COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) - A new alarm is raised tonight by some Prince George's County volunteer firefighters.
They say there's not enough of them to go around and that the county may be laying plans that will make the situation worse in some neighborhoods.
At the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company in College Park Volunteer Chief Richard Leizear says he has been informed by Prince George's County officials that they are considering removing the paid, unionized, career firefighters supplied by the county who cover the day shift when volunteers are not available.
The effect would be that residents in the area would depend on neighboring fire companies to come when no one is at Branchville.
Similar efforts to consolidate career fire fighting forces may impact five other volunteer departments, Leizear claims.
County Fire EMS spokesman Mark Brady says staff realignments are under consideration, but no final decisions have been made.
One reason for considering changes is to better concentrate firefighting forces for the safety of firefighters.