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Friday, December 31, 2010

Ambulance Involved in Crash

At approximately 2330 hours last night a county ambulance assigned to Company 808, Seat Pleasant, was involved in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Addison Road in Chapel Oaks, Maryland.

Fire & EMS units quickly arrived on the scene and evaluated a total of four patients with everyone being okay and receiving only minor injuries. The civilian driver refused transport, and two firefighter/EMTs and another patient were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation. All are expected to be release from the hospital today.

There were approximately 10 firefighters and paramedics on the scene that supported this operation. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Prince George's Police Department.

Additionally, in accordance with Fire/EMS department regulations, a post-accident drug/alcohol screening will be conducted with ambulance driver.

Very respectfully,
Acting Major Paul Cruz
301 883 7154

Mark E. Brady

Four Residents Sick from Fumes

At approximately 2220 hours, Public Safety Communications received a 911 call from the 7000 block of Highview Terrace in Hyattsville, Maryland, for a report of an unknown odor in a three-story, multi-family apartment building. A fire department Engine was immediately dispatched and arrived shortly on the scene, investigated the situation, and discovered that a new tenant mixed common household cleaning materials thus causing an irritant odor throughout the building.

Additional Fire & EMS units were requested to the scene to assist the first arriving Engine due to a number of tenants complaining of the irritant. As additional fire & EMS units arrived, they assisted other tenants and in the ventilation of the building to remove the irritant odor. As a precaution the Prince Georges Fire/EMS Department dispatched its hazardous materials units along with its medical ambulance bus. The hazmat units were used for investigation purposely only with their advance meters.

As a result of the incident, four patients were transported to area hospitals for evaluations with none being life threatening. The patients ages range from 22 - 65 years of age and it is unknown at the time if the patients were all from the same apartment unit or from the unit of origin of the irritant odor. There were a total of 21 firefighters and paramedics on-the-scene supported by 7 apparatuses. The incident was beginning to downsize and fire and EMS units were going in-service shortly.

Very respectfully,
Acting Major Paul Cruz
3018837154
Mark E. Brady