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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Neal B. Dennis Appointed As Deputy Director of the Fire/EMS Department

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Neal B. Dennis
A 22-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has been appointed to the position of Deputy Director of the Department. County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III announced on Tuesday, October 4, that Neal B. Dennis is his selection to serve as the Fire/EMS Department’s newest Deputy Fire Chief.

Effective Monday, October 10, 2011, Major Neal Dennis will become the Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the Emergency Operation Command (EOC). This command is a very demanding position that oversees 90 percent of the Fire/EMS Department’s personnel and resources that respond to emergency and non-emergency service calls.

Dennis, who was serving as a Major in charge of the Department’s Professional Standards, has served the citizens and residents of Prince George’s County in various assignments throughout his career within the Fire/EMS Department and County Government. He started with the Fire/EMS Department in October 1989, as a recruit firefighter and has worked his way up through the ranks. He will now serve as the Deputy Director of Emergency Operations in one of the largest and busiest combination career and volunteer Fire and EMS Departments in the country.

“I look forward to working with Neal Dennis in his new role as a Deputy Fire Chief,” stated Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. “His extensive resume of training and experience over 22 years with the Fire/EMS Department will be an asset in overseeing our largest and busiest segment of the Department.”

The position became available with the retirement of Acting Lieutenant Colonel Jerry LaMoria, following 27 years of dedicated service to Prince George’s County.  Neal Dennis joins Scott Hoglander and Ben Barksdale as the third Deputy Director/Deputy Fire Chief of the Fire/EMS Department.

Dennis grew up in College Park and currently resides in Bowie with wife Stacy and their three children.

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