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Thursday, September 15, 2016

School Bus Fire on 9-12-2016

At around 4:45 pm, Monday, September 12, 2016, firefighters from the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company in College Park, Maryland were alerted to a school bus fire.  This video captured on the dash-cam from the volunteer chief of Branchville documented the action just prior to the arrival of the engine company.

20 children from the Glenarden Woods Elementary School were evacuated from the bus by the driver that was able to remain calm throughout the ordeal.

The fire appears to have originated near one of the rear wheel s and extended throughout the bus.  The official cause is undetermined, however, the cause appears accidental with a mechanical failure within the wheel and brake assembly.

No one was injured.  Most children were picked up by their parents from the scene.

The Fire/EMS Department credits bus driver Reneita Smith with a safe evacuation of the children and preventing injury while risking her own life.  She is slated to receive a commendation award.

Mark E. Brady
Public Information Officer
Prince George's County, MD Fire/EMS Department

Riverdale Heights VFD Receives Safer Grant

Hoyer Announces SAFER Grant Awarded to
Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) announced that a $331,050 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant was awarded to Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department. The grant will be used for the recruitment of volunteer firefighters. 

“Volunteer fire departments in Maryland play a critical role in keeping our communities safe,” said Congressman Hoyer. “That’s why I’ve been a strong advocate for the SAFER program so we can ensure that our departments are adequately staffed and our volunteers have the necessary training to respond to emergencies. As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues here in Congress to ensure our departments have the resources needed to recruit, train, and retain volunteers.” 

The SAFER grant program provides necessary funding to help ensure 24-hour staffing at our nation’s fire stations so that communities are protected from fire and fire-related hazards. Each year, Congressman Hoyer leads a letter with Members of Congress to the Appropriations Committee to ensure adequate federal funding for fire fighters across the country. Click here for more information on SAFER grants.