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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Just Ducky Rescue by Clinton Firefighters

Fire Fighter Ferriter with one of the rescued ducklings.
Just a week after rescuing a large snapping turtle out of harm’s way the crew at the Clinton Fire/EMS Station continues their mission to protect lives, property and the environment. At around 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 31, 2011, the crew was alerted to a call to assist an Animal Control Officer in the 8700 block of Woodyard Road. Fire Captain Donald Poole described the scene, “It seems that large family of what appeared to be just hatched ducklings (9 in all) had fallen in to a large open drainage ditch and were unable to exit the ditch. Without the momma duck nor food and water, animal control officers were in fear the ducks would succumb to the extreme heat conditions.”


Fire Fighter Ryan Ferriter , the turtle rescuer, taking all safety precautions into account, was able to successfully pluck all 9 ducklings from the drainage ditch and turned them over to animal control, which has relocated them to a local animal rescue farm in the county. All ducklings appeared to be in relatively good condition.

Fire Fighter Ryan J. Ferriter is just weeks out of the Fire/EMS Training Academy and has already made these notable rescues.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Adult Male Working on Backyard Pool Suffers Cardiac Arrest

At around 2:00 pm on Memorial Day, an adult male was removing old water from his backyard swimming pool. Other family members found him unconscious in the deep end of the pool and called 911. The pool had very little water remaining.

Fire/EMS units arrived at the home in the 5500 block of Edgewood Drive in Temple Hills and found the man in cardiac arrest.

Advanced life support measures were initiated by paramedics and the patient was transported to a hospital in critical condition with CPR being administered.

This does not appear to be a case of drowning. It is possible the man received an electrical shock or suffered some type of medical emergency.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, paramedics and hospital staff the 51 year old man passed away after about an hour after arriving at Southern Martyland Hospital.  The cause of death is not immediatley apparent and will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Fire/EMS Department Operating Under a "Heat Stress Watch"

Prince George’s County, Maryland, is in the midst of it's first heat wave of 2011 with temperatures in the unhealthy levels and a forecast of daytime temperatures remaining in the 90’s. The Fire/EMS Department has initiated our first “Heat Stress Watch” for all emergency personnel.  This condition was designed by the Department's Risk Management office to keep personnel healthy and injury free.

During a "Heat Stress Watch" dispatchers at Public Safety Communications broadcast a prepared message every two hours reminding personnel of the dangerous and unhealthy conditions. Throughout the course of the day dispatchers provide the following information over the Fire/EMS Departments radio system: 









“A heat stress watch is in effect for emergency operations. 

Incident Commanders; heat stress injuries to fire service personnel are likely. 

Consider limiting active work periods to 2 breathing air (SCBA) bottles or 40 minutes before directing crews to rehab.” 

Crews, maintain pre-incident hydration by drinking eight ounces of water every hour throughout your shift.”

“Prevention before response ensures everyone goes home.”

Attention to the health and wellness of firefighters and paramedics is of the utmost concern at all times and particular care and precautions are administered during periods of high temperatures and unhealthy air. After being involved in firefighting operations all personnel must report to a rehab area. Water and ice packs are provided for hydration and to help the cooling process.  Paramedics monitor vital signs and have personnel remain in the rehab area until vitals are documented as being within normal limits. Incident commanders are quick to request additional resources based on incident status. These resources include; Paramedics, air conditioned buses, additional staffing and a canteen unit.


Activity level so far this Memorial Day has been normal. It is expected that as the heat of the day increases, so will the number of incidents our personnel must respond to.  Remember, Stay Safe to ensure everyone goes home.




Crews, maintain pre-incident hydration by drinking eight ounces of water every hour throughout your shift

Water and ice packs are provided for hydration and to help the cooling process.  Paramedics monitor vital signs and have personnel remain in the rehab area until vitals are documented as being within normal limits.

Season's First Heat Wave Safety Advice

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

The National Weather Service is forecasting the first heat wave of the season for Memorial Day into Tuesday. Heat indexes are likely to meet or exceed 100 degrees. Because this is the first round of seasonal heat and bodies are not acclimated yet, heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be a bigger threat than they would be later in the summer. Everyone is reminded to take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

With high heat and humidity upon us in Prince George’s County the men and women of your Fire/EMS Department want you to stay informed and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Temperatures in the nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions.

