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2 Md. firefighters charged for fighting at fire scene

Two career female firefighters said two male volunteer firefighters tried to force them out of a home while battling a blaze

LANHAM, Md. — Two volunteer firefighters have been charged with assault after two other firefighters, women from another station, say the men tried to force them out of a home while battling a fire.

NBC Washington reported that the firefighters with the West Lanham Hills (Md.) Volunteer Fire Department have been charged with assault and obstruction in the reported turf war. The two female career firefighters from the Landover Hills (Md.) fire station were first on scene and were running a hose inside the house when the other crew arrived. They said one male firefighter tried to block them from entering and shoved them off the porch.

"To have a situation where firefighters are arguing or fighting or tussling over a fire scene is just absolutely unacceptable," Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said.

The firefighters could be prosecuted under a new Maryland law that makes it a felony to assault firefighters or medics as they perform their jobs, according to the report.

"There was a momentary delay, however we do not feel that impacted the amount of fire loss to that house," Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady said.

All four firefighters are on desk duty while an internal investigation is conducted.

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