(Bel Air, MD – December 10, 2008) – – Harford County Executive David R. Craig has wrapped up his visits with the leaders of the county’s volunteer fire service and tours of fire stations throughout the county. The county executive began his annual visit to the county’s fire stations in late November and completed his visits last week.
“It was a distinct honor and pleasure to visit with the leadership of our volunteer fire service these past few weeks,” County Executive Craig stated. “I am impressed at the overall excellent condition of our fire stations, as well as the apparatus and equipment which serves and protects the citizens of Harford County,” Craig remarked.
County Executive Craig began his annual pilgrimage to the local fire companies throughout Harford County in the fall of 2005 and has done so each year.
During his informal meeting with the chief officer and other fire company officials, the county executive asks for input and recommendations from them with respect to assistance the county might provide to local volunteers. Recommendations received by the county executive include improving the Computer Aided Dispatch at the Emergency Operations Center, capital projects related to each fire company, improving fire and EMS data collection and analysis and volunteer recruitment and retention among others.
Beginning with the FY 07 budget, County Executive Craig and the Harford County Council, included $750,000 in funds to support capital projects for the volunteer fire service.
Capital funding provided by Harford County Government has supported the fire service with replacement of breathing apparatus, turnout gear, heating and air conditioning projects and replacement of driveways and ramps to mention a few.
Early next year, Harford County Government in cooperation with the Harford County volunteer fire and EMS service, is commissioning a comprehensive study of the fire service to determine the long-term needs of the fire service. The study will examine all aspect of the Harford County fire service and will provide the county executive, county council and fire service leaders recommendations for the future of the system.
“Harford County is blessed to have such a dedicated, well trained and committed fire and EMS service,” County Executive Craig stated. “Our fire service is recognized as one of the best in the state and we want to do all we can to support those who serve our community with selfless devotion,” Craig stated.