PS Item 2
December 8, 2011
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
TO:
Public Safety Committee
FROM: {}
Mi~hael
Fad.en,
Sen~or Leg~slat~ve
Attorney ,
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\ ' Essie McGUIre, Semor Legislatlve
Analysti!?~IjC(,C!/
SUBJECT:
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Worksession:
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:
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The Fire and Emergency Services Commission in its current organizational form
approved 6 policies or procedures. Four are classified as Administrative, 2 as
OperationaL
• The Fire and Rescue Commission approved 17 policies between the 2005 reorganization]
that created the Fire Chief and the 2009 restructuring that created the FESC in its current
form. Of these, 4 are classified as Administrative and 13 are classified as Operational.
At the hearing, Councilmember EIrich asked Chief Bowers to identify cases in which he
or his predecessor experienced obstacles to implementing necessary policies, procedures, or
other actions as a result of the Commission's review authority. Chief Bowers' response (see
©33) identified four primary actions which he can discuss in further detail at this worksession.
One of the examples is the support vehicle policy which the Public Safety Committee has
discussed twice this calendar year, once jointly with the Transportation and Environment
Committee. Two other examples, the Code of Ethics and the Medical Standards for MCFRS
Candidates, illustrate the difficulty for the Fire Chief under the current review structure to
directly implement operational matters according to his professional judgment and expertise.
BACKGROUND!lSSUES
At this juncture, the central question this Bill poses is:
What is the appropriate role of
the Fire and Emergency Services Commission relative to the MCFRS organizational
structure and the authority of the Fire Chief!
History
As the County's Fire and Rescue Service underwent significant reorganizations
and other changes in recent years, the Commission',s makeup and authority also evolved. The
Commission dates back to June 30, 1980, when it was formed, under the first major fire
reorganization law, to take over the policy-making duties of the Fire Board. The Fire Board was
then composed of the chiefs of and 2 delegates from each local fire and rescue department. The
Fire Board originally appointed most of the Commission members.
Because the County Attorney concluded that this appointment process violated the
Executive appointment requirement in County Charter §215 and a Charter amendment to allow
an alternative method of appointment was defeated in 1986, the law was amended in 1987 to let
the Executive appoint all members, although the Fire Board still nominated some members. The
more significant amendment to the County fire service law, also enacted in 1987, converted paid
local fire and rescue department firefighters into County employees under. the then-Department
of Fire and Rescue Services; this was the County's response to the federal court's
Conway
decision which confirmed that paid firefighters were entitled to overtime compensation under
federal law.
The Commission retained its lead policy-making role in the next major fire service
reorganization, which among other organizational changes created the Fire Administrator
position, effective July 1, 1998. This law established the Commission's current makeup of 2
volunteers, 2 career firefighters, and 3 unaffiliated "public" members, as the then-Executive
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36-03, enacted May 4, 2004, effective January 1,2005.
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proposed. The Council rejected citizen suggestions that the Commission be composed entirely,
or have a majority of, citizens unaffiliated with the fire service. The 1998 law also authorized
the Commission to hear and decide appeals from actions of the Fire Administrator, including
orders issued by the Fire Administrator to the local fire and rescue departments.
The 1998 reorganization reflected the proposal of a Joint FirelRescue Service Review
Task Force consisting of representatives from the volunteer and career sectors, the Commission,
and the then-Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The Group was convened after the 1996
rejection of a Charter amendment, ballot question which would have established a centralized
fire and rescue service under the direction of a fire chief appointed by the Executive, with the
Commission serving in an advisory capacity.
The 2004 reorganization, effective January 1, 2005, curtailed the Commission's policy­
making role, leaving it only the authority to disapprove regulations and polices proposed by the
Fire Chief. The latter provision was a central element of the legislative compromise which
enabled the Bill's enactment. This law limited the Commission's quasi-judicial role to certain
appeals of personnel actions involving volunteers. The 2004 law also abolished the Fire Board
and in its place instituted the County's authority to collectively bargain certain issues with a
representative of the local fire and rescue departments.
In 2009 the law replaced the Fire and Rescue Commission with the Fire and Emergency
Services Commission, in part to repeal the compensation previously paid to Commissioners.
The 2009 law, effective August 1,2009, also repealed the remainder of the Commission's quasi­
judicial personnel review authority, transferring it to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
County Charter Section 215 of the County Charter provides:
The County Executive after receiving the advice of the Chief Administrative Officer,
shall appoint a single officer to head each department, principal office or agency of the
Executive Branch, ... subject to the confirmation of the Council.
(emphasis added)
Consistent with the Charter, County Code §21-3 (b) provides that the Fire Chief is "the
uniformed department head of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, and has all
powers of a department director."
