Expedited Bill No.
12-17
Concerning: Fire and Rescue Services -
Length of Service Awards Program for
Volunteers - Amendments
Revised: May 17, 2017 Draft No.
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Introduced:
May 2, 2017
Enacted:
June 13, 2017
Executive:
June 26, 2017
Effective: July 1, 2017/January 1, 2018
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Laws of Mont. Co.
2017
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Council President at the request ofthe County Executive
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
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increase the amount of the length of service benefit to certain local fire and rescue
department volunteers;
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require benefits to be paid through direct deposit;
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modify the requirements to earn credit for stand-by duty; and
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generally amend the length of service award program for volunteers.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 21, Fire and Rescue Services
Section 21-21
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1.
Section 21-21 is amended as follows:
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21-21. Length of service award program for volunteers.
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Length of service benefits.
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(1)
Volunteers Who Qualified Before 1985. Effective January 1,
1985, any volunteer who qualified for a monthly award payment
before January 1, 1985, must receive monthly award payments
equal to 150 percent of the pre-1985 monthly award payment.
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(2)
Volunteers Who Qualify in 1985 or Later - 25 Years of Service.
(A)
Effective January 1, 1985, a volunteer qualifies for a 25-
year award payment when the volunteer:
(i)
is at least age 55, if the volunteer completed 25
years as an active volunteer before 1996, or
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is any age, ifthe volunteer completed 25 years as an
active volunteer on or after January 1,2004.
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A volunteer who qualifies under this paragraph must
receive an award payment of:
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$233 [$230] per month for life; and
$11.70 [$11.50] per month for life for each year of
service as an active volunteer over 25 years (up to
$117 [$115] per month).
The maximum total
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benefit is $350 [$345] per month.
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Volunteers Who Qualify in 1985 or Later - 15 years of Service.
(A)
Effective January 1, 1985, a volunteer qualifies for a 15-
year award payment when the volunteer:
(i)
has served 15 years as an active volunteer after
January 1, 1955; and
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(ii)
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is at least age 60.
A volunteer who qualifies under this paragraph must
receive an award payment of $9.32 [$9.20] per month for
life for each year of service as an active volunteer.
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Volunteers Who Qualify in 1985 or Later - 10 Years of Service.
(A)
Effective January 1, 1985, a volunteer qualifies for a 10-
year award payment when the volunteer:
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has served 10 years as an active volunteer; and
is at least age 65.
A volunteer who qualifies under this paragraph must
receive an award payment of $9.32 [$9.20] per month for
life for each year of service as an active volunteer.
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All years of service, including past years of service, must be
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A volunteer must receive
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3.5% increase, for
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maximum
total benefit of no more than $362.00 per month, to his or her
LOSAP benefit payment ifhe or she:
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received LOSAP benefit payments as of December 31,
2015; and
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qualified for the higher nominal fee, as described in
Article 12 of the fire and rescue volunteers collective
bargaining agreement, for calendar year 2015 by:
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being on the Integrated Emergency Command
Structure (lECS) certified list;
receiving 30 LOSAP points for department or
station responses; and
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receiving 20 LOSAP points for sleep-in or stand-by
servIce.
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Administration.
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The County Executive or the Executive's designee must
administer this Section under Executive Regulations adopted
under method (3).
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(2)
The County must pay benefits under this section from the first
day of the first month after the volunteer, surviving spouse or
domestic partner, or volunteer's estate qualifies for the benefit,
except that benefits must not be paid for any period before the
application for the benefit is filed.
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All LOSAP payments must be made
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direct deposit.
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Point System.
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[Sleep-in or] Stand-by - 20 points maximum. [Sleep-in
service earns 1 point for each full night. Stand-by service
earns 1 point for each period of on-duty activity of the fire
department or rescue squad that lasts for at least 4 hours
and does not fall under another category in this
subsection.] Integrated Emergency Command Structure
(lECS) certified personnel may earn stand-by LOSAP
points for performing on-duty activity at the rate of:
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one quarter point for every hour of stand-by service
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volunteer is assigned to
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unit available for
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response; and
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one point for every
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volunteer is available for response in the station, but
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specific unit.
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Stand-by service must be recorded in the data system
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the County. A volunteer must not earn more
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points for stand-by service during any 24-hour
period.
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest.
The amendments in Section 1, except for the
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amendments to subsection (k), take effect on July 1, 2017. The amendments to
subsection (k) in Section 1 take effect on January 1,2018.
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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