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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bashoor Supports Legislation For Campus Fire Safety on Capitol Hill

A Congressman, a Fire Chief and over 80 local and vocal High School students joined together this afternoon on Capitol Hill to demonstrate their support for “Campus Fire Safety.” 

The students from South Lakes High School in Fairfax County took their message to Capitol Hill asking for Congressional support for H.R. 1609/S. 750 – the Campus Fire Safety Education Act of 2013.  Students started their day by lobbying 535 House and Senate Offices.  Afterwards a spirited rally and press conference was held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. 

Speakers included Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, who spoke on behalf of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. 

Fire Chief Bashoor stated, “It takes courage to be safe.  I encourage everyone to become a safety hero, for themselves, their families, and their classmates.  For anyone needing campus safety information, I encourage you to visit campus fire watch website, and I urge you to support HR1609/SB750 – these are NOT just pieces of legislation – this is indeed legislation that we KNOW will save lives – one that people will be able to look back on one day and say – I had the courage to be safe, and I am alive today because of House Resolution 1609/Senate Bill 750.”

Fire Chief Bashoor, speaking on behalf of the IAFC, at the Capitol Hill press conference supporting the
Campus Fire Safety Education Act of 2013. (Mark Brady)

Over 80 students from the South Lakes High School (Fairfax County) had lobbied law makers
and participated in the press conference. (Mark Brady)

Congressman Bill Pascrell and Fire Chief Bashoor ) (Mark Brady)

Congressman Bill Pascrell and Fire Chief Bashoor (Mark Brady)