Archive for August2009


On Friday, August 28, 2009, the Technical Rescue Team, as well as numerous firefighters and incident commanders from the Suitland area effected the rescue of Kujo, a 3-year old, 120 lb., dog from a 30-foot well. Fire Fighter Travis Lambert will represent everyone on that incident as well as the entire Fire/EMS Department on a […]

A Dog Gone Well Job

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A rain soaked afternoon in the backyard of a Suitland home was the setting for the rescue of a beloved family member. On Friday, August 28, 2009, at about 2:00PM, Prince George’s County Firefighters answered the call from a resident in the 3400 block of Glenn Drive where his 3-year-old dog, Kujo, had crawled underneath […]

GAZETTE NEWSPAPER – New Prince George’s chief tackles new problems

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New Prince George’s chief tackles new problemsMore station reductions, more paid and volunteers needed, Jones says by Daniel Valentine Staff Writer – Gazette Newspaper and BRENDA AHEARN/The GazetteFire Chief Eugene Jones is attempting to keep the county’s fire and emergency medical services operating effectively in the face of budget woes. Jones became chief of […]


Update provided this afternoon on Kenny McSwain. Update by Major W. Derrick Lea. Battalion Chief Kenneth McSwain (Kenny) was in a serious car accident on August 20, 2009. Kenny is recovering well at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore and will be transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital at 102 Irving Street […]

Lightening Blamed for Igniting 2-Alarm Apartment Fire

Firefighters battled an apartment building fire this morning as intense thunder storms rolled through the area. Firefighters and Paramedics from the District Heights area were alerted to a possible fire on the top floor of a garden style apartment building just before 5:00 AM, Saturday, August 22, 2009. Firefighters arrived in about 3 minutes at […]

McSwain Update Including Contact and Visiting Info

Major Thomas reports that Kenny is doing well. He is still feeling some discomfort but is in good spirits. He is at the University of MD Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and currently assigned to the 4th floor North, room #3. Visiting hours are from 12pm to 6pm and 8pm to 10pm. There is a […]


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Fire Investigators from the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal returned to 1501 Southern Ave, better known as Byrne Manor, to conduct an Origin and Cause determination. On July 28th, the day of the fire, Investigators were unable to get into certain areas due to structural instability of the building. These areas were […]

Thursday 9:15 PM Kenny MCSwain Update

The surgeries were successful and Kenny is currently is in recovery. He should be moved to a room later this evening (Thursday). We expect him to be settled in and able to receive visitors sometime during the weekend. Communication via email and/or cell phone will be established within the next day or so. Updates with […]

Off-Duty Battalion Chief Seriously Injured in Crash

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A Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department member was seriously injured in an off-duty motor vehicle crash early this morning. Battalion Chief Kenneth D. McSwain was involved in a three vehicle motor vehicle crash on the Capital Beltway near Central Avenue around 1:00 AM, Thursday, August 20, 2009. He was the driver and lone occupant of […]

Arrest Made in Arson Fire That Critically Injured a Firefighter

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators have arrested a suspect charging him with crimes that include setting a house on fire. A fire that critically injured a firefighter. On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at about 2:00 AM, Public Safety Communications received a report of a house fire at 87 Herrington Drive, Largo. Firefighters arrived to find […]

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