Firefighters ratify one-year contract

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

April 14, 2007

Baltimore County firefighters overwhelmingly ratified a one-year contract that calls for a 3 percent cost-of-living increase and additional benefits for tenured members of the department, union officials said yesterday.

The agreement calls for additional pay raises for firefighters and paramedics who have worked for the department for at least 13 years and another increase for those with more than 17 years, union officials said.

Under the new contract, new hires will be required to work 30 years with the department or be 60 years old before they're eligible for their pension, said Michael K. Day Sr., president of the Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association. Day said he is pleased with the deal because the contract was designed, in part, to keep more experienced firefighters, paramedics and officers with the department.

The cost of the negotiated package is about $5.6 million, county officials said.The county's 1,000 career professional firefighters and paramedics approved the contract with a 97 percent favorable vote Thursday night.

The new contract takes effect July 1, officials said.

Nick Shields

Towson

Job fair planned for students

A job fair for high school and college students, organized by the Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development, will be held April 21 at the Ruhl Armory, 1035 York Road in Towson. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will give employers who have openings for summer and year-round help the opportunity to interview students and accept applications.

Students should bring their Social Security cards and copies of resumes. Information: 410-887-2464 or oetjobfairs@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Marshy Point

Lecture at nature center

The Marshy Point Nature Center will present a lecture by biologist Jim Thompson of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Thompson will discuss the restoration of access to historical spawning grounds for migratory fish through fish ladders, fish lifts and the removal of old dams. Refreshments will be provided. The nature center is at 7130 Marshy Point Road.

More information: call 410-887-2817 or visit www.marshypoint.org.

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