Cecil County Council hears plea for county fire equipment, radio upgrade

  • Source: Elkton Cecil Whig
  • Published: 05/10/2018 02:57 PM

Roughly a dozen volunteer fire company engines and ambulances parked in front of the County Administration Building and scores of volunteers packed the council chambers Tuesday night as the Cecil County Firemen’s Association leadership made their case to fully fund its equipment request in the near future. County Executive Alan McCarthy’s budget includes $4.43 million, which shows a 5.8 percent increase in the volunteer fire company’s operating funds and a commitment to turn the Volunteer Length of Service Award Program (VLOSAP) into a trust program. Although much of the conversation focused on the continuing firestorm over keeping the volunteer fire company’s request at its current year’s allocation, Tuesday night’s budget hearing also discussed the county emergency services department budget, which included a 3.6 increase in its operating funds and $3.7 million in capital funding to upgrade its aging emergency radio system.


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