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Prince George's County Government Announces Fire Staffing Reallocation Plan

Group of Firefighters being sworn in

LARGO, MD – The County Government through Fire Chief Tiffany Green today announced a staffing reallocation plan for the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. This initiative was developed to address coverage needs across the County’s fire stations. Vacation leave among career fire and EMS personnel peaks annually between the months of May and September. It is anticipated that this will critically strain an already short-staffed system. The staffing plan repositions staff to better account for these realities, supports the health and safety of fire and EMS personnel, and maintains high-quality emergency services for our residents. 

“This strategic staffing reallocation is vital to combat fatigue and maintain the health and safety of our fire and EMS personnel while ensuring that our residents continue to receive the high level of emergency services they depend on,” said Alsobrooks. “We are committed to addressing the staffing challenges and supporting our dedicated firefighters and EMS personnel.” 

“The safety and well-being of our personnel and the community are our top priorities,” said Tiffany Green, Prince George’s County Fire Chief. “This data-driven reallocation plan allows us to strategically deploy our resources where they are needed most during peak times, ensuring that we continue to provide efficient and effective emergency services.”  

Planning for this strategic reallocation began in January 2024, following a review and assessment of last summer’s performance and staff experiences and was driven by detailed data analysis. The plan includes coverage from surrounding stations and the deployment of peak or surge units (ambulances) during known peak call times. 

The Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department continues to face a staffing shortage of 251 career firefighters. This shortage, exacerbated by the challenges of COVID-19, has significantly impacted the department’s ability to recruit and hire new personnel. The resulting vacancies and anticipated leave this summer are expected to affect the health and safety of employees and cost taxpayers over thirty million dollars annually in overtime expenses. 

In addition to the reallocation, the County Executive funded hiring for 150 new firefighters in Fiscal Year 2025, which is the highest number of positions funded in an annual budget in 20 years. Also: 

  • Thirty-two (32) firefighters will be graduating from training on July 16, 2024. 
  • Fifty-three (53) firefighters began their training on June 3, 2024. 

These new hires are a critical step toward achieving our staffing goal of 1,224 firefighters, alongside our ongoing volunteer recruitment efforts. 

The Department has conducted a thorough assessment of current staffing patterns across all locations in the County, using historical incident data from 2023 and a drive-time analysis from surrounding stations. This analysis has identified specific stations from which career personnel can be temporarily redeployed with minimal impact on emergency service delivery.

Effective June 30, 2024, career staffing from the following Fire/EMS stations will be temporarily reassigned to fill vacant positions throughout Prince George’s County: 

  • Fire/EMS Station 814, Berwyn Heights – Currently staffed with six (6) career personnel, Monday through Friday, from 7 A.M. – 3 P.M. 
  • Fire/EMS Station 835, Greenbelt – Currently staffed with twenty-four (24) career personnel, with six (6) dedicated to each 24-hour shift. 
  • Fire/EMS Station 839, Bowie-Belair – Currently staffed with five (5) career personnel, Monday through Friday, from 7 A.M. – 3 P.M. 
  • Fire/EMS Station 855, Bunker Hill – Currently staffed with twenty (20) career personnel, with six (6) dedicated to each 24-hour shift. 

The Department will also assign EMS units during peak hours and continuously evaluate response data to redeploy assets as needed to ensure community safety. 


Prince George’s County, Maryland

A mere glance at the diversity of Prince George's County confirms our role as a cultural and economic leader of tomorrow. Located in the heart of the Baltimore/Washington corridor, the County borders Washington D.C. and is just 37 miles south of the City of Baltimore. Encompassing almost 500 square miles, Prince George's County has an urban atmosphere that also provides a scenic and peaceful place to live, work, and play.

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For More Information:

Allyson Wilson
Communications Director 
Office of the County Executive 
Prince George’s County 
c. 202-744-3308