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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Two Arrested on Arson Related Charges

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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Personnel from the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal have recently arrested two individuals on separate and unrelated incidents.

On January 18, 2014, a warrant was issued for 20-year-old David L. Reshenber of New Carrollton.  The warrant charged him with making an Arson Threat.  This is a misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.  The threat was made against the McDonalds at 10531 Baltimore Avenue in Beltsville.  Reshenber was arrested on January 29, 2014 and released pending a hearing.

On January 25, 2014, a warrant was issued for 40-year-old Lenniscleo Yalanza Brown of Suitland.  The warrant charged Brown with several crimes, which include 2nd Degree Arson (Felony – 20 years); 1st Degree Malicious Burning (Felony – 5 years); Burning with an Attempt to Defraud (Misdemeanor – 5 years); and, Reckless Endangerment (Misdemeanor – 5 years).

These charges are related to an auto fire that occurred on November 30, 2013, at Creston Street and 50th Avenue in Bladensburg.  Brown was arrested on January 28 and released  pending a hearing.

Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor stated, "Anyone who thinks they can commit a crime of arson, or even threaten to commit arson and get away with it in Prince George's County,  is wrong.  We have a talented group of Investigators that are relentless in pursuing individuals responsible for these heinous crimes."

Laurel Townhouse Fire - Compton Avenue

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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A townhouse fire in Laurel displaced 9 residents and injured one firefighter.  On Wednesday, January 29, just after 7:00 pm, firefighters from Laurel and surrounding communities were alerted to a townhouse fire in the 400 block of Compton Avenue.  Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire coming from a 2-story, end of the row, triplex, townhouse.   An interior attack on the fire and simultaneous search of the structure commenced before conditions became untenable and all personnel evacuated the structure.  Using hand lines and large master streams from ladder trucks the fire was brought under control from the safety of exterior positions.  Once safe to do so, firefighters re-entered the structure to complete extinguishment, which required about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Firefighters from Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties assisted firefighters from Laurel and throughout northern Prince George’s County on this fire.  A 2nd Alarm was sounded with most of those units staging nearby in the event they were needed.

There were a total of 9 residents displaced.  An adult male from the townhouse of origin and 6 adults and 2 children from the townhouse on the opposite end.  The townhouse in the middle is vacant.  All displaced residents were making their own living arrangements.  The County Citizen Services Unit was on the scene assisting those displaced.

A Firefighter from Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 received burn injury to both ears while fighting the fire.  He was treated and released from the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is listed as “undetermined.”  Fire loss is estimated at $300,000 for contents and structure.

The attached images are from some of the numerous images posted on social media.  We thank the photographers for allowing us to post them.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department "PGFD 801" - Recruitment Video

Emergency Services Award Presentations

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor recently presented several Emergency Services Awards.  The awards were presented to deserving individuals for actions on the scene of incidents.  Chief Bashoor told each recipient that their actions were commendable and reflected favorably on themselves and on the entire Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department {EMS} Department as well.

Congratulations on a job well done!!!

Fire Fighter/Medic Antonio D. Cole received Emergency Services Award fir his efforts while off-duty in pulling a critically injured female out of a burning car that was involved in an MVC.  Cole sustained an injury while doing so.

Fire Fighter/Medic Technician Anthony Taylor received an Emergency Services Award for his actions on the scene of a small plane crash on Route 50 in Bowie.
Paramedic Captain Roland Berg received an Emergency Services Award for his actions on the scene of a small plane crash on Route 50 in Bowie.

Fire Fighter/Medic Andrew Breen and Fire Fighter Matthew Cardoso received an Emergency Services Award for their combined rescue of a man trapped on the third floor of his burning townhouse in District Heights.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bowie House Fire - Northcote Lane

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters extinguished a fire this afternoon inside of a Bowie home just blocks from the Northview Community Fire/EMS Station #816.

During the lunch hour two PGFD Station were alerted to assist Anne Arundel County Firefighters in extinguishing a garage fire in Crofton.  Bowie Fire/EMS Station 839 (Freestate) and the Northview Fire/EMS Station 816 were both still operating on that fire when at about 1:45 pm a house fire was dispatched in the 15000 block of Northcote Lane, just a few short blocks from Northview #816.

