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Prince George's Fire Department gets 18 new career firefighters

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Photo by Jim Davis. On his first day on the job as a Prince George’s County career firefighter, Joe Ivey goes over the equipment on Ambulance 830.

Photo by Jim Davis. On his first day on the job as a Prince George’s County career firefighter, Joe Ivey goes over the equipment on Ambulance 830.

Published on: Monday, May 13, 2013

By Jim Davis

Eighteen fire department recruits graduated May 6 to become Prince George’s County's newest career firefighters.

A graduation ceremony was held at Charles Flowers High School for the 18 new firefighters who had just completed eight classes at Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s training academy.

The new firefighters are assigned to 11 stations throughout the county. They will provide additional staffing of both fire and emergency medical service units.

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor announced the Fire Department expects to have a class of 30 recruits graduate in June and another class of 30 graduate in the fall.

“My goal is to staff fire trucks and EMS units with proper number of personnel to service the residents and visitors of Prince George’s County,” Bashoor said.

Normally, recruit firefighters must attend 16 weeks of training covering basic firefighting skills, emergency medical technician skills and a number of other topics, but these 18 recruits are not rookies. Hired a few months ago, all 18 are experienced firefighters with previous training in the field.

“Over the last several months, a number of firefighters have retired from department,” PGFD spokesman Mark Brady said. “This was the quickest way and most cost effective way to fill some of the positions.” 

Brady added that the 18 new firefighters “have Firefighting 1 and emergency medical technician training, which eliminates six to seven weeks.”

A number of the recruits were volunteer firefighters in the Prince George’s County.

“I am giving back to the community,” said Joe Ivey, who was a volunteer firefighter at Bowie Volunteer Fire Department for eight years. Ivey is now assigned to Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Station 830 in Landover Hills.

Several of the 18 firefighters received awards from County Executive Rushern Baker and Fire Chief Bashoor. Firefighter Andrew M. Willey received the Fire Suppression Scholastic Achievement award for achieving the highest academic average on the fire suppression written examinations and practical evaluations.

The Instructor’s Award was presented to firefighter Matthew Cardoso for showing the highest level of personal improvement, development and dedication during class.

Firefighter Jesse W. McCullough received the Fire Chief’s Award for his significant contribution to his graduating class.

Individuals interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or EMT in Prince George’s County should call (301) 568-2200 for information.  

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