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Friday, August 5, 2011

Fire/EMS Department to Benefit from Inter-County Broadband Network

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III recently helped break ground for a construction project that will lay broadband fiber across Prince George's County and through the other jurisdictions that make up the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN). The fiber will span 103 miles, connecting 117 new sites within Prince George's County to one another and to the network as a whole. County Executive Baker was joined at the groundbreaking ceremony by United States Senator Barbara Mikulski, Governor Martin O'Malley, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Prince George's County School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs, Prince George's County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. and Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor.


The Inter-County Broadband Network Ground-breaking Ceremony was held on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 9:00am at the Samuel P. Massie Academy located at 3301 Regency Parkway, Forestville, MD.

The ICBN is a collaborative inter-governmental consortium comprised of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Harford County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. ICBN will directly connect 715 anchor institutions in Central Maryland, including hundreds of K-12 public schools, libraries, public safety agencies, community colleges and other government institutions. In addition, in each of these communities – the network will also connect to existing networks with thousands more anchor institutions. Also, the ICBN will make available nearly 800 miles of fiber optic cable for low-cost lease by commercial entities to expand the reach and quality of broadband access throughout the region.

The ICBN is part of the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN), a partnership between public and private agencies across the state that includes the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and the Prince George's County Office of Information Technology and Communications (OITC). Last September, the One Maryland Broadband Network won $115,240,581 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

"The (ICBN) represents a phenomenal opportunity for Prince George's County, demonstrating the benefit of partnering with other jurisdictions to expand our capabilities as a region," said Baker. "This day represents a victory for all of us – our schools, public safety facilities, business community, and our region as a whole. I want to thank Senator Mikulski, Governor O'Malley, and Howard County Executive Ulman for their leadership on this project. The ICBN will improve our quality of life, and create jobs in Prince George's County and the State of Maryland."

A majority of Fire/EMS facilities in Prince George’s County will have the benefit of the ICBN and Fire Chief Bashoor is looking forward to the increased capabilities that broadband will afford these facilities, the entire Fire/EMS Department and the County Public Safety Communications Center. “Opportunities afforded by the broadband technology are endless and will assist first responders and incident commanders in providing the very best in Fire/EMS services to the citizens and residents of the County.” stated Bashoor. "Additionally, the ICBN will be an effective magement tool that will enhance our ability to conduct day-to-day business in an effective and cost saving manner."

(R to L) Lt. Col Ben Barksdale, Lt. Col. Jerry LaMoria, Fire Chief Bashoor, OITC Manager Christine Barker and Major Paul Cruz at ICBN Ground-Breaking press conference. (BRADY)


Ground Breaking group for ICBN. (BRADY)

Governor Martin O'Malley and Fire Chief Bashoor at ICBN Groundbreaking. (BRADY)

County Executive and Fire Chief to Join Recruits in Run Across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

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

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor as well as members of the Fire/EMS Department command staff will join recruit firefighters in a run across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB).

The members of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Career Recruit School (CRS) #44 are combining their physical training with an opportunity to raise funds for a very worthy cause and are challenging other firefighters to join them. Funds raised will be donated to the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation (NFFF). This is the 2nd Firefighters’ Memorial Bridge Run in honor of all fallen firefighters. This run includes portions of the park on the Maryland side, across the WWB, portions of the Virginia side and back across the WWB to Maryland.

The NFFF strives to reduce the number of LODD’s in the fire service by encouraging firefighters to make healthy lifestyle choices and maintain a well conditioned cardiovascular system. Approximately 50% of LODD’s are caused by cardiac related events. These LODD’s are preventable!

Please support CRS #44 and the NFFF by registering to run in this event. We ask that each runner makes a charitable contribution of $25.00 and all proceeds will go directly to NFFF. Make checks payable to Brooke Thompson or Brian Drummond with WWBR in the memo line. Please register by emailing Technician Ashley Breen at albreen@co.pg.md.us, no later than August 10, 2011. Registration is limited to 150 runners. All money will be collected when checking in at the bridge. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Technician Ashley Breen at the Fire/EMS Training Academy, (301) 856-3410.

WHAT: 2nd Firefighters’ Memorial WWB Run

WHEN: Friday August 12, 2011, 8:00 am

WHERE: Foot path at the base of the WWB on the Maryland side.

WHO: County Executive Baker, Fire Chief Bashoor, instructors and recruits, firefighters and paramedics.

PARKING:   http://nationalharbor.micromaps.com/

Parking for all  participants and media will be located in Lot G at National Harbor (This will include all FD vehicles not providing functional support for the event). Do not try to park on the gravel access road to the trail, this will be kept open for emergency vehicle access. Walk along the waterfront trail to the starting point. This walk will take about 15 minutes, plan accordingly. To access the Lot G follow National Harbor Blvd. right on Waterfront street, immediate right toward national plaza, right into Lot G. A recruit will be there to assist with parking.

Plenty of photo opportunities and interviews will be available as well as accommodations for live shots.