Thursday, August 23, 2012
Person found dead around 4:30 p.m. near Hyattsville, Riverdale Park border.
Update - 5:52 p.m. - A person was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoining in the 5700 block of 45th Avenue in Hyattsville according to county fire officials. The death appears to be a suicide, according to Mark Brady, public information officer with the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The address is roughly located along the Hyattsville and Riverdale Park border, in the Arts District Townhome development in Hyattsville. Rescuers responded to the scene shortly before 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Fire, police officials still investigating cause of deadly blaze
County fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a deadly fire in Cheverly that killed a woman yesterday. Shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, firefighters responded to 6321 Landover Road after receiving reports of a fire alarm going off and smoke coming from a first floor apartment. Once inside, firefighters put out "a relatively small fire" in the dwelling, according to Mark Brady, public information officer with the Prince George's County Fire Department. Rescuers also discovered the unconscious woman who had suffered serious burns on her body. "She had no pulse and was not breathing," wrote Brady in a press release. Rescuers tried to revive her with CPR as they transported her to the hospital. The woman was pronounced dead …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Federal SAFER grant to help staff understaffed stations in Prince George's County.
The Prince George's County Fire and Emergeny Medical Services Department has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant to hire 18 new firefighters. The grant is administered under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), which is designed to provide additional funds for local fire departments. "The ability to hire 18 firefighters through the SAFER grant will help us improve service delivery and will increase the safety of our first responders by ensuring adequate staffing levels," said county Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. "Our department motto of 'safety first so everyone goes home' is reinforced by having the ability to hire additional staffing to increase safety and reduce on the job injuries." The new grant funded …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Schools and first responders participate in regular drills to ensure readiness in the event of an emergency.
Schools and local public safety agencies held a training exercise today in advance of the reopening of school to make sure everyone is prepared for potential emergencies, according to the Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD) blog. In light of the shooting this morning at an Aurora, CO movie theater, the information was made public, although Police spokeswoman Julie Parker said the exercise was held as a part of the police and fire departments' regular training. The training scenario was set up weeks ago and not announced for security reasons. Public safety officials wanted to assure the community that they train and prepare for similar events. The exercise, held at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, was a joint effort …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Prince George's County Fire Department received more than three times its usual number of service calls on Saturday.
More than 200 calls for service came into Prince George's Fire Department during the two-hours of Friday night's violent storm, according to department information. As violent storms hit Maryland over the weekend leaving damaged homes, cars and businesses in their wake, service calls to Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Services Department began to spike almost immediately. According to Mark Brady, the fire department’s press information officer, the department received over 200 calls in just two hours on Friday night, between 10 p.m. when the storm hit and midnight when it was coming to a close. “Most of the calls have been for fallen power wires and fires outside involving brush or trees, mostly caused when the power was re-…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Fire department reminds public that all fireworks and pyrotechnics are illegal in Prince George's County.
When it comes to Independence Day fun, the Prince George's County Fire Department wants you to celebrate safely. That means no fireworks, folks. Highlighting "some confusion among our citizens, visitors and businesses in Prince George's County," the county fire department circulated a media advisory reminding residents that fireworks are illegal in Prince George's. The confusion is understandable to a degree. Maryland allows each county to set their own fireworks laws. Fireworks are totally prohibited in Prince George's County, Montgomery County and Baltimore City. Neighboring Anne Arundel County, Howard County and Washington, D.C. all allow recreational pyrotechnics to varying degrees. "You may drive through a neighboring jurisdiction …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
A Sunday evening fire caused $15,000 worth of damage, PGFD reports.
Six people are displaced following a Sunday evening fire inside a Chillum townhome, according to the Prince George's County Fire Department. Responders were called shortly after 5:30 p.m. to a mid-row townhome at 1830 Avondale Place, said Assistant Chief Ron Bridges, a PGFD spokesman. The blaze began as a kitchen fire, and the occupants of the home unsuccessfully attempted to put out the flame before calling for help, Bridges said. No one was injured, but the fire displaced six and caused $15,000 worth of damage, Bridges said.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The warning means ozone pollution is expected to reach levels unhealthy for sensitive groups.
A Code Orange Air Alert is in effect for Prince George's County on Monday, June 11, meaning ozone pollution is expected to reach levels unhealthy for certain sensitive groups of people. Public health officials are advising residents with lung diseases like asthma—as well as active children and adults—to limit prolonged outdoor exertion as a result. Temperatures in the Riverdale Park-University Park area are expected to be near 90º on Monday. The following Code Orange pointers are provided by the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department: Why should sensitive groups reduce physical activity outdoors? When fine particle pollution levels reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups range, symptoms can include: What can I do to reduce exposure? …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Fire and rescue crews respond to late-night fire in rental home.
A group of five college student renters may need to find new digs temporarily following a small house fire in University Park yesterday. Fire and rescue crews responded to the 7000 block of Baltimore Avenue in University Park at about 11:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, after receiving reports of a deck fire. Upon arrival, they discovered that the deck fire was only part of it. Fire was also found in the basement. Only one of the five tenants of the home was present at the time of the fire, and fire officials on the scene said that the tenant was not aware of the basement fire when he called 911. No one was injured in the blaze, which was quickly put out. However, in order to get access to the fire, firefighters had to chop away the rear wall …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The Red Cross was on scene to help the family find shelter.
A family was displaced Apr. 21 after a fire from a shed spread through their house around 2 p.m., according to Prince George's Fire Department Spokesman Mark Brady. There were no injuries in the fire at 2000 Tuckerman Street, but the damages were extensive enough that the Red Cross was on the scene to help the family find temporary shelter, Brady said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and monetary damages have not yet been calculated.