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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ADVISORY - Career Recruit School Graduation Ceremony

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department will be conducting a Recruit Graduation Ceremony. This ceremony includes two classes of recruits that have successfully completed their training. Fifty-nine recruits will graduate.

The evening's Keynote Speaker will be Chief William Goldfeder, quite possibly the country’s leading fire service advocate for firefighter safety. Goldfeder’s son is one of the graduating recruits.

WHAT:                Career Recruit School #42 and #43 Graduation Ceremony

WHEN:               Thursday, September 1, 2011, 6:00 pm

WHERE:              Charles Herbert Flowers High School Auditorium

                            10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale, MD 20774

WHO:                 County Executive Rushern L. Baker III,

                           Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Barry L. Stanton

                            Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor

                           59 Recruits with family, friends and co-workers

Three Homes Damaged by Early Morning Fire

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

Three Mount Rainier homes sustained damage from a fire this morning. At about 5:45 am firefighters from Bunker Hill and other nearby Fire/EMS Stations were alerted to a house fire in the 3300 block of Otis Street.

Fire/EMS units arrived to find a 2-story single family home well involved with fire. The fire was extending to neighboring homes on each side of the burning structure.  Firefighters ensured the occupants were safely outside of the homes and immediately deployed hose lines to protect the neighboring homes and than started to attack the fire in the house of origin.

It required just about an hour for firefighters to knock down and extinguish the fire.

Two adult occupants, a male and a female, were transported to a hospital for evaluation of exhaustion in combination with pre-exisitng medical conditions. A firefighter suffered an illness on the scene and was also taken to a hospital. Firefighters rescued 1 dog from the home, however, a second dog perished.

Fire Investigators have the cause of the fire listed as under investigation, however, believe it to be accidental. Fire loss to the 3 homes is still being tabulated.

A total of 11 adults and 3 children will be displaced from 2 of the homes. They are being assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit and will be staying with other family and friends.
House of Origin at 3302 Otis Street

Neighbors house at 3304 Otis Street.  This family is displaced.

Neighbors house at 3300 Otis Street.  The house sustained damage, however, the family is not displaced.

Family Overcome by Carbon Monoxide from Generator

A Fort Washington family was hospitalized after being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide (CO). At about 11:00 pm, Monday, August 29, an occupant of a home in the 12400 block of Surrey Circle Drive called 911 to report that another occupant was semi-conscious. Through a series of questions from the 911 call taker it was ascertained that a gasoline powered generator was operating in an attached garage of a single family home with the door closed.

The community was without power since the weekend when Hurricane Irene disrupted service. The family was using the generator to power some appliances.

Firefighters and paramedics from Fort Washington, haz mat personnel and EMS supervisors were dispatched and upon arrival detected a CO level of over 900 parts per million (ppm). A normal healthy CO level is between 0 to 30 ppm.

An adult female was found unconscious in her bed, treated on the scene by paramedics and transported by meda-vac helicopter to a hospital in Baltimore for hyperbaric treatment. The other 3 occupants, an adult female and 2 adult males, were transported by paramedics to area hospitals for treatment of CO exposure.

An EMS supervisor stated, "With the high level of CO detected in this house it was only a matter of minutes before fatal injuries would have occurred."

The condition of the patients have improved since being treated on the scene and at the hospital with high amounts of oxygen.

Firefighters ventilated the home before leaving and ensured CO levels returned to normal levels.
Citizens and residents should never operate a gasoline powered generator or charcoal grill inside of any structure. These devices produce high levels of CO in a very short period of time. Generators and grills must be operated outside at least 15 feet away from a structure.