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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two Heavy Snow Rescues

Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics handled two rescues this evening involving accumulation of heavy snow on structures. One of the rescues involved injury to an adult female and the other was a rescue of a dog trapped in a collapsed kennel.

The first incident occurred just before 5:00 PM when personnel responded to the 11200 block of Lennox Drive in Kettering for a report of an awning collapse under the weight of the snow causing injury. One of the home occupants was outside standing in the backyard underneath an awning when it collapsed under the weight of the snow. The heavy snow and awning fell onto the adult female temporarily trapping her under the pile of snow and fracturing her leg. Firefighter/Medics were able to perform a “labor intensive” removal of the injured female and initiated treatment of her injuries. The adult female, in her 70’s, was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

At about 5:20 PM firefighters and paramedics were alerted to a backyard garage and dog kennel collapse at a home in the 3100 block of Marquis Drive in Fort Washington. The homeowner reported that there was only one dog in the kennel. Firefighters arrived and made their way through the backyard and reached the collapse area and could hear a dog barking. Crews worked for nearly 30 minutes to extricate the “Chow” dog that did not appear to be injured.

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