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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Presidential Recognition for Two Volunteer Members

Two Prince George's County Volunteers were among a dozen recipients of a Presidential Award.  Hugh Owens and Harve Woods, both members of the Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Association and the Maryland Fire Chief's Association (MFCA) recently received President Barack Obama's "Call To Service Award,"  This Presidential award was presented in recognition of the MFCA's efforts to establish and operate a system to provide real-time information to senior Fire and Rescue Officers across the entire State of Maryland on a 24/7/365 basis. Named the "Statewide Alert Network" this system relays severe weather warnings, extra alarm incident information, and other services to keep Command level officers abreast of what is actually happening at the moment. From the original goal of serving Maryland's Chief Officers, this system has grown to also provide assistance to jurisdictions from New York to South Carolina.

The awards were presented on the President's behalf by Acting U.S.Fire Administrator Chief Glenn Gaines, and Dr. Denis Onieal, superintendent of the National Fire Academy.  The event was held on Thursday, April 7th, 2011, just prior to the Congressional Fire Services Institute Dinner held at the Washington Hilton.

Harve Woods, Acting PGFD Fire Chef Marc Bashoor and Hugh Owens at Awards Ceremony.  (Photo by Ron Watkins)

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