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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Greenbelt Apartment Fire - 172 Westway

Just after 12 Noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, Firefighters and Paramedics from Greenbelt and surrounding communities were alerted to an apartment fire. Fire/EMS units arrived within minutes at 172 Westway, a 3-story garden style apartment building, to find heavy smoke coming from the top floor and roof. An aggressive interior fire attack was established in concert with fellow Firefighters performing vertical ventilation on the roof. An electrical malfunction in a terrace level apartment ignited a fire that extended to the upper floors by way of the interior of the walls within the building. A 2ND Alarm was sounded bringing a total of nearly 60 firefighter/Medics to the scene; some units staged a short distance from the fire in the event they were needed but were not used. Approximately 45 firefighters worked for 30 minutes to extinguish the fire and spent another hour ensuring the fire was completely extinguished. Fortunately there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Acting Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones was on the fireground and impressed with the operations of the Fire/EMS Department. He stated, “I commend the firefighters that worked extremely hard on this very challenging fire. Their hard work resulted in limiting the amount of fire damage to the building. I also acknowledge the efforts of our Incident Commanders for their forward thinking in the deployment of resources to extinguish the fire and in keeping everyone safe.”
The Fire/EMS Departments Citizens Services Unit provided assistance to 5 families, consisting of 7 adults and 8 children, which are displaced from their apartments. These 15 residents will be placed into temporary shelter by apartment management.

Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and attributed to an electrical malfunction. Fire loss is estimated at $75,000.
Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station was the busiest Prince George's County
station in 2008 with 17, 318 responses.

Each year the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department participates in FIREHOUSE National Run Survey. Being as we are a combination, career and volunteer, we fall into the paid department category.

Statistics information is compiled by Christine Barker, Manager, Information Management. Once complete the report is sent to me for submittal to FIREHOUSE Magazine and to the Fire Chief for his review.

The 2008 PGFD National Run Survey

Department Total Fire Calls: 18,274
Department Total EMS Calls: 103,638
False Alarms: 12,063
Total Calls for Department: 133,975

Busiest Fire Station: Station 829 – Silver Hill 17,318 responses
(engine, ambulance, medic)

Busiest Engine Company: Engine 833 – Kentland 5043 responses
Busiest Ladder Company Truck 814 – Berwyn Heights 935 resp.
Busiest Battalion Chief Battalion Chief 803 1337 responses
Busiest Ambulance A829 - Silver Hill 5477 responses
Busiest Rescue Squad Rescue Squad 849 – Laurel 2728 responses
Busiest Haz-Mat Unit HM 830 – Landover Hills 464 responses
Busiest EMS Officer EMS 814 2118 responses
Busiest Medic Unit Medic 829 – Silver Hill 6659 responses