Laird Report Press Conference

Fire Chief Tom Coe, the director of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, center, speaks during a news conference in August to discuss a report regarding the death of Battalion Chief Joshua Laird on Aug. 11, 2021. Coe was joined by, from left, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner; James May, president of the Frederick County Volunteer Firefighters Association; Laird’s widow, Sara Laird; and Stephen Jones, president of the Career Firefighters Association of Frederick County, Local 3666.

Frederick County plans to hire 32 firefighters in the coming years using money from an $8.6 million Federal Emergency Management Administration grant, County Executive Jan Gardner said Friday.

The new firefighter positions, Gardner said, will allow the county’s Division of Fire and Rescue Services to fill staffing gaps for four-person engine and ladder truck crews.

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While I support hiring the new firefighters, I oppose using one-time grant money to do it. What happens when the grant money runs out? Do the firefighters get fired? Are taxes raised to support them? Do other services vices get cut if taxes are not raised? There is still a legal battle brewing over "forced arbitration" for firefighters salaries.


I agree. Or at least it would be good to see the plan.

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