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Friday, April 14, 2017

24 Roller Coaster Riders Rescued Without Injury in Upper Marlboro

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

Twenty-four roller coaster riders at an Upper Marlboro amusement park were successfully transferred from their stalled ride to safety on Thursday evening.  Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics and the Department Technical Rescue Team were alerted at about 5:35 pm, April 13th, that a ride had stalled 80-feet above the ground at about a 30-degree angle.  There were 50 personnel on the scene including a tower ladder from Anne Arundel County.  District Heights Tower 826 worked in tandem with the Tower from Anne Arundel County Waugh Chapel Station to lower riders to the ground after members of the High-Angle team removed the riders, one by one, from their seat to the tower bucket.  (Tower Ladders extend up various lengths and have a bucket ((cherry picker)) at the end, or top, of the ladder.  There is room in the bucket for several people depending on size and weight.)


The last of the 24 riders, age range from 6 to 45, were safely lowered to the ground lust before 9:30 pm.   No injuries were reported.

All images by Mark E. Brady, Public Information Officer







Incident Command: Assistant Fire Chiefs Francis and Chatel ( l to r) flank Deputy Fire Chief Jim McClelland Sr.










Technical Rescue High-Angle Team working about 100 feet above the ground





Technical Rescue High-Angle Team working about 100 feet above the ground

Technical Rescue High-Angle Team working about 100 feet above the ground


2 of 24 roller coaster riders being lowered to ground on-board Tower 826 from District Heights

2 of 24 roller coaster riders being lowered to ground on-board Tower 826 from District Heights






Technical Rescue Commander - Battalion Chief Jonathan Bender


Incident Commander, Deputy Fire Chief James McClelland Sr, is updated by Tech Rescue Commander Bender
















Fire Chief Ben Barksdale receives update from incident commanders


Fire Chief Ben Barksdale receives update from incident commanders

Fire Chief Ben Barksdale receives update from incident commanders



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