“Pinky” the fire truck has a matching ambulance as of this week. And it needs a nickname.
The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department on Sunday ushered into service a new ambulance painted pink to raise breast cancer awareness. The unit will respond from the College Park Fire/EMS Station 812 near the University of Maryland.
One of the medics working on the unit is firefighter/medic Ed Aldaco, whose sister, Teresa Aldaco Revilla, is a breast cancer survivor and rode on the unit’s first day.
The department has a pumper nicknamed “PINKY” and officials are asking the public to suggest nicknames for the new ambulance. Send your best ideas to the department via social media using its Twitter feed or Facebook page, or shoot an email to PGFDPIO@co.pg.md.us.
Tweet your response with #PGFDPINK included with your recommendation.
Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor thanked First Impression of Laurel for donating pink shirts to the unit’s two paramedics and ride-along on its inaugural day.
“First Impressions heard what we were doing and quickly agreed to provide a very professional and appropriate looking uniform shirt of the day for our crew on PINK Paramedic 812,” he said on the department’s blog.
The medic transport unit is one of nine that the department will receive this year; each unit costs about $250,000.
Suggestions should be creative and professional, fire officials say, who offer these guides:
- Think of a 1 or 2 word nickname.
- “Pinky” is already in use by our Pink Pumper.
- Be professional – we will not use any nickname that uses slang or inappropriate language.
- Send us your ideas using Twitter @PGFDPIO using #PGFDPINK in your tweet.
- Ideas will be acceptd until the end of July.
The person who submits the nickname that is selected will receive an official uniform pink shirt that is worn by Prince George’s County firefighter/medics during October.