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Monday, April 28, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY - PRESS CONFERENCE - Safety Measures and Smoke Alarms


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     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 

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