PS Item 1 & 2
Public Safety Committee
*Mi~hael Fad~n, Sen~or Leg~slat~ve
EssIe McGUIre, Semor LegIslative
7-13, Emergency Medical Transportation - Use of Revenue
FY14 Operating Budget MCFRS
Bill 7-13, Emergency Medical Transportation - Use of Revenue - Amendment,
sponsored by the Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on
March 5, 2013.
7-13 would set aside 15% of the net Emergency Medical Services Transport (EMST)
Insurance Reimbursement Program revenue to be allocated for the benefit of the local fire and
rescue departments (LFRD's). This
would implement the Memo of Understanding that the
Executive signed with the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
(MCVFRA) in 2012 (see ©9-11). A public hearing was held on April 2 at which all speakers
then-Fire Chief Bowers, representing the County Executive, and representatives of the
MCVFRA endorsed the Bill.
that the Committee adopt 2 amendments that
all parties have reviewed without objection:
(see ©12) would (a) delete language from the 2012 law that required the
Fire Chief to specify each year in the annual operating budget how the funds allocated to the
LFRD's would be used; and (b) clarify that any employees hired by the LFRD's using EMST
funds are neither County employees nor members of a separate LFRD merit system.
2 (see ©13) would authorize the funds to be allocated under a procedure
specified in the annual operating budget resolution, rather than allocate the funds in the
that the Committee endorse language for
the FY14 operating budget resolution to specify the procedure to allocate the LFRD funds. All
parties have reviewed the language on ©14 without objection.