For Immediate Release
Contact: Havilah R. Ross
Local Firefighters Open New, Seven-Story, Looping Coaster
Six Flags America, Maryland’s Largest Theme Park, Opens 10th New Coaster,
Donates $10,000 of Smoke Alarms to Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — June 11, 2014 — Six Flags America opened its 10th coaster, Bourbon Street Fireball, after a ceremony highlighted by the donation of $10,000 worth of smoke alarms to Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County Fire/EMS departments.
“Being able to donate these smoke alarms to our local fire and EMS departments is an honor and privilege for everyone at Six Flags America,” said Rick Howarth, park president. “While the opening of our tenth coaster is all about thrills, it’s also a time to be thankful for the support of our communities, and to give back.”
Representatives of both county departments were present to accept the smoke alarms, flanked by members of their respective fire companies, local officials, park guests and roller coaster enthusiasts. The smoke alarms will be put to use right away, making a difference in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.
“Recently we experienced two fires where the residents avoided serious injury thanks to working smoke alarms, giving them time to escape,” said Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Allan Graves. “The donation by Six Flags America of these 10-year alarms will enhance our ability to provide alarms to those who cannot afford them.”
“In 2014, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department reduced the fire fatality rate by 70%,” added Mark Brady, public information officer for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department .“Donations such as this one by Six Flags America, will allow firefighters to install alarms in resident’s homes, free of charge.”
After the presentation, officials were joined by park guests on a nail-biting coaster experience, hanging upside down, seven-stories in the air.
Bourbon Street Fireball adds a unique ride experience to Six Flags America:
· Loop coaster seating 24 passengers
· Seated in forward and backward, face-to-face position
· Pendulum style takeoff with multiple 360⁰ revolutions
· Train reverses course mid-ride for addition 360⁰ revolution
· Seven-stories tall
· Approximately two minute ride time
For more information about Bourbon Street Fireball including video, images, fact sheets and logos please visit https://sixflags.box.com/s/1uv06qszgcz05i7lfa8h
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 54 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.