Earlier that afternoon, realizing that PGFD Firefighters would be tied up on the Crofton fire for an extended period of time, dispatch supervisors at Public Safety Communications transferred other firefighters into the vacant Bowie stations.  West Lanham Hills Fire/EMS Engine 848 was transferred to fill in at Northview #816.

So it was that firefighters on board Engine 848 was to arrive first on the Bowie house fire.  Firefighters arrived at the 1-story home with fire showing from a converted garage area turned family room.  Firefighters determined home occupants were safely outside the home and initiated an interior attack. 

The majority of the fire was knocked down within 10 minutes of arrival.  One of the home occupants had recently started a fire in a wood burning stove located near the area of origin and may be responsible for the cause, however, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $100,000.  Two adult occupants will be displaced.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

All images courtesy of PGFD

Conditions on Arrival

Engine 848 lays out water supply line.

Oxon Hill Resident Overcome by Carbon Monoxide

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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An Oxon Hill resident was exposed to an unhealthy level of carbon monoxide (CO) in her home and knew enough to call 911 when she became ill.  Just before 5:00 pm, Monday, January 27, 2014, an adult female and lone occupant of a single family home in the 5500 block of Woodland Drive felt sick and called 911.  For whatever reason she told the 911 call taker she was suffering from CO.

The caller was able to provide enough information for Fire/EMS units to respond to her location but when told by the call taker to evacuate the house and wait outside, the caller said she was too sick and weak to follow the call takers instructions and remained in the house.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived within minutes and removed the occupant to the homes exterior where paramedics started to treat and assess the patient’s condition.  Firefighters used meters to determine there were 125 to 250 parts per million of CO in different rooms of the house.  Any exposure to CO above 30 ppm is considered unhealthy.

Firefighters searched the house for the source and believe a malfunctioning natural gas furnace or ventilation system was responsible for the high CO levels and they turned the appliance off.  The house was than ventilated to remove the toxic gas from the house.

Meanwhile, paramedics determined there was enough CO in their patients system to warrant a trip to a hospital.  Paramedics summoned a medevac helicopter to transport the female to a hospital in the Baltimore area with a hyperbaric chamber; the preferred treatment for patients exposed to high level of CO.

Knowing the importance of CO alarms, before firefighters left the scene they installed a CO alarm in the house.  A CO alarm is the only means of determining the presence of CO in a home.  CO is colorless and odorless and the human senses cannot detect its presence.  When exposed to CO a person will start to feel ill with headaches, dizziness and nausea.  Conditions will continue to worsen up until death occurring the longer the person is exposed to CO.  Higher levels of CO will only serve to speed up the process of illness to death.

The Fire/EMS Department recommends a certified HVAC technician inspect your appliances each year to ensure they are operating and ventilating correctly.  Many HVAC companies offer a discounted rate for this valuable service.

Purchase and install a carbon monoxide alarm today.  A Prince George’s County law will go into effect on July 1, 2014, requiring homes with fuel service for heat/cooking, a fireplace, or an attached garage will be required to have a working CO alarm on every level of your home.  Purchase and install a CO alarm today.

The adult female resident was in good condition and is expected to survive her ordeal.

Winter Weather Advisory Posted by NWS

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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The National Weather Service (NWS) has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for 
Prince George's County. Stay Informed - Stay Ready - Stay Safe.











Stay Informed by monitoring local media and internet for additional weather messages and warnings.

Stay Ready - Visit Ready.gov and follow instructions for having the appropriate items ready.

Stay Safe - Use good common sense to  prevent fires and injuries.

The civilian, career and volunteer men and women of the Fire/EMS Department want to remind everyone that fire safety and prevention are especially important during times of cold temperatures.  “Temperatures drop and fires increase,” said Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor.  According to NFPA statistics space heaters account for about one third of the home heating fires yet more than 80 percent of the home heating fire deaths. 

The Winter Residential Building Fires report released by USFA in 2010, reports an estimated 108,400 winter residential building fires occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries, and $1.7 billion in property loss.  

Cooking and heating are the top causes of fires during cold weather. 

