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Maryland Park Service honors five who completed ranger training

October 19, 2008

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Park Service recently honored five Department of Natural Resources employees for their successful completion of the Maryland Park Ranger training program.

Their outstanding performance in both classroom and field experiences earned them the right to bear the title of Maryland Park Ranger.

Maryland's newest park rangers successfully demonstrated expertise in 10 functions of ranger work, including: knowledge of Maryland geography and history; first responder certification; search and rescue skills; and basic skills in natural, cultural, and historical interpretation. The new rangers also completed training for emergency medical technician certification, wildland fire fighting and prevention, canoe certification and other training essential to the successful management and operation of public lands.

Maryland park rangers have the professional responsibility for the stewardship and protection of the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources in Maryland's State Parks.

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The following new Maryland Park Service park rangers were recognized and presented with certificates.

o Ranger Robert F. Bailey of Smithsburg will serve at South Mountain Recreational Complex

o Ranger Mary Jo Bartles of Boonsboro will serve at South Mountain Recreational Complex

o Ranger Martin Callahan of Centreville, Md., will serve at Tuckahoe State Park Complex

o Ranger Mark A. Spurrier of Frederick, Md., will serve at Deep Creek Lake State Park

o Ranger Brent A. Sullivan of Salisbury, Md., will serve at Janes Island State Park

For more information on the Maryland Park Service, go to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/.

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