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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Two Beltsville Workers Injured by Molotov - Suspect Arrested

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

A suspect has been arrested and charged with several crimes related to an incident involving a “Molotov Cocktail” that injured two store employees.  At around 8:30 pm, Sunday, August 27, a person entered a liquor store in the 11700 block of Beltsville Drive in Beltsville with a container filled with an ignitable liquid and a lit product stuffed into the top of the container.  The man is alleged to have thrown the destructive device inside the liquor store with flaming product striking two store employees and igniting combustibles on store shelves.  The motive for this criminal act is currently part of the on-going investigation.

The suspect left the store, however, was quickly detained by an alert Prince George’s County Police Officer on routine patrol in the shopping center that witnessed the subject fleeing the scene.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire and initiated treatment on the two adult males that sustained burn injuries.  Both men were transported to a Burn Unit where one remains hospitalized with serious burn injuries.  The second patient was treated and released.

Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal classified the fire as “incendiary” after conducting interviews, examination of evidence and a review of store security video.   Fire loss is estimated at $2,000.  Fire Investigators arrested Kevon Robert Edwards of Laurel, Maryland (DOB 11-23-1994).  Edwards is charged with numerous crimes including; Attempted 1st degree murder, Attempted 2nd degree murder, Assault 1st degree, 2 counts of Assault 2nd degree, Arson 2nd degree, Reckless Endangerment and 4 counts of Destructive Device – manufacture/possess/distribute.  Edwards is being held at the County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro without bond pending trial.

This incident remains an open and on-going criminal investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal-Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Firefighter to Be Awarded, Meet Crash Victim and Family

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

An off duty Prince George’s County firefighter saw what he thought may have been a headlight illuminating off the side of Route 301 in Brandywine.  The firefighter thought the light to be unusual and turned his car around to further investigate.  His actions over the next several minutes resulted in saving the life of a 22-year-old female crash victim who had become entangled in her seat belt and was choking to death.  The female recovered from her ordeal and has requested to meet her rescuer.  She and her family will meet the firefighter as he is recognized by the Fire Chief for his actions.

WHAT:                  Crash victim to meet and thank her rescuer
WHEN:                  Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:                Cranford/Graves Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills

WHO:                    Crash victim and family, firefighter rescuer, and Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Information for Residents of Lynnhill Condominiums

MEDIA ADVISORY: 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 posted notices on 2 mid-rise condominium building as being "unsafe" this afternoon.  The Lynnhill Condominiums, 3103 and 3107 Good Hope Avenue in Temple Hills, failed to comply with 14 of 23 fire code violations.  There are about 36 units that remain occupied with about 100 residents that have been advised to vacate during Wednesday morning.

We have compiled a list of questions that Lynnhill residents may have.

Frequently Asked Questions
August 2017

Why did the Fire Department post the building unsafe to occupy?

Recent inspections by the Fire Department revealed major fire code violations that threaten the immediate safety of all residents. Among other issues, the Fire Chief has determined that the trash in vacant units and the inoperable fire doors on apartment units and at stairwells are critical fire safety issues.  Management was notified of these violations multiple times, and ordered to make corrections, but failed to do so in a timely manner. 

Why do I have only 24 hours to leave the building?

Safety of the residents is the primary concern of the Fire Department and every day residents remain in a building in this condition increases the risk to residents and firefighters.  While the Fire Department ordered emergency measures such as an hourly fire watch and the pre-positioning of a fire engine, these measures only slightly reduce the risk to residents and cannot continue indefinitely. 
Do I have to remove all of my furniture and other belongings in 24 hours?

No.  Please gather all your important papers, insurance cards, cash or checkbooks, passports, or other documents that you would not want to leave unattended.  You may make arrangements for all of your clothing,  furniture and other personal property at a later time.

Who do I contact to schedule time to remove all of my furniture or other belongings?

You may contact the onsite police officer or call 301-909-6065 to arrange time to enter the building.

What if I do not have any other place to live or move?

The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, other County agencies, and the Red Cross will provide assistance to those needing temporary housing and other services.   Currently, staff of the County’s Department of Social Services are working within the Office of Emergency Management vehicle which is on-site.  Please walk in to begin the process of finding another place to live.   You may also call the Lynnhill Residents Assistance Hotline at 301-909-6065 or email at Lynnhill.Residents@maryland.gov. 

If I own a unit, does the Fire Department’s posting mean I lose my ownership rights?

No.  The Fire Department’s posting does not mean that the County is exercising eminent domain or taking ownership of the building.  You still own your unit.  Once all the violations are corrected, the posting will be removed and access to the building restored.  This fact, however, does not mean that other violations of the building, fire, or housing code have been corrected.  Any additional violations may result in the building being declared unsafe or uninhabitable.   

