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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trapped Worker Rescued in Laurel


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

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics rescued a worker that was trapped within a large piece of machinery in what proved to be a very challenging rescue.  Firefighters and Paramedics were dispatched to an industrial area in the 5400 block of Van Dusen Road in Laurel at about 11:00 am.  A worker at a mulch plant had become trapped inside of a machine that is used to inject colored dye into mulch.  First arriving Firefighter/Medics found an adult male that had both legs trapped within heavy machinery and very little to no space to move in the machines "hopper."  Access to the victim was only possible by using ground ladders.

The victim was so entangled in heavy metal machinery that paramedics feared surgical intervention would be required to free the critically injured worker.  Paramedics requested a “Go Team” respond to the scene.  A GO TEAM is a group of medical professionals that normally work in a hospital environment. When requested, a team of surgeons, nurses, anesthetists and other medical staff will be taken to the scene and if needed do what they need to do to remove the patient from entrapment. 

Additional Fire/EMS Department resources including the Technical Rescue Team, Hazardous Materials Team, a tower ladder and additional engine companies operated on the scene for just over 90 minutes.  There were a total of 50 firefighter/medics on the scene.

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) was the first member of the GO TEAM to arrive.  He was brought from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital on board Maryland State Police Trooper 2 to the scene.  A combination of Fire/EMS Department Paramedics, the CRNA and the flight medic from Trooper 2 worked together to devise the best course of medical treatment for the victim in conjunction with the members of the Technical Rescue Services. 

Parts of the machine were disabled and removed, however, the victim still remained wedged in the machine.  The victim was in severe pain and was sedated and intubated.  The combination of the removal of parts of the machinery and sedation allowed rescuers enough room to maneuver the victim’s legs out of the machinery without causing additional pain and without surgical intervention.  The victim was free of entrapment at about 12:30 pm. 

Once extricated the victim was placed into a stokes basket suspended from the extended bucket of the Tower Ladder from Laurel Fire/EMS Station #810 and control maintained by a rope and pulley system established by the Technical Rescue Team. 

Once on the ground the victim was treated by a combination of Prince George’s County Paramedics, the flight medic from MSP Trooper 2 and the CRNA.  MSP Trooper 2 Medevac transported the patient to a trauma center.  The victim was still intubated and suffering from critical injuries to both legs.  His injuries, while critical, are not considered life threatening at this point. 

All photos by Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO




A combination of paramedics, the CRNA and the flight medic from Trooper 2 worked together to devise the best course of medical treatment for the victim in conjunction with the members of the Technical Rescue Services. 

A stokes basket suspended from the extended bucket of the Tower Ladder from Laurel Fire/EMS Station #810 with control maintained by a rope and pulley system established by the Technical Rescue Team. 


A stokes basket suspended from the extended bucket of the Tower Ladder from Laurel Fire/EMS Station #810 with control maintained by a rope and pulley system established by the Technical Rescue Team. 

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) (pink shirt) was the first member of the GO TEAM to arrive.  He was brought from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital on board Maryland State Police Trooper 2 to the scene.



A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) (pink shirt) was the first member of the GO TEAM to arrive.  He was brought from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital on board Maryland State Police Trooper 2 to the scene.



A stokes basket suspended from the extended bucket of the Tower Ladder from Laurel Fire/EMS Station #810 with control maintained by a rope and pulley system established by the Technical Rescue Team. 

A stokes basket suspended from the extended bucket of the Tower Ladder from Laurel Fire/EMS Station #810 with control maintained by a rope and pulley system established by the Technical Rescue Team. 


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Possible Release Date for Injured Fire Fighter O'Toole


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

Kevin O'Toole has been through unimaginable pain and suffering over the past three months.  On the evening of February 24, 2012, Kevin was caught in a "fireball" that caused injury to him and six other firefighters.  Kevin got the worst of it.  He sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to about 50% of his body.  He has been in the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center since then.  His family, from Bethpage, New York, have been with him ever since.  Friends, fellow firefighters and members of the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation have been mainstays and a source of encouragement and strength as Kevin endured surgeries and skin graphs.  Recently, Kevin’s spirits have been high; he has started to feel better and can see the day when he is permitted to leave the hospital and continue on his road to recovery with follow-up procedures and months of physical therapy.

It has been a tradition in the fire service that no call is complete until everyone goes home.  On the day Kevin O'Toole is released from the hospital, he will board the ladder truck from the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department, the piece that Kevin was on the night he was burned.  He will take the short trip back to the fire station and symbolically close the incident.  He will visit with fellow firefighters at the station and than off to a good nights rest before heading back to Bethpage with his family.

Doctors have provided a potential go-home date of this Friday.  We know dates and times can change, however, we are all looking forward to Friday.  The exact time of discharge is not known.  As soon as I know the estimated time of discharge I will let everyone know with as much lead time as possible.  Kevin O'Toole, 22 years of age, will leave the hospital and make brief remarks to the media before boarding Truck 809 for a return trip to the firehouse.  I ask members of the media to refrain from asking any questions about the incident itself, please, pose questions to Kevin about his condition, his family and the support he received from the hospital.

The fire the injured Kevin and six other firefighters has been declared "Arson."  Fire Investigators are still seeking information about who may be responsible.  The fire occurred in a vacant home at 6404 57th Avenue in Riverdale on Friday, February 24, 2012, just after 9:00 pm. A reward is available for information leading to an arrest. We are asking for the community‘s involvement and assistance in helping to identify the person(s) responsible for setting this fire. If you have information about this incident, call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also send your tips, SECURELY and ANONYMOUSLY, via TEXT MESSAGE by typing "PGPD" plus your message, and sending it from your cell phone to "CRIMES" (274637). If your information leads the capture of whoever is responsible for this crime, you may be eligible for a CASH REWARD up to $1,000.


The Prince George’s County Arson Tip Line will also accept information at 301-77-ARSON, or email at 77ARSON@co.pg.md.us


Ambulance Crew Helps Locate Missing Person

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

An alert ambulance crew helped police locate a missing 70-year old Lanham man yesterday.  At around 11:15 am, Monday, April 16, Ambulance 831 from the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station responded to a call for a possible sick person at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Edmonston Avenue.  Upon arrival, the crew of two Prince George's County Firefighter/Medics assessed the patient and determined that he required hospitalization.  The ambulance crew transported the 70 year-old-male to a nearby hospital.

The Firefighter/Medics completed the transport and returned to quarters.  One of the crew members was on the internet and reading a media website when they saw a picture and story of a missing person.  The crew member immediately identified the missing person as the man they had just transported to the hospital.

Public Safety Communications was notified so they could notify the County Police what had occurred.  Later that evening police officers confirmed the man they transported and the missing person was indeed the same person.

Congratulations to the crew for being observant and alert and to our partners in public safety, the County Police Department, for publicizing a picture and proving a detailed description of the missing person.