The authority of the FESC to disapprove policies and regulations proposed by the Fire
Chief at least appears to conflict with the spirit of the Charter requirement that each County
department must have a single officer as head. The Commission's current review authority over
Fire and Rescue Service regulations and policies gives the Commission some degree of direction
over the Service. This potential conflict in department direction between multiple parties is one
outcome the Charter provision intended to avoid. However, the Charter is not always strictly
interpreted, and the current arrangement passed legal review by both the County Attorney and
Council attorneys when it was enacted in Bill 36-03, as had the Commission's more extensive
policy-making authority under the 1998 reorganization and previously.
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Other County Commissions
County boards, committees, and commissions fall generally into one of 4 categories:
adjudicatory (quasi-judicial), licensing, administrative, and advisory. In its current form, the
FESC exercises hybrid administrative and advisory functions. Its primary functions are to advise
the Fire Chief, Executive, and Council on budget, legislative, policy, and procedures related to
the full range of Fire and Rescue Service issues. The Commission's quasi-judicial role was
eliminated in the last restructuring in 2009. Its sole administrative function is the authority to
disapprove policies and regulations proposed by the Fire Chief.
Other County boards that have significant policy approval or program administration
responsibilities govern entities separately established outside of County government, frequently
but not always under state law, such as the Revenue Authority, Housing Opportunities
Commission, or Bethesda Urban Partnership. As far as we are aware, no other board or
commission that advises County departments has a comparable level of authority relative to the
department head. Removing the policy disapproval authority from this Commission would more
closely align its functions with those of other advisory boards.
Prince George's County comparison
Legislation pending in Prince George's County would change the role and composition of
its Fire Commission. The Prince George's County Fire Commission currently has very broad
authority over fire and emergency services, including their budget. The pending legislation
would make the Commission more advisory in nature and unify the fiscal and administrative
processes under the Fire Chief. Prince George's County also has a Fire Chiefs Community
Advisory Council which is comprised of members of the public.
Financial Disclosure implications
Currently FESC members are required to file a confidential financial disclosure statement
under the County Ethics law, County Code §19A-17(b)(4). This requirement is consistent with
former iterations of the Commission, when Commissioners received stipends and the
Commission had more budgetary and policy authority. Unpaid members of advisory boards,
committees, and commissions are generally not required to submit financial disclosure
statements. If the Council enacts this Bill, it may want to also conform the financial disclosure
requirement at the next opportunity; doing so would be beyond the scope of this Bill.
Commission membership
The Commission consists of 7 voting members: 2 County career fire/rescue personnel; 2
volunteer local fire and rescue department personnel; and 3 members with no personal, family, or
business connection with the County career or volunteer fire rescue service. This level of voting
representation from direct service employees and volunteer personnel is unusual for an advisory
board, and as well for most boards and commissions with other roles.
If the Commission becomes an advisory body, should its membership be revised? This
issue goes beyond the scope of this Bill, which as introduced amends only the Commission's
duties. If revised, Commission membership could be organized to provide more geographic
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(such as regions of the County) or functional (such as hospital or other emergency service
provider) representation and focus less on career/volunteer status.
Options
A Council staff memo, written while the 2004 reorganization was being considered, listed
the following options for the then-Fire and Rescue Commission:
What should be the role, if any, of the Fire and Rescue Commission? Options include:
1) full policy-making role on all Fire and Rescue Service issues (quasi-legislative);
2) limited policy-making role on specific issues designated in law;
3) appeal body on specific operating issues (e.g. long-term transfer of LFRD
apparatus);
4) appeal body on specific personnel matters (quasi-judicial);
5) advisory body that monitors Fire and Rescue Service policy and performance, and
provides feedback (similar to Solid Waste Advisory Commission, Commission on
Health);
6) no advisory Commission (similar to Police Department).
In 2004 the Council opted for a combination of options #2, #4, and #5. The 2009 law
that established the current Fire and Emergency Services Commission also repealed the
Commission's quasHudicial role (2004 option #4).
With this
Bill,
the legislative choices seem to boil down to:
• Leave the Commission's current structure and authority unchanged.
• Repeal the Commission's authority to disapprove Fire and Rescue Service policies
and regulations (enact
Bill
30-11 as introduced). This would retain the Commission's
full
range of advisory responsibilities and align the Commission with other advisory
boards and the Charter.
• Abolish the Commission and leave the resolution of Fire and Rescue Service issues
entirely to collective bargaining with the career employees (IAFF) and the local fire
and rescue departments (MCVFRA). This option is probably beyond the scope of
Bill 30-11 as advertised.
This packet contains:
Bill
30-11
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal impact statement
Hearing testimony
MCFRS policies and date of approval
M CFRS response
Circle #
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Bill No.
