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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Landover Hills Apartment Fire with Rescues - 68th Place

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

Three occupants of a top floor apartment were rescued by firefighters early this morning.  At around 12:30 am, Thursday, August 27, Firefighter/Medics were alerted to an apartment building fire with subsequent 911 calls reporting people trapped.  

Firefighters arrived at the 3-story (front)/4-story(rear) garden style apartment building with fire showing from the stairwell with extension to the roof in the 4400 block of 68th Place in Landover Hills.

The first arriving crew from Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830 advanced hose lines to start extinguishing the fire and perform an interior search for trapped occupants.  As other firefighters arrived on the scene they took a position on the rear of the building and observed three family members on their top floor balcony on the rear side (4-story) of the building with fire and smoke surrounding their only means of egress.  With ladder trucks carrying the taller ladders needed to reach the occupants not yet on the scene, firefighters used a combination of two ladders to reach the occupants.

The rescue is described here from the Kentland VFD  Facebook Page:

Upon arrival in the rear of the address (side "C"), Engine Company 33, responding with two class "A" pumpers began advancing two long length pre-connects. While doing so, it was noticed that people were trapped, immediately adjacent to the fire area. Due to the topography of the area, the building was in fact four (4) stories on side "C". The only readily available ladders, due to no access for an aerial device and additional units still responding were 28', 24' and 14' in length. None of which were capable of reaching four stories to the occupants. In a split second decision, the members from Truck Company 28 (West Lanham Hills) placed the longest ladder to the floor below (28' ladder). Then members from Engine Company 33 ascended the 28' ladder with a 14' roof ladder (with the roof hooks deployed) and scaled (pompier style) to the fourth (4th) floor balcony. Once with the trapped occupants, the Engine Company 33 firefighter sent one occupant down the completely vertical 14' ladder to members awaiting at the top of the 28' ladder. While this was being done, the two other occupants awaiting rescue utilized the tending firefighters SCBA mask to breath in the smoke filled area. Simultaneously, the two attack lines were still being stretched to assist with extinguishment. In all, three occupants were safely removed from the IDLH and evaluated by EMS.

The interior fire was quickly extinguished and all other searches for trapped occupants had negative results.  Fire Investigators are continuing to search for the cause of the fire.  Fire loss is estimated $25,000.

12 adults and 7 children were displaced and assisted by the County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross.  As a precaution, 3 adults and 1 child were transported to a nearby hospital for a check-up.

Fire was mostly contained to the stairwell. (Jim Davis)

Fire can be seen coming from the roof area (Jim Davis)

Firefighters set up a challenging combination of ladders to access trapped occupants on the top floor balcony.
(Kentland VFD)

Some firefighters are with the trapped occupants as other ascend ladders to assist in occupant removal.
(Kentland VFD)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

As One PGFD Firefighter is Released from Burn Unit Another is Admitted to Shock Trauma

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


A Prince George's County Firefighter is being released from the Burn Unit today after being seriously injured in a 2-Alarm fire on Thursday.

Just after 11:00 am, Thursday, August 20, 23-year-old Fire Fighter Zachary R. Proffen was on-board the first arriving engine at an apartment building fire in Laurel.  Proffen and other crew members advanced a hose line up three flights and into the apartment on fire.  A majority of the fire had been knocked down by the crew and they were repositioning their attack line to reach the bedroom in the very back of the apartment.

Conditions inside were hot, almost untenable, at around an estimated 800 degrees, when the burn injuries to Proffen hands, ears, chest and arms occurred.  He left the burning apartment and was immediately tended to by paramedics.

Fire Fighter Proffen has been hospitalized at the Burn Unit of the Medstar Washington Hospital Center since Thursday.  He was treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns to both hands, 2nd degree burns to his ears and 1st and 2nd degree burns to his arms another parts of his body.  He has undergone several treatments including painful skin graphs.

During his stay Proffen was in the presence of family, IAFF Local 1619 members, DC Fire Fighters Burn Foundation and members of the Fire/EMS Department command staff.