Your best protection is to stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

Stay Informed - Stay Ready - Stay Safe

At Work

• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water

Outdoors

• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home

• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly
• Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment
• Eat smaller meals, more often
• Take cool baths
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Remember to Stay Safe to ensure everyone goes home.

Two Volunteer Fire Service Leaders Pass Away

The career and volunteer family of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) is saddened at the passing of two long-time volunteer fire service leaders.  Each of these men made significant impacts on their respective volunteer stations as well as the entire County fire service.


William “Bill” Huttenloch, Past Chief of the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011.  Bill was a Life Member at Forestville VFD and was inducted into the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

Arrangements are:

Viewings
William "Bill" Huttenloch
Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 2-4 PM and 5-8 PM
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road
Clinton, MD  20735
Fire Department Memorial Service, 7 PM

Funeral
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 10 AM
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road
Clinton, MD  20735

Burial
Resurrection Cemetery
8000 Woodyard Road
Clinton, MD  20735


In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department.

Please keep the Huttenloch family and the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers.

The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department is grieving the loss of one of their Past Fire Chiefs.  The Kentland VFD website stated,It is with the deepest of regret that the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. announce the passing of Past Fire Chief and Life Member Jimmy Wells. Chief Wells passed in his sleep, Friday, May 27, 2011, at his home. He joined the department in 1977 and served as Chief of Department from 1986 to 1987. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ask that you keep the Wells family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Arrangements are:

Viewing
2-4 & 7-9 PM, Friday, June 3, 2011
George P. Kalas Funeral Home
2973 Solomons Island Road
Edgewater, MD  21037

FD Memorial Service/Funeral Service
8 PM, Friday, June 3, 2011
George P. Kalas Funeral Home
2973 Solomons Island Road
Edgewater, MD  21037

Interment will be Private.

Memorial donations can be made to The D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation, PO Box 4565, Washington, DC  20017.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wells family and the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Worker Injured at Campus Construction Site

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930


A green steel re-bar column support lays on the
ground after falling onto worker.
At 1113 am, Friday, May 27, 2011, the ambulance from College Park,A812,  was dispatched to the intersection of Stadium Dr/Regents Dr on the campus of the University of Maryland for an injured person. At 1117 am, shortly before A812 arrived, the incident was upgraded to a technical rescue assignment for a reported collapse of a concrete wall, unknown entrapment. The assignment consisted of Fire/EMS units from College Park, Berwyn Heights, Technical Rescue services and paramedics from the Glenn Dale Fire/EMS Station. Several incident commanders also responded including Bill Corrigan, the Volunteer Chief of College Park Fire/EMS Station.

Upon arrival units were advised by Gilbane Construction representatives that there was an adult male in the upper portion of the excavation, approximately 35' below grade, who suffered  injuries when a steel re-bar column support collapsed on him, and that the patient was not trapped underneath. 

Personnel from College Park  made entry into the excavation using the construction entrance ramp and began to assess the situation and patient and initiate patient care.

Upon their arrival personnel from Berwyn Heights Technical Rescue assisted with packaging and stabilized in a Stokes Basket, placed into the bed of a fire department utility truck and removed back to grade level using the construction entrance ramp. EMS personnel continued with their assessment and transported the adult male, in his 40's, to a Trauma Center with non life threatening injuries. 

From time of arrival until the time the patient was in the back of A812 was less than 15 minutes.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Weekly Recap of PGFD Stories

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services news site (www.pgfdnews.com) this week, you are missing some great stories and valuable information. 

Here is a recap of the stories posted.

