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‘The best training they’ve had’: Developer offers Bowie Marketplace to fire department until demolition

Firefighters push through the doors, racing to suppress the flames.

Cloudy smoke fills the hallway and in a matter of seconds, water rushes through the hose in a snakelike motion.

Radios blare and eventually the firefighters exit the building — another disaster avoided.

On an average day, the scene might mean a damaging or deadly blaze. But for the last few weeks, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has been working in Bowie for another reason.

Career and volunteer firefighters are using the vacant Bowie Market Place Mall for elaborate training exercises.

Purchased by Berman Enterprises with plans to revamp the space that will include a Harris Teeter, county firefighters are using the mall for exercises until it is demolished.

– See more at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/bowie_bladenews/news/ph-ac-bb-firefighter-training-0203-20150204,0,1672650.story#sthash.jPQDrstn.dpuf

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