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 Branchville Volunteer Fire Company is the closest firefighter department serving north College Par residents. The effect of removal would be that our residents would depend on neighboring fire companies to come when no one is at Branchville.

In last Wednesday’s worksession, the City Council decided to draft and send a letter to the County officials asking them to reconsider the move. The issue will be part of a consent agenda item in next Tueday’s Council meeting.

In the mean time, please contact your County council member Mary Lehman (] ) in District 1 and Eric Olson ( ) of District 3 with your concerns.