For the civilian and sworn Local 1619 members of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, today, May 23, 2014 is a Holiday!!! "Firefighter Appreciation Day" is observed every Friday before Memorial Day Weekend providing a 4-day break for personnel in day work positions. Firefighter/Medics on shift work will continue to staff Fire/EMS Station and will receive Holiday compensation. Firefighter/Medics assigned to day work only Fire/EMS Stations will have the day off with fire/EMS services provided by volunteer firefighters. This staffing model is the same utilized on most every holiday.
This holiday was created several years ago in an agreement between the Prince George's County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1619, and Prince George's County, Maryland.
So when you see a firefighter or paramedic today wish them a Happy Firefighters Appreciation Day!!!
Being as it is a holiday, PGFD PIO will only be available for breaking news updates via text and Twitter. Day-to-day media inquiries can be addressed next Tuesday.