MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
For the 11th consecutive year, PEPCO has donated smoke alarms that will be installed in homes by firefighters. On a weekend that included the day firefighters urge residents to provide a fresh battery in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or to upgrade to 10-year alarms, PEPCO provided the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department and Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services with 1000 10-year smoke alarms each. This year's donation from PEPCO brings the total number up to 30,000 of these life saving smoke alarms donated to area fire departments.
Pete Pedersen, PEPCO Emergency Preparedness Manager and Emergency Services Partnership Program Coordinator, presented the alarms and stated, "PEPCO is pleased to once again make this donation of smoke alarms. These alarms will be installed in homes by firefighters throughout the region and help residents survive should a fire ever occur in their home."
"We are grateful to PEPCO for this generous donation of smoke alarms. Over 11 years they have provided over 10,000 alarms to Prince George's County that have without a doubt, made a difference in the lives of our residents," said Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. "10-year smoke alarms are the best protection in receiving an early alert and provide a precious few moments to escape a burning house."
Pete Pedersen made this years donation at Montgomery County Trivilah Fire/EMS Station in Rockville to Pete Piringer and Mark Brady, spokesmen for their respective Departments.
|(L to R) Pete Piringer, Pete Pedersen and Mark Brady at PEPCO smoke alarm donation in Rockville, MD.|