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Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Promotion and A Proud Father

A promotion to a higher rank is a result of hard work, self sacrifice and many hours studying promotional material. A promotion to a higher rank is always a proud moment and marks the completion of a long process. It’s also a prestigious moment when the County Fire Chief personally visits your station and presents you with your certificate and letter of promotion. A promotional event is certainly enhanced when family is there to participate and witness the occasion.

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones visited the Allentown Road Fire/EMS Station to personally recognize Melissa D. Smothers on her promotion to the rank of Fire Fighter/Medic Lieutenant. In attendance was Melissa’s father; Robert J. Smothers. Robert is a 20-year employee of the Fire/EMS Department. He is currently assigned to Apparatus Maintenance as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. Chief Jones noted the tradition of family members following the career path of a parent and was excited to see father and daughter celebrating the promotion.

Melissa D. Smothers joined the Fire/EMS Department in November 1999 as a member of Career Recruit School #30. She is currently assigned to the Allentown Road Fire/EMS Station #832 as the shift commander on “A” shift. Congratulations to Melissa on her promotion and to Robert on this very proud moment.

Photos courtesy of Melissa D. Smothers

Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Annual Convention

The Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (PGCVFRA) and Ladies Auxiliary will hold their Annual Convention in September. The PGCVFRA represents 38 volunteer fire and rescue corporations throughout the County.

The 2010 convention will be held the week of September 12-18, 2010. This is the 88th annual convention and 80th for the Ladies Auxiliary.

There are a number of activities during this week-long event including opening ceremonies, a memorial service honoring deceased members, meetings for both the firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary, crowning of the fire prevention queen and a variety of firefighter contests. On Saturday, September 18, a number of events including a parade will close out the activities in College Park hosted by the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Inc.

The parade and field events provide plenty of family fun and enjoyment and are open to the public.


Saturday & Sunday, September 4 & 5, 2010

Softball Tournament, held at the Baden Softball Complex

Next to the Baden Volunteer Fire Department

16608 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD 20613

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fields events (fun competitions)

Prince George's County Fair at the fairgrounds

10:00 am

Prince George’s County Fair – Upper Marlboro, MD

Monday, September 13, 2010

No events scheduled

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Memorial Service

Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad Activities Center

16111 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD 20607

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Past President's Dinner (by invitation only)

Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc

125 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Opening Ceremonies

1st business meeting of Ladies Auxiliary and PGCVFRA

Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

14815 Pratt Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Friday, September 17, 2010

BBQ Dinner (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm) for members and 2nd business meeting

Ladies Auxiliary Installation of Officers

West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

8501 Good Luck Road, Lanham, MD 20706

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Prayer Breakfast, Hook-Ups, Parade, Awards and Dance

Prayer Breakfast 7:00 am

Registration/Line-up for parade – 8:30 am

Parade – 10:00 am (Rhode Island Avenue)

Awards/Dance – After days competitions are complete

Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Inc.

4905 Branchville Road, College Park, MD 20740

Hook-Up Contest (firefighter competitions) held after parade

Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc.

8811 60th Avenue, Berwyn Heights, MD 20740

For additional information about the PGCVFRA visit their website or call 301-583-1910.