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An excellent example of a public-private partnership working together for the community was never more evident when a local contracting company stepped up and said, “We want to help.” Representatives from the Minkoff Company, Inc., a general contractor and property restoration specialist in Beltsville, MD, were guests at a recent Fire Chief's Advisory Council Forum held in Beltsville. Minkoff officials offered to provide smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (co) detectors.
The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has a “Safety First – Everyone Goes Home” program whereas County residents can call and have a firefighter come to their home and install one or both of these life saving devices, free of charge. The Department is able to provide this free service through donations of the alarms and detectors from outside sources. On Friday, August 10, as promised, a Minkoff Company truck offloaded 250 smoke alarms and 250 co detectors at the Departments Fire Services Building in Landover Hills.
“This donation will help us to save lives and protect properties,” said Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, concluding, “Our Safety First program would not be possible without the generous donations from companies such as Minkoff.”
The volunteer, career and civilian men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department join Fire Chief Bashoor in gratefully acknowledging this generous donation that will soon be put to work protecting lives and property.
Corporations making previous contributions of smoke alarms this past year include PEPCO, 1-800-BOARDUP, IAFF Local 1619 with co detectors donated by KIDDE and FIRST ALERT.
To have a smoke alarm and/or carbon monoxide detector installed in your home, free-of-charge- call our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233).
For additional information on the Fire Chief's Community Advisory Council and Forums, please, contact Diana Fennel, Community Advisory Coordinator, at 301-512-1246.
Photos by Teresa A. Crisman, Community Outreach Coordinator.