PS Item 2
December 8, 2011
Public Safety Committee
\ ' Essie McGUIre, Semor Legislatlve
Bill 30-11, Fire and Emergency Services Commission - Duties
Bill 30-11, Fire and Emergency Services Commission - Duties, sponsored by
Councilmembers Eirich and Leventhal, was introduced on September 27, 201 L Bill 30-11
would repeal the authority of the Fire and Emergency Services Commission to approve or
disapprove certain Fire and Rescue Service policies and regulations. This Bill does not affect the
Commission's role to advise the Fire Chief, County Executive, and Council under County Code
§21-2(d)(l) and (3).
The Office of Management and Budget does not expect this Bill to have a fiscal impact
(see fiscal impact statement on ©9).
We expect the following to attend this worksession:
• Fire Chief Richard Bowers
• Chris Zervas, Vice Chair, Fire and Emergency Services Commission
PUBLIC HEARING TESTIMONY
Five speakers testified at the October 18 public hearing (see testimony, 10-22). Chief
Bowers supported the bill, as did Assistant Chief Scott Graham, representing the County Career
Officers Association. Three speakers opposed the Bill: Marcine Goodloe, President of the
County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association (MCVFRA); Eric Bernard, President of the Rockville
Volunteer Fire Department; and Darian Unger.
At the hearing, Committee Chair Andrews directed Council staff to review the policies
that Ms. Goodloe's testimony listed as approved by the Commission and provide additional
historical context. Ms. Goodloe's testimony identified 42 policies or other actions that the
Commission has approved under a range of different organizational structures.
George Giebel, Fire and Rescue Service staff to the FESC, gave Council staff a list of
MCFRS policies and procedures with each one's date of approval and which Commission body
had approved them (all are listed on ©23-32). From this list, Council staff noted that: