Public Safety Committee
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Essie McGuire, Senior Legislative
2: Bill 30-11,
Fire and Emergency Services Commission
Bill 30-11, Fire and Emergency Services Commission - Duties, sponsored by
Councilmembers EIrich and Leventhal, was introduced on September 27, 2011. The Council
held a public hearing on the bill on October 18, and the Public Safety Committee held its first
work session on this Bill on December 8.
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)(I) and (3).
The Office of Management and Budget does not expect this Bill to have a fiscal impact
(see fiscal impact statement on ©9).
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.