30-11
Concerning: Fire
and
Emergency
Services Commission - Duties
Draft No. _1_
Revised:
7/20/2011
Introduced:
September 27,2011
Expires:
March 27, 2013
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
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Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers EIrich and Leventhal
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
repeal the authority of the Fire and Emergency Services Commission to approve or
disapprove certain Fire and Rescue Service policies and regulations; and
generally amend the duties ofthe Fire and Emergency Services Commission.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 21, Fire and Rescue Services
Sections 21-2, 21-8, 21-8A, 21-9, 21-10, 21-11, 21-13, 21-16, 21-18, 21-19, 21-27
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No. 30-11
Sec.
I.
Sections 21-2, 21-8, 21-8A, 21-9, 21-10, 21-11, 21-13, 21-16, 21-18,
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21-19, and 21-27 are amended as follows:
21-2. Fire and Emergency Services Commission.
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Duties, responsibilities and authority.
The Commission must recommend how the County can:
(A)
achieve and maintain effective, efficient, and equitable
fire, rescue, and emergency medical services County-wide,
and
(B)
improve the policy, planning, and regulatory framework
for all fire, rescue and emergency services operations.
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(2)
The Commission must meet at least monthly, and may meet at
other times at the call of the chair or a majority of its members.
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(3)
The Commission, in addition to any other functions assigned by
law or regulation, may:
(A)
advise the Fire Chief, County Executive, and County
Council on any matter relating to fire, rescue and
emergency medical services, and review the performance
of the County Fire and Rescue Service and any action
taken or policy adopted by the Service;
(B)
advise the Chief, Executive, and Council on County-wide
policies, standards, procedures, plans, and programs that
should apply to all fire, rescue, and emergency services
operations;
(C)
review and make recommendations regarding the master
plan for fire, rescue, and emergency medical services as
provided in Section 21-12;
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[(4)
(D)
recommend and comment on legislation, regulations, and
policies that apply to or affect the Fire and Rescue Service;
(E)
review and recommend any appropriate changes in
communications and dispatch procedures for emergency
communications centers;
(F)
recommend guidelines for curriculum and programs of the
Public Safety Training Academy and other training
programs for fire and emergency services employees and
volunteers;
(G)
recommend to the Chief, Executive, and Council a benefits
program to provide financial protection for volunteers and
their families if a volunteer becomes injured, disabled, or
dies in the line of duty;
(H)
after consulting the LFRD representative, recommend to
the Chief, Executive, and Council policies and programs to
recruit and retain volunteers; and
(I)
promote coordination with other County-wide, regional,
state, and national emergency management agencies and
activities.
The Commission must review and may approve or disapprove
any generally applicable Fire and Rescue Service policy or
regulation proposed by the Fire Chief, including any regulation
that may be issued by the Executive under this Chapter. Before
taking any action under this paragraph, the Commission must
give the Fire Chief, LFRD representative, employee organization,
and the public a reasonable opportunity to comment.
If the
Commission does not approve or disapprove a proposed policy
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within 60 days after receiving it from the Chief, the policy is
automatically approved. If the Commission does not approve or
disapprove a proposed regulation within 60 days after receiving it
from the Chief, the regulation is automatically transmitted to the
Executive for review. This paragraph does not apply to:
(A)
any decision expressly assigned to another person or body
by this Chapter; or
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any individual personnel action.]
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21-8. Integrated Emergency Command Structure.
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The County Executive[, after receiving Commission approval under
Section 21-2(d)(4),] must adopt by regulation an Integrated Emergency
Command Structure (lECS) that is consistent with the National Incident
Management System and applies to all IECS certified providers of fire,
rescue and emergency medical services, on all emergency incidents.
The Chief regularly must review the IECS regulation and propose
amendments as necessary.
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21-8A. Standardized Incident Management System.
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The County Executive must establish by regulation[, after receiving
Commission approval under Section 21-2(d)(4),] a Standardized
Incident Management System that is:
(1)
based on nationally recognized incident management systems for
fire and rescue operations; and
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compatible with the National Incident Management System.
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21-9. Disaster plan.
The County Executive, by regulation [issued after receiving Commission
approval under Section 21-2(d)( 4)], must establish and maintain a fire and rescue
disaster plan that provides an integrated chain of command. compatible with the
Standardized Incident Management System and the Integrated Emergency Command
Structure.
21-10. Response areas.
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The Fire Chiefl, after receiving Commission approval under Section 21­
2(d)( 4),] must establish response areas served by each fire or rescue station that
collectively cover the entire County. The boundaries of a response area are generally
the mid-points in road distances between that station and the nearest fire or rescue
stations. However, the response area boundaries must consider geographic or other
features that affect dispatch operations.
21-11. Communications procedures and dispatch times.
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The Fire Chiefl, after receiving Commission approval under Section 21­
2(d)(4),] must establish comprehensive and consistent communications and dispatch
procedures that maintain appropriate allowable dispatch times for all fire and rescue
units and promote public safety.
21-13. Temporary transfer of apparatus.
