Thanks For Help On Question AI and my campaign committee...

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

November 08, 1992

Thanks For Help On Question A

I and my campaign committee for Question A would like to thank Harford voters for learning about farmland preservation and giving Question A the "thumbs up" on Election Day in such great numbers.

With our votes, we affirmed that farmland and Harford's farming families are important to us. Our political leaders now have a clear mandate to put the farmland easement program in place.

Passage of Question A is a victory for all Harford citizens and future generations. Let's work now to establish this program for those who love their land and want to see it preserved for future farmers of Harford County.

Deborah Bowers

Street

The writer is chairwoman of Harford Citizens for Farmland Preservation.

Health Cuts

The board of directors of the Harford County Association of Realtors Inc. has adopted a resolution supporting the appropriation of additional moneys to fund the operations of the Harford County Health Department.

The Health Department performs many important functions, some of which are directly related to review, approval and issuance of permits. The administration recently proposed and the County Council adopted legislation to increase fees charged by the health department and other agencies. In part, the justification given for these fees was to help assure that adequate staff would be available to process fees in a timely manner.

Now, in spite of the local fee increases, budget cuts at the state level threaten to cause a layoff of several individuals now employed by the health department. In order to assure that the Harford County Health Department remains able to perform its functions in a timely manner, we feel it is imperative for the county government to appropriate additional funds for its operations.

Hopefully, part of these moneys will be offset by the increased fee revenue to be received by the county in future months.

Therese M. Redmond

Bel Air

The writer is president of the Harford County Association of Realtors Inc.

Making NICE

The members of NICE (Neighbors Involved in the Community of Edgewood) would like to thank you for your support during the NICE Walk-a-Thon '92.

The community involvement during this event was very positive. It is our hope that the members and friends of Edgewood will continue to bond in an effort to help make NICE a positive influence . . .

We look forward to your continued support.

Jeannette Jennings

Edgewood

The writer is chairwoman of Neighbors Involved in the Community of Edgewood.

Partial Paramedics

The term "paramedic" has been misused for a long time. CRT level units arrive on the scene to request an EMT-Paramedic to perform skills the CRT cannot. Whose fault is this? The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems is the obvious answer. For far too long, MIEMSS has blindly implemented a two steps forward-three steps backward mode of operation.

To become a Maryland Paramedic, one must first find an institution that offers a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic course. This is college-level training lasting from one to two semesters. Then a rigorous, ambiguously graded written exam is taken along with a complete practical exam. If the student receives "the big envelope," he/she is now a NREMT-P. This is where MIEMSS steps in to slow things down.

Now you have a freshly trained NREMT-P, primed with an arsenal of newly learned skills and drugs, ready to put these concepts to use and save lives. But not in Maryland. MIEMSS jumps in and only recognizes a few of the skills and will not allow the NREMT-P to operate at his full potential. He must first pass a Maryland protocol exam. Only the skills covered in Maryland protocol are allowed (that's not many) -- what's the incentive to pursue higher level training?

Maryland saves money by not training paramedics to the national level. To attain Maryland paramedic status, you: (1.) Find NREMT-P training, (2.) Complete this training, (3.) Take national exams, (4.) Report to MIEMSS, (5.) Which then says, "whoa, we won't let you do all that!" (6.) Take a Maryland protocol exam, and (7.) Use only a fraction of the training you have by now wasted a year on.

Other states recognize the national standards and allow full functioning from day one. The NREMT-P has already proven him/herself capable and worthy of successfully completing the course. From that time on, National Registry tracks continuing education for recertification. If MIEMSS would recognize national standards, some record keeping could be alleviated by allowing an established institution to handle it.

As things stand now, MIEMSS would still not have to provide the training. Enough colleges currently offer the course. Any excuses left for non-recognition? None that I can see. Maryland citizens deserve the best care available.

Steve Childers

Aberdeen

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