MORNINGSIDE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Morningside Volunteer Fire Department intends to go all volunteer, according to Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department officials. The MVFD says it will provide staffing for all services provided by its station.
According to officials in a press release on Monday:
"The redeployment of career staffing comes as a result of an agreement between the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1619 and Prince George's County that stipulates the end of 2-career firefighter shift stations. Stations with that type of staffing would need to take four career firefighters around the clock or only have at least 4 career staff work Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm."
Leaders met on Thursday evening, and Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor agreed to MVFD's proposed implementation date of December 29.
"I fully understand and support their decision to become an all-volunteer station," said Bashoori in a press release on Monday. "The Morningside VFD has developed a more robust cadre of volunteers over the past 13 months. I am especially proud of their commitment to staff the basic life support ambulance as well as suppression and rescue services they have been providing with the utmost of skill and professionalism."
Morningside will be the 9th all-volunteer station in the county, which consists of 45 station. All other stations are either all career staffed or have a combination of career and volunteer staffing.