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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Firefighter/Medics Host Special Need Students for Fire Station Visit

                     MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Firefighter/Medics hosted two dozen special need students and staff from a County school today at their station. Visits to local fire stations are the cornerstone of public education in the fire service and a staple of fire safety and injury prevention education that often create a long lasting memory. Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics that were preparing to provide this morning’s tour of the apparatus and facility all remembered their own first visit as a young student to a firehouse. The crew was motivated to create similar memories for these young students.

Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant Brian F. Dougherty greeted and welcomed the students and staff to the Riverdale Heights Fire/EMS Station 813 on Roanoke Avenue. He provided the guests with a brief overview of their visit and introduced his crew that would provide the remainder of the tour.

Fire Fighter Latrice B. Byrd-Whitehead provided a tour of the ambulance and engine with the assistance of Fire Fighter/Medic Technician David J. Wilson Sr. Fire Fighter Medic Brian T. Mangino demonstrated the personal protective equipment worn by firefighters including his self contained breathing apparatus to let the students see and hear what a firefighter looks and sounds like.

Lt. Dougherty and crew discussed fire safety and injury prevention tips on subjects such as calling 911, how to stay safe during an emergency and sent each student home with materials concerning smoke alarms and developing an home escape plan if it is on fire. Students and staff were also provided an opportunity to ask firefighters questions.

Based on the expression on the face of the students, the fire station visit was educational, entertaining and sure to have created those memories.

For information on Fire/EMS station visits and other fire safety and injury prevention education opportunities call the Fire/EMS Department Community Outreach office at 301-883-5250.