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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Volunteer Fire Lieutenant Released From Burn Unit - County Executive Baker Visits Firefighter

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Reprinted with permission from http://www.kentland33.com/

On January 15th, 2011, Tower Ladder Lieutenant Christopher Rutter was seriously injured while operating on second alarm box 46-23. He suffered burns to his back when he fell through the first floor stairwell and into the involved basement. By the grace of God he was able to self extricate himself to safety. After evaluating his condition on the fire ground, he was transported to the Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit in Washington, D.C. After undergoing surgery and spending over eight days under strict observation, he was released at 1400 hours on January 24th, 2011. In keeping with the tradition of returning a brother fireman to quarters from his previous alarm, members proceeded to the Hospital Center to do just that. Volunteers from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. aboard Engine 331, Truck 33, Mini-Pumper 33 and several utility vehicles arrived at the Hospital Center and gave Lieutenant Rutter his well deserved ride back to the Landover Road Engine House. As Rutter left the entrance of the Hospital Center with his mother Gail, they were greeted by Chief, Assistant Chief and President 33. After walking to Engine 331, they were then greeted by the members manning the apparatus.

The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. would like to graciously thank everyone that sent and/or showed their support during this time. Our department had an unbelievable outpouring from hundreds of individuals and departments/organizations. We would especially like to thank the Rutter Family, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III, The D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation, the men and women of the Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit, Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and Command Staff of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc., The Prince George's County Fire Commission, The Prince George's County Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association, members of the District of Columbia Fire Department, D.C.F.D. Engine Company No. 4/Air Unit No. 1 and anyone else that had a part in caring for our injured member.

After a busy day for Lieutenant Christopher Rutter, he had an unexpected, surprise visit from Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III. Executive Baker arrived at the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Company No. 33 around 2000 hours. He had been busy all day with several meetings, yet made the time to check on one of his local, neighborhood firefighters. He spent approx. 20-minutes out of his night talking to Lieutenant Rutter and thanking him for his dedication to the community and willingness to continue serving. After their conversation, Executive Baker wished Lieutenant Rutter well in his long road to recovery.

The Officers and Membership would like to thank Executive Baker for his visit and we wish him the best as he begins his newly elected position.


Couple Overcome by CO From Generator Inside Home

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

A Fairmount Heights couple has been transported to a hospital suffering from exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO).  At about 10:00 am today a 911 call was received from a home in the 1300 block of Doewood Lane.  The exact nature of the emergency could not be determined from the calling party.  Public Safety Communications dispatched police and Fire/EMS to check on the welfare of the residence.  When units arrived on the scene it was quickly determined that the male and female occupants, both in their mid 50's, were suffering from carbon monoxide exposure.  The female was found unconscious and the male was disoriented with both displaying signs and symptoms of CO poisoning.

The home was without power from the Winter Storm on Wednesday and the couple had a gasoline powered generator operating inside the home to power electric appliances.  The CO built up quickly and soon sickened the couple.  Paramedics treated the patients on the scene and transported them to an area hospital.

This incident is a potentially tragic reminder to never use a generator inside of a home.

This small gasoline powered generator was found operating inside of the home on Doewood Lane. (Thomas James)

 Using Portable Generators Safely


• The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Follow the directions supplied with the generator. Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use.

• Under no circumstances should portable generators be used indoors, including inside a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other enclosed or partially-enclosed area, even with ventilation.

• Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.

• Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can.

• Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.

Four Home Fires - All Without Power After Winter Storm

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department battled four house fires late Wednesday evening and through this morning.  All of the homes involved had lost power due to the winter storm on Wednesday.  in one of the incidents an adult female had to be rescued by firefighters from her burning home, she is expected to survive.   

