The Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association, Local 1619, was established by the International Association of Fire Fighters in 1966 and currently represents over 1,500 personnel. The members of Local 1619 respond to over 140,000 emergency calls per annum, protect approximately 500 square miles and serve nearly one million citizens.
Our Association is dedicated to ensuring that our members are provided with all of the tools that they require to ensure that the citizens and visitors of Prince George’s County receive the highest level of emergency medical service and transportation, fire protection, hazardous material mitigation and technical rescue services.
The Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association is the exclusive bargaining agent representing the Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and Civilian members of the Prince George’s County Fire & EMS Department. Our organization promotes a safe and healthy working environment for its members by the establishment of just and reasonable working conditions.
President Pantelis serves as the CEO and Chief Labor Negotiator of one of the largest affiliates of the IAFF, representing over 1,600 active and retired professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. Additionally President Pantelis is the 4th District Vice President for the International Association of Fire Fighters representing over 30,000 firefighters from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, The District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia.
President Pantelis is responsible for managing a Political Action Committee (PAC), developing public relations strategy, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements between two employee labor unions and the Prince George’s County (MD) Government.
President Pantelis holds the rank of Fire Battalion Chief in the Prince George's county Fire and EMS Department.
Vice President Linynsky serves represents the members of IAFF Local 1619 as the disciplinary coordinator as well as numerous other functions for the organization.
Vice President Linynsky serves as a Pension Trustee for the Fire and Police Pension Plan. In addition to his work as a principal officer, Mr. Linynsky is a founding member of the IAFF Local 1619 Pipe's and Drum band and helps coordinate numerous benevolent events for wounded warriors. Vice President Linynsky holds a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science Management and is in the second year of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.
Vice President Linynsky holds the rank of Fire Battalion Chief in the Prince George's county Fire and EMS Department.
Treasurer Wiseman serves as the recording secretary and financial manager for IAFF 1619. John has served in this role for four years.
In addition to day to day operations Secretary/Treasure Wiseman manages the IAFF 1619 Charitable Foundation. This foundation serves members and community organizations in their time of need. Treasurer Wiseman also serves as the Director for the IAFF MDA Softball World Championship.
Treasurer Wiseman holds the rank of Captain in the Prince George's County Fire and EMS Department.
Vice President Walker represents the members of IAFF Local 1619 as the health and safety coordinator.
Vice President Walker serves as the communications director for the Association as well as the IAFF MDA Softball Championship. Vice President Walker holds a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science.
Vice President Walker currently holds the rank of Firefighter/Medic III with the Prince George's County Fire and EMS Department.