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Monday, July 27, 2009


Monday, July 27, 2009, Volunteer Staffing Utilization Plan

Seat Pleasant, Tuxedo-Cheverly, Forestville and Allentown Road will have career staffing re-deployed for a 24 hour shift starting at 7AM.

Hyattsville and Berwyn Heights will have their career day crews re-deployed.

The VSU plan will continue, on a reduced basis, when the new staffing plan goes into effect on August 2, 2009.

A piliot program will evaluate the adjusting the number of Fire units dispatched on incidents that, initially, do not require a full box assignment. An assignment of 2 engines, 2 special services and a Battalion Commander will be dispatched to investigate citizen reports of smoke odors, appliances, etc. A full box assignment of 4 engines, 3 specials serices and a Battalion Commander will continue to be dispatched on incidents reporting an actual fire or high-life safety structure. The assignments may be upgraded by the Public Safety Communications Supervisor or the command officer on any given incident.

The new Staffing Plan has been released. These changes will take place on Sunday, August 2, 2009.

LARGO, MD – Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones today announced redeployment of suppression forces in two Fire/EMS stations and reduced staffing at two other stations as part of a restructured staffing plan.

The new staffing plan was a result of state and county budget cuts, which is reflective of the national economic climate, which has impacted all county agencies.

Jones said he has been working with the leadership of the labor force and volunteer command since March 2009 to develop a staffing plan that will have the least amount of impact on public safety.

Historically, Prince George’s County has staffed the second highest number of stations of any other jurisdiction within the Baltimore-Washington area, Jones said. In addition, 22 Fire/EMS Stations are within 1.5 miles of each other, he said.

“In light of that fact, we have sufficient coverage to allow us to reduce the number of stations we staff with career personnel,” Jones said. “We have response areas that overlap each other which are not necessary. Redeploying personnel makes sense. It reduces costs, improves efficiency and effectiveness. Crew safety is increased for all those affected by the moves reducing the number of two person responses. The Fire/EMS Department has taken great efforts in continuing to provide the best possible fire and emergency medical services.”

“We can no longer continue to operate as we have in the past,” Jones said. “Financial challenges will affect many facets of our organization and require alterations to the manner by which we prepare and respond to calls for service.” He concluded by saying, “We have paid millions of dollars in overtime over the years and we must be more responsible with the tax revenue the citizens provide us to respond to calls for service.”

After careful consideration and examination of these factors, the resulting changes have been recommended: Career staffing at fire/EMS stations will be redeployed according to the areas that demand coverage, as well as to the demand for services.

This is an overview of the consolidation of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. These are fluid changes that are subject to adjustment and will be effective Sunday, August 2, 2009.

The following Fire/EMS Stations will have adjustments made to their present staffing levels:

Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841 - The staffing will be moved to provide additional staffing to the nearby Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831. This will allow the same number of Fire/EMS personnel to run multiple units with sufficient staffing out of one station and reducing the need for overtime when someone takes off on leave. Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841’s central focus will be running the Hazardous Materials resources currently assigned there.

Chillum Fire/EMS Station #844 - The career staffing will be moved to provide additional staffing to the nearby Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station #834 and the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855. Emergency Medical Services provided from Chillum Fire/EMS Station #844 will be enhanced by placing an Advanced Life Support Paramedic Unit in service.

Capitol Heights Fire/EMS Station #805 - Will remain open and their response level will be based on volunteer participation. The career staffing will be moved to the District Heights Fire/EMS Station #826.

Riverdale Heights Fire/EMS Station #813 - Will remain open and their response level will be based on volunteer participation. The career staffing will be moved to the Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station #830.

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