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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fire/EMS Departmental Crash in Greenbelt

At around 9:45 am, Saturday, September 1, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a possible house fire in Berwyn Heights.  One of the engines companies alerted and responding to the incident was from the Greenbelt Fire/EMS Station 835.  While responding to the incident, the Greenbelt engine was involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle on Kenilworth Avenue near the Capital Beltway.

Two Greenbelt firefighters sustained minor injuries and have been transported to a local hospital for additional evaluation and treatment.  The driver of the civilian vehicle is also being transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

The Greenbelt engine has sustained significant damage and is out of service.  It appears the engine will be unavailable for an extended period of time.

The crash scene is under investigation by law enforcement and the Fire/EMS Department Safety Office.

The Berwyn Heights incident turned out to be a malfunctioning electrical outlet and was handled by first arriving units.

Mark Brady

WJLA7 Coverage of Rescue on Huntley Square Drive

Five firefighters and one apartment resident are recovering Friday morning after suffering injuries in a two-alarm fire in Temple Hills.
Five firefighters and a resident were injured in the fire. Photo: Prince George's County Fire
Prince George’s County fire officials say firefighters had to rescue four people from the Huntley Square Apartments in the 3700 block of Huntley Square Drive Thursday night.
Fire officials say the residents became trapped inside a unit on the terrace level of the three-story apartment complex.
The resident who lived in the apartment where the fire started said he pulled two fire alarms but neither worked.
The fire appears to have started from an egg roll that was left unattended on the stove.
Four firefighters suffered burns and a resident was burned on her feet after the blaze ripped through the bottom floor ceiling and up to her apartment, officials say.
Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said another firefighter, a 10-year veteran who ran toward the screams of a frantic woman, suffered smoke inhalation and exhaustion.
Bashoor says the firefighter went to rescue the woman but become trapped as well. While inside, the firefighter and the woman shared an oxygen mask before being rescued minutes before running out of air.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

WUSA9 Coverage of Rescue on Huntley Square Drive

SPRINGDALE,Md. (WUSA) - At the St. Joseph fire station in Prince George's County, Friday was a good day for two reasons.
One of their captains, Scott Kilpatrick, pulled off a daring rescue last night, and he managed to get out alive to talk about it.
Every second counts in an emergency,and there's no time for bad decisions. Kilpatrick is being praised for his quick thinking that saved a life at a raging fire last night.
Kilpatrick was among the firefighters responding to a report of a burning apartment building. Kilpatrick heard an elderly woman's cries, and located her inside. She became immobilized and Kilpatrick shared his own air supply with her. He says he tried to send a MayDay, and he promised the woman he would get her out. Kilpatrick said that he was determined to get out, and was thinking of his family.
Both Kilpatrick and the woman he rescued were treated at at a hospital, and both are doing fine. Kilpatrick is anticipating a long weekend, grateful to spend the time with family and loved ones.
That fire was in the 3300 block of Huntley Square Drive -- not far from Rosecroft Raceway, and four other firefighters were injured .

NBC4 Coverage of Rescue on Huntley Square Drive

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At least nine people, including five firefighters, were injured in an apartment fire in Temple Hills Thursday night, authorities said.
Firefighters rescued four people from Huntley Square Apartments in the 3700 block of Huntley Square Drive about 10 p.m., according to Prince George's County fire officials. It started in a terrace level kitchen and quickly spread upward, News4’s Derrick Ward reported.
"We heard a woman say, ‘Hey, it's hot up here. Help me, help me, it's getting hot and smoky,” Prince George’s County Fire Capt. Capt. Scott Kilpatrick said.
He climbed a ladder to her balcony. Her apartment was so filled with smoke, he could barely see her, and she was having trouble breathing. He said it was difficult to use his radio.
"I just told command that I'm going to start sharing my air with her, so I took the regulator off my mask and started sharing my air with her,” he said. “It basically free-flows, so I just put it right up to her mouth."
“Each individual firefighter must make that personal decision to place himself further into harm’s way,” Prince George’s County Fire spokesman Mark Brady said. “But I think everybody in this department would do the same thing."
Between breaths Kilpatrick talked to the woman to help her stay calm, but the apartment was about to reach a flashpoint. The carpet began to bubble from the heat. When he tried to open the door to get out, he was met by more smoke and flames.
“So I closed it, said a quick prayer -- ‘God help me get out of this,’” Kilpatrick said.
"It was super-heated air and gases that rushed out of the apartment up into that stairwell," Brady said.
That drove firefighters manning the hoses back, and Kilpatrick and the woman he'd gone to help both needed rescue themselves.
“It was going really, really bad really, really quick,” Kilpatrick said. “She was screaming. She was crying. She was telling me, ‘My feet are burning, my feet are burning.’ And I know she was burning. I know she was being hurt. And that really broke my heart."
With the air was running out for both of them, Kilpatrick let her take the last of it.
“I was sucking thick, nasty, hot, black smoke," he said.
But then other firefighters got to them and got them out of the building. Both were hospitalized. In addition to both of them taking in smoke, the woman suffered burns.
“Once I made contact with that lady, I really kind of like connected with her,” Kilpatrick said. “And I was like, ‘I want to help you. I'm here to help you.’”
Four other firefighters suffered burns in the fire, the Associated Press reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.