It is an interesting time in the neighboring counties of Montgomery and Prince George's in Maryland. Each county has bills readied that would significantly alter the relationship between the fire commission and the fire chief. Both proposals would shift power away from volunteers and to the career chief. This morning, The Washington Post's Victor Zapana has an article looking at the issues in each county.
Below is an excerpt, But it does not do justice to the article or the topic. Click here and take the time to read the whole thing.
On Tuesday, (Montgomery County) Council members Marc Elrich (D-At Large) and George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) will propose legislation that would take away the veto power of the commission, which has volunteer, union and civilian members.
The bill is the latest salvo in the struggle over how volunteers fit in local communities that were once once largely rural but now are mostly suburban and even becoming urban.
Montgomery County is not alone in grappling with the issue. Next door, Prince George’s County is considering changes, too.
On Tuesday, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) will present the Prince George’s County Council with two bills to remake the county’s fire commission and strip it of supervisory and budgeting powers.
In both counties, the volunteers oppose the bills.
Also on STATter911 …
- Ex-chief tells council to ‘stick it where the sun don’t shine’. Declines Bangor, PA’s title of chief emeritus. – August 18, 2012
- Movement in Morningside. Ambulance stays for now as PGFD & volunteers continue work on solution. – August 19, 2013
- PGFD career firefighter claims gear was tampered with at Riverdale firehouse. Union president cites hostile work environment behind transfer of firefighters. – August 14, 2012
- UPDATED: Trouble in Prince George’s County, MD. Chief & Morningside VFD in battle over ambulance. Morningside tells its story. – August 15, 2013
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