On Thursday morning, April 19, 2012, the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department Training Academy hosted a group of Central High School students, treating them to a morning filled with fire safety and live fire training observation. The students are from the school’s Community Referenced Instruction (C.R.I.) program, which is a segment of Central’s Special Education Department. The core subjects of the program, Reading, Math, and Science, are accessed through the Maryland State Curriculum. However, the program also offers different community-based curriculum. Students in the C.R.I. program graduate with a Certificate of Program Completion.
Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Dana N. Brooks’ classroom presentation to the three dozen students and staff included fire safety and a spirited question and answer session. Deputy Fire Chief Neal B. Dennis was on-hand to respond to questions posed by the students and staff. The group then moved outside, where Career Recruit School #45 was participating in live fire exercises at the academy’s burn building. Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Ashley L. Breen assisted Captain Brooks with the outside presentation that included stop, drop and roll; firefighter demonstrating donning personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus; and rope skills.
Mark E. Brady