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Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Lieutenant Colonel Appointment

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

Prince George’s County Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor announced on Tuesday, May 17, 20111, his selection to fill a future vacancy within the highest ranks of the Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. Benjamin Barksdale will join the Fire/EMS Department as a Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Fire Chief, of one of the largest and busiest combination, volunteer and career, Fire/EMS Departments in the country. He is currently serving as an Assistant Fire Chief with the Arlington County, VA, Fire Department.

Barksdale is a resident of Prince George’s County, 47 years-of-age and a 24-year veteran of the fire service. He comes to the Department having previously served as the Chief Fire Marshal and currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Support Services in Arlington County, VA.

“I fully support Acting Chief Bashoor in his selection of Benjamin Barksdale to serve as one of our Deputy Fire Chiefs, “said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. “It is imperative that we seek out and retain the best professionals to lead our County’s departments and serve the citizens.”

Acting Fire Chief Bashoor stated, “Benjamin Barksdale is an accomplished fire service professional that I have had the unique opportunity to work with on various projects within the National Capital Region. He is the right person to fill this position and I am proud to have him working for us.

Benjamin Barksdale will be assigned as the Administrative Services Commander. This position becomes available July 31, when Lt. Col. Angela M. Peden retires after 21 years of service to this Department. Barksdale will begin working with Lieutenant Colonel Peden the week of June 19, 2011.

Benjamin Barkdale (center) is greeted by Vice-President Joe Biden at a recent wreath laying ceremony.  Also pictured is Arlington Fire Lieutenant Gregg Karl.  (Photo courtesy of Arlington Fire Department).

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