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Monday, December 6, 2010

Letter from Acting Fire Chief Bashoor

Appointment to Acting Fire Chief -


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Scott L. Peterson, Acting Press Secretary, 202-277-9412

UPPER MARLBORO, MD...Today Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III made his first official decision as County Executive by announcing eight interim appointments and two permanent appointments of his senior staff and selected county agency heads, including the Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. County Executive Baker has selected Marc Bashoor to serve as the Acting Chief of the Fire/EMS Department.

“While the Transition Committee continues an extensive search for the best possible applicants, reviews the current state of county agencies, and seeks best practices to deliver a more effective and efficient county government, these experienced and talented individuals will be able provide the expertise and leadership needed during this interim period of transition,” stated County Executive Baker.

All of the announced appointments of County Executive Baker, besides Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, require County Council approval.

“I am honored to have their service and confident these individuals will be able to provide the residents of Prince George’s County improved department and agency performance while we find the best permanent placements in these positions,” added County Executive Baker.

Marc Bashoor, Acting Chief of the
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
Prince George’s County Acting Chief Marc Bashoor is a retired 23 year veteran of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. During his 23 years of service, Bashoor rose through the ranks of Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department receiving numerous citations and commendations including the Fire/EMS Department Silver Medal of Valor.

After a rewarding career commanding some of the busiest stations and battalions in the County, coordinating some of our largest training endeavors, and building up the Department’s Special Operations Division, Bashoor retired as the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations at the beginning of 2005 to take a position as the Director of Homeland Security for Mineral County, West Virginia.

Concurrent to his emergency management duties in West Virginia, Bashoor has served as a consultant with the United States Veterans Administration, a fire service adjunct instructor with the Texas A&M University, and is a member of FEMA's Technology Transfer Working Group. Furthermore, Bashoor has been recognized by the Maryland Police Training Commission as a National Incident Management System (NIMS) subject-matter-expert. These highlights merely touch the surface of Chief Bashoor’s experience and commitment to public safety.