Prince George’s County Fire Commissioners are elected by the member departments and serve a term of one year. Their election is at the second Commission meeting in the month of July during a special ‘Election Convention’.
Immediately following their election, the Commission must then choose a Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and make appointments for various duties such as L.O.S.A.P. and training certification. Once this is completed, the Commission can then proceed to do what they were elected to do; formulate, oversee, manage, and audit various funds that each member company is eligible to receive. This, along with other duties, keeps the Commissioners quite busy.
Although numerous persons have been elected to this body over the years, they all have proven themselves to be hardworking, knowledgeable, and dedicated to maintaining and improving a unique and well respected fire service.
Prince George’s County Fire Commission 2013 – 2020 :
Chairman, Jonathan Bolden
Vice Chairman, Vanessa Surles
District 1 Commissioner; William H. (Buddy) King
Responsible for Stations: 10, 11, 14, 31, 41, 34, 35, 49
District 2 Commissioner; Randy S. Kuenzli
Responsible for Stations: 1, 7, 9, 12, 13, 28, 48, 30, 55
District 3 Commissioner; Antwan D. Holbert
Responsible for Stations: 19, 39, 43, 18, 33, 46, 38
District 3, Assisted By; Michelle A. Chandler
Responsible for Stations: 6, 16, 44, 45
District 4 Commissioner; J. Robert (Bobby) Breen
Responsible for Stations: 5, 8, 17, 26, 27, 29, 36, 37, 40
District 5 Commissioner; Vanessa Surles
Responsible for Stations: 20, 21, 42, 23, 24, 32, 47, 56, 57
District 5, Assisted By; Jonathan Bolden
Citizen Commission; Glenn “Rick” Wilson – Special Projects
Citizen Commissioner; Frederick Smalls – Special Projects
The mission of the Fire Commission is to act as primary public safety advisors to the County Executive and Fire Chief of the Prince Georges County FIRE/EMS Department.
The Fire Commission’s duties include; reviewing financial needs and requests for public funding from the volunteer companies, formulating and monitoring annual operating and capital budgets, reviewing proposed management and operating policies and providing recommendations to the Fire Chief concerning the overall operation and necessary resources of the Prince Georges County FIRE/EMS Department.