@PGFDPIO Twitter

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Images from the Cabin Branch Rescue

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department has just wrapped what may have been the longest duration rescue attempt in our history.  These images were taken over the course of the weekend.  Unfortunately the images do not demonstrate the magnitude of devastation, destruction and challenges (extreme temperatures, safety concerns and intensive workload) firefighter/medics and rescue personnel faced over this time.  

Our condolences to the family and co-workers of the deceased.

All images/video were taken by myself.

Thursday evening, June 28, 2012, 10:00 pm

Friday, June 29, 2012

Saturday afternoon, June 30, 2012

Recovery Made at Landover Collapse

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

The Cabin Branch scene had been a busy and noisy work site, however, on Sunday morning it quickly became quiet and somber when the body of an employee missing since Thursday night was discovered and, unfortunately, pronounced deceased.

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has been on the scene of a building collapse incident in Landover since 10:00 pm on Thursday night.   Firefighter/Medics have worked around the clock at 1501 Cabin Branch Drive to find an employee that has remained unaccounted for since the collapse occurred.  Contractors were brought in Friday to begin safely removing warehouse contents from the employees’ last known location.

Contractors used large cranes, bulldozers and dump trucks to remove the damaged roof, shelving material and warehouse contents.  As the contractors removed 8 feet of the aforementioned items, Search and Rescue K-9 teams were brought in and allowed to search the debris pile in hopes of pinpointing a specific area.

Just before 8:00 am, Sunday, July 1, 2012, the deceased body of the missing employee was located.  The discovery was a result of the combined efforts of contractors, firefighter/medics and Search and Rescue K-9 teams.  Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor was on location when the discovery was made and assisted with family notification.  Family members of the deceased have been on-site since Thursday evening.  The deceased has been removed from the scene by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).  It is the policy of the Fire/EMS Department not to release the identity of a victim until the OCME has completed their autopsy report.

The Fire/EMS Department would like to acknowledge the assistance of the employees and management of Recall during the past few days.  Their cooperation during the effort is appreciated. We also appreciate the assistance of the family members and we offer our condolences to the family and Recall for their loss.

The role of the Fire/EMS Department will now start to diminish, as our mission is complete.  Control of the site will transfer from the Fire/EMS Department to property managers and the insurance company for continued cleanup and repair.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency (MOSHA) will conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the collapse.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will determine the cause of death. Questions for Recall and information about the deceased employee should be directed to Schwartz MSL at Recall@schwartzmsl.com.

County Council Chair Andrea Harrison as well as other allied County agencies such as the Police Department, Department of Environmental Resources, Public Safety Communications, Crisis Management Teams, Fire/EMS Service Chaplain Paul Brown, Department of Public Works and Transportation and the Office of Emergency Management, have assisted in this multi-day effort during the hottest days of the year.   

Many thanks to the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Ladies Auxiliary and the Anne Arundel County Fire Alarmers for their providing cold refreshments, nourishing snacks and meals for all those involved in the rescue.  The Ladies Auxiliary Canteen remained on the scene for the majority of this event.

Thanks also to units from surrounding jurisdictions that provided mutual aid assistance including the District of Columbia Fire Department and their Collapse Team provided back-up support on Thursday night.  Additional Search and Rescue K-9 Teams from Montgomery County, Maryland, Task Force (TF) 1, Fairfax, Virginia, TF-1 and Delmarva Search and Rescue provided additional Search and Rescue K-9 teams.  Delmarva teams were on scene this morning when the discovery was made.

Over 200 personnel from various commands of the Fire/EMS Department operated at the scene.  Some were on the initial assignment Thursday evening.  Others were rotated through the incident scene through the duration of the incident.  

While the outcome of this incident was not what we had hoped for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department provided the best possible effort to locate the victim in the most expeditious manner humanly possible under extremely difficult conditions. 

Prince George’s Reopens County Cooling Centers Today

Press Release
For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2012

For Information Contact:
Scott L. Peterson
Press Secretary
PH: 240-619-9400
(Media only please, residents should call 301-583-1950)

Prince George’s Reopens County Cooling Centers Today 

County PoolsWater Parks, Shopping Centers Provide Refuge From the Heat
Hyattsville, MD – Prince George’s County is under another excessive heat advisory today, Sunday, July 1, 2012. The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management will resume operations of its cooling centers at 20 locations around the County. The County also is promoting the use of County pools as well as having residents go to local shopping centers to find air conditioning and refuge from the heat.   

Below is a list of cooling centers, pools, and shopping centers that will be available to residents on July 1st.

Cooling Centers
All Community Centers listed below will continue to serve as Cooling Centers from 1:00pm – 9:00pm unless noted.

Accokeek Academy Middle School (24-hours)
14400 Berry Road, Accokeek,  MD 
Baden Community Center
13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD

Berwyn Heights Community Center
6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights, MD

Bowie Senior Center
14900 Health Center Drive, Bowie, MD

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center (12noon – 6pm)
6420 Allentown Road , Camp Springs, MD
12 noon -6pm

Tucker Road Ice Rink
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington, MD

Potomac Landing Community Center
12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, MD

Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex
8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD

Columbia Park Elementary School Community Center
1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover, MD

Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, (11am– 8pm)
7901 Cypress Street, Laurel, MD

Anderson & Murphy Community Center/Armory (11am-8pm)
422 Montgomery Street, Laurel, MD

Glassmanor Community Center
1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD

Kentland Community Center (24-hours)
2411 Pinebrook Avenue , Landover, MD

Curry Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD

Palmer Park Community Center
7720 Barlowe Road, Landover, MD

Lake Arbor Community Center
10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, MD
Prince George's Plaza Community Center (24-hours)
6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD

Cedar Height Community Center
1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant, MD

Suitland Community Center
5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD

County Administration Building (Lower Level only, 10:30am-8pm)
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro, MD

Other Activities to Stay Cool
The following swimming pool facilities will also provide FREE swim admission today with extended hours until 8:00 p.m.

