To my fire service friends; Earlier this month the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department accepted a friendly challenge from our public safety partners. The County Police challenged us to a BBQ Grill Off. Celebrity judges will be on hand and anyone that would like to taste the food and cast a vote can make a minimum $2 donation. Seemed friendly enough. However, since then the cops have been having a good ole time with barbs posted on TWITTER and their News Blog about the fire service and how they are going to beat us.
The “Grill-Off” or “Guns and Hoses BBQ Challenge” will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 2 pm until 5 pm and is part of the “Taste of the Boulevard.” We will be set up in Restaurant Row, 900 Capital Centre Boulevard, Largo.
I encourage everyone to come out and support this worthwhile effort and try our BBQ cooking and cast your vote for the Fire/EMS Service. Proceeds will be donated to The County Police Explorers Program in memory of LODD POFC Adrian Morris and to HEROES, Inc.
Fire Fighter Don Purdy and his staff will be our BBQ Grill Masters and have quite a few surprises in store.
I wanted to share some of the “ribbing” (excuse the pun) the PGFD has endured by the Police Department on Twitter and their news blog. I suspect this abuse will occur every day up until the day of the Guns and Hoses BBQ Challenge.
From PGPD News Blog:
Members of the Prince George’s County Police Department will battle members of the Prince George’s County Fire Department for cooking supremacy in a “Grill Off” during the upcoming Taste of the BLVD event. Special guests will serve as the judges to pick the culinary winner (it will be PGPD)! Citizens enjoying the event will also be able to judge the competition for a $2 donation. Proceeds will go to the Prince George’s County Police Explorers Program and HEROES, Inc.
Who: Prince George’s County Police Department
Prince George’s County Fire Department
Timothy Dean of Timothy Dean Burger Restaurant
When: Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (approximate end time)
Where: Restaurant Row
900 Capital Centre Boulevard
Largo, Maryland 20774
For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301) 772-4710.
FROM Twitter accounts:
After meeting with @PGFDPIO I am pretty sure we have the grill off in the bag! #PGPDvsPGFD pic.twitter.com/2sIaX8Iv
@PGPDNews @PGPDJulie Hey @calistablack please tell @cheftdean that @PGFDPIO may need a handicap when judging on Oct 6th #GrillOff
@PGPDNews @PGPDJulie Welcome @JUSTICE3042 who will bring the heat for #PGPD. @PGFDPIO leave the fire extinguishers at the station! #GrillOff
Oct 6 PGPD will prove y we're called the "FINEST". A 2nd alarm or mutual aid won't help but you'll need it PGFD. @PGPDNEWS @MrLJJr @PGFDPIO
@PGFDPIO @MrLJJr @calistablack @cheftdean @PGPDNews Donuts? Cliche. Just like your food. #GrillOff
@PGFDPIO @MrLJJr @PGPDNews you can talk trash all day long #PGFD, just remember that's exactly where your food will wind up. #GrillOff
RT @GLB62: @PGFDPIO @PGPDJulie @PGPDNews who knew it'd be so hard to pick sides here! It's not. Go w/clear choice. #PGPD
DISCLAIMER: The PGPD and PGFD entered into a mutual friendly agreement to gently antagonize each other leading up to the competition. So if you wish to Tweet your support, please, do so “tastefully” (excuse the pun again) and with a level of professionalism.