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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

BOMB SQUAD CLEARS SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND







The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package found on the campus of the University of Maryland. The Bomb Squad was notified just before 2:30 PM, Wednesday, August 5, 2009, by the University of Maryland Police Department concerning a suspicious package. The package was located near the courtyard entrance to the McKeldin Library and was not immediately identifiable, however, appeared to have the appearance of an explosive device.

About 40 Bomb Squad Technicians, Fire Investigators, Firefighters and Paramedics worked with the Campus Police Department and University Officials to limit access to the area. McKeldin Library was evacuated and a large perimeter extended into the courtyard mall.

Attempts to identify the contents using various technologies were not successful and a Bomb Technician had to physically examine it. After a through examination the Bomb Squad determined the device was non-explosive. While the package had a suspicious appearance it turned out to be “balloon weight” and considered a “good intent” call for service.

This type of device is believed to have been used to hold a large or several smaller helium balloons at a recent event. The Bomb Squad cleared the scene at about 4:30 PM and the Campus Police were in the process of returning the scene to normal.

Staffing Updates - Week of August 5, 2009

Staffing Updates - Week of Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Apparatus staffing continues to remain fluid and change as needed to better serve the citizens and residents of Prince George’s County.

Branchville Fire/EMS Station #811 is up today for the Volunteer Staffing Utilization Plan (VSU). They have responded on 1 ambulance call and one 1st due box with 5 personnel on the engine, so far today.

Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station #830 –Has a dedicated ambulance (A830) and a non-dedicated ambulance (A830B). The Medic Unit has been relocated.

Tuxedo-Cheverly Fire/EMS Station 822 will now house the former Medic 830. Medic 822 has been placed in service and responding from Station #822.

Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855 is running dedicated staffing on Paramedic Ambulance #855. There is no full time BLS ambulance running from this station.

Paramedic Engine #841 will remain in service.

District Heights Fire/EMS Station #826 has dedicated Engine and/or Truck, Paramedic Ambulance, and/or Ambulance, based on daily staffing levels.