Can our Maryland brothers elaborate on this? What exactly does this mean for MD FF's?
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - State Labor Department officials said that
concerns rural volunteer fire companies have about meeting the
costs of recently accepted state standards are the result of a
A letter sent earlier this month to fire and rescue companies
throughout Maryland and obtained by The (Salisbury) Daily Times
states that the new regulations are intended to "develop a
standard applicable to, and protective of, all firefighters and
rescue personnel in the state, whether paid or volunteer."
The standards were drafted over three years by a committee of
fire chiefs and representatives of the Maryland State Firemen's
Association, the Maryland State and District of Columbia
Professional Firefighters and the state Department of Labor,
Licensing and Regulation.
The Maryland Fire Service Health and Safety Consensus Standard
includes guidelines for extensive physical evaluations,
departmental fitness programs, substance abuse programs, equipment
standards, appointment of a health and safety officer, facility
safety and even workplace violence prevention.
Some Eastern Shore fire officials claimed the costs of training
and meeting the other standards would be hard to meet at small,
volunteer fire companies.
However, Karen Napolitano, a DLLR spokeswoman, said the
standards - which go into effect in two years - include a
contingency that funding must be available if they are to be
implemented. That contingency was not mentioned in the letters that
went out, Napolitano said.
"We do want them to meet the standard, but we do realize
there's a financial component to it," she said.
DLLR Secretary John O'Connor sent out a new letter Friday to the
Maryland State Firemen's Association restating that full
implementation at volunteer companies is dependent on funding.
Napolitano said it's too early to speculate on possible funding
sources, but a financial committee including representatives of the
same groups that agreed on the standards is looking into it.
Charles Fisher, a member of the Mounty Vernon Volunteer Fire
Company and a Somerset County Commissioner, was one of those
sounding the alarm after the letters went out about the new
"If these regulations are enforced and it's carried through,
there is no way local government or any county can afford to pick
up the tab, and I think there's very few fire companies that are
going to be able to pick up that tab," Fisher said.
Del. Norman Conway, D-Wicomico, a volunteer firefighter in
Salisbury for 40 years, said it's not just the cost, but the time
requirement of the regulations that has some volunteers concerned.
"There's a number of (standards) that potentially could be
barriers to getting young people involved in the fire service," he
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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06-19-2002, 03:04 AM #1
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06-19-2002, 09:34 AM #2
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First I've heard of this, but it doesn't surprise me. The guy in the trenches is usually the last to hear about the stuff that most obviously affects him. Sounds to me like this proposal is dead in the water politically because I don't think the state will follow through with the funding. I also think the howls of protest are just beginning. I'm sure this will be a big topic of discussion on the Maryland State Volunteer Firemen's Convention this week.Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
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