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Friday, May 13, 2016

Temple Hills Apartment Fire - St. Barnabas Road

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

At around 12:45 pm, Friday, May 13, Prince George’s County Firefighters arrived at a Temple Hills apartment building and encountered an apartment fire on the second floor of a three-story apartment building.  The first arriving engine from Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station 829 advised the fire was extending to the top floor and roof area and requested a 2nd Alarm.  Over 80 firefighters and medics battled this fire in the 4800 block of Saint Barnabas Road for about 15 minutes before declaring it under control.  All occupants had safely escaped prior to the Fire/EMS Department arrival.

The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in loss and damaged to two apartments and a section of roof.  Two firefighters were injured, one sustained 2nd degree burns to his hands and was treated and released from the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.  Another firefighter sustained a laceration and was treated on the scene.  A civilian was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation.

Eight families, 15 adults and 7 children, will be displaced.  The Red Cross is assisting them.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Firefighters from Fairfax County also operated on this incident.

EMS Week Activities in Prince George's County

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 is proud to part of the observance of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week 2016 (May 15 - 21, 2016). This is a national celebration to honor approximately 750,000 EMS providers nationwide. This year, the theme is EMS Strong." This year’s theme reflects the idea that EMS providers work as a strong, dedicated team with a true calling and drive to help others in need.

Prince George’s County joins the nation in recognizing 27,000 prehospital care providers, across the State of Maryland, both career and volunteer. The life-saving care offered by these highly trained personnel—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—is exemplary.

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has several plans to help bring awareness and recognize the efforts of our personnel.

Tuesday, May 17, PGFD EMS Night with the Bowie Baysox

The Fire/EMS Department will be well represented at the 6:30 pm game when three members, volunteer and career, will be awarded Excellence in EMS medals for their actions on incidents that occurred in 2015.  These same three members will throw the ceremonial first pitch.  A civilian member will sing the National Anthem and the Departments Honor Guard will present colors.  There will be EMS units on display and an EMS information table on the stadium concourse.  There will be a Moment of Silence for the recent Line of Duty Death of John “Skillet” Ulmschneider.

Wednesday, May 18, at 10:00 AM, Star of Life Awards

the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), the State agency responsible for the delivery of trauma and emergency medical services in Maryland, will present its annual Stars of Life Awards to honor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, EMS programs, and citizens. Several Prince George’s Fire/EMS personnel will be awarded during this ceremony. The awards will be presented in the Miller Senate Office Building, President’s Conference Room, East I, located at 11 Baden Street, Annapolis, MD.

Friday, May 20, 11:30 am National EMS Bike Ride

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will start on May 14 in Boston MA and will end on May 20th in Arlington, VA.  The final leg of the ride will begin in Annapolis for Arlington on the morning of May 20th.

The riders will be passing thru Prince George's County around 11:30 am.  The route will be using the roadways by FedEx Field on the way to Arlington VA.   The Bike Ride will use FedEx Field as a rest stop before completing their trip.  The FedEx Field parking lot will serve as an excellent venue for providing the lunches and refreshments for the participants.

Friday, May 20, 1:30 pm Awards for Saving a Teen-Agers Life

A 17 year old playing basketball suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball.  Family and bystander CPR was initiated, an automatic external debrilator (AED) was applied and Medics arrived with additional treatment and transport.  The teen, his family and rescuers will meet for the first time.  The event will occur at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building at 6820 Webster Street in Landover Hills.