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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vacant Capitol Heights House Fire Injures Two Firefighters

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

Fire Investigators are searching for the cause of a fire in a vacant Capitol Heights house that injured two firefighters.  At about 6:30 pm, Wednesday, August17,  firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 700 block of Brooke Road and arrived to find heavy fire conditions in the 2 story structure.  The fire had extended up into the attic area before being brought under control.

There were 46 firefighters and medics on the scene that took about 30 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire.  Two firefighters sustained lacerations while battling the blaze and were transported to an area hospital for treatment.  It is anticipated they will be treated and released this evening.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and estimated fire loss is zero dollars as the structure had been vacant for some time..

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Announces Participation in September’s National Preparedness Month (NPM)



Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Announces Participation in September’s National Preparedness Month (NPM)

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

This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.

Largo, MD – This September, our nation will mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) has committed to participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September, an event founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. The event, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. PGFD is participating this year by hosting a 9/11 ceremony and reminding our citizens and residents how to stay prepared.
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One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with three important steps:

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.

Preparedness information and events will be posted to Ready.gov.

This is the eighth year PGFD has participated in NPM.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit Ready.gov or call 11-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.  The Fire/EMS Department's Community Outreach personnel are ready to work with you to ensure you are prepared.  The Community Outreach office can be contacted at 301-883-5250.