The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department once again participated in the NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo. The Expo was held at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, January 15th and 16th, 2011. The Fire/EMS Department utilized their space to promote health, wellness, injury prevention, fire safety and for the first time, a unique challenge course designed for young children. The challenge course was a mini version of a firefighters "candidate physical ability test" (CPAT). Four stations were set-up including aerobic steps, hose pull, maze and hose pull. Upon successful completion the participant received a certificate of completion. There were hundreds of children that participated in the challenge course.
Acting Fire Chief Marc Bashoor and Lt. Col. Jerry LaMoria helped staff the PGFD booth on Saturday and assisted some of the children in completing the course. Chief Bashoor commended the efforts of Community Developer Karen Hardy, the Department's Health and Wellness Coordinator Bill Bussing for their design and execution of the display which proved to be extremely successful. Bashoor stated, "I commend our civilian and career personnel that took the time over the course of the weekend to participate with this community outreach effort. I also recognize that this design was more then just a shiny firetruck and red helmet give-away, we provided participants a small view of a firefighter/Medics daily way of life."