Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor traveled to Tennessee to help launch a national fire safety campaign called "Be a Hero, Save a Hero," in conjunction with the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards.

"This is an opportunity not only for Prince George's fire department, but for firefighters on a national level to have a true impact on the lives of people across the country," Bashoor said.

"Be a Hero, Save a Hero" is a project developed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Help the Good Guys, and leading manufacturers of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers. It was created to help get the word out about simple steps people can take to help protect their family from a fire and reduce the risk for firefighters.

"If people are more aware of how simple it is to change the batteries of their smoke alarms, test them and change them out when they need to, they become a hero for their family and potentially save the hero that would be coming to rescue them," Bashoor said.

Former "American Idol" contestant Bucky Covington introduced the campaign at the award show in Nashville later Thursday night, before which Bashoor walked the red carpet with other firefighters from across the country.

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