On Wednesday evening, January 26, 2011, at about 10:30 pm, Fire/EMS units from the Greenbelt area responded to a reported house fire in the 100 block of Green Hill Avenue.  Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the house with fire showing from the rear.  Firefighters confirmed that all occupants were accounted for and safe outside as they initiated an interior attack on the fire.  A fire was located in the basement with some extension to the first floor.  Firefighters were able to knock the fire down in about 20 minutes.  A working smoke alarm alerted the lone female occupant and she was able to escape without injury.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $80,000.  The Fire/EMS Department's Citizen Services Unit provided assistance to the adult female occupant.  

Firefighters were alerted to a house fire by an ambulance passing by the scene in the 4000 block of Alton Street in Boulevard Heights just after 2:30 this morning.  Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire conditions and quickly determined that all occupants had made it out OK,  The fire was knocked down and contained within 30 minutes.  A male child about 10 years of age and an adult female about 60 years of age were transported by paramedics to a medical facility for evaluation of smoke inhalation and minor injuries.  The home did not have the protection of a working smoke alarm.   An unattended candle has been identified as the cause of the fire.  Fire loss is estimated at $30,000.  The family was assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit with temporary shelter.

An adult female was rescued by firefighters from her burning Glenn Dale home.  At about 4:30 am, Thursday, January 27, 2011, firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 4500 block of Woodgate Way with fire showing.  A working smoke alarm sounded and alerted occupants of the fire.  Four family members were able to escape the home prior to the fire departments arrival, however, a 60ish year old female was not able to escape and retreated to a second floor bedroom window and could be heard screaming for help upon firefighters arrival.  Firefighters stretched hose lines and began an interior attack on the fire and search for the trapped occupant as another team of firefighters brought a ground ladder to the rear of the house.  They extended the ladder up to the trapped victims location.  Firefighters ascended the ladder and removed the female out of the window and down the ladder.  She was evaluated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to an medical facility for treatment of 2nd degree burns and smoke inhalation.  She was transported in serious condition.There were 40 firefighters on the scene that required 25 minutes to extinguish the fire.  One firefighter was transported to an area hospital and has been admitted for his illness/injury.  It appears the fire started in the area of the kitchen.  The cause of this fire remains under investigation.  Fire loss is estimated at $80,000.  The Fire/EMS Department's Citizen Services Units assisted the remaining 4 occupants of the home with temporary shelter.  A working smoke alarm sounded providing an early warning to the occupants and subsequent early notification to 911.

At about 5:30 am, firefighters from the College Park area were alerted to a house fire in the 5000 block of Pierce Avenue.  Fire/EMS units arrived quickly to find a 1-story single family home with fire showing from the basement.  An interior attack by firefighters on the fire was in progress when a partial collapse of the first floor occurred.  Personnel immediately evacuated the structure and were accounted for and deemed OK by incident commanders.  An exterior attack continued on the fire which had now extended up to the first floor.  The family was alerted to the basement fire by a working smoke alarm.  All occupants escaped the home safely prior to the fire departments arrival.  The cause of the fire is attributed to a fireplace in the basement,  This home was without power due to the winter storm on Wednesday.  Fire loss is estimated at $140,000.  The Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit provided assistance to the displaced residents.

As power outages continue, the men and women of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department provide these safety tips:

Stay away from any downed power line – treat every downed line as if were energized and notify 911. Avoid unnecessary travel and make plans to stay at home tonight.  While you are indoors, test your smoke alarm and ensure it is working, if not, replace the battery and test again.  If it still fails to work, call 301-864-SAFE (7233) to arrange for a new smoke alarm installed in your home.

Top Safety Tips for a Power Outage

• Use a battery powered flashlight for emergency lighting.

• Never use candles for illumination.

• Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.

• Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.

• Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.

• Ensure you have fresh batteries in your radio and be prepared to stay informed if a power outage occurs.

• Before a power outage occurs - Listen to local radio and television for updated information.

Safety First – Stay Informed – Stay Ready – Stay Safe



Pierce Avenue in College Park

Woodgate Way in Glenn Dale