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The County Executive[, after receiving Commission approval under Section
21-2(d)(4),] must adopt a regulation establishing policies for the long- or short-term
transfer of apparatus. The Fire Chief, when authorized by regulation, may transfer
any apparatus purchased in whole or in part with tax funds, including any apparatus
titled to a local fire and rescue department. The Chief must provide as much advance
notice as possible before transferring apparatus. The regulation must not require the
transfer of any apparatus that was not purchased with any County tax funds, except in
an emergency.
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No. 30-11
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21-16. Personnel administration for local fire and rescue departments.
(a)
Applicability a/County Regulations.
Employees of local fire and rescue
departments who are paid with tax funds are not County employees.
They are members of a separate merit system governed by generally
applicable County personnel regulations except as expressly modified
by regulations that the County Executive[, after receiving Commission
approval under Section 21-2(d)(4),] adopts under method (2).
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21-18. Training requirements and certification standards.
The County Executive[, after receiving Commission approval under
Section 21-2(d)(4),] must issue regulations establishing training
requirements for all active fire, rescue, and emergency medical services
personnel in the Fire and Rescue Service, including the local fire and
rescue departments, consistent with the Integrated Emergency
Command Structure.
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21-19. Code of ethics and personal conduct.
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The County Executive[, after receiving Commission approval under Section
21-2( d)(4),] must issue regulations establishing a code of ethics and on-duty personal
conduct that is consistent with applicable law, including Chapters 19A and 27. The
code must apply to all fire, rescue, and emergency medical services personnel,
including administrative personnel. The code must specify prohibited conduct and
the procedures and actions available to address any violation. The Fire Chief may
refer a matter to the County Ethics Commission or Human Rights Commission.
21-27. Purchasing and contracting.
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No.
30-11
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The Fire Chiefl, after receIvmg Commission approval under Section 21­
2(d)(4),] must establish procedures, by regulation, that govern any purchase or
contract by any department that will be financed in whole or in part with tax funds.
Approved:
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Valerie Ervin, President, County Council
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Date
Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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Date
This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 30-11
Fire and Emergency Services Commission
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Duties
DESCRIPTION:
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
The Commission current has veto authority over Fire and Rescue
Service policies and regulations, which has limited the Fire Chief's
ability to modify current policies.
To abolish the Commission's regulatory function and retain its
advisory functions.
Fire and Rescue Service
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7905
Not applicable
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Not applicable
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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
Isiab Leggett
County Executive
Jennifer A. Hughes
Director
MEMORANDUM
October 17,2011
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Jennifer A.
H
Bill 30-11. Fire and Emergency Services Commission - Duties
The purpose ofthis memorandum is to transmit a fiscal and economic impact statement
to the Council on the subject legislation.
LEGISLATION SUMMARY
The bill would repeal the authority of the Fire and Emergency Services Commission to
approve or disapprove certain Fire and Rescue Service policies and regulations.
NSCALANDECONOMlCS~ARY
The proposed legislation is not expected to have a fiscal or economic impact. The
proposed language will only remove the Fire and Emergency Services Commission's (FESC) power to
approve or disapprove particular Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service policies/regulations; the
FESC will still continue without any cost change. The budget and expenditures associated with the
commissioners (stipends and expense allowances) and administration (program manager, administrative
specialist, and operating expenses) will all remain the same.
The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis: Dominic Del Pozzo,
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service; Michael Coveyou, Department ofFinance; and Blaise
DeFazio, Office of Management and Budget.
Office of the Director
101 Monroe Street, 14th Floor • RockVille, Maryland 20850 • 240-777·2800
www.montgomerycountymd.gov
montgomerycountymd.gov/311
240-773-3556 TTY
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Bill 30-11,
Fire and Emergency Services Commission
Duties
Public Hearing
October 18, 2011
Testimony of Fire Chief Richie Bowers
Good afternoon, I am Fire Chief Richie Bowers and I am here to provide
comments regarding Bill 30-11.
Section 21-3 of the County Code states that: "The Fire Chiefhas full authority
over all fire, rescue and emergency medical services in the County, including any fire,
rescue and emergency medical services provided by local fire and rescue departments.
The Fire Chief must implement County law, regulations, and policies to effectively
administer the Fire and Rescue Service". However, the Fire Chiefs ability to effectively
implement applicable laws, regulations and policies is undermined by the authority that is
currently vested in the Fire and Emergency Services Commission (Commission) to
approve or disapprove policies relating to the Fire and Rescue Service.
As Fire Chief, it is my responsibility: 1) to develop policy; 2) to provide Notice
and Opportunity to both Local 1664 and MCVFRA bargaining units; 3) where applicable,
to negotiate policy changes with both bargaining units; and 4) to request that the
Commission approve policy changes.
