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Friday, June 12, 2015

FIREWORKS NEWS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED

Maryland State Fire Marshal
 Media Advisory
Larry Hogan                                                                            Brian S. Geraci
       Governor                                                                                  State Fire Marshal



FIREWORKS NEWS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED

         A fireworks safety news conference has been scheduled on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1:30 pm, at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at 4500 Paint Branch Parkway in College Park to provide the media with accurate and up to date information regarding fireworks safety and the laws regarding the use of fireworks (including Ground-based Sparkling Devices) in all Maryland jurisdictions.  The conference will feature Brian S. Geraci, Maryland State Fire Marshal, along with invited speakers from:

·      Maryland Fire Rescue Institute
·      Prince Georges County Fire & EMS Department
·      Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons


The conference schedule is as follows:

Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
1:30 p.m.

4500 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20742



Demonstrations and displays of legal / illegal fireworks, and improvised explosive devices will be provided.  Participants will be available for group or individual interviews after the display.

         Please do not miss this opportunity to provide the latest and most accurate information on fireworks safety for your audience!

Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
4500 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park MD 20742
1-800-ASK-MFRI

To view your map, click on the link below or copy and paste it to your browser:

Media contact:           Bruce D. Bouch
                                     Director of Public Education and Media Affairs
                                     Office of the State Fire Marshal
                                     Cell: 443-324-6876




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          The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering.  For more information on fire safety call 1-800-525-3124, log onto our website at: www.mdsp.org/firemarshal and/or http://facebook.com/MarylandStateFireMarshal.

Six Flags America Donates Smoke Alarms - Firefighters Feel the Heat On-Board "FIREBALL"

Local Firefighters Open New, Seven-Story, Looping Coaster
Six Flags America, Maryland’s Largest Theme Park, Opens 10th New Coaster, 
Donates $10,000 of Smoke Alarms to Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties

CONTACT: HAVILAH R. ROSS, Six Flags America, 301-867-0264, HROSS@SFTP.COM

Mark E. Brady, PGFD Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — June 11, 2014 — Six Flags America opened its 10thcoaster, Bourbon Street Fireball, after a ceremony highlighted by the donation of $10,000 worth of smoke alarms to Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County Fire/EMS departments.  
“Being able to donate these smoke alarms to our local fire and EMS departments is an honor and privilege for everyone at Six Flags America,” said Rick Howarth, park president. “While the opening of our tenth coaster is all about thrills, it’s also a time to be thankful for the support of our communities, and to give back.”

Representatives of both county departments were present to accept the smoke alarms, flanked by members of their respective fire companies, local officials, park guests and roller coaster enthusiasts. The smoke alarms will be put to use right away, making a difference in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

“Recently we experienced two fires where the residents avoided serious injury thanks to working smoke alarms, giving them time to escape,” said Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Allan Graves.  “The donation by Six Flags America of these 10-year alarms will enhance our ability to provide alarms to those who cannot afford them.”

“In 2014, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department reduced the fire fatality rate by 70%,” added Mark Brady, public information officer for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department .“Donations such as this one by Six Flags America, will allow firefighters to install alarms in resident’s homes, free of charge.”

After the presentation, officials were joined by park guests on a nail-biting coaster experience, hanging upside down, seven-stories in the air.

Bourbon Street Fireball adds a unique ride experience to Six Flags America: 
·         Loop coaster seating 24 passengers
·         Seated in forward and backward, face-to-face position
·         Pendulum style takeoff with multiple 360 revolutions
·         Train reverses course mid-ride for addition 360 revolution
·         Seven-stories tall
·         Approximately two minute ride time 

For more information about Bourbon Street Fireball including video, images, fact sheets and logos please visit https://sixflags.box.com/s/1uv06qszgcz05i7lfa8h

The first 5 images are by Teresa Ann Crisman, PGFD
The remaining images were captured by Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO
“Being able to donate these smoke alarms to our local fire and EMS departments is an honor and privilege for everyone at Six Flags America,” said Rick Howarth, park president. “While the opening of our tenth coaster is all about thrills, it’s also a time to be thankful for the support of our communities, and to give back.”


