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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

FIRE/EMS Department Safety and Healthy TNI Effort

Firefighter/Medics from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's Fourth Battalion will be going door-to-door to promote fire safety and injury prevention.  This effort will be conducted within the Langley Park community and is part of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI).  The TNI focuses on six specific communities, the overarching goal of the TNI is to achieve and maintain a thriving economy, great schools, safe neighborhoods and high quality healthcare by utilizing cross-governmental resources in target neighborhoods that have significant and unique needs.

Firefighters and paramedics will canvass communities armed with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (co) detectors as well as printed materials promoting fire safety and staying healthy.  Langley Park is the first TNI community to experience the Department's saturation of Safety and Healthy information.  The printed materials will be available in both English and Spanish.  If a home lacks a working smoke alarm or CO detectors firefighters will install one for the resident, at no charge.  Firefighters will also demonstrate how to test the alarm once-a-month on the first day of every month (Safety First Day of the Month), change batteries at least once-a-year and help occupants to plan and practice a home escape plan in the event of a fire in their house.

Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor said, "The Fire/EMS Department overall strategy is to be proactive in the target areas while maintaining and improving service delivery outside of these areas.  Our personnel will continue to canvass communities across the County to ensure everyone is afforded the protection of smoke alarms and CO detectors.  The Fire/EMS Department is excited to work with our County Executive and other agencies in working towards a common goal."

The Fire/EMS Department will visit every targeted community over the next 30 days in an effort to visit as many homes as possible.  Citizens need not live in a TNI or wait for a firefighter to visit your home to receive a free smoke alarm or CO detector.  All county citizens are encouraged to call our Safety First Smoke/CO Line at 301-864-SAFE (7233) and request one of these life-saving devices.  A firefighter will visit your home and install one for you, free of charge.  Additional Fire/EMS Department activities in TNI communities will include, but are limited to, hypertension screenings, community walks, Fire/EMS Station Open Houses and regular community visits.

Firefighter/Medics will meet at the Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station 834 on Riggs Road at 8:30 am, Wednesday, June 27, before arriving in the Langley Park community soon thereafter.

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