WASHINGTON, November 29, 2013 — Even with the recent PG Fire/EMS recruiting class graduating this week, Prince George’s County Fire Department still needs 135 firefighters to fill all of its positions according to a Montgomery County Gazette article.
The County currently needs 815 firefighters but only has 640, said Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady. This shortage has forced many firefighters to work overtime to fill the gaps in coverage since local stations must operate with at least four paid firefighters at all times. The worry from local firemen is that their need for replacement firefighters comes at the worst season for home fires.
A new recruit class is scheduled to graduate early 2014 while the County plans to start another 6-month qualification course in February.
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