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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Career Recruit School #43 - Day One

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

The 43rd class of firefighter/medic recruits commenced on Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Departments Fire/EMS Training Academy in Cheltenham.  The Fire/EMS Department's command staff, rank Majors and above as well as civilian managers, greeted the 35 recruits at a 9:00 am meeting.  Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor facilitated introductions of his command staff and had each recruit introduce themselves. 

The recruits are beginning a 16 week educational and physically challenging academy where they will receive instruction in basic fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials and a knowledge of general orders and standard operating procedures of the Department.
CRS #43 - Day One

FC Bashoor addresses comments to students and instructors at training academy.

Members of the command staff review the recruit introductions.

Academy instructors.

Bomb Squad Renders Safe Suspicious Package

The Bomb Squad used a remote device to disrupt a suspicious package found in the median strip of Branch Avenue at Coventry Way in Clinton.

The package was constructed to have the appearance an improvised explosive device and personnel exercised all precautions during the investigation.

Bomb Squad Technicians have collected what was left of the package and believe the package was not a threat.

Evidence is still being collected and personnel are beginning to wrap up their operations. Branch Avenue should reopen within 30 minutes.
Mark E. Brady

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Branch Avenue Closed While Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Package

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

A road crew working along Branch Avenue made an unusual discovery this morning which has prompted the response of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's Bomb Squad.  A suspicious package was found on the side of Branch Avenue at Coventry Way in Clinton.

As a result of this discovery and related bomb squad activity both northbound and southbound lanes of Branch Avenue have been closed to traffic.  This action will help to ensure the safety of public safety officials and the general public.  There is no timeline for our investigation.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.