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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Upper Marlboro Man Arrested for Attempted Arson

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

Officials from the Office of the Prince George’s County Fire Marshal arrested and charged an individual with two felonies related to an incident that occurred on December 16, 2013.

On December 17, 2013, Prince George's County Fire Investigators charged and arrested Markus DeAngelo Callends, DOB 6/8/1994, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, with 1st Degree Attempted Arson and Reckless Endangerment.  The incident occurred at a grocery store at 12100 Central Avenue in Bowie, MD, where the suspect is reported to have doused himself and other products in the store with an ignitable liquid and attempted to ignite but failed.

1st Degree Attempted Arson is a Felony and carries a penalty of up to $50,000 and 30 years in jail if found guilty.  Reckless Endangerment is a Felony and carries a penalty of up to $5,000 and 5 years in jail if found guilty.

Markus DeAngelo Callends was remanded to the Department of Corrections and being held on $100,000 Bond.

Internal PGFD Memo - In Search of - Fire Rescue Magazine’s “Company Officer Award of the Year”

                                 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND

December 16, 2013

TO:        All Sworn, Civilian, and Volunteer Personnel Memo                        
FROM:   Marc S. Bashoor   original signed by
               Fire Chief
RE:    Fire Rescue Magazine’s “Company Officer Award of the Year” (AMENDED)

        Each year, Fire Rescue Magazine demonstrates its commitment to company officer development and recognition through the “Company Officer of the Year Award” that is sponsored by the American Military University—Serve, Learn, Lead.  The award honors company officers with excellent leadership skills, tactical knowledge, and community involvement.  The award is open to both sworn and volunteer members who are active lieutenants, captains, first-line supervisors, and company officers.    

        The recipient of the Company Officer of the Year Award will receive airfare, hotel and registration for FDIC, and a $1,000 cash award.  Additionally, they will also receive a scholarship that covers the cost of the Center for Public Safety Excellence Fire Officer credentialing and designation program.  Liberty Art Works will donate the physical award, the Speaking Trumpet, which is an important symbol of authority within the fire service. 

        Listed below are the “Nomination Criterions.”  Share how your nominee excels in following areas, limiting each response to 350 words.  After responding to the six criterions, you are welcome to add any other information you like about you nominee.  You may also include quotes from others if you wish, but it is not necessary. 
Nomination Criterions:

1.     Leadership – what makes the nominee an exemplary leader, and how are they regarded within the department?

2.     Training – how often does the nominee train with their crew, and how do they reinforce the importance of training/fitness for firefighter preparedness?

3.     Incident Command Effectiveness – provide an example of how the nominee demonstrated command presence at a specific incident.

4.     Commitment to Safety – how has the nominee made their crew safer, and what do they do to support a safety culture at the department?

5.     Interpersonal Communication – how effective is the nominee in communicating with firefighters, chief officers, members of the public and city/government officials?

6.     Community Involvement – what organizations and/or community activities is the nominee involved in?

        Additionally, be sure your submission contains contact information (phone number and email address) for you and the nominee’s direct supervisor.  The nominee’s information should include their name, rank, department, phone number, and email address.  

        To be considered for nomination of this prestigious award, you will need to provide documentation pertinent to the aforementioned criterions to Ms. Diane Cunningham in the Public Information office.  Station personnel are also invited submit their company officer for consideration as a nominee.  Submissions may be hand delivered or forwarded via email to dvcunningham@co.pg.md.us. 

        Please be advised that all submissions for nominees in consideration of this award are due in the Public Information by the close of business on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  If you have questions or require additional assistance, Ms. Cunningham may be reached at 301-883-5222.     

Christmas Evening Fires Damage Homes - Upper Marlboro and Capitol Heights

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

Two fires occurring on Christmas evening destroyed homes in Upper Marlboro and Capitol Heights.  Fortunately, no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. 

The first fire was reported at about 8:40 pm in the 14900 block of Rolling Meadows Lane, an 1800 square foot, 1-story single family home. This home is located in a non-hydrant area requiring firefighters to use the water carried on their engines with additional large amounts of water shuttled to the scene by Fire Department Water Tankers.  Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from the structure and initiated an interior attack and search.  All personnel were forced to evacuate the burning home shortly afterwards.  After the bulk of the fire was knocked down from the safety of exterior positions, firefighters re-entered the structure to completely extinguish the fire.  It required 60 minutes to declare the fire under control.  Firefighters remained on the scene late into the night overhauling and ensuring the fire remained extinguished.

Fire loss is estimated at $200,000.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is currently classified as “undetermined.”  Two adult residents were displaced.

The second home fire occurred just before 10:30 pm at a 2-story, 900 square foot, single-family home in the 1000 block of Iago Avenue in Capitol Heights.  Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from the first floor.   Crews initiated an interior attack and a search of the interior as initial 911 calls indicated that someone may have been trapped inside the burning house.  The fire was knocked in about 20 minutes and all searches for trapped occupants were negative.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is currently classified as “undetermined.”  Fire loss is estimated at $50,000.  Occupants displaced but did not require any assistance.