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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Multi-Vehicle Crash on Beltway at Branch Avenue with Updates

At about 3:45 pm, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a multi-vehicle crash on the Capital Beltway inner-loop at Branch Avenue in Temple Hills. Citizens reported to 911 call takers that at least 3 vehicles are involved; a tractor trailer, a box truck and a pick-up truck. One person is trapped in their vehicle. A heavy duty rescue squad will need to use their heavy-duty hydraulic tools (Jaws of Life) to extricate the patient. There is a large contingent of Fire/EMS Apparatus on the scene taking up lanes of both the inner and outer loop.  Expect traffic delays.

The Maryland State Police – Forestville Barracks will be handling the investigation and additional release of information.

4:00 pm update - 1 patient being treated by paramedics is a Priority 1 Trauma, life threatening injuries, unknown age/unknown gender, transported by paramedics to a Trauma Center.

Firefighters still working to extricate another patient.

4:10 pm update - Second patient has been extricated and in the care of paramedics, unk age/unk gender, serious injuires going to Trauma Center via paramedics.

30-50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the Beltway from a broken saddle tank on the tractor trailer - PGFD Haz-Mat companies en route to assisit in clean-up of spill.

Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, PGFD, 240-508-7930

PGFD and American Diabetes Association Team Up for "Alert Day"

Join the Millions in the fight to Stop Diabetes

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is teaming up with the American Diabetes Association in promoting "Alert Day."  The American Diabetes Association Alert Day℠ is a one-day "wake-up" call asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The Fire/EMS Department responds to just over 130,000 calls for service every year.  Nearly 80% of our responses are requests for emergency medical services.  Thousands of these emergency responses are for diabetic related issues and associated illnesses.  Our firefighter/medics and emergency medical technicians are stakeholders in ensuring that our citizens and residents stay healthy and safe.  Taking this simple test will help to educate you and if needed, start you on a path to be healthy and free from diabetes.

Beginning on Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will rally the public to “Join the Million Challenge.” The Association will encourage people to help Stop Diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and inspiring their friends, family members and colleagues to do the same.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test shows users whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for type 2 diabetes. If an individual is at high risk, he or she is encouraged to talk with their health care provider.

This year, Diabetes Alert Day is on March 22 and will begin our "Join the Million Challenge," which runs through April 22. During this time, we will be rallying one million people to take the Diabetes Risk Test.

Starting on Diabetes Alert Day, you can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by one of several ways:

Visit stopdiabetes.com to take the Diabetes Risk Test

Call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)

Text JOIN to 69866 (Standard data and message rates apply)

Although Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year round.

The men and women of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department want you to stay safe and healthy.  Help your Fire/EMS Department by helping yourself; take the Diabetes Risk Test on March 22.  Our Department's motto is, "Safety First - Everyone Goes Home" applies to your health and well-being as well as being safety conscious for fire safety and injury prevention.

For information about the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief spokesperson, at 240-508-7930 or mebrady@co.pg.md.us.