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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Inspecting ICE at the Gaylord National Resort

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

My favorite opportunity to highlight the Department’s Fire Inspector’s is when they conduct a Life Safety Inspection at the Gaylord National Resort popular ICE! Four fire inspectors from the Office of the Fire/EMS Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal and firefighter/medics from the first due station, Oxon Hill Fire/EMS Station 842. walked through the vast exhibit area ensuring the facility is safe for the thousands of visitors and pre-planning in the unlikely event of an emergency incident. ICE! Featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar will run from Nov. 18 to Jan. 8. Colorful ice sculptures carved entirely from TWO-MILLION pounds of ice will be on display.
The Gaylord website describes the attraction as, “This 15,000-square-foot attraction--a unique, interactive indoor wonderland created entirely of ice--is the crowning jewel of Christmas on the Potomac, Gaylord Nationals more than 52-day-long celebration of the holidays. Visitors will marvel at the striking detail and beautiful, theatrical renderings of beloved Christmas icons and memorable holiday scenes, all housed in a custom-built structure maintained at a temperature of nine degrees… Winter coats will be provided!”

The facility was inspected with minor corrections recommended to ensure compliance with the Life Safety Code. Fire Inspector Mark G. Hoover was the lead inspector and was supported by Fire Inspector’s Keith D. Yancy, Cassandra L. Watkins and Fire Fighter/Medic Sara A. Shaffer. Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Michael Dowling and 2 firefighters from Oxon Hill Fire/EMS Station #842 also participated in the walk-thru.