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Monday, October 10, 2011

Langley Park Apartment Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George's and Montgomery County Firefighters battled an apartment fire this evening that proved to be very work intensive.

At about 5:45 pm firefighters from the Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station 834 and other surrounding stations were alerted by numerous 911 callers of an apartment fire in the 1400 block of University Boulevard in Langley Park. Fire/EMS units arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke pushing from the pitched roof of three attached buildings. Heavy fire was soon located in a top floor apartment on the rear side of the 3-story apartment building.

Firefighters ensured that all of the occupants were safely outside and initiated an interior attack on the fire.  These apartments had previously undergone renovation work and a pitched roof was added above the original flat roof. The fire burned through the original flat roof and extended up into the attic area of the pitched roof.  A 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing a total of about 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters had to deal with the pulling apart the flat roof and cutting into the pitched roof to ventilate the thick smoke and extinguish the fire. It required about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire. No civilian injuries were reported.  One firefighter was transported to a local hospital after sustaining a minor injury to his hand.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Fire loss is estimated at $200,000.  A precautionary Third Alarm was sounded, however, was never utilized.

Eleven apartments, 50 residents, will be displaced. The County Citizen Services Unit, apartment management and the Red Cross were working on sheltering the displaced.

All of these pictures by Mark E. Brady

Front side of building.

Rear side of building.

1400 University Blvd. IMG00216-20111010-1827.jpg

1400 block of University Blvd. 3 alarms. Fire is knocked however numerous families will be displaced. Unknown if there are any injuries.

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Curtain Call on Final Day for LaMoria

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

As most everyone is aware, Jerry LaMoria will be retiring after 27 years with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.   Some of his last official acts will include presenting awards and a day of curtain calls.  

Lt. Col. Jerry LaMoria will assist in presenting Unit Citations to deserving individuals on Tuesday evening, 1900 hours, at Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831.  He will also assist in presenting Fire Storm Awards that evening as well.

His final day is Wednesday, October 12, 2011.  In his own words, Jerry LaMoria describes his vision of his last day, he stated, “I have decided to spend my last eight hours in the field doing what I will miss the most and among the people I will miss the most. I will be boarding an engine from the FTA at 0700 and going in service as E8311.”  Engine eight three eleven - 311 is his PGFD ID#.   He continued by stating, “The crew is made up of some special people who have worked directly for me over the years.”

The planned activities for Wednesday are as follows:

Start at FTA and proceed to 836
From 836 to 847
From 847 to 832; arrive at 832 at about 1000
From 832 to 827, arrive at 827 at about 1200-1230
From 827 to 842, arrive at 842 about 1400
1500 say good-bye and E8311 signs off.
Engine back to FTA

The engine is an in-service engine and they will take in some calls along the way based upon their position.

Based on his schedule, Lt. Col. LaMoria is inviting personnel and on-duty crews to come by and share a memory, a laugh, or a farewell they should feel welcome.

In conclusion, Jerry stated, “If I do not get to see you on the 12th, please know that I cherish deeply all of what we have shared together. I have had a fantastic career and I am deeply blessed with the friendships and memories that have been forged. Although I am greatly looking forward to retirement I will deeply miss the camaraderie and interaction with all of you.”

Bladensburg VFD Participated in a Community Event

Randy S. Kuenzli, Chief of the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department, provided us with the following information about a very successful community event.

For Immediate Release
 On Saturday October 8, 2011, Volunteers from the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad participated in Edmonston Day.  The event held annually  by the Town of Edmonston is usually scheduled in June, however this past June was rained out and was rescheduled for this past Saturday.

A very successful community event attended by more than 400 residents featuring exhibits, rides, good food, car show and a host of fire prevention activities.  Participants were taught through live demonstration, the proper use of fire extinguishers, large discussion groups on various prevention items from use of extension cords, alternative heating devices and cooking hazards, including how to call 911 and what information they should be prepared to provide to the operator.

Sparky the fire dog and Smokey the Bear handed out coloring books, crayons, pencils and a host of phamplets on various prevention tips.  Sparky and Smokey posed for numerous pictures with both young and old alike.  Volunteers were able to assist local residents with distribution of over 25 smoke detectors, along with information on the best placement of these detectors.

During the middle of the afternoon the crowd was visited by Trooper 2 and received a chance to look at the air craft while receiving a full explanation of all capabilities and how it directly assists the Fire and Police departments.  After the citizen tour, fire fighters participated in an on scene training exercise with the Troopers Pilot and Medic on the specifics of the aircraft and requirements of the ground crew during a actual event.

Bladensburg Fire Department is an all Volunteer staffed station and has been since November of 2004.  We operate as part of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, a very unique and one of a kind combination Volunteer/Career department in the Nation.  We are the only all volunteer, full service department in the Prince George's County system, responding to an average of 6000 fire/EMS runs per year without a single failed or understaffed response.

Randy S. Kuenzli
Fire Chief
Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Dept.
and Rescue Squad, Inc.
PO Box 348
Bladensburg, MD   20710
Division Chief
Prince George's County
Fire / EMS Dept.
Cell: 240-876-0279
Nationally Certified:
Fire Fighter II
Fire Officer IV
Fire Instructor III
Fire Inspector II
Incident Safety Officer