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Thursday, April 14, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY - Press Conference to Announce Life Saving Donation

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

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) knows the value of working 10-year smoke alarms.  Not only do smoke alarms provide an early warning to home occupants of a fire, they also allow for a faster notification to the Fire Department.  The sooner firefighters can arrive and extinguish a home fire the better the chances that no one will be injured or killed.  While the NFFF honors our fallen firefighters they also do their very best to prevent Line of Duty Deaths.

Baltimore Gas & Electric annually donates thousands of dollars to local charities through their “Emergency Response and Safety Grants.”  This year the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was awarded a BG&E Grant to purchase smoke alarms to be distributed to Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County Fire Departments.  The two departments have programs where firefighters will install these smoke alarms in homes free of charge.

The NFFF has established a special relationship with KIDDE, a leading manufacturer of smoke alarms, to allow for discounted pricing and donated alarms.  The combination of a BG&E Grant and KIDDE’s generosity means that Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County will have additional 10-year smoke alarms to distribute, free of charge, to their residents, courtesy of the NFFF.

All of the organizations mentioned above will gather to announce the Grant amount and number of smoke alarms to be distributed.

WHAT:           Press Conference Announcing Grant to be used for purchase of smoke alarms

WHEN:          Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 am

WHERE:        Northview Fire/EMS Station, 14901 Health Center Drive, Bowie, MD

Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Stephen J.  Woerner, President and COO, Baltimore Gas and Electric 
Marc S. Bashoor, Fire Chief, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
Allan Graves, Fire Chief, Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Neal Zipser, Community Affairs Manager, KIDDE

Plenty of photo ops and interviews available.