Highly Decorated Arson K-9 "Misty" Passes Away

Freak Crash in Beltsville Involves Tree Falling Onto Moving Car Injuring Driver

New Lieutenant Colonel Appointment

PGFD PROFILE - Employees Soar to New Heights

Firefighter Injured By Dog After Battling House Fire

Clinton Firefighters Clear Busy Intersection of Snapping Hazard

Fire/EMS units and Haz-Mat Assist at Beltway Tractor Trailer Crash

Deputy Fire Chief Peden Honored for Veteran Status

Keep Memorial Day Safe - BBQ Safety Tips

Water Safety Tips

PGFD PROFILE - Maynard Thorn

Trailer Fire on Interstate 95 in Laurel

Career Recruit School #44 First Day at the Academy

Riverdale Volunteer Chief Ryan Expected to be Released from Burn Unit Today

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Riverdale Volunteer Chief Ryan Expected to be Released from Burn Unit Today

During an early morning fire on April 8, 2011, Chuck Ryan was performing his duties as a District of Columbia Firefighter when he was critically injured. Ryan also serves as the Volunteer Chief of the Riverdale, MD, Fire/EMS Station in Prince George’s County. Today is another milestones in Ryan’s road to recovering from his injuries. Steve Lamphier, Volunteer President of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, stated, “Chief Ryan should be released today from the Washington Hospital Burn Center.. Chuck still has a recovery period ahead of him, but he is making fantastic progress. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for Chuck.”


Pete Piringer, Public Information Officer of the District of Columbia Fire Department, said that Ryan is scheduled to be discharged between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm today. He will leave the Washington Hospital Center and return to Engine 15/Rescue Squad 3 Fire Station at 14th Street and V Street SE. The return to the fire station after release from a hospital is symbolic that the incident in which he was injured is now complete. It also serves as part of a firefighter’s tradition that everyone goes home after every call. Piringer stated a reception will be held at the fire station to celebrate Chucky Ryan’s release.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Trailer Fire on Interstate 95 in Laurel




Video and images by Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

PGFD PROFILE - Maynard Thorn

Profile by: Diane V. Cunningham, Administrative Aide, Public Relations



In 2008, Acting Fire Captain Maynard Thorn decided to pursue his goal of higher learning. He enrolled in the College of Southern Maryland as a part-time student, and the journey began. Three years of attending classes, homework assignments, and preparing for tests proved to be no small feat for the husband and father of four. However, everything he had endured during those years was a mere blur when, on May 12, 2011, Acting Captain Maynard graduated with honors and an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science.


Acting Captain Thorn, a 19-year veteran of the Fire/EMS Department began his career in July 1992. He served at several fire stations throughout Prince George’s County, while progressing through the ranks. Currently, he is assigned to Upper Marlboro Station 820, where he serves as the station commander on day work. When asked about his career goals, Thorn stated, “I will successfully complete all skills and requirements to effectively fulfill my position as a Fire/Hazardous Materials officer; continue to educate and lead personnel to a level of success that the Department and our citizens can be proud to support; and achieve the rank of Fire Captain.” As for his educational aspirations, he is already enrolled in the University of Maryland University College, where he plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree.

Acting Captain Thorn has completed many MFRI courses and maintains several certifications, including Course Design and Radiological Detection. He possesses a tenacious focus on upward mobility for himself, his family, and his crew. He believes hard work, commitment, and a willingness to help others are essential to achieving greater success.

Thorn, a native Bostonian, resides in Waldorf with his wife and children. He attends Ebenezer AME Church, where he serves on the Medical Ministry. In his leisure time he enjoys cooking, listening to all genres of music, and spending time with his family and friends.

Water Safety Tips


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Keep Memorial Day Safe - BBQ Safety Tips


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Deputy Fire Chief Peden Honored for Veteran Status

Angela M. Peden, a 21 year veteran member of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department and Veteran of the United States Army was honored at a Veterans Appreciation Ceremony. 

The Second Annual Muster to honor Veterans was hosted by the Circuit Court.  The event was held to honor the men and women of County government that are currently deployed and those that have served the Country as a member of the armed services at some point in their life.

The event was held on the Lawn of the County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro on Monday, May 23, 2011.




