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Thursday, July 30, 2015


MEDIA ADVISORY: “Fire Fighter for a Day – Can You Take the Heat?”

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association will be holding its 4th Annual Fire Ops 101 event.  This event will be held in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Fighters 2015 Health, Safety, and EMS Conference.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the primary sponsor and creator of the Fire Ops program. The IAFF, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. The IAFF is the primary advocate for providing fire fighters and paramedics with the tools that they need to perform their jobs.

Fire Ops 101 provides elected officials, community leaders, and the media with a hands-on opportunity to better understand the complexities of what fire fighters do on a daily basis.  This is a once-a-year opportunity will enable media to participate personally, participate and cover with your production crew or participate and share your experiences later.

The program will include suiting up in fire fighter protective clothing, donning self contained breathing apparatus and actually going inside a real fire to experience first hand the environment in which fire fighters work. Obviously, this will be a controlled situation, but will nevertheless provide an opportunity to see and feel what fire fighters deal with on a daily basis. It promises to be a very exciting and informative day.

We ask all interested parties to ensure that they are available to participate in the entire six-hour program. Although this may be a significant time commitment, we assure you that the experience will be memorable and rewarding. Please see the attached IAFF invitation letter for additional information about registering for the event.

For additional information about Fire Ops 101 event please contact IAFF Local 1619 President Andrew Pantelis at akpantelis@gmail.com or (301) 674-3448.

The following is a partial list of elected officials who have indicated that they will participate in Fire Ops 101 and are scheduled to attend:
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen – United States Congress
  • Chairman Mel Franklin – Prince George’s County Council
  • Councilmember Karen Toles – Prince George’s County Council
  • Councilmember Craig Rice – Montgomery County Council
  • Councilmember Marc Elrich – Montgomery County Council
  • Councilman Brandon Scott – Baltimore City Council
  • Councilman Eric Costello – Baltimore City Council
Several additional elected officials have also verbally confirmed that they will attend and are in the process of registering for the event.

Andrew K. Pantelis

Prince George's County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Association
International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1619
16701 Melford Boulevard, Suite 124
Bowie, Maryland 20715
Office: 301-805-5300
Fax: 301-262-6747

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