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Monday, October 7, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY - FIRE OPS 101 has Elected Officials and Media Signed Up!!!


MEDIA CONTACT: IAFF Local 1619, 301-805-5300, IAFF1619@aol.com


The Prince George's County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association, in conjunction with the Prince George's County Fire & EMS Department and the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute, is hosting a one-day fire ground operations orientation for civilians including elected public officials, community leaders and representatives of the media. 

This program will include suiting up in fire fighter protective clothing, donning self contained breathing apparatus and actually going inside a real fire to experience first hand the environment in which fire fighters work. Obviously, this will be a controlled situation, but will nevertheless provide an opportunity to see and feel what fire fighters deal with on a daily basis. It promises to be a very exciting and informative day.

We ask all interested parties to ensure that they are available to participate in the entire six-hour program. Although this may be a significant time commitment, we assure you that the experience will be memorable and rewarding.

Members of the media are invited to cover Fire Ops 101 and are not required to remain for the entire event.

For additional information about our Third Annual Fire Ops 101 event or to register to attend the event, please contact our office at (301) 805-5300 or IAFF1619@aol.com.

Several members of the media have signed up to participate as well as numerous County and State elected officials.

The following is a list posted on the IAFF Local 1619 Facebook site of elected officials that have indicated their participation in Fire Ops 101 and are scheduled to attend.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Under Mr. Baker's watch, the Fire/EMS Department has increased its staffing complement, purchased a new apparatus fleet, and secured funding for new personal protective equipment. This will be the County Executive's third Fire Ops 101 appearance.

Delegate James E. Malone will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Not only is Delegate Malone a long standing supporter of the Fire Service, he is also a retired Baltimore County Fire Captain.

Bowie City Council members Todd Turner and Isaac Trouth will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Todd and Isaac are two of our partners in municipal government. The City of Bowie supports many great public safety programs.

Maryland Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Gansler will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. As Attorney General and prior to that Montgomery County State's Attorney, Doug has been a great supporter of Public Safety initiatives.

Maryland State Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Geraldine represents the 23rd Legislative District in the House of Delegates. This will be Delegate Valentino-Smith's second time participating in Fire Ops a huge advocate of supporting Public Safety.

Maryland State Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Joseline represents the the 21st Legislative District in the House of Delegates. As a member of the Health and Government Operations Committee, Delegate Peña-Melnyk works to improve health care and long-term care issues.

Maryland State Delegate Dereck E. Davis will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Dereck represents the 25th Legislative District and is the Chairman of the House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee. Dereck has been a great supporter of public safety and a champion for working families in our County and State.

Maryland State Delegate Tom Hucker will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Tom represents the citizens of the 20th Legislative District in the House of Delegates. Delegate Hucker has been a great supporter of providing cancer protections to fire fighters and first responders.

Aisha Braveboy State Delegate will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Aisha currently represents the 25th Legislative District in the House of Delegates and is also a candidate for the Attorney General of the State of Maryland. Delegate Braveboy has been a great supporter of many public safety initiatives at the County and State level.

Prince George's County Council member Andrea Harrison will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Council member Harrison is the Chair of the Prince George's County Council. Under her watch, the Council has approved enhancements to the Fire and EMS Department Budget for staffing, apparatus, and training.

Prince George's County Council member Will Campos will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops event. Councilman Campos represents the 2nd Councilmanic District and serves on the County Council's Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee.

Maryland State Senator Victor Ramirez will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops event. Senator Ramirez represents the 47th Legislative District and serves on the Senate Finance Committee where he is a great supporter of protecting Maryland's working families.

Prince George's County Council Candidate Vince Canales will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops event. Vince is running for the Council District 4 seat which represents the communities of Bowie, Glenn Dale, Greenbelt, Westchester Park, parts of Lanham-Seabrook and Upper Marlboro.

Prince George's County Council Candidate Dannielle Glaros will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops event. Dannielle is running for the Council District 3 seat which represents the communities of Beacon Heights, Berwyn Heights, College Heights Estates, College Park, East Pines, Glenn Dale, Glenridge, Landover Hills, Lanham, New Carrollton, Riverdale Heights and Hills, Riverdale Park, Seabrook, Templeton Knolls, University Park, West Lanham Hills, and Woodlawn.

Maryland State Delegate Ben Barnes will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Delegate Barnes serves on the House Economic Matters Committee and is a staunch advocate of protecting Workers' Compensation benefits for Fire Fighters and emergency responders.

Prince George's County Council member Mel Franklin will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Councilman Franklin represents the 9th District in Southern Prince George's County.

Prince George's County Council member Karen Renee' Toles is attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Council member Toles is the Chair of the County Council's Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. State's Attorney Alsobrooks works diligently with our Fire Marshal to prosecute offenders who commit arson and other fire/explosives related crimes.

Maryland State Senator Roger Manno will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Senator Manno represents the 19th Legislative District and is one of the strongest supporters of organized labor in the Maryland State Senate.

Maryland State Delegate Jolene Ivey will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Delegate Ivey represents the 47th Legislative District and is the Chair of the Prince George's County House Delegation.

Maryland State Delegate Michael Summers will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Delegate Summers represents the 47th Legislative District.

Rushern Baker IV will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Rushern is a candidate for Maryland State Delegate in the 22nd Legislative District.

Maryland State Senator Douglas J. J. Peters will be attending the 2013 Fire Ops 101 event. Doug is the Senator from the 23rd Legislative District and has been a great supporter of the Fire Service.

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