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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Media Opportunity to Feel the Heat!!! Can You Handle It???

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

You can certainly dish it out but can you personally handle the heat??? Members of the media are invited to participate in a controlled event that will demonstrate a firefighter’s day at work. Local and National media personalities from radio, print, TV, Internet and bloggers including producers, editors, writers, assignment desk, videographers, photographers, reporters and anchors are invited to participate in this opportunity. Media participants will have a unique opportunity to work side by side with County elected and civic leaders to douse the flames.

The Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association in conjunction with the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department and the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI), are conducting a one-day fire ground operations orientation for civilians including elected public officials, department heads, community leaders and representatives of the media. This event will be held Friday April 29, 2011, from 8:00am – 2:00pm at the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute in College Park.

This program will include actually suiting up in firefighter protective clothing, donning self contained breathing apparatus and actually going inside a real fire to experience firsthand the environment in which firefighters work. Obviously, this will be a controlled situation, but will nevertheless provide an opportunity to see and feel what firefighters deal with on a daily basis. It promises to be a very exciting and informative day.

For additional information and to register contact the Union House at 301-805-5300 or you can E mail to IAFF1619@aol.com. If you are interested in attending it is requested you contact organizers as soon as possible in order to for them to have the correct amount and size of firefighter’s personal protective equipment on hand.

Update on Chuck Ryan from Riverdale VFD

This is the update from Tuesday, April 12th.
Just a friendly reminder that Chuck can not have ANY visitors.    As soon as he is able to have visitors, I'll let you know.
Chuck had several hours of surgery today, which I understand went well.  I do not know the details of the surgery at this time.  He is back in his room and is resting.
This evening, thanks to the efforts of Deputy Chief Robert Cease, the station provided dinner to the families of all of the DCFD members at Washington Hospital Center.
Hopefully I'll have some more details tomorrow about the next steps for Chuck.
Thank you for your continuing thoughts and prayers.
Steve Lamphier