed that he is “honored” to have received an invitation.  He and wife Octavia are looking forward to attending the August 4th nuptials. 

Duncan, 45 years-old, is a 19-year veteran of the Fire/EMS Department.  Since the crash, he has been promoted to the rank of Firefighter/Medic Lieutenant and is currently a day work supervisor at a station in West Lanham Hills. 

Receiving awards and accolades are nice, but they do not surpass the joy of meeting a victim whose life you had a hand in saving.  Duncan will soon attend the wedding of a man who survived against the odds. His greatest award will be watching Juan Morales walk down the aisle to meet his bride without the assistance of a wheelchair.

Juan Morales and Damion Duncan meet at Laurel Fire/EMS Station in July 2017

Lt. Duncan after battling a recent 2-Alarm fire in Greenbelt.

Monday, July 30, 2018

PGFD Participates in National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Contact: Teresa Ann Crisman, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department – 240-508-3960

National, State, and Local Emergency Services Providers Urge Marylanders to Help Protect Children from Heatstroke on National Heatstroke Prevention Day with Demonstration in College Park

In support of National Heatstroke Prevention Day, July 31, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Safe Kids Worldwide, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, College Park Police Department, and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) are asking the public to act to help save lives.  Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related vehicle fatalities for kids 14 and younger in the United States. Since the beginning of this year, 29 children nationwide died of heatstroke after being left in a car.
To bring awareness, these agencies will hold a demonstration of how hot it can get inside a vehicle. The demonstration will take place Tuesday, July 31 from 10:00 – 12:30 pm at the College Park Police Headquarters, 7569 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20742. A display that includes a thermometer inside a vehicle and shows the difference between the temperature inside varies from the outside temperature. This will show that temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes, which is why it’s vitally important to never leave a child alone in a parked car; keep the keys out of a child’s reach and look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away.  

In addition to this display, to help raise awareness, on July 31st, NHTSA is engaging in an all-day social media conversation designed to inform the public about the dangers that heatstroke can pose to kids left in cars.  Every 30 minutes, starting at 7 a.m. ET, the agency will be using the hashtags #heatstrokekills and #checkforbaby on all of its social media posts.

Together, we can cut down the number of deaths and near misses by remembering to ACT.

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not inside so kids don’t get in on their own. 

C: Create reminders. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place and secure your phone, briefcase, or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 9-1-1. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

For more information on preventing child heatstroke deaths, please visit www.safekids.org/heatstroke

Friday, July 27, 2018

PGFD Fire Chief commends partnership between Fire Investigators and Prosecutors

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

The Prince George’s County Fire Chief is commending the partnership of Fire Investigators and States Attorney’s Office in a recent case of Arson.  On August 30, 2017, firefighters responded to a house fire in the 900 block of Jackson Valley Court in Bowie, MD. Once on scene, a fire on the exterior wooden deck of the home was extinguished. Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal determined the homeowner, Zoe Artis, intentionally set the fire. It was alleged that Artis started a fire in her home because she was upset about an ongoing foreclosure issue.

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, a Prince George’s County Judge found Zoe Artis not competent to stand trial for first-degree arson and related charges.

“We take arson very seriously in Prince George’s County and will vigorously investigate and arrest anyone that is found responsible for this heinous crime,” said Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale.  “Our Fire Investigators and States Attorney’s Office have an excellent working partnership in presenting strong cases for prosecuting suspects to the fullest extent permissible.  I commend these dedicated public safety individuals, investigators and prosecutors, for their hard work and professionalism.”

Artis has been taken into custody for further evaluation and treatment.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Job Announcement - Firefighter I

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is hiring for the position of Firefighter I.  The application period is open until July 23, 2018, at 5:00 pm.  To review the announcement and apply for the position, click here.