Winter Storm Watch
**WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING**
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE OVER TO FREEZING RAIN SUNDAY AFTERNOON. FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY MORNING BEFORE CHANGING TO RAIN.
* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET AND A QUARTER INCH OR MORE OF ICE ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE.
* TIMING...SNOW AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING. A CHANGEOVER TO FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED MIDDAY SUNDAY AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NIGHT BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO RAIN LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30 DEGREES.
* WINDS...LIGHT NORTHERLY WINDS.
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE PROBABLE DUE TO SLICK ROADS AND ICY CONDITIONS SUNDAY AND POSSIBLY INTO MONDAY. INCREASED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.
|A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS|
Some helpful safety tips from the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services:
When possible, avoid travel during snow and ice events. If you must drive during these types of weather incidences adhere to the suggestions below:
Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
(Frederick County, MD, November 13, 2013) – The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a total ban on outdoor burning effective immediately until 6:00 p.m. today. All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, is prohibited.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement earlier this morning for Frederick County that stated conditions consisting of gusty winds, low relative humidity and low fuel moisture will enhance the threat for the spread of wildfires.
For further information contact Captain Steve Leatherman at 301-600-2073 or via e-mail at sleatherman@FrederickCountyMD.gov.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Please read the e-mail and open letter, to all Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Personnel, below from Blaine R. Young, President, Board of County Commissioners, Frederick County, Maryland
From: Young, Blaine
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:06 AM
Subject: DFRS Budget Clarification
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:06 AM
Subject: DFRS Budget Clarification
Thank you for your service to the citizens of Frederick County.
I have attached a letter related to DFRS spending. Please share it with anyone who does not have access to email. Please circulate the letter and post it in all stations.
As always, you can reach me by calling my office at 301-600-2336 or my cell at 301-748-3218.
I have included the letter below my signature for your convenience.
November 7, 2013
To all Volunteer Fire and Rescue Personnel:
I wanted to contact you not only as the President of the Board of County Commissioners (Board) but also as the Commissioner Liaison to the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association to dispel an inaccurate rumor that has been circulating.
It has come to my attention that some individuals have been spreading a rumor that the new fire chief has a “blank check” to spend and operate as she pleases and that she has been expanding the budget for personnel in the Division of Fire and Rescue Services (DFRS). This is NOT TRUE!
As a bit of background information, since Chief Pouget’s tenure began with DFRS, the upper management structure of the division has changed and the number of positions has been reduced. Under the previous division director, there were three bureau chiefs and a director of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services. This consisted of four executive level management positions. Under the current fire chief, there are now two deputy chiefs. We now have two executive level management positions, a 50% reduction in management. The Director of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services position was eliminated, and one bureau chief position remains unfilled and will not be backfilled at that level; the level of the backfill depends on the results of the Classification and Compensation Study under way by Fields Consulting.
It should be noted that two short-term contractual individuals have been retained to prepare long term plans for the division. One individual will be correcting major flaws in the procurement process and the other individual will be putting together a one year, a five year, a ten year and a twenty year plan for DFRS. This type of long term planning has never been done in the division.
Previously, total senior management in the division comprised 14 individuals; 3 bureau chiefs, 1 director of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services, 9 battalion chiefs, and 1 captain. Under Chief Pouget we now have 12 individuals performing these tasks. This now includes; 2 deputy chiefs, 9 battalion chiefs, and 1 captain. The salary/position savings to the division and to the taxpayers totals $394,021.
This is a smaller, leaner and yet more effective organization.
Additionally, this Board finally has taken the responsibility to task a true director or fire chief to take action, be a pro-active manager, and expect results and accountability. In order to allow the fire chief the flexibility to manage her agency we have instituted a new budgeting mechanism. This is a form of zero based budgeting.
The fire chief will not receive additional budget funds, and will have to go through the same budgetary review and appeals process of every other government agency in Frederick County. However, she will have the ability to start every budget category in the division at zero dollars, not to look at past budgets, but to build in funding on what she believes are the priorities to provide the most effective and efficient public safety agency possible!
This budget starts at a total funding level of the previous fiscal year. There will be no budget increases built in to the division’s budget. If there is a need for additional funding, the fire chief will have to go through the normal budgetary process and appeals.
If the Board is going to demand accountability and results, we must properly allow that agency to be run in a way that meets that requirement.
I hope that I have addressed this rumor and any concerns that anyone might have. The volunteers are the backbone of our great fire and rescue services agency and we would not be able to provide the outstanding and quality public safety services to our citizens without your involvement. The Board and I are appreciative each and every day for your dedication and commitment to Frederick County.
Blaine R. Young
P.S. Please make this letter and email available to those who have concerns about DFRS spending. Thank you!
Monday, November 4, 2013
(Braddock Heights, MD, November 04, 2013) – Frederick County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched at 12:17 a.m. to 6102 Holter Road for the report of a barn fire. The first arriving unit reported multiple structures well involved with fire; it was later determined the structures were a two-story garage-shed, large barn and loafing shed.
The Incident Commander, Assistant Chief John Patton Jr., Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Company, quickly requested a rapid intervention dispatch as well as additional water tankers because there was no public water system in the immediate area. A water supply shuttle was established to provide adequate water to protect exposures.
The three buildings of origin are a complete loss and continue to burn this afternoon. But, four other buildings (large barn, loafing shed, and two other structures), which were exposed to the fire, were saved suffering only minor damage.
Chief Patton commented, “I want to thank everybody for a job well done!”
25 chickens perished in the blaze but 15 horses were rescued unharmed. The homeowner was evaluated at the scene but refused treatment and transport; no other injuries were reported and no one was displaced.
Investigators were requested to the scene and the fire remains under investigation. Initial damage estimates place the total loss at $1,000,000.
For further information contact Community Services Liaison Doug Brown at 301-600-1905 or via e-mail at dbrown@FrederickCountyMD.gov.