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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Laurel Family Awakened by Working Smoke Alarm

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

A Laurel family of four were taking advantage of a Sunday morning and sleeping in.  Just after 9:00 am today electrical wiring ignited combustibles in the basement of a two-story townhouse in the 15000 block of Courtland Place.  Within moments of the fire ignition a working smoke alarm sounded a loud warning of a fire.  The family awoke to the piercing beeps of the smoke alarm and were able to escape safely and without injury.

Firefighters from the Laurel area arrived and had the fire extinguished within 15 minutes.  

One firefighter sustained an ankle injury while working outside on the fire ground.

Fire Investigators have determined this fire to be accidental and attributed to electrical wiring.  Fire loss is estimated at $20,000.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

Engine Damaged and Medic Equipment Destroyed in Overnight Crash - No Significant Injuries

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

Just after midnight, Sunday, July 6, firefighters were alerted to a possible apartment fire in the 4500 block of Dallas Place in Temple Hills.  One of the engines dispatched on the call was Paramedic Engine 842 (PE842) from the Oxon Hill Fire/EMS Station in Glassmanor. While en route to the call, PE842 was making a left turn from St. Barnabas Road onto Dallas Place when they were struck in the right rear compartment by a civilian vehicle. This same vehicle was reported to have just passed another piece of responding fire apparatus at a high rate of speed back near St. Barnabas Road and Branch Avenue.  Firefighters estimate there were more than 100' of skid marks visible on the road.

There were no major injuries. The driver of PE842 was taken to a nearby hospital for a checkup.  As per our standard operating procedures the driver of the fire apparatus will undergo post-crash screening.

The driver of the civilian vehicle was also transported to another nearby hospital for a checkup.

The Prince George’s County Police Department investigated the crash.  Results of their investigation were not yet available.
PE842 is a “paramedic” engine with a member of the crew being a certified medic riding on-board.  The engine also carries advanced life support (ALS) equipment on-board for the medic to use if needed. 

The ALS equipment was stored in the compartment that was struck by the civilian vehicle.  The majority of this equipment was destroyed from the impact.  This life saving equipment included a Lifepak,  a 12 lead EKG, used by paramedics to evaluate and diagnose a patients heart rhythm, vital signs and is used to defibrillate a patient in cardiac arrest.  This is an extremely valuable unit not only for the life saving capacity but also for the value of the unit itself.  A replacement EKG is valued at $25,000.   The total estimated loss in ALS equipment is about $30,000 and another $20,000 to $30,000 in damage to the engine itself.

The Oxon Hill Station has a reserve pumper that has been placed in service.  A Paramedic Supervisor was able to put together another set of ALS equipment for the engine so that advanced life support function can continue to be provided.

Paramedic Engine 842 was one of five 2012 engines purchased at a value of $525,000 each.

Damage to right rear of Paramedic Engine 842.  image courtesy of PGFD Crew at 842.

Damage to right rear of Paramedic Engine 842.  image courtesy of PGFD Crew at 842.

Image of new pumpers and ladder truck in 2012.

Image of PE842 courtesy of  Paul "Wall" Hawkins.