CANCELLED - Thursday 11:00 am Press Conference

A Press Conference that had been scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 11:00 am has been cancelled.  Fire Chief Marc Bashoor regrets to cancel this event, however, with the increasing potential for flooding and hazardous conditions he felt it was in the best interest of safety for everyone involved to cancel the event.

We will continue to post our Safety First Day of the Month of May reminders which will include remarks prepared by Fire Chief Bashoor.  The Chief was to announce our current low fire fatality rate, recent success stories of working smoke alarms and the programs instituted that have helped us to achieve these goals.

Firefighters were prepared to go door-to-door throughout communities checking smoke alarms and providing fire safety information.  They will re-schedule the door-to-door campaign for next Wednesday, May 7.


MEDIA ADVISORY - PRESS CONFERENCE - Safety Measures and Smoke Alarms

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, 240-508-7930     Twitter: @PGFDPIO

In 2013, The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department witnessed an alarming rise in the number of residential fires that resulted in fire fatalities, recording 13 residential fire fatalities, compared to single-digits in the previous year. 

Seeking to improve public awareness of this challenge in order to reverse this trend, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor introduced a series of new public awareness initiatives to keep homes and families safe in Prince George’s County. 

To date, the results have been dramatic.  Prince George’s County has witnessed a marked increase in the number of incidents where residents have been awakened and alerted to a fire by the sound of a working smoke alarm.  As a result, the County is currently on pace to record one of its lowest annual residential fatality rates in years.

Thursday, May 1, 2014, marks our “Safety first Day of the Month” - Just one of the many “Safety First” programs to assure, Everyone Goes Home”.

The men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will begin the day by participating in a Press Conference with Fire Chief Bashoor.  Staff will then depart to conduct a door-to-door campaign to check smoke alarms.  Firefighters will install a 10-year smoke alarm in any home that lacks the valuable protection of a working smoke alarm.

A representative from KIDDE Safety Products will also be on hand to discuss the 10-year smoke and CO alarm technology and why these new alarms will save lives.

WHAT: Press Conference – Safety Measures and Smoke Alarms

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11:00 am

WHERE: Capitol Heights Fire/EMS Station #805, 6061 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights

WHO:     Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Command Staff, Firefighter/Paramedics, rep from KIDDE