How does the Fire Department posting relate to the issue of nonpayment to the utilities?

The Fire Department issues are completely separate.  The money owed to the utilities is a separate issue under the jurisdiction of the State Public Service Commission, which recently ruled that the utilities may terminate service after providing certain notice.  If the utilities are terminated, all residents will again need to vacate the premises because the County will declare the buildings unfit for human habitation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Lynnhill Condos Cited for Fire Code Violations

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 Marshall issued a correction order to the management company of two Temple Hills building on Thursday evening citing several significant fire code violations. 

On Friday, August 18, Fire Chief Ben Barksdale held a press conference outlining the plan to bring the buildings into fire code compliance by Tuesday, August 22.  If management is not able to meet the mandate then the buildings will be declared “unsafe” and residents will have 24 hours to vacate.  

This action is being taken to ensure the safety of what residents remain in the building.
This is the letter notifying the residents of the current situation as it pertains to the Fire/EMS Department.  The notices were posted today.

Office of the Fire Marshal


                                                                                                            August 18, 2017

Residents, Staff, and Management
Lynnhill Condominiums
3103 and 3107 Good Hope Avenue
Temple Hills, Maryland  20748

During the past several weeks, The Prince Georges County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) has been working with the property management of the Lynnhill Condominiums to correct significant fire code violations that could compromise the safety of residents.  As a result, PGFD has notified the property management of Lynnhill Apartments that they have until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017, morning to correct major fire code violations identified throughout the facility.   Furthermore, PGFD has made it clear that these violations must be corrected at that time, and if these violations are not corrected, the building will be deemed as an "Unsafe Building".  Residents will have 24-hours to vacate the building following the posting of the Unsafe Building Notice.

            Critical violations that must be corrected include:

·         Fire alarm system must be inspected and in proper working order
·         All doors to vacant units must be secured
·         Accumulated trash/debris in all vacant units and areas must be removed
·         Fire doors throughout the buildings must operate properly, close and latch

            PGFD realizes the significant inconvenience this situation will have on residents, however, this action is being taken to ensure that the people are safe.  If the building is deemed “unsafe” residents will be allowed to return to the building after it is closed to retrieve personal belongings to include furnishings during the following days.  The Prince George’s County Police Department will remain on site to monitor the situation and ensure the security of the building until all residents have vacated the building. The Prince George's County Department of Social Services, other County agencies, and the Red Cross will provide assistance to those needing temporary housing and other services during this time.  For information and assistance, please call the Lynnhill Residents Assistance Hotline at 301-909-6065, or you may email at Lynnhill.Residents@maryland.gov.

PGFD PRESS CONFERENCE - Fire Code violations notice placed against Lynnhill Condominiums

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 will announce several fire code violations have been placed against the Lynnhill Condominium buildings in Temple Hills.  Failure to comply with correcting these significant fire code violations within a prescribed time frame could result in further actions being taken.


WHAT: Fire Code violations notice placed against Lynnhill Condominiums
WHEN: Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon
WHERE: Lynnhill Condominium parking lot 3100 block of Good Hope Avenue, Temple Hills
WHO: Prince George’s County Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale, Command Staff and other County Agency leaders 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 National Capital Region (NCR) 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, hosted by PGFD

Good Morning,

It is that time of year again - planning is well underway for the 2017 National Capital Region (NCR) 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, hosted by the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.  The event, to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center at National Harbor.

You can register NOW to participate in the stair climb or the 5k walk at http://events.firehero.org/pgcounty .  It will only take a couple minutes to register. Make it a family event or form a department or station team! Last year we had over 600 participants.

In addition to needing climb/walk registrants, we are in search of sponsors.  If you are able to sponsor a floor, make a sponsorship commitment, or know of a company or person willing to do the same - see the attached sponsorship letter.

I encourage everyone to register and consider becoming a sponsor - assistance finding sponsorships would be greatly appreciated.  Any questions should be addressed to Assistant Fire Chief Krichbaum.

Benjamin M. Barksdale
Fire Chief
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
Largo, MD 20774

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stay Safe Observing Solar Eclipse

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

Next week any person within Prince George’s County should be able to witness a partial solar eclipse, weather permitting.  NASA’s website stated; “A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles.” There are parts of the country that will be able to witness a total eclipse of the sun; however, within the National Capital Region we will be able to see a partial eclipse.  Regardless of where you choose to witness the solar eclipse we ask that you do so safely.

The men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department; civilian, career and volunteer, want you to be able to view this “grand spectacle” and to do so safely.  We offer these simple safety tips so you can continue to talk about this event for years to come.

