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Thursday, April 19, 2012

HOUSE FIRE - Vermont Avenue

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

Firefighters from the greater Landover area fought a fire in a 2-story single family home this morning. At around 11:00 am, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a fire inside a house in the 1800 block of Vermont Avenue.  Firefighters arrived to find a 2-story, single family home, with heavy smoke showing from the rear of the house.  A second floor bedroom fire was quickly located, contained and fully extinguished within 10 minutes.  No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Fire Investigators believe the fire is accidental and attributed to a electrical malfunction in a second floor bedroom.  The family of 5 adults and 3 children have been displaced and provided assistance by the County Citizen Services Unit.  Fire loss is estimated at $100,000 total for the structure and contents.

Firefighter/Medics Practice with Theme Park Staff

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel participated in an exercise with the staff of a local theme park. On Wednesday, April 18, an unlikely scenario of a small plane crash into a roller coaster provided for a Mass Casualty Incident including patrons being trapped on the high-ride amusement ride. The exercise tested the theme parks staff ability to integrate with the Fire/EMS Department. Firefighters from the Department’s Second Battalion (Bowie, Glenn Dale) used the exercise as an opportunity to pre-plan the facility and to interact with park staff in testing each other’s capabilities if an emergency should ever occur. EMS personnel also worked with the parks medical staff and their ability to triage and treat patients.

Battalion Chief Gary Krichbaum stated, “The exercise demonstrated strengths and weakness of everyone involved. The planning and execution worked well with personnel working cohesively in rescuing patrons, transporting to a triage area and eventually to ambulances. Overall the exercise was a tremendous success.”