Photos by Melvin Contee, Department of Corrections

Fire/EMS units and Haz-Mat Assist at Beltway Tractor Trailer Crash

Around 1:30 am, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS and Hazardous Materials Team were alerted to an overturned tractor trailer. The truck was loaded with blueberries and rolled on to its side on the ramp from the outer loop of the Capital Beltway (Route 495/Route 95) to go on to NB Route 295 and also the National Harbor. There were no other vehicles involved in the incident. The fuel tanks for the tractor lost about 20-30 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled on to the road. The Fire/EMS Department’s Hazardous Materials Team contained the spilled product and also off-loaded the remaining 80 gallons remaining inside the fuel tanks. There were two occupants from the truck that were evaluated by paramedics, however, declined to go to the hospital.


Assisting the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department were units from Alexandria and Fairfax. The overturned tractor-trailer remained on the ramp throughout the morning rush hour and was scheduled for removal by mid-day. The Maryland State Police (Forestville) is investigating the crash.




Photos by Steve Hess, Major, PGFD

Clinton Firefighters Clear Busy Intersection of Snapping Hazard

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is an "all-hazards" agency.  Typically, our Department will respond and mitigate whatever may be happening; anywhere, anytime.  So it was when a citizen reported to Firefighter/Medics at the Clinton Fire/EMS Station 825 early this morning that a life was in peril at the intersection of Piscataway Road and Woodyard Road, fire/EMS personnel were quick to spring into action.

Personnel did indeed find a hazard that not only endangered a life but also was creating a traffic hazard from the motorists trying to maneuver around the large senior snapping turtle that was wandering around the intersection.

Firefighters Ryan Ferriter and Wesley Auld, taking all safety precautions into account, carefully scooped up the turtle, successfully removing the hazard and returned him to a wooded area near the intersection. All in a days work.

Congratulations to Captain Poole and crew on this successful endeavor.  All light-hearted comments aside; compassionate and fast actions of this type serve to support the high approval rating our citizens and residents have of our Fire/EMS Department.  Keep up the good work!!!

Now I'm off to call OPRAH and the TODAY SHOW!!!

A "large" senior snapping turtle was removed from a busy Clinton, MD,
intersection and returned to the wild.





Monday, May 23, 2011

Firefighter Injured By Dog After Battling House Fire


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

A Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medic was injured when he was bitten by a dog at the scene of a Capitol Heights house fire.  Fire/EMS units were dispatched to a 911 report of a house fire in the 900 block of Clovis Avenue.  Units arrived on the scene and reported fire showing from the 1-story, with basement, single family home.  Firefighters initiated an interior attack and search of the structure.  As the fire was being contained and extinguished, searches for occupants proved negative with the exception of three dogs located in the basement.  With the basement area deemed safe and free of any smoke or fire, firefighters secured the dogs in the basement.   A fourth dog was found outside and remained on the porch as firefighters went about their work.

Firefighters had the fire extinguished in about 15 minutes and were preparing to overhaul the burned debris when the dog, appears to be a Chow, left the porch and entered the structure.  Fearing for the safety of the dog inside the damaged structure, a firefighter approached the dog which acted friendly as the firefighter pet him.  Suddenly and without warning the dog bit the hand of the firefighter causing puncture wounds and possible nerve damage.  The veteran Fire Fighter/Medic Captain was treated by paramedics on the scene and transported to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.  This medical facility is a specialty trauma center that specializes in hand injuries.  The firefighter is still undergoing treatment, however, could be released as soon as this evening.

Prince George’s County Animal Management officials took custody of the dog involved in the firefighter injury until the owner could produce verification of vaccination.  The three dogs in the basement were not injured and are in the care of their owner.

Three occupants of the house will be displaced and are making their own arrangements for alternative living arrangements.  The fire appears to have started in the kitchen area, however, the exact cause remains under investigation.  Fire loss is estimated at $55,000 for the structure and contents. 

PGFD PROFILE - Employees Soar to New Heights

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Employees Soar to New Heights

While our shifts are spent side-by-side with co-workers, many times we are not familiar with what our comrades do off-duty. Some of the stories we have chronicled previously include stories of Cheesecake Johnny, Award Winning Gardening, Life of a Bomb Tech, Ascending Mount Rainer, Wounded Warrior Efforts, and a wounded veteran returning to the Fire/EMS service. Now we introduce you to a pair of employees whose hobby takes them to new heights. Paul Gomez, 38 years of age, and Dale Ednock, 43 years of age, are both well on their way to obtaining their private pilot licenses to fly helicopters. A hobby that each has long thought about and have finally taken the steps to fulfill their aspirations of flying.