This Commission's veto authority has prevented me from implementing a number
of important policies that would improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Fire and
Rescue Service, including those relating to:
Assignment and Use of Authorized Complement of Support Vehicles (Policy);
Medical Standards for Operational Members and Candidates (Regulation); and
Code of Ethics and On-Duty Personnel Conduct (Regulation)
I would be happy to discuss the particulars of each of these situations in more detail with
Council at the appropriate time.
Section 21-1(b)(3) ofthe County Code provides that one goal of the Fire and
Rescue Service is to "continually improve the capabilities of all personnel; effectively
manage personnel; and achieve job performance and personal conduct of the highest
caliber by County, local fire and rescue department, and volunteer personnel". However,
it the situations referenced above, the Commission approval process prevented me from
implementing policies, laws, and regulations that would help achieve these goals in an
efficient and timely manner.
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Bill 30-11 would increase my ability as the Fire Chief to manage and lead the Fire
and Rescue Service.
It
would improve the policy implementation process and increase
efficiency and accountability. These improvements and efficiencies would result in
savings of time and money for the residents of the County, the Fire and Rescue Service
and County Government.
The Commission has played an important advisory role to the Fire Chief and the
Fire and Rescue Service - and should continue to do so. The Commission's input has
been and will continue to be welcomed and valued by me.
In
particular, the public
members of the Commission provide advice, perspective and input from the community
that is very important.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on Bill 30-11. I look forward
to working with the Council as it considers this bill.
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Testimonv of Assistant Chief Scott Graham
Montgomery County Career Officers Association
October 18, 2011
Bill 30-11
Good afternoon, I am Assistant Chief Scott Graham. This afternoon I
represent the Montgomery County Career Officer's Association (MCCOA).
The MCCOA is a resource group recognized in Chapter 21 as an Advisory
Group to the Fire
&
Rescue Service, as well as the Fire Chief. Our
organization consists primarily of Chief Officers as well as Captains and
Lieutenants. Since the Captains and Lieutenants are represented by the
IAFF Local 1664, I speak on behalf of the career Chief Officers.
As an advisory body, we lend our support and encourage you to
support all Advisory Groups by passing Bill 30-11. An analogy of today' s
fire service is much like that of a human body. The law, Chapter 21,
provides for the parts of the fire service body
The IAFF Local 1664 (or
career), the MCVFRA (the volunteers), the Career Officers Association, and
the Fire and Emergency Services Commission. Like the human body, each
of the Advisory Groups serves a vital and unique function to keep the fire
service moving. A functional body has only one head. Ours is the Fire
Chief, designed by law as the single authority for fire and emergency
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services in Montgomery County. Any body with more than one head is
dysfunctional.
Since the re-organization of the fire service in late 2004/early 2005,
the fire service has experienced many positive changes in practices, policies,
and standards. We are far better today than we were 6 years ago. We are no
longer the fire service of 10,20, or 30 years ago. We should not function as
though we are. Jurisdictions across the nation are routinely designing their
policies based on our success in the past 6 years with a single authoritative
head - a Fire Chief. That's the 90%. By not amending the following
proposed policies of the Fire Chief, we have greatly stagnated the fire
,service with archaic policy not representative of today's all hazard mission.
No code of ethics and on-duty personal conduct - no medical standards for
operational members - no MCFRS support vehicle policy better known as
the assignment and use policy. This is the 10%. Ten percent while during
the development process, all parts of the body functioned. These policies
came before the FESC and were vetoed or inhibited by the same body parts
that created them. Not for the "Optimum Personnel Practice" as defined in
Ch. 21 b(3), but rather for a narrowly focused reason.
In closing, I have the privilege of testifying today as the only person
who has served as the executive officer to both Fire Chiefs. I can testify to
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this Council that Chiefs Carr
&
Bowers both have utilized all of their
resource groups provided in Ch. 21. Both have gone far beyond those
groups and reached out to the community, the Community Advisory Boards,
and businesses as part of their decision making process. That is "Optimum
Practices."
Thank you for supporting Bill 30-11 and bringing MCFRS yet another
great step forward.
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Testimony of Marcine Goodloe
President
Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association (MCVFRA)
Testimony to the Montgomery Council on
Bill 30-11 (Fire and Emergency Services Commission)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on Bill 30-11, "Fire and
Emergency Services Commission -Duties," which would repeal the authority of the Fire
and Emergency Services Commission ("Commission") to approve or disapprove certain
Fire and Rescue Service policies and regulations.
We strongly oppose this bill for three reasons.
First, it would reduce transparency and accountability to the public in the
development of fire and rescue policies and procedures.
Second, the bill conflicts with the public-private partnership model for the Fire
and Rescue Service that has served the County and the public very effectively over the
past decade.
Finally, there has been little or no showing that the current Commission structure
is ineffective, inefficient, or broken.
In
fact, the record shows that the Commission has
played a valuable role in strengthening the County's fire and rescue system through its
policy review and approval process.