He was released today, Saturday, and will need to follow-up with numerous visits to the Burn Unit for treatment.  He is not expected to return to full duty for an extended period of time.

The Department would like to thank members of the DC Fire Fighters Burn Foundation for their assistance with Proffen during his time at the Burn Unit.

As Fire Fighter Proffen was being released from the Burn Unit on Saturday another PGFD Fire Fighter was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.  A Fire Lieutenant was involved in battling a 2-alarm townhouse fire in Suitland in the 4200 block of Apple Orchard Lane.  Debris from the roof/attic area fell on this firefighter causing injury.  He was flown to Shock Trauma for a possible C-spin injury.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The position of Fire Fighter I/II with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is now open

The position of Fire Fighter I/II with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is now open.  You must apply on line and can do so by clicking here. 


Please use the material below for informational purposes only.  You must apply on line.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY APPLICATION PROCESS

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Job Title:FIRE FIGHTER I/II (51-16-CRS52)
Opening Date/Time:  Thu. 08/20/15 12:00 AM Eastern Time 
Closing Date/Time:  Mon. 09/21/15 5:00 PM Eastern Time 
Salary:$40,848.00/Year 
Job Type:Fulltime/Permanent/Classified
Location:Various Locations Throughout Prince George's County, Maryland
Department:FIRE/EMS Department
Exam #:PSI 51-FF1-CRS52
 

 
ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Fire Fighter I/II, grade Y-01. Recruits are trained in the Fire/EMS Training and Leadership Academy as a Fire Fighter I. 
 
This position is entry-level firefighter trainee work responsible for combating and preventing fires, operating and maintaining Fire and EMS equipment, apparatus and quarters; providing first aid, basic life support, and transporting patients. This work may expose incumbents to hazardous conditions/situations and includes the operation of emergency vehicles and equipment.
 
 Examples of Work:
 
• Provides basic and/or advanced life support, first responder and pre-hospital emergency medical care; provides necessary medical care and transportation to all patients within the scope of practices as defined by state and county regulatory agencies;
• Applies modern techniques relative to fire code enforcement, interpretation and inspection; assists in hydrant and hose testing;
• Drives, operates, inspects, maintains and cleans fire apparatus and/or other vehicles; assists in getting equipment and apparatus prepared for further alarms; assists in maintaining apparatus, equipment, station and grounds; ensures adequate stock levels and proper operation of equipment and supplies; and performs routine housekeeping duties;
• Participates in fire drills and training exercises;
• Conducts fire prevention programs in schools;
• Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, associations, management, staff, and the public; and
 
 Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) recognized by the Maryland State Board of Education; must be 18 years of age at the time of application, or may be 17 years of age (turning 18 years of age at the completion of the Fire Fighter Academy Recruit Class) and must  have completed the Prince George's County High School Fire Science Program with the following certifications: Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Truck Company Operations, Rescue Technician Site Operations, Rescue Technician Vehicle and Machinery Extrication, Hazmat Awareness, and Hazmat Operations at the time of application; must have a valid driver's license at the time of application.
 Additional Information:
Please note - using a mobile device, such as a phone or tablet, to complete this application is NOT recommended. You are highly encouraged to use a desktop or laptop computer so that you can carefully and thoroughly read and understand all aspects of applying for this position.

All male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 and over are required to register with Selective Service. Please go to the 
Selective Service website to register or verify your registration.

All notifications for this position will be made via email, therefore each applicant must update their 
on-line profile with any changes to personal information, and must continually monitor the email account provided. Also, be sure to update your junk/spam settings to allow emails from all addresses ending in "@co.pg.md.us".