On Monday, August 21, the eclipse will occur between 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  The ideal viewing time for Prince George’s County is between 2:35 pm until 2:50 pm with the maximum cover (81%) occurring at 2:42 pm.

  • Protect your eyesight.  You should never look directly into the sun at any time and this includes during the solar eclipse.  Viewing without the appropriate protection could damage your eyesight for the rest of your life.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.


  • Do not park on the shoulder of roads to watch the eclipse.  Utilize parking lots or open areas to stop your vehicle, turn your vehicle off and observe from a safe location.  Drive defensively and be keenly aware of other motorists and pedestrians.  Knowing the optimum viewing times - plan ahead.  Distracted driving during the eclipse is just one area of high concern for public safety agencies.

  • Pedestrians should stay clear of all roadways while observing the eclipse.  Select an area void of any vehicular traffic and use extreme caution if walking or biking on or near roads.  Distracted pedestrians and bicyclists are also a concern for all public safety agencies.

For additional information including eclipse glasses and other safety tips visit NASA Eclipse Safety Tips.

All photos provided by: NASA
Check with local science museums, schools and astronomy clubs for eclipse glasses—or purchase an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special shades!

Eclipse desktop application preview

Map shows the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse across the United States. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in northern Pacific and crosses the USA from west to east through parts of the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hoyer Announces SAFER Funding for Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department

Congressman Steny Hoyer - The Fifth Congressional

 District of Maryland
News Release
August 10, 2017
Hoyer Announces SAFER Funding for
Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) announced today that a $699,000 grant has been awarded to the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. The award funds will be used to support the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters at departments throughout Prince George's County.

“I’m pleased to announce this grant that will benefit the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department and other volunteer fire departments in Prince George’s County,” said Congressman Hoyer. “The men and women who make up the volunteer fire departments put their lives on the line each day to serve their communities. Ensuring our firefighters have the support and funding they need to do their jobs remains a top priority for me.  This grant will provide recruitment support and marketing programs for volunteer fire departments throughout Prince George’s County.” 

“This Grant will be used to recruit new firefighter/EMT’s, retain the experienced volunteers we have now and to improve the application process of new recruits,” said Prince George’s County Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale. “We appreciate the efforts of our elected officials in securing this Grant that will enhance our combined fire/EMS resource service delivery to our residents.”

"With the support of this SAFER grant, we will now have the tools and funding to put into motion our plans for specific strategic marketing, much-needed technology upgrades, and successful recruitment and retention events and training,” said Jay Tucker, Chairman, Prince George’s County Fire Commission. “We look forward to this resulting in the largest positive impact that the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire Service has seen in decades.”

“The Hyattsville VFD is excited to host this incredible grant opportunity which will provide for much needed technology, infrastructure and marketing support to the volunteer fire and rescue service across Prince George's County,” said Thomas Falcone, President, Hyattsville VFD.

As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Caucus, Congressman Hoyer took a lead role in helping to establish the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the SAFER Program, and each year he leads a letter with Members of Congress to the Appropriations Committee to ensure adequate funding is appropriated for the program. Over $15 million has been awarded to Fifth District fire departments since the program was established. Click here for more information.

To learn more about volunteer fire departments in Prince George’s County, click 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Discounted Tickets for UMD Football Game on September 9th

Good Afternoon,

I am reaching out to let you know that we are now on sale with tickets to our Hometown Heroes Day for our football game versus Towson at noon on September 9th. We are excited to honor all local police, firefighters, first responders and EMT’s who serve in our community. We will be recognizing all hometown heroes on the video board and on the field after the game for the opportunity to take a postgame photo on the field.

All heroes and their families will have the opportunity to purchase block seating at the special price of only $10 tickets. If you would like to purchase tickets or have any questions, I can be reached at 301-405-8119. Thank you for you service.

Go Terps!

CCBB66BC-13CC-4FE6-864D-B3506E8D1E6AKevin Hill
Senior New Business Sales Consultant
Fan Relationship Management Center | University of Maryland
P: 301.405.8119 
| Ekevhill@umd.edu

If  you have a friend, co-worker, or family member that could
benefit from my services please provide me with their name and

phone number – I am happy to follow up with them on your behalf.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Enhanced Service Delivery through Production and Deployment Changes

The Prince George¡¦s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department continually evaluates service delivery against national performance benchmarks. The Department has identified several opportunities to enhance staffing utilization and service delivery. As a result, the following production and deployment changes will enhance service delivery beginning Sunday, August 6, 2017:

Paramedic Engines

o Station 805 ¡V Paramedic Engine 805 (PE805) will be placed in service
o Station 836 ¡V Paramedic Engine 836 (PE836) or Paramedic Engine Tanker 836 (PET836) will be placed in service

