Not to be confused with Prince George County Fire Department (Virginia)
|Prince George's County Fire Department|
|Established||historically 1742, incorporated 1966|
|Staffing||Combination (Career & Volunteer)|
|Strength||1,100 volunteer personnel |
720 career personnel
80 support personnel
|Fire chief||Lawrence H. Sedgwick, Jr.|
The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) is a hybrid career/volunteer county-level agency that provides "..fire prevention, fire protection, emergency medical services, and community outreach programs" for residents of Prince George's County, Maryland.
In 1742, the town of Bladensburg became the first governmental entity to pass a fire prevention ordinance. The simple ordinance stipulated that all residential and commercial buildings had to be equipped with a smoke chimney. In 1886, the town of Hyattsville organized the first volunteer fire company in the county. With a donated budget of $27, the fire company bought a two-wheeled hand truck equipped with a barrel, pump, and hose. Two years later, in 1888, the town of Upper Marlboro organized the Marlboro Fire Association following two major town fires. John C. Wyvill had the first fire station built at a cost of $342.
It wasn't until the 1930's, that the County organized its fire services at is known today. The University of Maryland created a Fire Service Extension to train firefighters and is widely regarded as a focal point for fire training for departments located east of the Mississippi River.
In 1966 the county incorporated paid firefighters within its volunteer force based on the Yarger Study which stated:
- At least two "paidmen" at each station.
- All paid firefighters should be county employees.
- A unified command structure should be developed under the direction of a County fire chief.
- Fire communications should be consolidated under the County fire chief.
List of Fire Chiefs
Lawrence R. Woltz
M.H. (Jim) Estep
Steven T. Edwards
Lemuel A. Roberts
A.D. Bell, Sr.
Ronald J. Siarnicki
Ronald D. Blackwell
Lawrence H. Sedgwick, Jr.
The current Fire Chief is Lawrence A. Sedgwick, Jr. The PGFD also maintains a force of fire investigators who are certified law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating fire crimes and arresting individuals responsible for the acts.
The PGFD is a progressive agency with a full compliment of modern fire training, equipment, and vehicles.