Monday, January 11, 2016

Carroll County Times: Fire, emergency response times could be reevaluated

Carroll County Times: Fire, emergency response times could be reevaluated

Carroll County Maryland

Changes could be coming to the standards by which fire and emergency response teams are graded around the county.

At a meeting of the County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, representatives from the county's planning and public safety agencies asked the commissioners to consider amendments to the county's fire and emergency response standards, including expanding the amount of time considered acceptable for fire departments and cutting down on the acceptable percentage of times emergency medical service providers can be documented as late or nonresponsive to calls in order to be rated "adequate" by the county.

The fire and emergency response times are tied to the county's concurrency management standards, which are designed to prevent residential growth from proceeding at a rate that strains public facilities like schools, sewers, water, and public safety. Each year, according to county code, a report is compiled by the county's Planning and Zoning Commission staff to assess the county's capacity to undertake more development and to make any recommendation for changes.

This year, Clayton Black, chief of development review for Carroll County, told the commissioners the only recommendation made by the staff is to amend the standards for fire and emergency medical services. Read more:
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