Firefighters seek paid manager, medics

November 30, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Officers of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association asked the commissioners Monday for a paid training center manager, paid physicals for all volunteer firefighters, paid medics on the midnight to 8 a.m. shift at some fire stations, and an increase in the monthly amount paid to volunteers after 25 years of service.

The commissioners agreed to pay for the training center manager, on the site of the Emergency Operations Center, for a six-month trial period at a base pay of $13,700.

Members of the association said volunteers in several nearby counties and industrial plants want to use the training facility, but cannot regularly because no one is available to open the facility and sign in students.

In the past, members of the association have staffed the facility on a volunteer basis, but with members traveling greater distances to their regular jobs, the facility has been closed much of the time. It needs extensive repairs that could have been done on a regular basis with a paid manager, they said.

Officials of the association said Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has offered to construct a training classroom at the site as a trade for use of the training buildings for its employees who need firefighting training.

Members of the association also asked the commissioners to consider paying the cost of required physicals for all volunteer firefighters and medics in the county.

The commissioners asked for a study to determine the costs to be included in the fiscal 1996 budget. Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy said the county benefits from the work of the volunteer firefighters and medics and they should get some help in the costs of physicals.

Members of the association also asked the commissioners to consider paying for some medics to work the midnight to 8 a.m. shift at several fire stations where volunteers are not readily available.

They would be needed only at a few stations in the county, association officials said.

Tim Warner, president of the association, presented the commissioners with a request from the Length of Service Award Program Committee to increase the monthly base payment to eligible volunteer firefighters from $100 to $150 per month. These payments are available to volunteer firefighters after 25 years of service.

The commissioners requested a report to include the amount needed to pay for the increase before voting on the request.

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