Dedicated Staffing

o Ambulance 834 (A834) will be dedicated
o Engine 834 (E834)/Truck 834 (TK834) will be dedicated with at least three (3) personnel

All Response Medic Unit

o Medic 825 (MD825) will operate as an ¡§All Response Medic Unit¡¨ for a 90-day trial period

Medical Director 800 (MED800)

o The Prince George¡¦s County Jurisdictional Medical Director will operate an emergency vehicle and may respond on calls

Ambulance 858 (A858) National Harbor

o An additional operation period on Sunday 1100-2300 hours will be added to the scheduled deployment
o This increases the unit production from 36 unit hours per week to 48 unit hours per week

All station personnel are also reminded to dedicate staffing to EMS units whenever possible to ensure we maximize resources available to meet the demands on our system. Any questions or concerns about these deployment changes can be directed to the Emergency Services Command via chain-of-command. Thank you for your continued service to the community.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MDOT SHA Press Release - Road Upgrades Will Be Performed as Part of Preventative Maintenance Projects

Upgrades Will Be Performed as Part of Preventative Maintenance Projects
(August 1, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is resurfacing five major Prince George’s County roads. The $3 million project will be complete late-fall.
Crews will patch, mill (remove the top layer of asphalt), pave and restripe the following roads:
• MD 197 (Collington Road) between US 50 (John Hanson Highway) and MD 450 (Annapolis Road) in Bowie (1.5 miles);
• MD 725 (Marlboro Pike) between MD 202 (Largo Road) and US 301 (Crain Highway) in Upper Marlboro (one-half mile);
• MD 410 (East West Highway) between US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) and the CSX bridge in Hyattsville (one-half mile);
• MD 332 (Central Avenue) between Southern Avenue and MD 214 (Central Avenue) in Capital Heights (one mile); and 
• US 212A (Powder Mill Road) between MD 201 (Edmonston Avenue) and US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) in Laurel (one-half mile).
To complete this resurfacing work, crews may close lanes in both directions of each road, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sundays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Additional work hours and lane closures may be necessary to expedite all phases of work.
MDOT SHA’s contractor for the work Allan Meyers MD, Inc. of Fallston. For more information about these area wide resurfacing projects, please contact Mr. John Gover, MDOT SHA District 3 Area Engineer at 301-513-7336. For the latest real-time travel information, log onto www.md511.org or call 1-855-466-3511 using a hands-free device. MDOT SHA is urging motorists to slow down and pay close attention in highway work zones. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.
To better prepare for travel and commuting, Maryland drivers can know before they go by calling 511 or visiting www.md511.org for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures. Also available is e-Road Ready 2017 —an interactive listing of all major highway projects. Those who have further questions may call the MDOT SHA District 1 Office at 410-677-4000.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sprinkler systems continue to save lives and limit damage in Prince George’s County

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

Sprinkler systems continue to save lives and limit the amount of damage to buildings in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  Two incidents occurred today that exemplify the importance of sprinklers in business and homes. 

At around 1:30 am, Tuesday, August 1, firefighters from the Beltsville area were alerted to a fire inside of a large 2-story federal office building on Sunnyside Road.  Firefighters arrived to find a fire that had been mostly extinguished by the sprinkler system.  Firefighters completed the extinguishment and overhaul. The exact cause of the fire remains unknown with fire loss estimated at $5,000.

Later in the morning, around 9:30 am, firefighters were alerted to a possible house fire in the 7200 block of Greenspring Lane in Lanham.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find a 2-story single family home with a fire in one of the bedrooms.  Prior to the fire department arrival the residential sprinkler system activated and doused the flames allowing occupants a safe egress.  Upon arrival firefighters ensured the fire was out and completed overhaul.  The fire appears accidental in nature and possibly caused by a candle.  Fire loss is estimated at $1,000. 

The sprinklers doused the flames in both cases and prevented the fire growing larger and causing more damage.  No injuries were reported in either case and firefighters remained on the scene for a matter of 30 minutes compared to a multi-hour incident.

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department had legislation passed in the early 1990’s mandating sprinkler installation in all new construction, including one and two family homes.  The success of the first 15-years of our residential sprinkler success can be viewed by clicking here

An updated report covering the most recent 15-years is currently being compiled and will be released upon its completion.  The new report will reflect there has been 1 fatality in a single-family home with a functioning sprinkler system in Prince George’s County.  The fatality occurred, however, in a portion of the home not normally afforded the protection of a residential sprinkler system; the garage.   In this incident the residential sprinklers did activate and protect a portion of the house, however, a heavy fire load prevented the sprinklers from completely extinguishing the blaze.