“In 2014, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department reduced the fire fatality rate by 70%,” added Mark Brady, public information officer for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department .“Donations such as this one by Six Flags America, will allow firefighters to install alarms in resident’s homes, free of charge.”

Anne Arundel County PIO Russ Davies explains that working smoke alarms might have made a
difference in recent events.  "These 10-year smoke alarms will be used to save lives," stated Davies.

























About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 54 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com

Investigators Awarded for "Movie Theatre Bottle Bomb" Investigation and Arrest


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


A Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department Unit Citation in recognition of outstanding teamwork and dedication in a multi-agency investigation was presented today.  A Unit Citation is the highest non-valor award that the Departments can present.  It demonstrates a group of units or individuals worked together to mitigate an emergency or danger to the community.  Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and Deputy Fire Chief Ben M. Barksdale presided over the awards ceremony.  In addition to Fire Investigators and Bomb Squad, a civilian, County Police Officer and a Deputy State Fire Marshal were part of the Unit Citation.

In attendance were Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci, County Police Captain John A. Boesman and Lieutenant Kirk L. McLean.

Following a multi-agency investigation, 20-year-old Manual Joyner Bell, Jr., of Bowie, was arrested and charged with the manufacture, possession, and detonation of a destructive device in connection with a Prince George's County “bottle bombing” incident that occurred on May 24, 2014, at the Magic Johnson Theater in Largo, Maryland.  The subject is also considered a suspect in in multiple bottle bombings incidents across the region, which took place over the weeks previous to his arrest. 

Shortly after the arrest on Saturday, May 31, 2014, investigators from the Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal—joined by the Prince George's County Police, the Prince George's County States Attorney’s Office, Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Departments, the Montgomery County Police and Fire Departments, the Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, the Fairfax County Police and Fire Departments, as well as the ATF and the FBI — executed a search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Stillwater Place, Bowie, Maryland.  In addition to those who assisted in the search, other local jurisdiction Police Departments also assisted during this investigation.

Joyner Bell's co-defendant, Michael Hollingsworth, will be sentenced on June 30.
Hollingsworth pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture a destructive device.

While making the award presentation, County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “The efforts of everyone involved exemplify dedication and commitment to the safety of the citizens of Prince George’s County.  Without your selfless acts, the perpetrator of these crimes may have never been identified and apprehended.”

       
Date
Location Name
Location Address
3/10/2014
Cinemark Egyptian 24
700 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD
4/5/2014
AMC Theatres Hoffman Center
206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, VA
5/4/2014
Majestic Theater Regal
900 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD
5/18/2014
AMC Tysons Corner 16
7850 Tysons Corner Center, Mclean, VA
5/24/2014
AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center
800 Shoppers Way, Largo, MD
5/25/2014
AMC Tysons Corner 16
7850 Tysons Corner Center, Mclean, VA


A plaque with the recipients names will be placed with numerous other Unit Citations
at the Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal in Lanham. 

UNIT CITATION
Following a multi-agency investigation, on May 31, 2014, a suspect was charged with the manufacture, possession, and detonation of a destructive device in connection with an explosion at the Magic Johnson Movie Theatre in Largo, Maryland.        

Deputy Fire Chief Retired Scott K. Hoglander
Assistant Fire Chief Paul J. Cruz
Acting Battalion Chief Retired Brian S. Radinsky
Fire Captain Shajahan K. Jagtiani
Fire Captain Brandon M. Goff
Fire Captain Binokhar J. Harris/K-9 Tango
Fire Lieutenant Rafael Wells
Acting Fire Lieutenant Jennifer Lawhorne
Acting Fire Lieutenant Jamieson P. Scarlata
Acting Fire Lieutenant Justin M. Shea
Fire Investigator Aaron Tyler
Fire Investigator Wayne A. Crosby
Civilian Investigator John D. Baione
Civilian Investigator William A. Murray
Fire Chief’s Aide William J. Hawkins
Administrative Aide IV Mary L. Blocker
Police Sergeant William P. Norris
Police Officer First Class Andrew J. Cummings, III
Deputy State Fire Marshal Sander B. Cohen

Are hereby recognized for outstanding teamwork
and dedication in the performance of duties.

Marc S. Bashoor, Fire Chief
June 11, 2015