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Monday, September 28, 2009

Fire Chief Acknowledges Assistance with Transition




The Chief of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, Eugene A. Jones, has made some very difficult decisions since taking the oath of office in July 2009. In order to meet budgetary constraints while at the same time increasing the safety of crews by reducing understaffed responses a redeployment of personnel was put into motion. Several fire/EMS stations would be involved and the transition of personnel seemed to involve an uphill battle.

Fire Chief Jones received support from several individuals and he took the time recently to visit and thank four of them.

Volunteer Chief Charles Aldridge and Firefighter/Medic Captain Scott Orr, Station Officer, from Chillum-Adelphi Fire-EMS Station #834 received the Fire Chiefs gratitude during a station visit. Fire Chief Jones stated, “In recognition of your commitment to the citizens and residents that we serve and to the Fire/EMS Department by assisting in the recent transition of personnel and services. Your professionalism and support helped in the challenging modification of the delivery of fire and emergency medical services within the Chillum-Adelphi communities. Your actions are appreciated and commendable.”

Fire Chief Jones also met with Battalion Chief Dave Borchardt, Sixth Battalion Commander, and Volunteer Chief Al Schwartz of the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station. Chief Schwartz committed his volunteer personnel on evenings and weekends to free up career staff to keep the Calverton Fire/EMS Station operating with a paramedic engine and ambulance. Fire Chief Jones visited with each individual and stated, “In recognition of your commitment to the citizens and residents that we serve and to the Fire/EMS Department by assisting in the recent transition of shift personnel. Your professionalism and unselfish support helped in the challenging modification of staffing within the Beltsville-Calverton communities. Your actions are appreciated and commendable.”

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