Paul and Dale are both currently assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal. In addition to being Fire Investigators and handling day-to-day incidents, they each have other roles and responsibilities as well. Gomez is the Acting Battalion Chief and Ednock is the Bomb Squad Commander. Being assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal requires an array of additional training. Just some of the training includes; Fire/Arson Investigation, Police Academy and Hazardous Devices School. Both are veteran members of the Fire/EMS Department, Dale with 21 years and Paul with 16 years and each took similar paths to reaching their current assignments, doing their time in the field and eventually selected as Fire Investigators.

Paul Gomez (with firefighter gear on) discusses a Beltsville house fire
with Fire Fighter Hector Areizaga from the Office of the Fire Marshal.
Gomez started his fire service as a volunteer member at College Park and Hyattsville. After graduating from Career Recruit School he did his rookie at time at Glenn Dale Fire/EMS Station and then as a shift work firefighter at Seat Pleasant then a Lieutenant at Tuxedo-Cheverly before being tapped for fire investigations. Throughout his fire service career, both as a volunteer and paid, Paul was constantly being tapped for his skills and expertise. As a volunteer he provided video and audio support for projects with the Public Affairs and Community Outreach offices. His career path landed him in assignments within the Management Services Command for the Stadium Project, as an aide to Special Operations Command and subsequently to his current assignment in the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Dale Ednock confers with the Incident Commander
at the scene of a warehouse fire.
Ednock graduated from the Fire/EMS Training Academy in 1990 and was assigned West Lanham Hills Fire/EMS Station #828. He completed his “rookie book” and remained there until the middle of 1992. He was then assigned to the Special Tactical Unit (STU) at Tuxedo-Cheverly #822. Dale remained on the STU Unit until selected to go the Fire Investigations Unit in 1995 as a Fire Investigator/ Bomb Tech/EOD and K9 Handler.





The pair had always had more than a casual interest in flying. Dale described his interest in flying helicopters, “I have always had a fascination with helicopters. When I was younger, before I come to the Fire Department, I went back and forth on going into the military to become a pilot. For whatever reasons, at the time, I never made the leap. Flying is an incredible feeling. It is even more intense in a helicopter because, of the things you can do and places you can go that a regular fixed wing aircraft can’t.”

Paul stated, “I have always been interested in flying and learning to fly. I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter several times for the stadium project. I was approached by Jimmy White, from Public Safety Communications, who said he was going to go on an introductory flight with Dale Ednock. I suddenly realized that I could now afford to take the lessons and decided to go along.”

They are working now towards the Federal Aviation Administration’s private pilot’s license. Paul and Dale each stated the time commitment which includes school, flight time and commute to and from the airpark in Saint Mary’s County is time consuming from Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties (respectively) where they live, but it is all worth the time and effort. Gomez said. “There are a complete list of skills that must be accomplished to include a minimum of 40 hours of flight time and a medical physical. Part of the process involves solo flight without an instructor present. There are also cross-country requirements, a written exam (ground school) and oral examination.” When asked about his current status, he stated, “I currently have roughly 50 hours of flight time. For each hour of flight, it involves an hour ride to the airport, a pre-flight check, discussions with the instructor, and an hour return trip and refueling. It has been well over a year since I started the process”.

Ednock described a similar commitment of time by saying, “Quite a few hours. This is taking into consideration the drive time to and from the airport in Saint Mary’s County, MD and pre-flight check and the flight it-self. Absolutely all worthwhile!!!”

As far as their future plans with flying; Ednock said, “I still love my job. I think I have one of, if not the best position in the department. However, time and money permitting, I would like to turn flying into a second career. I guess the best thing is the future is wide open.” Gomez said his future plans include looking into purchasing his own aircraft. He said,”I have been looking to purchase my own aircraft – perhaps fixed wing due to the price of helicopters. Looking forward to retirement and potentially instructing others to fly.”

For the time being each has no intention of leaving the Fire/EMS Department anytime soon and enjoys their time both on and off-duty. Their soaring hobby seems to match their job at work which requires attention to detail and you never know where you will go throughout the course of your shift.

Fire Captain Dale Ednock prepares to search for the cause of a fire in Forestville.

Acting Battalion Chief Gomez (on the left) at the scene of a fatal fire in Temple Hills.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Highly Decorated Arson K-9 "Misty" Passes Away

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Highly Decorated Arson K-9 "Misty" Passes Away

Arson K-9 "Misty" served with distinction from 1999 through 2006.
On Monday May 16, 2011, retired Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Arson Canine “Misty” was laid to rest. Misty served the Department from 1999 through 2006 after completing an intensive six week training program in Maine with her handler Scott Hoglander. They graduated together and were certified by the Maine Criminal Justice System through a scholarship given by State Farm Insurance.

Throughout her career Misty provided assistance on many arson scenes. In addition to her work in Prince George’s County, she also responded to assist the following agencies: Office of the State Fire Marshal, Annapolis Fire Department, Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Baltimore City Fire Department, Howard County Fire Department, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, District of Columbia Fire Department and several Fire Departments in Northern Virginia.

Most notably, Misty was instrumental in finding patterns that led to a serial arsonist that was striking the Washington, DC area. Through her training, Misty was able to detect the presence of an ignitable liquid at many fire scenes which was one of many similarities. As a result, a task force was created and a 22 month investigation brought to justice an individual that was responsible for over 300 fires. This collaborative effort was featured on an episode of Forensic Files entitled "Hot on the Trail" in which she appeared. For her work on this case, she was awarded several presentations including a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Unit Citation, County Council Proclamation and a Special Achievement Award from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Misty, a Labrador Retriever, was 13 years-of-age.  Misty was originally a rescue dog in a pound before entering into the ranks of Arson Canine.  Throughout her Fire/EMS Department career and after; Misty remained a faithful pet, companion and family member to Scott Hoglander.



From NBC 4 News

Celebrated Arson Dog Dies After Long Career

Thursday, May 19, 2011 | Updated 4:11 PM EDT
Celebrated Arson Dog Dies After Long Career
Prince George's County FD/EMS
Misty
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From pound puppy to fire department hero.
That's how Misty, a retired Prince George's County Fire/EMS arson canine, will be remembered after passing away earlier this week at the age of 13.
Misty was best known for her work that led to the arrest of a serial arsonist responsible for setting more than 300 fires. The department said that, through her training, she was able to detect the presence of an ignitable liquid at many fire scenes, which was one of many similarities. As a result, a task force was created and a 22-month investigation led to the arrest.
Misty, originally a rescue dog picked up at a pound, also served in many other counties across Maryland, Virginia and D.C.
She worked for the Prince George's Fire Department from 1999-2006 after completing an intensive six-week training program in Maine with her handler, Scott Hoglander. They graduated together and were certified by the Maine Criminal Justice System through a scholarship given by State Farm Insurance.
After retiring from the force, Misty remained a faithful pet, companion and family member to Hoglander.

From WUSA TV 9 News

Prince George's County Fire Arson Dog, Misty, Dies

3:16 PM, May 19, 2011  |   comments
Courtesy Prince George’s County Fire/EMS
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD (WUSA) --  The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is mourning the loss of a beloved arson dog.
Misty served the Department for 8 years alongside her handler, Scott Hoglander, before retiring in 2006.
Misty became famous for her role in catching a serial arsonist in Washington, D.C in 2005. Though the fires were seemingly unconnected, Misty was able to detect an ignitable liquid at many of the scenes. This clue led to the arrest of Thomas A. Sweatt, who officials believe was responsible for as many as 300 fires.
The investigation was featured on an episode of Forensic Files entitled "Hot on the Trail" and highlighted Misty's role. For her work, she was awarded a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Unit Citation, a County Council Proclamation, and a Special Achievement Award from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
In addition to her work in Prince George's County, Misty worked with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Annapolis Fire Department, and the Baltimore City Fire department, to name a few.
Misty had continued to live with Hoglander and his family after her retirement. She was 13 years old.