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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tomorrow is MEDIA DAY at the Market Place Project - Live a Life in the Day of a PGFD Firefighter

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 Department is inviting members of our media to participate in a morning of training like a firefighter.  Firefighters have been utilizing a mostly abandoned mall to hone their skills of search and rescue, use of tools and learning new techniques.  Now, it’s the medias opportunity to wear a firefighters protective gear, breath air from breathing apparatus, search for a trapped victim in a non-toxic smoke filled room and use a thermal imaging camera to “see” through the smoke and watch silhouettes of firefighters search a room.

We place “safety first” and we don’t like to see anyone get hurt.  There is no actual fire, no heat; just non-toxic smoke.  You can still observe operations while wearing your civilian clothes in a room charged with non-toxic smoke.  The smoke is so thick you will be challenged to see your hand placed in front of your face.  Firefighters will be assigned to all participants to help ensure your safety.

Our time at the Market Place Project will be drawing to a close shortly.  This is medias opportunity to gain valuable insight to a day in the life of a firefighter.  We invite all disciplines of media; reporters, photographers, videographers, assignment desk, editors, producers, writers, anchors and interns.  Anyone and everyone is welcome.

If possible, call Mark E. Brady, if you are able to attend.

WHAT:            Media Day at the Market Place Project

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 25, 10:00 am until 12:00 pm

WHERE:          15505 Annapolis Road, Bowie
                        Enter Parking lot off of Superior Lane and look for PGFD

WHO:              Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor along with many Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics

Plenty of photo ops, interviews and sights you have never seen before in a controlled and safe environment.