The staffing plan announced yesterday has been adjusted due to a volunteer organizations commitment of staffing. On Monday, July 27, 2009, Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones announced a staffing plan that will go into effect on Sunday, August 2, 2009. The staffing plan would remove career staffing from Calverton, Chillum, Riverdale Heights and Capital Heights and re-deploy them to nearby Fire/EMS Stations.
Faced with the prospect of receiving additional career staffing at the expense of the Calverton community, Beltsville Volunteer Chief Al Schwartz called a meeting of his membership to discuss their options. The volunteer membership wanted to become part of the solution and have clearly demonstrated that they have the leadership and resources to help. The membership at the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. has opted to reduce a portion of their complement of career staffing and increase the amount of time that the station is staffed by volunteer firefighters and EMT’s at the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831. This decision by the volunteers equates to the Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841, scheduled to become a haz-mat only station, to continue to provide fire suppression and EMS services.
Chief Jones, upon hearing of the decision, stated, “I commend Beltsville Volunteer Chief Schwartz and his membership for making this decision that will allow us to continue to staff the Calverton Station. This decision is just another example of how the volunteers from around the County have been contributing during these tough economic times and ensuring that the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department continues to provide the best possible services to our citizens and residents.”
The staffing of the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831 will change effective, Sunday, August 2, 2009, to day work only staffing. One fire officer and three firefighters will work Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm. At all other times the station will be volunteer staffed. As stated in the original press release; the staffing plan is a fluid document that is subject to change just about any time.