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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Busy Afternoon...


The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department handled several significant incidents during a 2-hour period this afternoon.  This activity was in addition to the day-to-day incidents that we respond to.  Personnel on the 3-Alarm fire in Montgomery County and the Haz-Mat Team on the Beltway continue to work.

Around 4:00 pm – several units were alerted to an apartment building fire in Montgomery County.  Nearly 40 firefighters on-board eight pieces of firefighting apparatus along with several command officers and support staff assisted at the fire in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.  One firefighter was treated for a minor illness.  Contact Montgomery County Fire PIO for additional info.

Just before 5:00 pm a motor vehicle crash occurred involving an overturned tractor-trailer.  Fire/EMS and haz-mat units responded to the Outer Loop of the Beltway in the area of Arena Drive in Landover.  At least 3 lanes of traffic are closed as units clean up a diesel fuel spill.  Contact the Maryland State Police – Forestville for additional information.

Just after 5:30 pm a teen-aged male walked into the Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841 on Powder Mill in Beltsville.  The male was suffering from multiple stab wounds.  Paramedics initiated treatment and transported him to a Trauma Center.  His injuries are serious but do not appear to be life threatening.  Contact the County Police for additional information.

At around 6:00 pm Fire/EMS units operated at the scene of a motor vehicle crash at Indian Head Highway and Berry Road in Accokeek.  The crash involved an overturned vehicle with one occupant sustaining a traumatic injury to his upper arm.  A Maryland State Police Helicopter flew him to a Trauma Center.  Contact the Maryland State Police for additional information.

Firefighters Perform Compassionate Rescue of Seagull

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

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics performed an act of compassion Monday evening that resulted in the saving of a bird and relieved anxiety of several residents that witnessed the bird in distress. This task by professionals trained in technical rescues also prevented a rescue attempt by concerned on-lookers that could have ended in tragedy.

On August 26, 2013, just after 7:30 pm, an engine from the Accokeek Fire/EMS Station and Prince George's County Fire Boat Lawrence Woltz were dispatched to 13300 block of Fort Washington Road in Fort Washington to assist an Animal Control Officer with the recovery of a seagull entrapped in fishing line attached to a piece of driftwood approximately 40 feet off the shoreline of the Fort Washington Park Lighthouse 

Upon arrival the crew of Fireboat 858 (Fire Captain McCormick, Fire Technician Bell, Fire Fighter/Medic Bowman and Fire Fighter/Medic James) found the seagull tightly wound in the fishing line attached to the floating driftwood. As the driftwood was stabilized the crew worked to delicately cut away the fishing line wrapped around birds head, wings, and feet.

The seagull was freed and recovered at approximately 8:15 hours and taken to Fort Washington Marina to awaiting Animal Control Officers who assumed care for the bird.  The bird was taken the bird to a nearby bird sanctuary on Dyson Rd. in Brandywine, MD. 

This was not the first animal rescue this crew was involved in.  In June of this year these four crew members rescued a kitten that had become trapped inside the walls of a house.

Images are courtesy of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.