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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Capital Beltway Closed in Forestville

Both loops of the Capital Beltway are closed while firefighters deal with a tractor trailer fire that was involved in a crash just after 11:00 pm tonight. The truck is well involved with fire and has sparked a large area of brush on fire on Darcy Road.

Paramedics are tending to one injured person and will transport that person to an area hospital. The driver of the tractor trailer is unaccounted for and persumed to still be in the cab of the well-involved fire.

The tractor trailer struck a bridge embankment of the Darcy Road overpass. Portions of the underside of the bridge are reported to be damaged by the fire and crash.

The overpass has sustained significant damage and will remain closed until a safety inspection cab be performed.

Firefighters are continuing to work on extinguishing the truck fire and brush fires.

The Beltway remains closed.
Mark E. Brady

VIDEO - A PG County Fireman "Holdin' All Units"

A 20 minute video produced by Kevin Weems, a volunteer member of the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc.  The video covers several years worth of Prince George's County incidents including dispatch audio and scene video. 

Congratulations to Kevin on this production that I'm confident took a great deal of time and effort to compile.  Great work!!!

“2010 National Emergency Technician of the Year" Award Belongs to PGFD Fire/Medic Lieutenant

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

Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Flanagan is a 10-year member of the Department and is currently assigned to the Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Station 814 and is the VFW's  “2010 National Emergency Technician of the Year."

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department received notification that one of our members has been selected to receive a very prestigious award. The Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) chose Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant George F. Flanagan, III as their organization’s “2010 National Emergency Technician of the Year.” Flanagan was selected at the local and state level, as well. This is the first time a member of our Department has won at the national level.

Lieutenant Flanagan is being recognized for rescuing a 4-year-old child from her burning Hyattsville apartment in February 2010. On the day of the rescue, he and several other firefighters were the first to arrive on the scene of an apartment fire on Toledo Place. Crews located and removed the child’s father while Lieutenant Flanagan located the young girl and removed her from the apartment that was charged with thick smoke and intense heat. As one team of firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, other firefighters removed the two victims and assisted paramedics in their treatment and transport to the hospital. Tragically, the father succumbed to his injuries; the young girl, however, has since made a full recovery.

Upon being told of his award, Flanagan stated, “I am honored to have been selected for this award, and I accept it on behalf of my crew that day and for the paramedics who did everything they could do to save the father and daughter. This rescue was a team effort.”

Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Flanagan will receive his award at a ceremony in March 2011.

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick and were left to care for themselves, as there was no medical care or veterans' pension for them.

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.

Annually, the 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 11 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Flanagan is a 10-year member of the Department and is currently assigned to the Berwyn Heights Fire/EMS Station 814.