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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fire Safety in Seat Pleasant

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2011

Phil Martin, Public Information Officer
(301) 836-1957

Marcus Jones, President
(240) 350-8877

Fire Safety in Seat Pleasant

Seat Pleasant MD - Fire safety is the term being used a lot these days in the fire service. All too often, lives are lost due the absence of one important piece of equipment. Smoke detectors play a vital role in the safety of our residents. On Friday, December 2, 2011 Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Chief Marc Bashoor issued a memo to all county career and volunteer members recognizing the vital role smoke detectors play and directed all fire stations to reach out to the community and dedicate time to inspect residential smoke detectors, as well as checking them when units clear calls. “It’s something we’ve already been doing since the beginning of the year. I have always been passionate about and it truly is heartbreaking to see how many homes do not have working smoke detectors,” said Marcus Jones, President of the Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company.

On December 10, 2011 Seat Pleasant firefighters canvassed the Wilburn community going door-to-door to inspect smoke detectors. Firefighters made sure residents were safe, but also gave helpful holiday lighting, cooking, and electrical safety tips. “It’s nice to see the fire department out for something other than a tragedy like a fire or a sick neighbor,” said a Wilburn resident. Wilburn makes the fourth “All Hands on Deck” smoke detector check the Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company has done since January. “Over the next few weeks, we plan to do several more communities in the area. We want our residents to know our faces and to know that we live here just like them and keeping Seat Pleasant safe isn’t just up to the fire and police departments; it’s a job we all have to do and ensuring safety isn’t going to be an easy task, but a shared responsibility,” said Phil Martin, Public Information Officer for the Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company.

The Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company will continue checking smoke detectors into the new year as well as doing school visits to educate children and youth about fire safety and smoke detectors. For more information on the steps the Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company is taking to ensure a safer community, contact Public Information Officer Phil Martin at 301-836-1957.