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Monday, March 28, 2011

Fire Chief Participates in Live Fire Exercise with Recruits

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor has always believed that he would never ask anyone to do anything that he would not do himself. He proved that earlier this year by completing a physically challenging Candidate Physical Ability Test that potential recruits must successfully complete to advance in the hiring process.  He proved it again today when he participated in a “burn exercise” at the Department’s Fire/EMS Training Academy in Cheltenham.

Career Recruit School #42 is currently in their 4th week of training at the academy and today, Monday, March 28, 2011, the 24 recruit firefighter/medics were scheduled for their first training involving a “live” fire and smoke exercise in the training tower/burn building. Much to their surprise, Acting Chief Bashoor arrived and participated with the recruits as they advanced hose lines into the structure, extinguished the fire, ventilated the smoke and searched for trapped victims.

In the pictures, Acting Chief Bashoor can be easily identified by his new bright personal protective command gear.

FC Bashoor, Deputy FC Hoglander, Fire Majors Ware, Dennis and Leonard observe recruit training.

Fire Training Academy (FTA) Instructor Fletcher provides instructions to members of
Engine Company 1 prior to entering the burn building.

Crew members place their self contained breathing apparatus on.

Hose line is advanced into the building.

FC Bashoor jumps on the line advancement.
A well involved fire is quickly located on the first floor and extinguished.

FTA Instructor Fletcher provides critique of operations to crew members.

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