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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ambulance Crew Assaulted by Patient

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

The very patient they were trying to help assaulted an ambulance crew assessing the medical needs of a teen-aged patient.  Fortunately, the crew was able to remove themselves from the situation and radio for police assistance.

At around 5:30 am, Sunday, May 1, 2016. A Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department ambulance and medic unit were alerted to a “sick person” call in an apartment in the 8100 block of 15th Avenue in Langley Park.  The ambulance arrived first and family members let the 2-crew members into the apartment.  The family members thought that the teen-aged male “had too much to drink” and required medical assistance.

The crew started to evaluate the patient when suddenly and without warning he grabbed a female crewmember and assaulted her with his fist.  The quick thinking crew was able to maneuver themselves away from the combative patient and made their way out of the apartment.  The medics were just arriving and alerted by the ambulance crew to stay outside.  Police were immediately dispatched and arrived quickly.

The teen-aged male, still combative, was subdued by police and restrained with handcuffs.  A new ambulance crew transported the patient, with police on board, to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment.

It is not known at this time if any charges will be placed against the teen-aged male.

The female crewmember was shaken over the incident but is remaining on-duty.

This assault on Firefighter/Medics and EMTs come on the heels of an incident just over 2 weeks ago where Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant John “Skillet” Ulmschneider was shot and killed and another member shot and seriously wounded as they were trying to check on the welfare of the very man that shot them.  Two other members were injured while pulling an injured firefighter out of the line of fire.

A Safety Investigative Team (SIT) is being assembled to review the shooting incident.  The SIT could make recommendations on how to improve the safety of firefighters, medics and EMTs compared to how we have traditionally responded to incidents.   

Safety First Day of the Month - May 2016

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

Today is May 1, 2016, the Safety First Day of the Month. The month of May features Mothers Day and Memorial Day.  Two festive occasions that include members of the family.  Perhaps the greatest gift anyone can provide mom is to make sure she is safe.  When you visit on Sunday, May 8, test her alarms and even better bring new 10-year alarms with you and install them in her home.

Having a working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm could be the difference in life or death - yours and your family.  Today is the day that the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has designated for everyone to test their smoke and CO alarms.  It's simple:

Push the TEST button on the front cover of your smoke and CO alarm.

An audible beeping noise SHOULD sound.  If it does, congratulations, your done until next month.

If it does not sound an audible alarm - replace the battery.  Push the TEST button again - still no alarm - remove the alarm and immediately replace with a new 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke or CO alarm or better yet a 10-year combination smoke/CO alarm.

If your alarms are about 10 years old or you don't remember if you ever replaced the alarm, do it today!!!  Smoke and CO alarms work all day - every day and will wear down over their 10 year service life.

County Law requires a working smoke alarm in your home.  Over the next two years the law will continue to evolve to require a working 10-year smoke alarm on every level of your home, primarily outside of sleeping areas.  We also recommend having a working alarm in every bedroom and to sleep with your doors closed.

County Law currently requires a working CO detector on every level of your home, primarily, outside of sleeping areas.  This law includes all homes with a gas service (natural, propane, oil, etc), a fireplace or an attached garage.  This law also requires that all hotels, motels, dormitories and all apartments and condos have working CO alarms.

Have you ever noticed that it is sometimes a challenge to reach your alarms installed on your ceiling or high on the wall.  Perhaps you use a step-ladder or stand tall on your toes to reach the test button.  Think about your senior citizen neighbors and relatives (MOM) that may have difficulty even reaching a light switch.  Test their alarms for them every month, change their batteries at least once-a-year and contact 311 for them if they need a new 10-year smoke alarm installed by firefighters, free of charge.

Don't wait for a firefighter to knock on your door.  If you need a working smoke alarm and can not afford to purchase one, call 311 and ask about the free smoke alarm program.

This month we will also highlight Arson Awareness Week and EMS Week.  We will provide additional information about these programs later this month.

Memorial Day is celebrated on May 30.  This is the traditional start of summer with many swimming pools opening and BBQ grills fired up for the big day.  It could be very festive as long as everyone keeps Safety First!!!  Please click here and visit our Memorial Day Safety Tips to help ensure everyone goes home.

A personal note, on this Safety First Day of the Month of May I changed my 30-day furnace filter, cleaned out lint from my dryer exhaust pipe and gave my dog her monthly heart worm pill and flea and tick ointment.  Safety First Day of the month is a convenient time to do all those 30 day projects that sometimes are forgotten.  Safety First Day of the Month - Make it a Habit!!!