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Monday, September 26, 2011

Capitol Heights Fire/EMS Station Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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

The renovation of the Capitol Heights Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station 805, located at 6061 Old Central Avenue in Capitol Heights, Maryland, was recently completed and was commemorated on Sunday, September 25, 2011.  The newly renovated facility includes state-of-the-art features and equipment, which will provide a functional and safe work environment for our firefighters and paramedics, as well as bath and shower facilities to accommodate our increasing number of female personnel.  There were a host of civic and community leaders present at the ribbon-cutting and building dedication including; Town Mayor Kito James, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Barry Stanton, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor.  The Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department was well represented by their membership including Volunteer Fire Chief Jim McClelland, Sr and President Dwayne Frost Sr.  Chief McClelland received special recognition from Fire Chief Marc Bashoor who presneted him with a "Fire Chiefs Award" and by the membership of the Capitol Heights that dedicated the building to him.

Capitol Heights Fire/EMS Station 805 is one of forty-five (45) Fire/EMS stations strategically located throughout Prince George’s County.  The primary response area for Station 805 is 1.15 square miles; however, the station serves many of the surrounding communities, including: Boulevard Heights, Seat Pleasant, District Heights, Ritchie, Chapel Oaks, Suitland, Largo, and Landover.

·      Apparatus:  The station houses modern fire and EMS resources, including:  Engine 805; Engine 805B; and Ambulance 805 (Basic Life Support.
·      Personnel:  Volunteer personnel provide 100% of the staffing. 
·      Call Volume:  The annual estimated call volume within the Capitol Heights first due response area is 1450 incidents.

Capitol Heights Fire/EMS Station 805 is a 7,648 square foot two (2) story facility that includes: offices, living space, separate sleeping facilities for men & women, training/meeting room, kitchen, vehicle/equipment maintenance room
·      Apparatus Bay:  Approximately 3,380 square feet with four (4) apparatus bays.
·      Training/Meeting Room:  Equipped with audiovisual equipment and space to accommodate between 24-46 persons, depending upon room configuration.
·      Total design and construction costs are approximately $1.9 million, funded with Prince George’s County general obligation bonds.
·      Alerting System:  Equipped with a First-In Fire Station Alerting System, which will reduce response time and firefighter stress.  The system technology utilizes Cardiac Kind ramped tones and a human voice to alert personnel, in conjunction with low intensity red light and other visual indicators.

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