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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cheverly House Fire with Fatality - 59th Place

A Cheverly resident was found deceased this morning after firefighters extinguished a fire in her home.  Firefighters were alerted just before 8:00 am, Sunday, March 31, to a fire at a 2-story single family home in the 2400 block of 59th Place.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find fire showing from the home.  While first arriving firefighters worked to extinguish the fire another team of firefighters performing search and rescue located an adult female in the area of the second floor and removed her to the exterior where she was pronounced deceased by paramedics.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The identity and cause of the death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  

Fire investigators did not find any presence of a working smoke alarm in the Cheverly home this morning.  Firefighters will be canvassing communities throughout Prince George's County on Monday, April 1, as part of the Department's "Safety First Day of the month" initiative as well as our standard "Post Incident Neighborhood Intervention Program" (PINIP) where firefighters visit homes in a community where a tragic death has occurred.  Residents are more apt to heed our advice of having working smoke alarms.

No other details of this case are currently available.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson
mebrady@co.pg.md.us

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2013

CONTACTS:
Alanna Wellspeak (Mikulski)
Susan Sullam (Cardin)

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $321,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to provide tuition assistance and health insurance for volunteer firefighters. As the Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee.

“I know how important this funding is to Maryland communities – often it’s the difference between life and death. First responders protect our homes and communities, and the federal government has a responsibility to protect them by providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs safer and smarter,” Senator Mikulski said. “Every day when our first responders report for duty, they don’t know what they will face. That’s why I fight every year for the equipment, training, and staffing our protectors and communities deserve.”

“When a natural disaster occurs or we are faced with a terrorist attack, it is our first responders who provide the first line of defense for our citizens,” said Senator Cardin.  “This federal funding is an important investment in keeping Maryland families and businesses safe if and when a disaster strikes.  It ensures that our first responders have the resources they need to protect us and the equipment and training they need to do their jobs.”

The Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department will use the grant funds to provide tuition assistance and health insurance for volunteer firefighters enrolled in the Paramedic Training Program at Prince George’s Community College. Upon graduation, volunteers will be fully certified as a Paramedic/Firefighter and have their Associates Degree. With tuition assistance, young volunteers are less likely to work part-time, allowing them more time to respond to the approximately 6,000 calls the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department receives each year. The funds will also be used to hire a part time volunteer recruiter and coordinator. For more information, please call Donald Wells at 301-864-4415.

The goal of any SAFER grant is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing. The objective of the program is to award grants directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, and to rehire firefighters who were laid off due to the economy.

Since 2001, Maryland fire departments and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units have received over $120 million in fire grant funding, approximately $22.6 million of which was awarded to fire departments in Prince George’s County.

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