County Executive


Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III


For Immediate Release: 8/16/2013 6:45 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson Deputy Manager of Communications/Press Secretary (240) 619-9400

Decision of the Board of Directors of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department to Remove PGFD Ambulance from Their Station

Upper Marlboro, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released the following statement following the decision of the Board of Directors of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department to remove a Prince George's Fire Department (PGFD) ambulance from their station:
“I am completely disappointed, and quite frankly, shocked at the decision of the Board of Directors of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department to remove the Prince George’s Fire Department ambulance from their station.  This is the 10th busiest basic life support transport unit in the County.  With their recent decision to refuse to staff an ambulance from their station, the Board of Directors of the Morningside Volunteers has compromised this community’s safety. This is absolutely unacceptable.   
PGFD Chief Bashoor has my complete support in his refusal to remove these life-saving ambulance services unless ordered by courts.  For the sake of the safety of our citizens in this community, I encourage the Morningside Volunteers to rethink their decision.  I am committed to using the full power and resources of the executive branch of government to maintain our public safety capacity in this community.  I want to thank both the Morningside Volunteers and our career PGFD Fire Fighters and paramedics who will continue to work together as we work with the Board of the Morningside Volunteers to resolve this problem quickly.”  

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