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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Inaugural Fire Chief's Community Advisory Council Meeting

The inaugural Fire Chief’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) was convened on Wednesday evening, July 13, 2011. The meeting was held at the Fire/EMS Department’s Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building in Landover Hills and was attended by nearly 3 dozen members of the community. There were an equal number of Fire/EMS Department members in attendance as well. Council members Andrea Harrison and Eric Olson were in attendance as well as representatives from 2 additional council members and other elected officials.

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor provided a recap of FIRESTORM 2011 which covered the events of February 19, 2011, when wind driven fires destroyed thousands of acres and over a dozen structures. There was an overview of the Fire/EMS Department that included information on the number of career and volunteer personnel, services provided number of facilities and response statistics. Bashoor fielded questions from the community members about a variety of subjects including diversity and recruitment. He received several offers of assistance from community members and invitations to municipal and town hall meetings.

The Fire Chief’s CAC was formed to provide members of the community an opportunity to have direct dialogue with him and members of his management team to discuss issues important to their communities.

After the 90 minute meeting convened, members of the community were invited to a community outreach room where they were provided with an overview of services provided by various agencies of the County Government.

The next CAC meeting date, time and location will be announced shortly. If you are interested in attending CAC meetings, please contact Ms. Diane Fennell, CAC Meeting Coordinator at 301-883-5200 or email at DMFennell@co.pg.md.us.

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