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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY - Press Conference - New Life Saving Efforts to be Unveiled

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

The Prince George’s County Fire Chief will unveil several new initiatives the Department is kicking off on Safety First Day of the week. “Safety First” to “Ensure Everyone Goes Home” is the Departments motto that serves to remind everyone; firefighter/medics, citizens, visitors and businesses, that safety must be at the forefront of everyday activity to avoid mishaps and tragedies. Every first day of every month the Fire/EMS Department has posted safety tips, such as, “today is the day to test your smoke alarm,” “today is the day to perform your breast exam self evaluation.” The Fire/EMS department has plans to expand efforts and services on every first day of every month.

Additionally, with a spike in the number of house fires in the County and after the recent tragic Glenarden house fire the men of women; career, civilian and volunteer of the Fire/EMS Department are combining tried and proven public education methods with new and innovative ways to communicate our message. This event will be held in Bowie where the number of fire incidents has risen over the past several months.

Fire Chief Bashoor will announce and kick-off the following programs:

“Neighbor Helping Neighbor”

“Safety First ‘Week’ of the Month”

“Elementary Planning to Get Out Alive”

Each of these initiatives stresses the importance of having a “working” smoke alarm in every home, planning and practicing a home escape with emphasis on our younger residents of the County.

WHAT: Press Conference to unveil new efforts in keeping “Safety First”

WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:00 am – “Safety First Day of the Month”

WHERE: Northview Community Fire/EMS Station, 14901 Health Center Drive, Bowie

WHO: Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, City of Bowie officials, Public School System officials, civic and elected leaders, members of the general public as well as firefighters/paramedics.

Post press conference, firefighters from the four Bowie Fire/EMS Stations will return to their communities and visit neighborhoods that have suffered a recent home fire. Safety information, smoke alarm battery checks, installations of a new smoke alarms and assistance in planning home escapes will be performed.

Media Note - This press conference is a sequestration free event (for now).