Bill 30-11 Would Reduce Transparency and Accountability to the Public
The Commission is composed of seven members -- three representing the public,
two representing career personnel, and two representing the volunteer fire/rescue
community. All seven Commission members are appointed by the County Executive
[and approved by the Council]. This structure provides robust and important public
input to decisions impacting the fire and rescue service and enhances public confidence
in the County's Fire and Rescue Service at a time when public confidence in government
generally is declining.
Eliminating the Commission's review and approval authority would, in effect,
consolidate the Executive's power over the fire and rescue service, reduce accountability
and transparency in establishing fire and rescue policy, and enhance the likelihood that
such policy is made for political reasons that have little or nothing to do with advancing
the public's interests.
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Bill 30-11 Is Inconsistent with the Countv's PubliclPrivate Fire-Rescue Partnership
Montgomery County's Fire and Rescue Service operates under a unique and
highly effective partnership between the County and the 19 local fire and rescue
departments (LFRDs). While some continue to question this model, we believe strongly
that this partnership has delivered - and continues to deliver extremely high-quality,
cost -effective fire and rescue service to Montgomery County.
A strong, vibrant Commission is essential to this partnership. The Commission's
structure gives the primary stakeholders, including the LFRDs, a key voice in the
County's decision making process. When this Council enacted Bi1l36-03, creating the
position of County Fire Chiefwith substantial authority to lead and manage the entire fire
and rescue service, the Council tempered some of the Chiefs policy making authority by
requiring certain fire and rescue policies and procedures to be reviewed and approved by
the Commission.
The need for a strong County-LFRD partnership has never been greater.
Volunteer fire/rescue personnel risk their lives every day to provide front-line fire, rescue
and emergency medical service to lVlontgomery County residents and visitors. As we
have recently demonstrated, these volunteers - and the departments in which they serve
save County taxpayers more than $25 million every year in personnel, vehicle and
facilities costs alone. Given the unprecedented commitment and contribution of the
volunteers and the LFRDs, it is entirely appropriate to give them a meaningful voice in
the development of County fire and rescue policy.
Eliminating the Commission's policy review and approval role would gut the
partnership, drastically reduce the voices of the public, the career members and the
LFRDs in establishing County fire and rescue policy, and ultimately diminish the quality
of, and public confidence in, the County's fire and rescue service.
The Commission Has Helped to Strengthen the County's Fire and Rescue System
The MCVFRA recognizes the need for County agencies and bodies at all levels to
operate efficiently and effectively. Close scrutiny of the use of taxpayer dollars is
essential, particularly during tight fiscal times.
There is ample evidence demonstrating that the Commission has played a
valuable and constructive role through its review and approval authority and, in doing so,
has strengthened the County's fire and rescue system. Often, the Commission's
deliberations, and the opportunity for input from the public and other stakeholders, has
improved proposals initially put forward by the Fire Chief and fostered "buy in" from
those very same stakeholders. While paralysis by analysis has been a problem in
Montgomery County, the facts show' that the Commission is not a graveyard for good
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ideas but rather an important and effective means of ensuring the County's fire/rescue
service is meeting the needs of County residents.
Over the past several years, the Commission has reviewed and approved dozens of
policies and procedures proposed by the Fire Chief. A partial list of these includes:
MCFRS Communications Manual
Two in - Two out and Structural Fire Response and Updates
Family Support Network
Annual Physicals.
Training Standards
Specialty Teams
Non-Emergency Transfer of Apparatus
Helicopter Landing Policy
Upcounty Resource Allocation
&
Station Study
All Master Plans
Water Study and Water Study Implementation
PIMS Data System for Volunteers
Senator Amoss Fund Procedure & LFRD Records Update
Length of Service Awards Program
Executive Regulations
&
Legislative Changes
ALS First Responder Policy
EMBERS Reporting System
Background Check Requirement Policy
Command Competence Procedure
Standardized Blackboards, Thermal Imagers and SCBA
Integrated Pass Devices
Motor Vehicle Operator License Requirements for Tiller Operators
Appeal Procedures
IECS
Return to lECS
Code of Ethics and Personal Conduct
Standard Graphics Policy for County Owned Apparatus
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
Aerial Apparatus Study
Rescue Squad Policy
Communications Manual
Response Assignments Updates
Disaster Plan
Temporary Transfer of Apparatus
Fire Scene Preservation
Health, Fitness and Welfare Policy - lvlEDTOX Study
Various issues regarding Internal Affairs including the LA. Officer
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Apparatus Replacement Schedule
PSTA Student Policy
Minimum Training Standards
SOP for Safe Structural Firefighter Operations
Ambulance Fee
While MCVFRA has not always agreed with the outcome of Commission actions,
and in some cases disagreed strongly with the Commission, we believe the Commission's
structure has allowed it to operative effectively in strengthening the fire and rescue
service in Montgomery County.