“The winter season brings the highest number of home fires than any other time of year,” said Fire Chief Bashoor. “Each winter season, home fires increase in part due to cooking and heating fires. Fire safety and injury prevention must not be lost in an effort to stay warm. Stay warm and do so safely.  Safety First ensures everyone goes home.” 

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department recommend the following safety tips for space heaters. 

Electric Space Heaters

• Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). 

• Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. 

• Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater. 

 • Space heaters need space; keep combustibles at least three feet away from each heater.

• Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use. 

  Turn off at night or whenever you sleep. - - Never use an extension cord with space heaters - plug directly into wall socket.

Using a kerosene heater???  Never refuel indoors.  Remove the kerosene heater outdoors, turn off and wait for it to cool down before refueling and only use the correct type of fuel.

General Heating Tips     
    Furnaces, fireplaces and chimneys should be cleaned and checked each year by an appropriate professional prior to using.  Clear away any clutter from these heating devices, at least 3 feet away.

    Only use seasoned wood in fireplaces, never use ignitable liquids to start a fire and do not overload your appliance.
    The 3-foot rule also applies to furnaces and fireplaces.  No combustibles items within 3 feet of these heating appliances.
    Dispose of fireplace ash into a metal container and store outdoors away from structures on a concrete surface.  Fireplace ash can ignite a fire days after they have been discarded.
Finally, ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are working by pushing the test button on the front cover.  If you do not hear an audible warning, replace your alarm with a new 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature alarm.  Having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. A working CO detector will protect you and your family from deadly "silent killer" fumes that may be building up in your home.  Remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family. 
Residents of Prince George’s County can contact our "Safety First" smoke alarm program at 301-864-SAFE (7233).  A firefighter will install a working smoke alarm in your home free of charge. 

For additional information from the USFA on Winter Fire Safety; click here.usfire.gov.
Residents are encouraged to utilize Prince George’s County’s CountyClick 311 system to obtain information about public services.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Reminder - County Executive Baker to Host 3 Public Hearings on FY 2015 County Operating Budget

Press Release
For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2014
For Information Contact:
Christy A. Lipscomb
Press Information Officer
Office of the County Executive
(240) 508-1989

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III to Host 3 Public Hearings on Fiscal Year 2015 County Operating Budget
Upper Marlboro, MD

 Today, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III announced he will host a series of three public budget hearings<http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/ExecutiveBranch/Resources/Listening-Sessions/Pages/Registration.aspx> to present residents with an overview of the proposed FY 2015 Prince George�s County budget. Residents are encouraged to voice their feedback and recommendations for consideration and incorporation into the overall budget during the public hearings. The three locations conveniently encompass the northern, southern and central points of the County to ensure that residents county-wide have date and location options.

Citizens interested in testifying are encouraged to pre-register by calling (301)952-4547 or may go on line and register here.<http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/ExecutiveBranch/Resources/Listening-Sessions/Pages/Registration.aspx>
We would like to hear from as many citizens and businesses as possible. Comments will be timed and limited to three (3) minutes per person. All Budget Hearings will be streamed live on the County's website at www.princegeorgescountymd.gov<http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/> on the dates scheduled below.
Schedule of FY 2015 Budget Hearings

Tuesday January 28, 2014
Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday February 4, 2014
Dr.Henry A. Wise High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 12, 2014
Laurel High School
Spartan Hall
8000 Cherry Lane Laurel, MD
7:00 p.m.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

PGFD Bomb Squad Assisted at College Park House Search (Date Correction)

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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The Prince Georges County Fire Department Bomb Squad assisted Howard County Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents on Saturday evening, in the execution of a search warrant at a home in College Park.  The PGFD Bomb Squad cleared the house located at 4704 Hollywood Road making sure it was safe to enter for evidence recovery. Since it's an ongoing case with another agency taking the lead investigatory role we will not discuss what was found during the search warrant. 

The Fire/EMS Department confirms that Fire/EMS units responded to the same house on May 22, 2013 and extinguished a small attic fire.  The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and attributed to an electrical malfunction.  Fire loss was estimated at $10,000.  The family that occupied the home on May 22, 2013, are still the same residents.  We cannot confirm which individual residents were at home at the time of the fire. 

The following images were taken Friday evening and are courtesy of the PGFD.