The Hyattsville VFD team of volunteers is comprised of your neighbors, your friends and maybe even your relatives. They’re people just like you – with families, jobs and active lifestyles who still find time to give back to their community. Hyattsville offers a friendly environment for you to discover your capabilities and make the most of your volunteering investment.
Established in 1888, the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department is a premier provider of emergency services in Prince George’s County – protecting residents and businesses from our primary response area of the City of Hyattsville and Town of University Park – to up and down the East West Highway, Route 1 and Adelphi Road corridors.
Bordering the Nation’s Capital, our response area stretches from Takoma Park in Montgomery County to communities like Lanham, Bladensburg, Riverdale, College Park, Chillum and Mount Rainer.
We provide comprehensive fire fighting, extrication, specialized rescue, fire prevention education and emergency medical services from our station at Belcrest and Queens Chapel Road, adjacent to the former American Red Cross building and Prince George’s Plaza Metro station, which makes us a convenient place to volunteer for anyone near a Metro station.
We are a combination fire & EMS non-profit organization, with 100% volunteer staffing after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all weekends and holidays. We are supported by Prince George’s County firefighters and EMT/paramedics during the daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hyattsville VFD is also home to more than a dozen college students, who live at the station rent free as part of our bunkroom program, in exchange for providing staffing.
We take emergency services very seriously. While individuals volunteer to serve their community, our volunteers must realize that the services the department provides are a critical component of the life saving services available to the citizens of our communities. We must be committed to providing our services 24/7/365.
The department currently maintains a fleet of an engine company, a heavy duty rescue squad, a ladder truck, two basic life support ambulances (upgrade ready for ALS service) and several command and support vehicles.
Several of our units are funded in part by grants from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG) and annual grant funding from the City of Hyattsville and Town of University Park. The HVFD is also currently the recipient of Federal SAFER grant funding to support volunteer recruitment and retention.
Hyattsville’s membership is made up of approximately 70 active fire, EMS and administrative/support volunteers and is backed by an extensive network of Life Members and alumni nationwide.
The Hyattsville VFD seeks volunteers to bolster its ranks in a diverse range of services. We offer a long list of benefits including in-house, local and national training, flexible duty assignments, member incentives and events — and most importantly a friendly, fun, professional atmosphere where you’ll find a second family.