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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bowie House Fire - Grendel Place

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

A Bowie house sustained significant damage after a fire started in an upstairs bedroom.  Just before 11:00 am, Thursday, December 29, firefighters responded to several 911 calls reporting a house fire in the 6400 block of Grendlel Place and arrived to find a 3-story single family home with fire showing from the second floor and attic.  Home occupants were able to escape safely prior to the fire departments arrival thanks to after a working smoke alarm sounded a warning.  

It required about 15 minutes to extinguish the bulk of the fire.  Fire Investigators believe the fire started in a top floor bedroom and the cause is undetermined.  Fire loss is estimated at $250,000.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

An adult female and teen-aged son are displaced and receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Image captured by Marc S. Bashoor, Fire Chief

Friday, December 23, 2016

Life Saving Actions in Accokeek Bingo Hall

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

An adult female suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing Bingo in Accokeek on Thursday evening, December 22.  Fortunately this event occurred at the Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department where Firefighter/EMTs were readily available and immediately provided life-saving intervention.

The adult female was one of about 100 patrons at the Accokeek Bingo at around 9:15 pm when she suddenly collapsed.  She was found to be not breathing with no pulse.  Accokeek Volunteer members working the Bingo were the first to intervene while the combined volunteer and career staffing at the station were quick to respond and continue life-saving efforts including cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to administer a shock in an attempt to stimulate her heart.

Paramedics from the Fort Washington Fire/EMS Station responded to the call and arrived to find CPR still being administered.  Firefighters and medics loaded the patient into a transport unit and departed to the nearest hospital while providing advanced life support and pre-hospital care to the patient.  Prior to arriving at the hospital the female patient regained spontaneous circulation as well as becoming alert and orientated.

As of Friday morning, the patient remains in the hospital ICU in relatively good condition. “This save is indicative of the team work, dedication and commitment of all our EMS providers working to save a life,” said Brian J. Frankel, Assistant Fire Chief and Commander of EMS Services for the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.  “Early access AED and CPR really does save lives!”

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department currently offers a phone app that alerts CPR trained citizens that are in close proximity to a cardiac arrest call.  The phone app also provides the location of the nearest AED.  Everyone is encouraged to learn CPR and how to use an AED in addition to downloading the Pulse Point app on your phone.  Learn CPR and help save a life!

A Special Victim/Rescuer Reunion on Christmas Morning

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

A medic that worked to save the lives of 2 young children suffering from stab wounds in November will host them and their mother for Christmas.  Prince George’s County Medic Lieutenant Pamela J. Graham became friends with the family immediately following their ordeal that occurred on Dennis Court in District Heights.  The brothers, ages 2 and 3, and their mother will join Graham at her home on Christmas morning in hopes of bringing joy and peace to the family.

Firefighter/Medics and Law Enforcement officials that worked the scene have been invited to join in the festive event.  Other members of the Department have been invited as well.  Santa is anticipated to arrive on a fire engine bringing toys donated from individuals and the County Public Safety Toys for Tots Program.

Graham also set up a “YouCare” fund raising account to help the family with relocation costs.  The account has generated over $4,000.  The “YouCare”account can be found here.

Media is invited to attend the event, however, the family will not entertain questions concerning the actual incident.  Videos and images of the family may be obtained, however, first names only will be provided.  To maintain privacy and security of the family only credentialed media calling from caller ID verified assignment desk phones or Email addresses will be provided the home address of Medic Lt. Graham.

WHAT:            Christmas Morning Reunion of Rescuers with Young Children

WHEN:            Christmas Morning, December 25, 11:00 am

WHERE:          Contact Mark Brady prior to Saturday, December 24th, 12 Noon

WHO:              All the Above

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fire Chief Bashoor announces the availability of the 2017 Fit for Duty Calendar

Fire Chief Bashoor announces the availability of the 2017 Fit for Duty Calendar.  To order, click here.

Farm Buildings Fire - 16504 Old Marshall Hall Road in Accokeek

An Accokeek commercial farming structure sustained significant fire damage on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.  Just before 12:30 pm firefighters from Prince George’s and Charles County were alerted to a garage fire in the 16500 block of Old Marshall Hall Road and arrived to find several buildings and sheds heavily involved with fire.  The business produces eggs and as such had numerous chickens and a couple turkeys that were in the danger of the fire.  An alert employee cut holes in the fence to allow the chickens and turkeys to escape.  A couple of chickens were said to have perished in the fire.

This is a non-hydrant area and several hundred feet of hose were laid and charged to bring water to the scene.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. 

Fire Investigators determined the area of origin to be in the ceiling area of one of the buildings.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Fire loss is estimated at $50,000.

Video and images by Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Greenbelt Apartment Fire - Hanover Parkway

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

A fire in a Greenbelt apartment building was quickly extinguished early this morning.  At around 12:45 am, Wednesday, December 21, Prince George’s County Firefighters responded to a 911 report of an apartment fire at 7800 Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt.  Firefighters arrived to encounter fire coming from the second floor of the 3-story garden style apartment building.  The fire was rapidly extending to the third floor and attic area so a 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing additional staffing and resources to the scene.

The initial arriving firefighters commenced with an interior attack on the fire and simultaneous search for any occupants still inside.  The fire was quickly extinguished and all occupants were able to safely evacuate the building after being alerted by working smoke alarms. 

The cause of the fire is undetermined and fire loss is estimated at $75,000.  Two apartments sustained significant fire damage, however, the entire building is uninhabitable and all occupants will be displaced.  18 adults, 13 children, 7 dogs, 4 cats, 1 large snake were displaced and the American Red Cross provided assistance.

With the fast work by first arriving firefighters in extinguishing the fire the 2nd Alarm resources were never fully utilized.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Images from scene provided courtesy of Jim Davis