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Monday, February 1, 2010

High-Angle Rescue in Upper Marlboro

Just before 8:00 PM, February 1, 2010, firefighters from the Upper Marlboro area and the Departments Technical Rescue Team were alerted to a High-Angle Rescue.

According to witnesses, at about 6:00 PM, a teen-aged male had fallen down a steep snowy hill leading to a ravine approximately 100 feet to the bottom. He started to climb up the side of the ravine and ascended about 60 feet when he found it impossible to climb any further. He perched himself on a tree about 30-40 feet from the top and started to yell for help. Almost 2 hours had passed when a resident heard the calls for help and went to investigate. Once located, 911 was contacted. This started the chain of events for a rescue.

The scene is located deep into a wooded area in the rear of 13210 Marlton Center Drive in Upper Marlboro. An attempt to rescue the victim by using a ground ladder was made by first arriving firefighters but the victim was too unstable to attempt the climb. The High-Angle Team deployed a rope and pulley rescue system and lowered a firefighter down to the victim’s location. Firefighters made patient contact around 9:00 PM. The victim was placed into a safety harness and brought up to the top. Paramedics evaluated the teen and are transporting him to a Trauma Center for evaluation of possible injuries and hypothermia.

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Fort Washington House Fire

At about 8:15 AM, Monday, February 1, 2010, firefighters from the Fort Washington area responded to a report of a house fire. Fire/EMS units arrived at 9110 Locksley Road and encountered a 2-story, non-sprinklered, single family home with heavy smoke showing. A working fire was soon located in the basement and extinguished. There were 25 firefighters on the scene that took 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.

A family of 2 adults will be displaced and were assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizens Services Unit and the American Red Cross with temporary shelter. Fire Investigators believe an electrical malfunction is responsible for starting the fire with fire loss estimated at $150,000. There were no injuries reported.

CRS 41 Starts Today

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department welcomed a class of 40 recruits this morning as they started their first day at the Training Academy. Career Recruit School (CRS) 41 was greeted this morning by Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones and his command staff as the recruits began their career with the Department.

Mini-U-Storage Fire in Landover Hills

Firefighters were alerted to a commercial building fire this afternoon in Landover Hills. Fire/EMS units were dispatched at about 1:25 PM, Monday, February 1, 2010, to the Mini-U-Storage at 3800 64th Avenue for a report of smoke coming from one of the storage lockers. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from an entire row of storage lockers and a second alarm was sounded. A total of 60 firefighters knocked down the bulk of the fire within 45 minutes in the 7 to 10 lockers that were involved. These self storage containers pose a tremendous amount of hazards to firefighters in addition to an abundance of work to overhaul and ensure the fire is completely extinguished. The self-storage lockers involved contained a variety of materials including furniture, boxes of paper, automotive equipment and a myriad of other combustible items. Two firefighters sustained lacerations to their hands during the overhauls operation. A 26 year-old male fire fighter sustained a minor laceration and was transported to a nearby hospital. Paramedics transported a 26 year-old male firefighter with a more serious hand injury to a trauma center in Baltimore that specializes in hand injuries. Both firefighters are considered to be in good condition. The cause of the fire is under investigations and damage estimates are still being tabulated.