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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fire Chiefs from PGFD and DFRS Discuss Staffing Plan

The Fire Chiefs of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties met to discuss changes in suppression and EMS services along their border. Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene Jones and Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers, along with members of their respective command staff, met this afternoon in Hillendale to review and discuss the planned service changes. Alterations to fire and EMS service delivery along the border in Prince George’s County would have an impact on Montgomery County’s standard operating and dispatch procedures. Fire Chief Jones detailed the changes that are to take effect Sunday, August 2, 2009. These included:

Upgrading Advanced Life Support at the Chillum Fire/EMS Station #844.
A Paramedic Unit will now respond from this location.

Re-deploying suppression resources from Chillum Fire/EMS Station.
Firefighters will be relocated to provide additional staffing at the Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station #834 and Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855.

Upgrading staffing levels at Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841.
Daily staffing at this station will be between 4 to 6 personnel.

Calverton Fire/EMS Station #841 will provide Fire/Ambulance-BLS/Haz Mat Unit.
This station will no longer provide a paramedic engine company.

The excellent relationship and mutual aid response between the two jurisdictions will continue as they always have. There are no plans to disrupt or alter the excellent mutual aid response between the two jurisdictions. Fire Chief Jones and Bowers discussed other items of mutual interest and agreed to continue an open dialogue between the two Departments. One important policy was established; a meeting of the Department’s Operational Commands will meet on a monthly basis to discuss the progress of these changes and the need for any additional actions. If there are any “red flag” issues that develop as a result of these changes both Fire Chiefs agreed to meet and discuss the issues as soon as possible.


Two adult females sustained traumatic injuries in a head-on crash on rain slickened roads. A 2-vehicle head-on crash occurred at about 8:15 PM, Wednesday, July 29, 2009, on Powder Mill Road near Center Road on the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center. The driver of each vehicle sustained multi-system trauma and were treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to a nearby trauma center on-board the US Park Police Helicopter. One of the female patients, approximately 50 tears of age, was trapped within her mini-van for about 10 minutes before firefighters had her extricated. The other female is approximately 30 years of age. There injuries are serious, however, appear to be non-life threatening.

Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics from Beltsville, Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights and College Park were on the scene. The US Park Police will be investigating the crash.