The Commission Structure Is Not Similar to "Effects Bargaining"
It
is important to note that the Commission's authority is not similar to the effects
bargaining requirement that the Council considered earlier this year.
Effects Bargaining
Transparency
Negotiations not public
F &ESCommission Process
Process and deliberations
open to public under County
law
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Public Is represented by three
"public" Commissioners with
voting power
Commission must act within
60 days of submission of
proposals by Fire Chief
Representation of
Public in Decision
Process
Deadlines for Decisions
None
No deadline on length of
negotiations
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While the MCVFRA has not taken a position on the merits of effects bargaining, it
is abundantly clear that few if any of the concerns expressed about effects bargaining are
applicable to the F &ES Commission process. The Commission process is transparent,
provides for a formal decision-making role for the public, and operates under strict
deadlines for decisions.
The Debate Over Take Home Vehicles Is No Excuse to Gut the Commission's Authority
With respect to policy changes regarding take home vehicles by career and
volunteer personnel, the Commission rightly rejected the Fire Chiefs initial proposal
because it could adversely affect operational performance without corresponding benefits
to the public. Since that time, the parties have worked constructively to address the
issues, and -- as discussed at a recent Council hearing -- it was acknowledged that "90%"
of the issues have been resolved. We recommend that the Fire Chief move forward
immediately \vith a proposal that incorporates these important enhancements -- which the
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Commission would surely approve -- and continue working on the remaining issues with
the key stakeholders.
Conclusion
MCVFRA strongly opposes Bill 30-11 and will strongly oppose other efforts to
gut the fire-rescue partnership that is codified in Chapter 21 and has served County
residents very effectively. The current Commission structure provides essential input for
key stakeholders including the public, career firefighters and the LFRDs - that enhance
public confidence in our fire and rescue service. We urge the Council to look for more
effective ways to enhance and strengthen that partnership and not to disenfranchise the
stakeholders, and ultimately the public, in setting fire and rescue policy.
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Testimony of Eric N. Bernard
President
Rockville Volunteer Fire Department
Testimony to the Montgomery Council on
Bill 30-11 (Fire and Emergency Services Commission)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on Bill 30-11 , "Fire and
Emergency Services Commission -Duties," which would repeal the authority of
the Fire and Emergency Services Commission ("Commission") to approve or
disapprove certain Fire and Rescue Service policies and regulations.
We strongly oppose this bill, along with all 19 volunteer fire and rescue
departments in the County. There are many reasons why this bill should be
defeated.
The most important is that the Commission works and works well. For
over 24 years the Commission has brought all stakeholders together to better the
fire service in the County.
The Commission hears from the community and takes citizen's input in
making important decisions. This input improves public safety and increases
participation from the community, citizen's groups as well as those brave women
and men who serve.
The Commission is the best model to reflect the public-private partnership
in the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service. The law has long recognized,
indeed required the combination career-volunteer fire and rescue service delivery
model. The Commission reflects the law by having members from the public, the
career members and the volunteer members. These members work together in
reviewing policy and adding great knowledge, experience and input in all aspects
of emergency service.
Since a bill was introduced almost 3 years ago to try to eliminate the
Commission, which ultimately failed, all parties have worked hard to improve the
'fire and rescue service. This Bill will reduce the effectiveness of the Commission
and remove true citizen input into the process.
Montgomery County is not alone in having a Fire and Rescue Commission.
In the neighboring Counties the Commissions have greater authority, autonomy
and input than ours in Montgomery County. In Prince George's County, which
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has a similar combination volunteer-career fire and rescue service, the
Commission allocates the budget, hears all appeals in disciplinary matters, and is
composed of only volunteers from the 36 volunteer departments in the County.
Our Commission once had similar budgetary responsibilities but these were
removed in 2003 when the single fire chief was created. So we see that a strong
Fire and Rescue Commission, with responsibilities, authority, and decision
making ability is the norm and is a system that works well not just here in
Montgomery County.
The Commission has attracted some great minds from the service and the
community bringing experience that would otherwise not be available to the fire
and rescue service. We have physicians, attorneys, community organizers,
school teachers, police officers, men and women, younger and older members all
with equal voice and authority to help our fire service improve. Their counsel has
proven invaluable to the fire service. Sometimes the mere ability to make a
decision dissuades other parties from becoming confrontational and gives them
clearer thinking in what is best for all involved.
The volunteer representatives meet with the Fire Chief at least weekly and
talk daily. We have all worked well together and the Fire Chief and volunteers
have resolved more than 95% of issues that have arisen including new policy
formulation, prior to being presented to the Commission. Then we go together to
the Commission recommending approval. The reason we can do this so
effectively is the knowledge that the Commission exists and has the ability
approve or reject policy. This keeps the process inclusive giving voice to the
community and all stakeholders.
