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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Civilian Injured in Residential Garage Roof Collapse

At about 11:45 AM, Tuesday, February 9, 2010, Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics responded to a 911 call reporting a roof collapse of a residential garage at 11012 Croom Road in Upper Marlboro. An adult male had been attempting to remove snow from the pitched roof of his garage and had just exited the roof area when the collapse occurred. The adult male, in his 60’s, was thrown from a ladder about 20 feet and sustained potentially serious injuries.

Paramedics are transporting the male to a Trauma Center for evaluation and treatment of his injuries. The garage sustained significant structural damage.

The Fire/EMS Department is aware of the dangers of heavy snow accumulation on roofs of residential and commercial structures and shares our citizens concerns. However, our primary concern is with your safety and welfare. The safest manner to deal with these occurrences is to contact a professional roof contractor to remove the snow.

Citizens and residents should not venture on to roofs attempting to clear snow. The additional weight of the person on the roof may be enough to cause a collapse. Additionally, there are inherent dangers of being on an elevated roof with ice and snowy conditions.

Residents should keep a close eye on their roof structure. If you see your roof sagging, hear wood breaking noises or metal stress noises – evacuate the home or business immediately and call 911.

Fire CHief Jones Commends His Department for BLizzard 2010 Operations

TO: Members of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department


FR: Eugene A. Jones, Fire Chief


RE: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty


In keeping with the highest traditions of the Fire/EMS service, the men and women of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department responded to the calls of the citizens and residents despite the worst conditions many have faced in their careers.


The Blizzard of 2010 could not dampen the enthusiasm and dedication with which we serve everyday as the nation’s premier responders. Our people showed why we continue to rank as one of the nation's busiest Fire/EMS departments and as the largest and most successful combination systems in the Country, if not the world.


While the vehicles got stuck in the snow you continued to the call on foot to ensure the welfare of the public. The citizens and residents have come to expect nothing but the best from us and we delivered.


I want to let the members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department know that I appreciate the work they have done and look forward to your future endeavors. As we face another storm, I am confident that you will serve in the same dedicated and effective manner because of who you are.


Thank you for all you do. To yourselves remain true. Thanks also to the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation for assisting us by working through the storm despite the challenges.