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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

PEPCO Donates Smoke Alarms for 11th Consecutive Year

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

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.

Area Fire Chiefs Jointly Discuss Safety Tips

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

As children and adults checked their Halloween costumes and Saturday festivities and firefighters reminded everyone about providing fresh batteries in their smoke and CO alarms, the Metropolitan Washing Council of Governments Fire Chiefs committee spoke about safety.  On Friday, October 30, Fire service leaders met and jointly discussed safety issues that initially were prompted by a fatal fire in Charles County and a near tragedy in a Fairfax County townhouse fire.

Leaders provided information on proven safety tips that included Halloween, smoke and CO alarms, Exit drills in the home, keeping your bedroom door closed and cold weather.  The Fire Chiefs press conference was held in the lobby of the Council of Governments building on North Capitol Street in NW Washington DC.

Prince George's County Fire Chief and Chairman of MWCOG Fire Chiefs Committee opens press conference 

Fairfax County Fire Chief Richie Bowers provided information on why
sleeping with your bedroom door closed is so important in surviving a burning house

Chief Bashoor spoke about the life-saving smoke and CO alarms
District of Columbia Fire Chief Gregory Dean provided details about exit drills in the home and
how they should be planned and practiced twice a year

Charles County EMS Chief John Filer provided safety tips about trick or treating and Halloween

Loudon County Deputy Chief spoke on the upcoming cold weather and safety tips to survive