Social Service Programs Receive National Awards

Fifty-two social service programs in Prince George's County won awards from the National Association of Counties last week, including seven that were lauded as exemplary for county governments throughout the nation.

Six of the seven special awards were given for programs conducted by the fire department. They are:An emergency care specialist to review, improve and update emergency health care.A stress reduction counseling program geared toward fire department employes and their families focusing on substance abuse, marriage, children and financial management.A chain-of-command system providing orderly management of on-the-scene crisis situations developed jointly by county and volunteer fire chiefs.

A series of informal, union-management retreats sponsored by the county fire chief and union president.

A simulated disaster situation, bringing together fire department disaster teams from throughout the metropolitan area.

A smoke detector hot line responding to county residents' questions and requests, and free delivery and installation of smoke detectors to any household requesting them.

The seventh program to receive special recognition was the Older American Service Information System (OASIS), staffed by the county Department of Aging. A recreational program sponsored by the May Co., OASIS is housed at the Hecht's department store (a May subsidiary) at Prince George's Plaza in Hyattsville.

Serving more than 1,500 of the county's 69,000 senior citizens free of charge in fitness and fine arts courses, the Prince George's OASIS program is the second in the state and one of 26 OASIS programs nationwide.

All American City Award to Be Celebrated

To celebrate the All American City Award that Prince George's County recently received, officials are planning an outdoor gala at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at Schoolhouse Pond at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

The award was given for the fiscal year that ended June 30 by the National Civic League for "the outstanding progress that the county has made," including a privately led revitalization of county economic growth and development.

The celebration will include a concert by the National Concert Band and a fireworks display at dark. Balloons and souvenirs will be given away and refreshments will be available.

For more information, call the Office of Community and Ethnic Affairs at 952-4666.

Volunteer Fire Departments to Get Equipment Grants

Three volunteer fire companies in Prince George's County will soon receive nearly $74,000 in grants for equipment.

The grants, awarded by County Executive Parris Glendening with funds made available by the state, will be given to the Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Company, which will receive $42,000, the Forestville company, which will receive $19,000, and the Hyattsville company, which will receive $12,350.