At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will send a letter to Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor expressing the City’s concerns about level of service at Branchville Volunteer Fire Department and requesting restoration of career fire staff to the Branchville Fire station.
Last week Volunteer Chief Richard Leizar met with Council and advised Council that the number of volunteers at Branchville has dropped from 80 members 3 years ago to 15 members now. Only 5 or 6 of the current members live in the College Park area; some travel from Pennsylvania and southern Maryland.
As a result, Branchville is frequently not able to respond to calls. Other units are then called to respond to Branchville’s primary duty area, residents in north and west College Park which may result in delays in fire and EMS service.
A motorist was killed and two other people were injured when a stolen ambulance crashed in Greenbelt, WJLA reports.
The victim was described as a man about 40 years old. County police spokeswoman Cpl. Nicole Hubbard says the alleged carjacker who also committed aggressive driving was in critical condition. A pregnant woman was also injured. Recovery breakdown services has been called to get the cars involved in the accident.
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The incident began about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Two emergency workers saw a vehicle that left the roadway on the Capital Beltway and stopped to assist. Hubbard says the driver of the crashed vehicle stole the ambulance and drove off DUI faq.
A few minutes later, the stolen crashed, striking as many as 11 other vehicles. The ambulance eventually overturned and the victims needed to call on an accident attorney.
Stolen ambulance at the accident scene (PGFD blog)
The Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Inc. in College Park owns the ambulance.
Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the ambulance crew members were assaulted but were not seriously injured in the carjacking. Nevertheless, the victims can still contact professionals such as Houston Car Accident Lawyer.
According to the PGFD, Branchville is just one of nine all-volunteer stations out of 45 stations that operate within the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. The ambulance appears to be totaled with replacement costing about $250,000. Branchville owns a second ambulance and has access to a County reserve ambulance if needed.
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