WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Want To Keep EMT Benefit

Play associated audio
Montgomery County firefighters are asking the Montgomery County Council not to eliminate the benefits they get for becoming EMTs in the 2012 budget.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/5196812237/in/photostream/
Montgomery County firefighters are asking the Montgomery County Council not to eliminate the benefits they get for becoming EMTs in the 2012 budget.

The council has held hearings all week on budget cuts, ranging from the minor to the very large. In nearly every case, each cut is facing opposition from a group it would affect.

For example: The fire department is seeing just a small drop of less than two percent in its budget from the 2011 level, while other county departments are seeing their spending slashed upwards of 15 percent. But the fire department is still fighting some cuts.

One such proposal would eliminate pay increases for firefighters who train and become EMTs. The move would save approximately $200,000 dollars. But John Sparks, the head of the union for career county firefighters, says cutting that benefit sends a bad message.

"You're doing a disservice by eliminating this necessary funding," Sparks says.

But the total elimination of this incentive seems likely, as council members have already begun looking at other ways to encourage firefighters to become EMTs.

NPR

Credibility Concerns Overshadow Release Of Gay Talese's New Book

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post about Gay Talese's new book, The Voyeur's Hotel. The credibility of the book, which follows a self-proclaimed sex researcher who bought a hotel to spy on his guests through ventilator windows, has been called into question after Farhi uncovered problems with Talese's story.
NPR

Amid Craft Brewery Boom, Some Worry About A Bubble — But Most Just Fear Foam

Fueled by customers' unquenchable thirst for the next great flavor note, the craft beer industry has exploded like a poorly fermented bottle of home brew.
NPR

White House Documents Number Of Civilians Killed In U.S. Drone Strikes

The Obama administration issued a long awaited report Friday, documenting the number on civilians who have been accidentally killed by U.S. drone strikes. Human rights activists welcome the administration's newfound transparency, though some question whether the report goes far enough.
NPR

Tesla 'Autopilot' Crash Raises Concerns About Self-Driving Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla car using the "autopilot" feature. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Alex Davies of Wired about the crash and what it means for self-driving car technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.