09-02-04 – The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is initiating an investigation at the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad following an accident involving one of its volunteers.Mark Brady, a spokesman for the fire/EMS department, said a teenaged volunteer who was behind a rescue pumper as it was backing up into the squad’s bay had an arm get caught between the vehicle and a “fixed object.” Brady said the arm injury required surgery and the volunteer was hospitalized but later released.”Anytime we have a member injured, it’s serious,” Brady said. “It seemed that everything [safety protocols] were in place. They were in the process of being told to stop when the injury occurred, but I don’t know if the driver knew to stop.” Richard Sien, chair of the rescue squad’s board of directors, said he could not release the name of the volunteer involved in the accident because of confidentiality considerations. Sien said the squad’s new pumper has a remote controlled warning claxon that allows a volunteer to activate warning sounds as the vehicle is being backed up. Sien said, however, that he did not know if the claxon being used during the accident. A safe attitude when operating equipment, Sien said, was something all volunteers have to keep in mind while on duty. “It’s something we always try to reinforce,” Sien said. Backing up fire and rescue vehicles creates the potential for accidents, Brady said.