North Barnaby Splash Park
5000 Wheeler Rd, Oxon Hill, MD

J. Franklin Bourne Memorial Pool
6500 Calmos Street, Seat Pleasant,

Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center
8615-A McLain Avenue, Glenarden,

Lane Manor Splash Park
7601 West Park Drive, Hyattsville, MD

Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
8100 Sheriff Road, Landover MD
The following shopping facilities have been confirmed open with power today:

Blvd at the Capital Centre
Interstate 95/495 at Arena Dr.
Largo, MD 20774

Beltway Plaza
6000 Greenbelt Rd.
Greenbelt, MD. 20770

Bowie Town Center
15606 Emerald Way
Bowie, MD  20716

Mall at Prince George's
3500 East-West Highway
Hyattsville, MD  20782

Other updates from EOC:

·         Residents who require overnight accommodations are encouraged to go to the shelter at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD.   In addition, residents who are in need of recharging their medical oxygen devices should go to one of the cooling centers, fire stations or the Northwestern High School shelter to charge their equipment. 

·         The Prince George’s County Fire Department reminds citizens to use battery operated lights and flash lights in lieu of candles.  A couple of post-storm fires that occurred were the result of residents using candles for light. We have also had issue with Carbon Monoxide due to misuse of generators.  For safe tips on generator use please click here.

·         The Prince George’s County Department of Family Services has been regularly communicating with all senior citizen, assisted living centers, and nursing homes in the County. Residents are encouraged to check on the elderly, neighbors, family members and those who may have special needs. 

·         The County Animal Shelter is now without power.  Residents who have pets that need shelter should call (301) 780-7200.

·         Prince George’s County is still currently under WSSC water restrictions.  Residents are asked to conserve water and use only when absolutely necessary.

·         Residents and media are encouraged to follow @CountyExecBaker on Twitter or “County Executive Rushern Baker” on Facebook for information and updates.  The phone number to the Emergency Operation Center is 301-583-1950.


Upper Marlboro Family Treated for CO Exposure

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

Firefighter/Medics from the Upper Marlboro area were alerted just after 9:00 am, Sunday, July 1, of a family of five that were displaying signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure.  Fire/EMS units responded to the single family home in the 12300 block of Putters Court and immediately removed the family from the house.  

When the family awakened they were experiencing headaches and told firefighters that due to a power outage they were operating a gasoline-powered generator on the outside of the house.  The family had the right idea in placing the generator outside, however, it was placed too close to a fireplace vent on the homes exterior wall.  It is believed that CO made it's way into the home by way of the vent while the family slept and sickened them.  It is fortunate that the generator ran out of fuel at some point during the night and stopped operating.

Firefighters using atmospheric monitors detected the presence of CO inside the home and used fans to ventilate the deadly gas.  Paramedics evaluated and treated the patients on the scene and used a pulse oximeter to determine if any CO was present in the patients.  Lower levels of CO were detected and the mother, father and three children were transported by paramedics to hospitals for additional oberservation and treatment.  Everyone was in good condition.

This is the third known incident involving generators that have occurred since Saturday evening.  

With thousands of residences and business without power after Friday evenings powerful storm many residents will turn on their generators to keep cool and power important appliances.  Gasoline powered generators produce a large volume of carbon monoxide (CO).  CO will sicken you and when exposed to high amounts will kill you.  The use of generators have spiked in recent years due to affordable pricing and their usefulness during power outages.  With more generators being used, it is anticipated that residents may not be completely aware of the dangers associated with them.

Two homeowners experienced unfortunate experiences with gasoline-powered generators just this evening.

A resident on Jenkins Ridge Road in Bowie had the right idea. Place the generator outside. Unfortunately they placed it on the front porch near an open door.  CO made it’s way into the home and sickened the occupant.  Firefighters arrived to find low levels of CO, however, the occupant already was suffering from exposure.  The home was ventilated and the occupant was evaluated by paramedics and did not wish to be transported to the hospital. 

Shortly after that incident a house fire was reported in the 3100 block of Teal Lane in Bowie.  Again, the family had the right idea, place the generator outside the house. Unfortunately, the generator was placed too close to the house and ignited a fire.  When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire conditions consuming the house.  The house sustained significant damage, however, the two occupants were not injured.

With power outages anticipated to last into the week the use of generators will be on the rise.  The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department offer these safety tips when operating a gasoline-powered generator.

  • Generators should be used in well-ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.  The generator should be placed as far away as possible and at a minimum at least 3 feet away from combustibles-this includes your house.

  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open. 

  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.

  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.

  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it

  • When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy-duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
  • Apartments and condos are not permitted to use generators on their balconies. CO can enter into living areas above and on either side of your unit.