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March 24, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed additional cuts to the Baltimore City Fire Department in her proposed budget ("'Tough choices' in city budget plan," March 21). The budget includes a proposed schedule change for the men and women who run into burning buildings that would increase their work hours along with reducing their hourly rate of pay while ultimately reducing the staffing of the department by as many as 300 positions. Those fire fighters already work on average two hours a week longer than other city employees without additional compensation.
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July 14, 2014
Regarding your article "Police, fire unions oppose mayor's new pension plan" (July 8), why do these two groups of public service employees think they are better than the tax payers of Maryland? What other employer lets it's employees retire after 20 years of service and pays for their pensions and health care for the rest of their lives? I know several retired policemen who receive their pensions and now work for the Department of Homeland Security, from which they will collect another pension paid for by taxpayers.
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NEWS
February 15, 2013
In her State of the City address Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for employee contributions to the current non-contributory pension system for "civilian employees," and while I agree and understand the subtle distinction made, my fear is that I may be in the minority of taxpayers ("Trash fee, job cuts urged," Feb. 12). Perhaps lost in the "civilian employees" reference is that the "other employees" are Baltimore's public safety (fire and police) employees, who currently contribute 9 percent of their wages, which will rise to 10 percent (twice the 5 percent amount by elected officials)
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | January 17, 2014
The woman seriously injured in an early-morning blaze in North Laurel Thursday has died as a result of her injuries, Howard County police said Friday. The woman, identified as Kimberly Ann Murphy-Smith, 50, of Canterbury Riding, was rescued from the fire, which occurred at 5:15 a.m. Jan. 16, by fire fighters from Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.  She was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital, where she later died, police said.  The fire was reported by a newspaper delivery person, a department spokeswoman said.
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By Laura Neuman | July 11, 2013
The Anne Arundel County government recently negotiated mutually agreeable contracts with 12 of the 13 unions that represent our workers during labor union talks. The Local 1563 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) would have been the 13th, but we could not come to a successful agreement. The IAFF rejected the county administration's proposal for a two-year contract that provided the return to a three-shift, 48 hour work week effective January 1, 2014. The proposal included a 14.3 percent pay increase, a 3 percent merit increase on the employee's anniversary date and a 3 percent cost of living increase.
NEWS
March 27, 2012
I find it hard to believe that the chief of the Baltimore City fire department wants to bring back the 56 hour work week ("Baltimore fire chief floats workforce reduction, more hours," March 22). This would be a disservice to the loyal men and women of the department. A 56-hour work week entails four 14-hour nights of continuous runs on medic units that respond to 6,000-8,000 calls each annually. This is extremely irresponsible and dangerous not only for the weary rescue workers but also for the patients.
NEWS
February 4, 2011
In its editorial "Police and fire fighters' misguided protest" (Feb. 2), The Sun calls on police and fire fighters to refrain from picketing the June 2011 U.S. Conference of Mayors convention because it could hurt city business. The irony of that suggestion is impossible to overlook. The Baltimore Sun, once a grand institution of the free press in America, is urging the city's police and fire fighters to refrain from exercising their rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
An Essex towing company caught fire Saturday morning, Baltimore County fire officials said. The fire in the 400 block of Back River Neck Road happened at FMR Towing, the fire department said, and was under control by 9 a.m, but fire fighters were still on the scene. iduncan@baltsun.com twitter.com/iduncan
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | October 17, 1991
Firefighters union leaders are expected to meet tomorrow with William R. Brown Jr., the city's chief financial officer, to work out differences in a bill that would provide incentives for senior firefighters to take early retirement.Officials of Baltimore Fire Fighters Local 734 and the Baltimore City Fire Officers Association Local 964 say enactment of the measure would minimize layoffs in the Baltimore City Fire Department.On Tuesday, the department announced plans to cut $3 million from its budget by laying off some 200 firefighters and closing up to eight fire houses.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
Howard County fire fighters on Thursday extinguished an early morning fire outside the Sears store at The Mall in Columbia. According to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, emergency units responded to a call at 5:40 a.m. and found a fire in a trailer attached to a loading dock outside Sears. Crews quickly put out the fire and obtained a ventilation unit from Montgomery County to help remove smoke from inside the store. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the fire department.