BENEFITS:
  • Annual Leave: 13 days per year for the first three (3) years
  • 20 days per year after three (3) years
  • 26 days per year after sixteen (16) years
  • Personal Leave: 3 days per year
  • Holidays: 12 per year (plus Inauguration Day every four years)
  • Sick Leave: 15 days per year
  • Military Leave: 15 days per year to employees who are reservists or members of the National Reserve or Guard ordered to active duty or active training duty
  • Life Insurance: Paid by County Government
  • Medical Benefits: County pays 73% of cost under PPO; 78% of cost under HMO
  • Retirement: 20 year service retirement with 50% of salary based on highest two years of service
  • Employee Assistance Program: 24/7 availability for self and household members
SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants must successfully complete and pass all of the following:
• Written Examination
• Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
• Background Investigation to include:
     • Credit Check
     • Criminal Background Check
     • Psychological Screening
• Oral Board Panel Interview
• Conditional Offer of Employment
• Medical Examination – complete NFPA 1582 physical

DISQUALIFIERS: The following factors are considered disqualifying and may result in non-selection for employment as a Prince George's County Fire Fighter. Each of these disqualifiers will be reviewed for each applicant on an individual basis.

Criminal History
• Criminal conviction, guilty plea or probation for a felony.
• Conviction of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude (breaking and entering, theft, arson, or assault).

Traffic Violations
• Four (4) or more negative points on a Maryland Operator's License or the equivalent for out of state licenses until the points expire.
• One DWI/DUI conviction, guilty plea or probation within three (3) years of the date of application. More than one (1) DWI/DUI conviction, guilty plea or probation.
• Any conviction for serious violations including, but not limited to, manslaughter, hit-and-run with injury, leaving the scene of an accident, eluding police or any suspension, revocation or refused licenses until the license is reinstated.

Drugs
• Illegal possession, usage, distribution, sale or purchase, of non-prescription narcotics, controlled substances or illegal drugs (such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, etc.).

Other
• Any misrepresentation, falsification or omission of any information on any application, document or in response to any question in the applicant process.
• History or pattern of alcohol abuse.
• Previous disqualification from this, or any other public safety agency.

Additional or other reasons for disqualifications may include (but are not limited to) the following: poor work history; failure to meet physical standards; inability to complete any of the component parts of the selection process; and/or any other disqualifying factor as determined by the Fire/EMS Department.
  
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Any of the following:
• EMT-B certification (Maryland or National Registry)
• EMT-I certification (Maryland or National Registry)
• EMT-P certification (Maryland or National Registry)
• Acceptable Military Service (Honorable Discharge)
• Veteran's Preference
• Successful Completion of College Credits
• Successful Completion of the Prince George’s County Fire Cadet Program

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All persons selected for the Fire Fighter I/II position must agree to and sign a Condition of Employment stating the following:
• At the completion of Fire/EMS Recruit School, the employee shall have obtained and thereafter maintain Maryland Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate or Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification that meets or exceeds the minimum standard adopted by the Department.
• Maintain a driver operator license for class of vehicle specified by the Fire Chief.
• Maintain at least an overall satisfactory rating in the County's Past Performance Appraisal System.
• Participate in and successfully complete a mandatory Physical Fitness Program as designed by the Fire/EMS Department.
• Successfully complete Fire/EMS Recruit School, the probationary period (1-year), and the Recruit Study Guide under guidelines established by the Fire Chief.
• Successfully pass ALL Fire/EMS Recruit School courses.

EXAMINATION INFORMATION:  The entry level examination will be given under this announcement. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be provided additional information regarding the written examination, the date, the time and location of the test. It is strongly encouraged and recommended that applicants attend the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) overview immediately following the written examination.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK:  Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an employer is required to hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Applicants who are selected for employment will be required to show and verify authorization to work in the United States.

CLOSING DATE:  In order to be eligible for the 2015 examination, each applicant must submit a completed application on-line, maintain the email account designated in the application, because notices will only be delivered via email, and update your profile whenever there are changes to your personal information, in order to be considered. The application must be completed and submitted on-line via the Prince Georges County website: All completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on September 21, 2015.

Applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED if received after 5:00 PM (EST) on September 21, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you experience difficulties submitting your application on-line, please call 301-883-6330 or you can come to the Office of Human Resources Management - REC Division, 1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 159, Largo, Maryland, for assistance. The HR Staff will be available to guide you through this process.

Prince George's County Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application and hiring process can click here for specific instructions.

Friday, August 14, 2015

LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES $21,091 THROUGH FEMA’S FY 2014 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT PROGRAM


MEDIA ADVISORY - Reunion of Patient and Rescuers Nearly 29 Years After Crash

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

It's one of those calls that many members of the Fire/EMS Department will never forget.

At a recent National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Survivors program held in Annapolis, MD, a yoga trainer was contracted to demonstrate relaxation techniques.  Upon hearing that NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki was the former Fire Chief in Prince George’s County the yoga instructor told him that she was once involved in an accident where two of her high school friends were killed, she survived.  

The crash involved a dump truck with a load of hot asphalt.  Siarnicki knew immediately of the crash she was referring to.  The crash occurred in November of 1986 at the intersection of Good Luck Road and Kenilworth Avenue.  She relayed to Ron that she always wanted to reach out to the firefighters and paramedics that helper her that day but never knew how.

Lisa Beavers Hegewisch will be provided the opportunity she has thought about for nearly 29 years.  The NFFF and the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department have reached out to contact as many personnel as possible that operated on the scene that day.  

Attending will be a rookie firefighter in 1986 that witnessed the crash and was the first firefighter on the scene, a paramedic that treated and transported her to the Trauma Center and firefighters that were on the scene.

WHAT:       Reunion of patient and Firefighter/Medics nearly 29 years after the crash

WHEN:       Monday, August 17, 1:00 pm

WHERE:     Northview Fire/EMS Station 816
                    14901 Health Center Drive, Bowie


WHO:         Lisa Beavers Hegewisch,
                   NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki, 
                   Fire/Chief Marc Bashoor,  
                   Firefighter/Medics that worked the scene and treated Lisa.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 PGCVFRA Convention Schedule Hosted by Riverdale VFD

For additional information click here.


Saturday, September 12, 2015
  • 1st Annual Riverdale FD 5K Run For Recovery and 1K Fun Run/Walk (proceeds benefit DC Burn Foundation)
    • Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    • Location: Riverdale Park Town Center (Queensbury Road and Lafayette Avenue)
  • Driver's Rodeo 
    • Start Time: 12:00 Noon
    • Location: Lafayette Avenue and Rivertech Court (subject to change)
  • Corn Hole Tournament 
    • Time: Registration - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm / Tournament - 4:00 pm (limited to first 20 teams registered - you may
      register at any time by emailing the convention committee: convention@riverdalevfd.org)
    • Location: Riverdale Fire Department - 4714 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Sunday, September 13, 2015
  • Field Events (Bucket Brigade, Battle of the Bucket, Tug-O-War, etc.) 
    • Time: 12:00 Noon
    • Location: Riverdale Park Field of Dreams - Lafayette Avenue and Tuckerman Street
Monday, September 14, 2015
  • NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
  • Joint Memorial Service 
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Location: Refreshing Spring Church of God In Christ - 6200 Riverdale Road
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
  • Past Presidents Dinneer (INVITATION ONLY) 
    • Time: Cocktails - 6:00 pm / Dinner - 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • Dinner 
    • Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Opening Ceremony and Awards followed by 1st Session Meetings 
    • Time 7:00 pm
    • Location: St. Bernards School - Crystal Room and Emerald Hall
Friday, September 18, 2015
  • Bull Roast 
    • Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Location: St. Bernards School
  • 2nd Session Meetings and Installation 
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Location: St. Bernards School - Crystal Room and Emerald Hall
Saturday, September 19, 2015
  • Prayer Breakfast 
    • Time: 8:00 am
    • Location: TBD
  • Convention Parade 
    • Time: Line-Up - 9:30 am / Parade Starts 10:00 am
    • Location: Alamo Plaza Parking Lot - 5508 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale Park, MD
  • Hook-Up Competitions 
    • Time: 1/2 Hour after conclusion of Parade
    • Location: Rivertech Court
  • 3rd Session Meeting and Awards 
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: Riverdale Fire Department - 4714 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
  • END OF CONVENTION PARTY 
    • Time: 6:00 pm
    • Location: Branchville VFD - 4905 Branchville Road, College Park, MD

