Current and prospective members are encouraged to live at any of the three stations. Live-in members must be "regular members" of the BVFD, in good standing, and be able to be available for responding to emergency calls. Our modest living accommodations are provided RENT FREE
in exchange for staffing fire and EMS apparatus for emergency services. This arrangement is ideal for students attending any of the local educational institutions (University of Maryland, University of Maryland University College, Bowie State University, Prince George’s Community College and others)
. This arrangement is ideal for students who are pursuing college degrees in fire protection and engineering, nursing, medicine, public administration, criminal justice or any academic discipline.
All three Bowie stations have self-study areas and computing areas that provide an environment conducive for learning. Members who are enrolled at local universities and enrolled in specific fire and EMS related classes find the self-study areas a significant benefit. Each one of our stations is centrally located in the heart of the Washington D.C-Baltimore, MD metropolitan area. Our stations have easy access to the major highways and interstates in the area including Route 50 (John Hanson Highway), I-495, I-295, I-97 and Route 3/301 (Crain Highway). We are 20 minutes from downtown Washington DC and Annapolis MD, and 35 minutes from downtown Baltimore.
Availability of Resident Spots
Station 19 (Huntington): 3 resident spots available
Station 39 (Belair): 10 resident spots available
Station 43 (Mitchellville): 5 resident spots available
For those interested in residing at one of our three stations, we can accommodate your needs. All we ask is that you contact the appropriate station chief, and they will provide you with additional guidance, as the resident guidelines differ depending which station you are interested in joining.
Station 19: Deputy Chief Gary Steen Jr.
Station 39: Deputy Chief James Turner
Station 43: Deputy Chief Jason Bloom
For more information about becoming a member of the BVFD, please refer to our recruiting page