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Friday, August 1, 2014

Fire Investigators Seeking Information on Beltsville Fire

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

The Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that occurred at 7610 Old Muirkirk Road, Beltsville Maryland 20705 on Wednesday, 7/30/2014 7:50:00 PM

Firefighters arrived to find fire inside of abandoned single family residence which has been abandoned for over 10 years.  Exterior extinguishment operations were utilized due to the structures stability and integrity being compromised.  One firefighter suffered a hand injury while on the scene performing emergency operations and was transported to Laurel Regional Hospital for treatment.

The fire cause appears to be suspicious and is currently under investigation.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact fire investigators by calling our arson tip line at 301-77-ARSON (227766).  Tips may be left anonymously. 

Fire/EMS Department Participates in "Active Shooter" Exercise

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

On the morning of July 31, 2014, the Bowie Police Department, the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, and other local agencies conducted an Active Shooter Drill at Samuel Ogle Middle School in Bowie. Over 160 individuals participated in this exercise to practice police and fire/EMS response to a dangerous situation in a local school.

The drill simulated an active shooter at a public school and how the Bowie Police Department, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and other police departments, agencies, and first responders would react, communicate, and coordinate personnel and resources during such a fluid and chaotic event. 

The objective of this drill was to provide first responders an opportunity to utilize their training in a real time environment. “Drills such as these are critical not only for reinforcing tactical skills but for also providing a first-hand understanding of how large in scope and challenging an event like this will be. This drill will test everyone from the first officer on the scene to the supervisors trying to establish command and control of units and personnel from numerous jurisdictions.  We want to make sure that all of the potential players in this scenario are prepared, that the response is well coordinated, and that everyone is communicating effectively.  We are fortunate to have such a high level of partnership with all of the participating agencies” said Chief John Nesky of the Bowie Police Department. 

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, who is pleased to have his department participate in the exercise said, “Embedding a crew of paramedics with a law enforcement entry team is a growing trend across the country and requires an overabundance of oversight and training.  We will use every opportunity to train to the point we can’t get it wrong.”

In addition to the Fire/EMS Department participants included the Bowie Police Department, Prince George’s County Police Department, Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s County Public Schools Security Services, Prince George’s County Emergency Response System, Prince George’s County Homeland Security, Maryland State Police, Bowie State University Police Department, Anne Arundel County Police Department, and City of Bowie Park Rangers.

These images were captured by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor just prior to the exercise starting.

 These images were captured by Fire Fighter/Medic Captain James Key who was an oberser/evaluator on the interior.

The following images were captured by Mark E. Brady and show command post and EMS activities outside.

The following images were captured by Una Cooper, City of Bowie, during the exercise.