IAFF Local 1619 MDA Softball World Tournament

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




REGISTER YOUR TEAM BY CLICKING HERE

PGFD 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5k Run/Walk - Register Today

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




Register by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

IAFC “Safety Officer of the Year” - PGFD Battalion Chief Sayshan L. Conver-White

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




    The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is proud to announce that one of our members has been selected by the International Associations of Fire Chiefs to receive one the organization’s top awards.

        Battalion Chief Sayshan L. Conver-White will be presented with the “Safety Officer of the Year Award,” at the IAFC’s annual convention, Fire-Rescue International (FRI).  The event will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, August 26 -29.

        Assistant Fire Chief Erroll George, Manager of the Department’s Safety and Risk Management Office, nominated Conver-White for this prestigious award.  

In his nomination letter, Chief George stated,

In 2007, Sayshan became the Department’s first on duty Safety Officer.  Her passion for firefighter safety led the Department to establish an Operational Safety office that now includes both a career and volunteer safety officers around the clock.  Sayshan developed a safety program incorporating the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) 16 Life Safety Initiatives, which are now incorporated into nearly every phase of our daily operations. This program has been viewed by surrounding jurisdictions as a model for their Safety programs. 

She has developed a Departmental Safety Officer training program to ensure a succession plan for the Operational Safety office.  She also initiated use of the Near Miss program to members of the Department.  Several incidents have been submitted to improve firefighter safety nationwide.  Her passion for firefighter safety has dramatically changed the safety culture within the Department.  In fact, since 2013, the number of firefighter injuries has been reduced by 16 percent.

Sayshan’s passion for firefighter safety goes far beyond her own Department.   She chaired the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (COG) Safety and Health Committee from 2008-2015, and co-chaired the Maryland Emergency Services Life Safety Task Force from 2011-2015.  Through these leadership roles, she coordinated and taught at numerous safety conferences throughout the state, to include COG’s Arrive Alive and Survive; Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference; and MFRI’s Learning from the Past, Improving the Future seminar.  She attended the NFFF’s Safety/Training Officer’s National Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sayshan has been requested to be an intimate part of safety investigation teams throughout the region, including but not limited to:

·        57th Avenue House Fire Prince – Prince George’s County
·        Truck 411 accident – Fairfax County
·        Ladder training accident – Fairfax County

Sayshan’s passion for firefighter safety has also impacted her personal training regimen.  Over the years she has attained the following national certifications: Fire Officer IV, Fire Service Instructor III, Health and Safety Officer, Incident Safety Officer, and FDSOA certification (2007, 2008).  She continually attends various safety-related training classes and seminars.  Sayshan obtained her Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology from College of Southern Maryland (2009) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management from University of Maryland University College 2015. She graduated Suma Cum Laude.

        Upon hearing that Sayshan was selected to receive this prestigious award,   Fire Chief Marc Bashoor stated, “Battalion Fire Chief Conver-White is an exceptional member of our Department.  She is driven to be the very best she can be in the performance of her job as Safety Officer.  Her well researched and through safety investigations reports have highlighted improvements that not only benefit Prince George’s County but firefighters across the globe.  Congratulations on a well-deserved award.”

     Battalion Chief Conver-White will receive her award in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, August 27, at 1:00 pm.

Here are some links to stories that include Battalion Chief Conver-White:








Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Firefighter Injured Battling Vacant House Fire

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

A Prince George's County Firefighter/Medic was injured battling a house fire this morning.  Just before 7:00 am, Wednesday, August 5, Firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 6200 block of Kolb Street in Fairmont Heights.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find smoke coming from the house and a working fire in the kitchen area.  The fire was quickly brought under control and while doing so a firefighter sustained an arm injury.  He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.

