Firefighters, paramedics ratify one-year contract

Baltimore County Digest

March 18, 2006

Baltimore County's professional firefighters and paramedics ratified a new one-year agreement with the county, fire union officials said yesterday.

The deal -- expected to cost the county $2.9 million -- provides a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment, improved safety equipment throughout the county and an upgrade of captains and lieutenants positions because of changes in duties and responsibilities, fire officials said.

Michael K. Day Sr., president of the Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association, said he was pleased with the deal. The contract was ratified with a 97 percent favorable vote, the highest approval percentage in the history of the county, union officials said.

The new contract takes effect July 1, county officials said.

Nick Shields

Towson

Events focus on women's issues

The Towson branch of the American Association of University Women will present two events next week on women's issues.

Claudia Morrell, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's director for the Center for Women and Information Technology, will give a lecture Tuesday about expanding women's involvement in the world of technology. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Goucher College's Alumnae-Alumni House.

The branch is also sponsoring a showing of a documentary film at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The film, Girlhood, chronicles two Baltimore women in a juvenile detention center for three years. A panel discussion on the film will follow. The screening is a fundraiser for the Emerging Women's Program, which matches trained advocates with Baltimore City high school girls.

Tickets for the film are $10, and can be purchased by calling 410-467-1605.

Countywide

Volunteer weather-trackers sought

The Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management is looking for volunteers to help track severe weather.

The volunteers would be part of SKYWARN, a national network of amateur severe weather spotters, trained by the National Weather Service to spot severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, flooding, and snow and ice accumulation. Forecasters use information from weather spotters to predict what a storm will do next.

The Office of Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service, the Office of Emergency Management will sponsor a SKYWARN and spotter class at 7 p.m. March 31 at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road, Towson. The class will be held on the 6th floor, in the cafeteria.

To register, e-mail tbrush@co.ba.md.us, or call the Office of Emergency Management at 410-887-5996.

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