MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
On Wednesday, June 27, Firefighter/Medics from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's Fourth Battalion went door-to-door in Langley Park to promote fire safety, injury prevention and the do's and dont's of 911. This effort was conducted within the Langley Park community, part of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI). The TNI focuses
Firefighters were welcomed into many home with many positive citizen contacts made. Each group had a Spanish speaking member with them which proved to be helpful in communicating with many of the residents. Joining the Fire/EMS Department on this door-to-door effort was Prince George's County Council Member Will Campos, Loretta Tillery from the Office of the County Executive, Daisy Avelar from the Office of Community Relations and Kelly Marshall from Public Safety Communications/Office of Homeland Security. Fire/EMS Stations conducting the pro-active effort included Chillum-Adelphi 834, Chillum 844, Hyattsville 801, and College Park 812 under the direction of Battalion Chief 804 Grady Valencis.
Firefighters and companions visited over 200 homes in the 4-hour effort. Over 100 residents were home and allowed personnel into their homes to check smoke alarms and listen to the safety advice the group had to offer. Just over 20 smoke alarms were found to be non-working and 12 homes were found with no smoke alarm at all. These alarms were provided a fresh battery or replaced with a new alarm. About 30 CO detectors were installed in homes that required one. Over 60 homes were found to have a working smoke alarm and/or CO detector already installed and working. For residents not home, several printed items were left at their door concerning fire safety, smoke/CO devices and 911.