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Friday, April 27, 2018

Several Community Events for Saturday April 28

Fire/EMS Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Several events are planned for Saturday, September 28 throughout Prince George's County.  Prince George's County Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale will attend many of the events on what appears to be a very busy day in the community.  Events include Christmas in April, a large smoke alarm installation and a retirement celebration.

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department is proud to participate again in this year’s Christmas in April projects across the County. This year’s Christmas in April projects will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, rain or shine.

Each home selected for the event will have a Fire/EMS Department House Captain assigned, who will be in charge of coordinating participation of volunteers at that location.

“I want to acknowledge everyone participating in this worthwhile effort to provide improved living conditions for those that are less fortunate.” Said Fire Chief Barksdale.   “I look forward to visiting as many locations as possible and join in the yard clean up, carpentry repairs, basic plumbing and electrical repairs, painting, and of course fire safety improvements.” 

Work starts at around 8:00 am for most locations.

Fire/EMS Department Christmas in April House Locations

1st Battalion
9100 block of Utica Place
Springdale, MD 20774

2nd Battalion
4800 block of Collington Road
Bowie, MD 20715

3rd Battalion and PGFD Civilians
4900 block of Holly Spring Street
Suitland, MD 20746

4th Battalion
4600 block of 25th Street
Mount Rainer, MD 20712

5th Battalion
300 block of Foundry Lane
Fort Washington, MD 20744

7th Battalion
3600 block of Sego Road
Clinton, MD 20735

Barksdale will also attend the opening of the American Red Cross “Sound the Alarm for Fire Safety in Oxon Hill.”  Approximately 400 volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms

WHAT:                 The Red Cross is hosting its signature Sound the Alarm event in Oxon Hill, MD, as part of the nationwide effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. Red Cross volunteers, fire departments and community partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms and helping families create escape plans. In just three years nationwide, we have installed more than 1 million smoke alarms and prepared more than 1 million people against home fires through our door-to-door visits.

WHERE:               MGM Employment Center: 7100 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

WHEN:                 Saturday, April 28, 2018 beginning at 8:00 AM

REMARKS (beginning at 9:00 AM):          

Gail McGovern, CEO, American Red Cross
Linda Mathes, CEO, American Red Cross, National Capital Region
Prince George's County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale
Logan Gaskill, VP Hotel Operations, MGM

SPONSORS:       AARP, GreenDrop, MGM National Harbor, Wawa        

RED CROSS MEDIA CONTACT:    Nathan DeVault, Nathan.DeVault@redcross.org
(703) 344-4576

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives – that’s why we launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. 

Fire Chief Barksdale will attend a celebration for a recently retired Deputy Fire Chief.  Prince George's County Deputy Fire Chief Dennis C. Wood at 44 years of age and nearly 23 years of service retired effective March 31, 2018. During the most recent three years, he served the personnel that provide direct fire suppression and emergency medical services to the community as the Emergency Services Deputy Chief. He leaves the Department with a sense of pride and accomplishment about the growth and innovation that has resulted in improved effectiveness and efficiency. 

Wood’s retirement celebration will be held at Looney's Pub in Fulton, MD from 2:00 until 5:00 pm.