Adopted Executive Regulation

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MCER NO. 21-06AM:  ADOPTED FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE REGULATION - Certification Standards for Training, Experience, and Credentialing Requirements

SUMMARY:  The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Fire Chiefs recommend that all fire-service based first responders in the National Capital Region complete operations-level training in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response.  This training is intended to be funded through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), a federal Homeland Security grant program.  Executive Regulation 21-06AM adds to the existing training requirements new provisions directing that all MCFRS personnel must complete National Capital Region Operations-level training in WMD response as federal funds become available.  The initial MCFRS roll-out of this training applies to all Unit Officers at the ranks of Fire/Rescue/EMS Lieutenant and Captain.  These personnel must complete the training within certain deadlines, contingent on available federal funding.  By October 1 of each year, the Fire Chief must review MCFRS' progress in meeting this training requirement, and report to the County Council on the training completed, and the amount of federal funding received and spent to date.  The report must also indicate the remaining personnel to be trained, UASI funding available for this purpose, and the schedule for training the remaining personnel.  The adopted regulation supersedes Executive Regulation 18-05AM.

ACTION:  Executive Regulation 21-06AM was approved by the County Council according to the Method 2 process, effective November 6, 2007.

AUTHORIZATION AND PROCEDURAL METHOD:  Montgomery County Code, 2004, Section 21-18.  Method 2.

COPIES OF THE REGULATION:  A copy of the proposed regulation may be obtained from Beth Feldman, Office of the Fire Chief, MCFRS, 101 Monroe Street, 12th Fl., Rockville, Maryland  20850; 240/777-2423. Email:  [email protected]

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