Frederick Fire and Rescue Services could see major cuts

      If the cuts take place, revenues would be raised, 20 staffers would be cut, and equipment expenses would be at a minimum. Photo: Chovee via Creative Commons

      Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services could see some serious budget cuts if the county commissioners vote to accept a plan proposed at Thursday's board meeting.

      The Frederick News Post reports County Chief Tom Owens proposes to cut $4 million by reducing staff and equipment costs to resolve the department's structural budget deficit.

      If the cuts take place, about 20 staff positions would be eliminated, including part-time fire marshal, a breathing apparatus technician, and two positions at the health and wellness office. Several stations would see a reduction in staffing, making them more dependent on volunteers.

      Read more: The Frederick News Post