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The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will be soaring for the skies at National Harbor as part of the Red Bull Flugtag event Saturday.

The department was one of the few selected from thousands of applications, providing a local twist to the event where large, man-made flying machines are piloted off a 28-foot-high flight deck, said Mark Brady, department spokesman.

People attending the event can support the Prince George’s County Firefighters Local 1619 Burn Fund by buying T-shirts and other goods, Brady said.

“It does a lot of different things to assist firefighters injured and hospitalized by burns,” he said. “Our personal goal is raising $5,000.”

The department became involved in the event thanks to the motivation of individual firefighters like Flugtag captain George Raburn, who followed the event and submitted the application, Brady said. Their craft is a replica of one of the new fire engines, he said.

The department and 29 other teams from different northeastern states will compete to see whose machine flies the farthest, with NBA Washington Wizards star John Wall and other celebrity judges scrutinizing the flying machines, Red Bull Flugtag spokeswoman Emily Connor said.

Crafts will be judged on distance, appearance, team showmanship and people’s choice award. Teams who get first place will get a skydiving trip, Connor said.

The event starts at noon at the Southpointe Waterfront at National Harbor. The first flight will take place at 2 p.m., Connor said. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at www.redbullflugtagusa.com/page/cities/city/1/dc.