NEWS
August 25, 2013
Baltimore County has reached agreements that extend contracts through June 30, 2016 for chief officers of the fire department as well as county supervisory, management and confidential employees, officials said. The agreements provide 3 percent bonuses in November 2014 for all employees on the payroll as of Oct. 1, 2014; and 3 percent cost of living allowances for employees in supervisory, management and confidential and chief officers units on July 1, 2015. The pact also guarantees step and longevity increases with no layoffs or furloughs for all employees in those groups through June 30, 2016.
NEWS
By Laura Neuman | July 11, 2013
The Anne Arundel County government recently negotiated mutually agreeable contracts with 12 of the 13 unions that represent our workers during labor union talks. The Local 1563 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) would have been the 13th, but we could not come to a successful agreement. The IAFF rejected the county administration's proposal for a two-year contract that provided the return to a three-shift, 48 hour work week effective January 1, 2014. The proposal included a 14.3 percent pay increase, a 3 percent merit increase on the employee's anniversary date and a 3 percent cost of living increase.
NEWS
March 24, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed additional cuts to the Baltimore City Fire Department in her proposed budget ("'Tough choices' in city budget plan," March 21). The budget includes a proposed schedule change for the men and women who run into burning buildings that would increase their work hours along with reducing their hourly rate of pay while ultimately reducing the staffing of the department by as many as 300 positions. Those fire fighters already work on average two hours a week longer than other city employees without additional compensation.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
In her State of the City address Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for employee contributions to the current non-contributory pension system for "civilian employees," and while I agree and understand the subtle distinction made, my fear is that I may be in the minority of taxpayers ("Trash fee, job cuts urged," Feb. 12). Perhaps lost in the "civilian employees" reference is that the "other employees" are Baltimore's public safety (fire and police) employees, who currently contribute 9 percent of their wages, which will rise to 10 percent (twice the 5 percent amount by elected officials)
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
An Essex towing company caught fire Saturday morning, Baltimore County fire officials said. The fire in the 400 block of Back River Neck Road happened at FMR Towing, the fire department said, and was under control by 9 a.m, but fire fighters were still on the scene. iduncan@baltsun.com twitter.com/iduncan
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
A 57-year-old man suffered injuries in a Saturday morning fire in Severn, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Lt. Jack Beall said that "heavy fire" was visible from the rear of a dwelling in the block of Myers Court when fire fighters arrived at 11:36 a.m. He said that after the fire was extinguished, the building was found to be not habitable and the Red Cross was called for assistance. He said the man had "serious but not life-threatening injuries. " A 37-year-old female escaped uninjured.
NEWS
July 14, 2014
Regarding your article "Police, fire unions oppose mayor's new pension plan" (July 8), why do these two groups of public service employees think they are better than the tax payers of Maryland? What other employer lets it's employees retire after 20 years of service and pays for their pensions and health care for the rest of their lives? I know several retired policemen who receive their pensions and now work for the Department of Homeland Security, from which they will collect another pension paid for by taxpayers.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
A 57-year-old man suffered injuries in a Saturday morning fire in Severn, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Lt. Jack Beall said that "heavy fire" was visible from the rear of a dwelling in the block of Myers Court when fire fighters arrived at 11:36 a.m. He said that after the fire was extinguished, the building was found to be not habitable and the Red Cross was called for assistance. He said the man had "serious but not life-threatening injuries. " A 37-year-old female escaped uninjured.
NEWS
The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
An early-morning fire in Brooklyn sent four people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, including one firefighter and three occupants of the house. According to Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Kevin Cartwright, the one-alarm fire broke out about 4:20 a.m. in a dwelling in the 800 block of Glade Court in Brooklyn. According to Cartwright, units responded to find a two-story dwelling with smoke and fire visible, and crews put out the fire by 4:35 a.m. Cartwright said one adult and two children suffered mild smoke inhalation, were evaluated at the scene and transported to Harbor Hospital for additional treatment.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun and By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2012
Baltimore City fire crews are battling a four-alarm fire that began Tuesday morning in the 500 block of South Broadway in Fells Point. The fire was reported at 4:25 a.m. in a five-story building that has had a grocery store at street level. According to Captain Roman Clark, spokesman for the Baltimore City fire department, it is the same structure that was damaged by a five-alarm fire in June. Clark said fire fighters responding to the first alarm immediately called for assistance and the fire quickly went to four alarms.
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