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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fort Washington House Fire - Lenham Drive

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

Prince George's County Firefighters battled a fire in a 2-story, split level, single family Fort Washington home this afternoon.  Fire/EMS units were alerted to the fire at around 1:00 pm, Wednesday, in the 7400 block of Lenham Drive and arrived to find fire showing from a top floor window.  The fire was knocked down within about 15 minutes by the 25 firefighters on the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  It appears the fire started in a top floor bedroom with the fire extending into the attic and through the roof before being contained.  Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.  An adult female will be displaced and is making her own arrangements for temporary housing.

No injuries were reported.

Photos by Battalion Chief David Borchardt



Tour Bus Incident on Beltway in Greenbelt

At some point before 10:00 am, Wednesday, a caravan of 3 tour buses traveling on the Inner Loop of the Capitol Beltway (Route 95/Route 495) in Greenbelt were involved in rear end collisions. A middle school out of Dallastown, PA was on the way for a day of sightseeing in Washington DC as traffic slowed on the Beltway just prior to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, a box truck rear ended one of the buses. A separate crash involving 2 other buses occurred farther back in traffic near Kenilworth Avenue.

The initial rear end collision caused moderate damage to the rear end of the bus. The bus engine was damaged disabling the bus.

A total of 8 passengers/students complained of neck and back pain on the first bus and 5, 4 students and 1 adult, from the second bus complained of illness or injury. No injuries on bus #3.

The Fire/EMS Department deployed 3 engine companies, 1 heavy duty rescue squad, 4 BLS ambulances, 1 paramedic unit, 1 ambulance bus, 1 mass casualty support unit and numerous Incident Commanders and EMS officers.

Over 80 students and chaperons were evaluated by Firefighter/Medics on the scene with just 13 being transported to area hospitals. All injuries/illnesses are considered minor.

Two left lanes of the Beltways Inner Loop remained open during the medical evaluation and transport of the injured.

The Maryland State Police-College Park Barracks are investigating the crash.

Story and Photos by
Mark Brady
@pgfdpio
240-508-7930

Crew from Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830 set up the equipment from the Departments Medical Ambulance Bus.





Nine Student/Passengers on-board the Medical Ambulance Bus are under the watchful eye of the crew of Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830.  



EMS WEEK - Media Invited to Ride with our Paramedics

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

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is May 20 through May 26 this year and we invite media friends to help us tell our story. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department invite you to ride-along with our “Everyday Heroes” during a tour of duty. There is no better way to appreciate the day in the life of a paramedic then to put yourself in their shoes. Participants must sign a release form and abide by all professional standards and laws concerning patient privacy (HIPAA).Please contact the Press Information Office, 301-883-7154, to arrange for your ride-along.


Ride-Along participants will be one of the first to ride-along in one of our new Paramedic units. Prince George’s County continues to invest in the overall EMS commitment to excellence by providing equipment and apparatus that is reliable and safe for our providers and patients. New transport units have been delivered and are currently in use. Several new 2011 Freightliner/Wheeled Coach ambulance transport units have been placed in-service at Advanced Life Support/Paramedic Unit stations throughout the County. Thirteen of these units were purchased for just under $3,000,000. These vehicles are the first in our fleet that will meet the EPA 2010 emissions standards by utilizing DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) which is an organic, non-toxic compound made of 32.5% urea and 67.5% de-ionized water that, when carefully added to diesel exhaust, helps neutralize emissions.

EMS, it's not just a job, it's a calling.  Members of the media are invited to ride-along with our “Everyday Heroes” during a tour of duty. There is no better way to appreciate the day in the life of a paramedic then to put yourself in their shoes. Please contact the Press Information Office, 301-883-7154, to arrange for your ride-along.

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department responds to about 130,000 incidents per year. Nearly 80% of these responses are EMS related.

The Department has been charging a transport fee since July 1, 2008.

We have 19 Fire/EMS units that are capable of providing advanced life support care and 41 ambulance transport units staffed by Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians.



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