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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Press Conference - Smoke Alarm Donation - NFFF to AACO & PGFD

MEDIA CONTACT: Alan C. Doubleday, PGFD Assistant Fire Chief, 202-480-4776
ACDoubleday@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDNEWS

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 residents of a fire in their home, 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 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:                    Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 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.

Permitted Public Fireworks Displays

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 encourages everyone to attend one of the following public fireworks displays.  All consumer purchased "backyard" style fireworks are illegal in the County.  Please don't be confused with neighboring jurisdictions that are permitted to sell and use these type of fireworks within their respective jurisdictions.

The law in Prince George's County is a law we can live with.  Its designed to keep you, your family, friends safe from injury and property free of the devastation of fire that are often associated with the use of seemingly innocent fireworks.

Permitted Public Fireworks Displays

City of Laurel -  Can be viewed from Grandville Gude Park at 8300 Mulberry Street, Laurel MD 20707 at 9:15 pm on Saturday July 2nd with a July 3rd rain date.

Town of Morningside -  Can be viewed from Benjamin Foulois School at 4601 Beauford Road, Suitland MD 20746 at dusk on July 4th with a July 5th rain date.

Town of District Heights - Can be viewed from the District Heights Municipal Center at 2000 Marbury Drive, District Heights MD 20747 on July 4th (no rain date set)

City of Greenbelt - Can be viewed from Buddy Attick Park at 555 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770 on July 4th with a July 5th rain date.

University of MD - Can be viewed from Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive off of Adelphi Road at dusk/9:00pm on July 4th with a July 5th rain date.

These events will require an admission ticket from the venue.  

Six Flags  - July 4th Fest - For additional information click here.

Bowie Baysox - Independence Day Celebration - For additional information click here.