We ask for your support in defeating bill 30-11. Allow the fire service to
continue to operate as the law was written and modified in 2003 when the single
Fire Chief was created. This model serves all involved well and requires
maximum community involvement and very little if no cost to the taxpayers of the
County.
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Testimony of Darian Unger, 8204 Cedar St. Silver Spring MD, 20910
Opposing the bill to gut the fire and emergency services commission.
Thank you very much. My name is Darian Unger, I live at 8204 Cedar Street in Silver
Spring.
I'm a member ofthe Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board and a volunteer
firefighter are EMT; while I am one of many who feel the way I do, (most of whom
can't come in the middle of a workday) I'm here to speak for myself and to urge you
to avoid gutting the fire and emergency services commission.
There are two main reasons to turn down this harmful idea. First, the commission is
an important check and balance on power. Second, because this proposed law fixes
nothing the fire/rescue service, and would instead make things worse.
First, checks and balance on power are fundamentally American notions. That is
why we have civilian commanders in chiefs and separate branches of government.
That is why we have both district and
at~large
representatives on council. We don't
like our power too concentrated, lest it be used against us with no recourse. The
commission is an important check on a very powerful position ...the fire chief. I like
and respe'ct our fire chief. I also like my president, even though I've been
disappointed a few times. But just because we like them doesn't make it good
governance to give them unfettered power. Actual checks and balances are a vital
part ofthoughtful governance.
Second, this proposed legislation seems to be searching very hard for a problem to
solve. Issuing orders does not seem at all difficult. As a firefighter and EMT, I am
used to following orders as part of any emergency response - whether it's a chiefs
general order to use this protocol instead of that protocol when administering CPR,
or an order to use a certain method to attack a fire - I can assure you, there is no
shortage of orders. The chief rightfully issues many with no problem whatsoever,
and I follow them, comfortable with the idea that important orders are vetted and
checked so that new rules and policies will help save lives. There's little reason to
undo a functioning system.
Speaking of undoing functioning systems, this seems to be one of a string of
nominally well-intentioned proposals that backfire badly and leaves a bad taste in
everyone's mouth. You know you're on the wrong track when the curfew proposal
drags Montgomery County through the mud with scare stories instead of actually
reducing crime with proven strategies, or when the proposal to open Veteran's
Plaza to markets end up destroying the Fenton st. Market instead.
This proposal is similar. ..it's not a good idea, and it's not going to accomplish what
you want. I would urge that the fire/rescue service be strengthened instead,
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Towers
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Standardized Log Book Policy
Administrative
07/01199
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FRC
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SOP for Helicopter Landings
SOP for Safe Structure FF Operations
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Note: This document has the new
FCGO language included in the
regulation for the convenience and
edification of the new operating
procedures in the Safe Structural
FF policy_
Substance Abuse and Rehab
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Appendices
Substance Abuse
Operations
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Using
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Wearing Of Traffic Safetv Vests
26-07AM During Emergencv Incidents On
Arterials. Highways & Streets
24-04
Vehicle Accident Response
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Membership Category: EMS
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Vol. Recruitment Cash A ward Program
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Volunteer Standby Food Program
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Workers' ComQensation Claims
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MCFRS Policies NOT Approved by FRC
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FESC
Federal, State, and Private Grant Applications, FCGO No.08-06
On May 19,2008, The Fire Chief issued Fire Chiefs General Order No. 08-06, Federal,
State, and Private Grant Applications. The Chief requested the Fire and Rescue
Commission to approve this order.
Code of Ethics and On-Duty Personal Conduct, Executive Regulation (amend)
The Fire Chief introduced a draft regulation, Code of Ethics and On-Duty Personal
Conduct to the Fire and Rescue Commission on April 2008. The proposal was authored
by MCFRS staff and Associate County Attorney Bernadette Lamson. The intent of the
amended regulation was to align the policy in compliance with current law. The draft
document was sent to Notice and Opportunity as required in the Collective Bargaining
Agreement.
Medical Standards for Operational Members and Candidates of MCFRS (amend)
In 2008, the Fire Chief requested the MCFRS Division Chief of Well ness, Safety and
Training to amend the Medical Standards of Operational Members and Candidates,
Regulation to align the policy to the current NFPA Standards 1582. The Fire Chiefmet
with the MCVFRA representatives to discuss the changes that MCFRS staffhad
proposed.
Assignment and
Use
of Authorized Complement of MCFRS Support Vehicles
(amend)
At the request of the County Council Public Safety Committee, the Fire Chief was
requested to update the Assignment and Use of Fire/Rescue Support Vehicle Policy that
was adopted by the Fire and Rescue Commission in July, 1996. MCFRS staffworked
with Associate County Attorney Richard Melnick to incorporate changes that the Chief
has proposed to the Vehicle Assignment Policy.
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