The house is a vacant structure and the cause of the fire is undetermined.  Fore loss is estimated at $20,000.

Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they see any activity around vacant structures.  If you see something - say something and call 911.




Forestville Haz Mat sends 5 to Hospital - 1 Serious (5:00 pm UPDATE)

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

Just before 12:00 Noon today businesses and a nearby Fire/EMS Station heard what sounded like an explosion.  Shortly thereafter firefighters and medics were alerted to an injured person at a warehouse in the 8000 block of Penn Randall Place in Forestville.  This is a warehouse industrial complex located to the rear of the Forestville Fire/EMS Station.

It appears a chemical delivery truck arrived at a power washing company to deliver Sodium Hypochlorite.  This chemical is described as a highly concentrated bleach that is used as a cleaning agent and in commercial swimming pools.  The driver started to fill a 55-gallon drum that apparently had not been cleaned entirely of its previous acid based product.  A violent chemical reaction between the acid residue and Hypochlorite occurred causing the drum to explode, injuring the driver and spewing chemicals about the warehouse.

First arriving firefighters donned complete personal protective gear including their self-contained breathing apparatus and entered the warehouse to remove the victim.  The driver, a 50 year old male, sustained a serious leg injury including deep cuts and thermal burns.  The male was treated for his injuries, decontaminated and transported by medics to a Burn Unit.  His condition was "serious."

Four people were inside the warehouse when this occurred.  They went to help the driver and came in contact with the chemical product.  They were experiencing symptoms typical of exposure to the bleach product including difficulty breathing and being light headed,  These four were also decontaminated and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

All firefighters that came into contact with the chemical and victims and haz-mat personnel had to be decontainamated as well.

The Fire/EMS Department Hazardous Materials Team arrived and examined the interior of the warehouse and searched for the cause of such a violent reaction.  They ensured ventilation of the warehouse and a clean-up of the product.

The majority of Fire/EMS and Haz-Mat Units were cleared by about 4:00 pm.

Firefighters are decontaminated after effecting the removal of a seriously injured person









The chemical delivery truck sits in front of warehouse where a delivery was being made



The Department's Haz-Mat Coordinator Craig Black meets with team leaders to discuss next course of action




Haz-Mat Coordinator examines 55-gallon drum that exploded from the pressure of the chemical reaction

Note the victims blue jeans in the background that turned white from the bleach







Monday, August 3, 2015

Funeral Procession and Memorial Service for County Employee and Volunteer Firefighter This Morning


The procession will depart Evans Funeral Home at about 10:00 am and include family, personnel and units from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Station.

Several intersections will be blocked by police and firefighters to allow the procession to pass through. The procession is scheduled to make 3 stops at locations that played in a role in the life of Patch.  A brief ceremony will occur at each stop.

Below is the route the procession will take starting at about 10:00 am:

From Rt. 450 and Racetrack Road, take Rt. 450 west to West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department Station 828 and to Veterans Parkway - Rt.410

Left on Rt. 410 to Pennsy Drive

Right on Pennsy Drive to 75th Avenue

Left on 75th Avenue to Rt. 202 to the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Station 833

Left on Rt. 202 to Rt. 704

North of Rt. 704 to Rt. 50

East on Rt. 50 to Melford Blvd. to a stop at the Public Safety Communications

Right on Melford Blvd. to Rt. 3

North of Rt. 3 to Columbian Way

Right on Columbian Way second entrance to the Knights of Columbus

Fire/EMS apparatus from around the County and neighboring jurisdictions will be staged along
the slow shoulder of Route 3 in the area of Columbian Way.

The procession is anticipated to take approximately one (1) hour and 40 minutes. It is a total of 25.2 miles. 

There will be three stops along the procession for brief ceremonies.

1.) West Lanham Hills VFD
2.) Kentland VFD

3.) Public Safety Communications

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us
@PGFDPIO