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Friday, May 4, 2012

FIRE OPS 101 Provided Real Life Experiences

The Prince George's County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association, IAFF Local 1619, in cooperation with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department and the Maryland and Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI) held Fire Ops 101 today.  The event was held at MFRI in College Park, MD.

Fire Ops 101 is an opportunity for participants to experience the emergency situations that Fire and EMS personnel must be prepared to deal with on a daily basis.  Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III attended Fire Ops 101 for the second time and was joined this year by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

Events included everyone being fit into properly fitted in to personal protective equipment which included  a full set of firefighters turnout gear and self contained breathing apparatus.

Scenarios included a live fire exercise in a "burn building" at a temperature of around 600 degrees, a firefighters maze, stretching and charging a hose line and nozzle and a demonstration of hands-only CPR. A demonstration from our Technical Rescue Team, Fire Investigations and Bomb Squad rounded up the days events.

The goal of Fire Ops 101 is to provide elected officials, civic leaders, government employees and members of the media with a real life experience and greater appreciation for the physical demands and dangers that are placed on firefighters and paramedics during hazardous situations they are called to mitigate in our communities every day.

Notable observers and participants included:

The Honorable Martin O'Malley, Governor, State of Maryland
The Honorable Rushern L. Baker III, Prince George's County Executive
The Honorable Kenneth Ulman, Howard County Executive
The Honorable Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County States Attorney
The Honorable Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Maryland State Delegate
The Honorable Justin Ross, Maryland State Delegate
John McDonough, Maryland Secretary of State
Steve Edwards, Director, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland President Mike Rund
Marc Bashoor, Fire/EMS Chief, Prince George's County
Mark Magaw - Chief of Police, Prince George's County
Mary Lou McDonough, Director - Department of Corrections
Stephanye Maxwell, Director - Office of Human Resources Management
Joanne Bonacci, Deputy Director - Office of Human Resources Management
Barry Hudson, Communications Director - Office of the County Executive
Numerous Assistants and Aides to County Council Members and Congresswoman Donna Edwards

We were pleased to have several members of the media participate with us and experience a day in the life of a firefighter.  We look forward to seeing, reading and hearing their stories:

Erin Egan - Diamondback Newspaper Reporter
Charlie DeBoyace - Diamondback Newspaper Photographer
Megan O'Rourke - WTOP
Kai Jackson - Reporter - WJZ - TV 13
Eric Kettering - Videographer - WJZ - TV 13