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Friday, May 9, 2014

Fire Prevention & Life Safety Open House in Brandywine - This Saturday May 10



Volunteer Fire Department of Brandywine, Maryland Inc. 
Fire Prevention & Life Safety Open House.
Event POC: Brian Clements (240) 682-3192
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Station 40; 14201 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD 20613 (301) 372-8507
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Weather: Partly cloudy, chance of rain in the afternoon, high temperature of 84.
Free Admission

The Officers and Members of the Vol. Fire Department of Brandywine, Maryland Inc. would like to invite the public to our annual Fire Prevention and Life Safety Open House on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 11:00am to 3:00pm located at 14201 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.

Join our members as we educate the importance of fire prevention and life safety. The department will be offering free literature on 10 year smoke detectors, grilling and summer safety, carbon monoxide detection, provide a live auto extrication demonstration and many activities for children and adults.
Special guest appearance by Nashville country music recording artist Ashley Forrest of Crofton, Maryland. Static fire apparatus displays, an all ages bucket brigade, Sparky the Fire Dog, live firefighter demonstrations, childrens firefighter costume and coloring contests, free blood pressure checks and much more.

The department is currently hosting a Cairns 1010 Defender Helmet raffle. All proceeds from this raffle will benefit the department in refurbishment of station apparatus. Tickets are $5.00 each. Drawing will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:00pm. Winners do not need to be present at time of drawing.

Do you have what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician? The Vol. Fire Department of Brandywine is constantly looking for members of our community to join our ranks as volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians or administrative/support personnel. Potential applicants must be sixteen (16) years of age or older, pass an extensive background check, complete a physical and stress test, and complete firefighter and EMT classes within thirty (30) months of applying for membership.

The Prince George's County Volunteer Fire/EMS Recruiter will be on hand at the Open House to answer any questions or concerns regarding volunteering at Brandywine or any other department in Prince George's County.

For more information, please contact Fire Prevention Chairman Brian Clements at (240) 682-3192 or visit us on Facebook at Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department Station 40.

Firefighters Death Impacts Two Departments


Garrett A. Greene

Thursday, May 8, proved to be a sad day for the fire service in Prince George’s and Montgomery County.  An early afternoon crash on Central Avenue claimed the life of Garrett A. Greene.  This loss of life left two fire chiefs the sad responsibility of notifying their respective departments of the tragic, off-duty, loss of life of a popular and energetic young man.

The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, MD, lost a volunteer member and the Montgomery County MD Fire and Rescue Services lost a career firefighter.

Tony Kelleher, Fire Chief of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department wrote;

I am sending you this email to regretfully inform you of the death of active Volunteer Firefighter Garrett A. Greene of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Company 46. He was fatally injured today when involved in a motorcycle collision on Central Avenue at Staton Drive. It should be noted that Firefighter Greene was also an active Career Firefighter with the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue. I would like to personally thank the members of the department that responded to the incident and made swift notification to include Battalion Chief 881 (James Reilly) and Executive Officer Assistant Chief Paul Gomez. The Kentland VFD, Inc. will forward your office information as it becomes available.

Tony Kelleher
Chief
Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
Companies 33 and 46
 Southern Division Chief
D-Shift

Steven E. Lohr, Fire Chief, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, notified his membership by writing;

I am saddened to announce the sudden death earlier today of FFII Garrett Greene who was unexpectedly and tragically killed in a motor vehicle collision.

I have confirmed that family members and significant others have been notified. It is the family's desire that I announce this to the MCFRS.

As I am writing this email, MCFRS personnel are engaged with family and friends to determine needs as we each struggle with this untimely loss.

On behalf of the entire MCFRS, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to family, friends and coworkers. Please keep the Greene family in your thoughts and prayers as they work through their personal loss.

A family liaison will be announced under separate cover as more details become available.

Respectfully, 

Steven E. Lohr
Fire Chief
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service
100 Edison Park Drive, 2nd Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

The sudden loss of a young life is tragic and impacts many people.  The loss is borne by family, friends and co-workers at many levels and emotionally handled in many different ways. This sad occasion gives cause to think and pray for Garrett, his family, loved ones, close friends and co-workers and the two fire departments full of extended family.

On behalf of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department we offer our sincerest condolences for the loss of Garrett A. Greene.

Mark E. Brady
Public Information Officer
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us
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