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Monday, August 25, 2014

"Pinky" "Hope" and ?? - Third Pink PGFD Unit Needs a Name

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

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is preparing to accept the final addition to our cancer awareness campaign, “Proud to be Pink.”  In October 2012, Pinky, an engine wrapped in pink, was introduced to the public.  Just shy of 2 years later, Hope—a painted pink paramedic transport—made her debut.  Soon the Department will place in service a 2014 Pierce Velocity pumper, also painted pink but with a lavender strip around it.  Each of these pieces of apparatus was designed to raise Breast Cancer Awareness; however, the lavender strip on the pumper represents every type of cancer. 
The 2014 Pink Pierce Pumper needs a name. (photo by Paulwall Hawkins)
 The Pierce pumper will be housed at Capital Heights Fire/EMS Station 805, where Pinky currently resides.  Croom Fire/EMS Station 845 in Upper Marlboro is slated to become Pinky’s new home, with Hope remaining at College Park Fire/EMS Station 812.

The nickname Hope was selected from over 200 entries submitted through a social media promotion.  The same process will be used to name the pumper, and, once again, everyone is invited to submit a nomination.  When choosing a name, keep in mind that while the new Pierce engine is predominately pink, its lavender-colored strip represents all cancers.  Also, your choice should be in good taste and demonstrate a positive outlook.  One or 2 words are preferable, but all nominations will be considered.  In the event the Fire/EMS Department receives multiple entries for the winning selection, the person whose entry was received first will get an official PGFD pink uniform shirt that is worn by our personnel during the month of October. 

The winning entry will be announced on September 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., during the dedication ceremony for the new pumper at the Capital Heights Fire/EMS Station.   

Entries can be sent via Twitter to @PGFDPIO  and Facebook at Facebook.com/PGFDPAGE , and should include #PGFDPINK.  If you do not have a social media account, nominations may be submitted via email to mebrady@co.pg.md.us.  The deadline for submissions is September, 28, 2014. 

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