County Assigns $450K to Volunteer Fire Companies for Vehicle Replacement Program
Decommissioned Engine to Benefit School of Technology Fire Science Students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2018
Cecil County Government presents a check in the amount of $450,000 to the
Cecil County Volunteer Firemen’s Association for the Vehicle Replacement Program.
Pictured, left to right: Budget Manager Rebecca Anderson, Director of Finance Lisa Saxton,
Director of Administration Al Wein, Cecil County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Board of Trustees Chairman Don Wherry
Director of Emergency Services Chief Richard Brooks, Cecil County Volunteer Firemen’s Association President Wayne Tome
and County Executive Alan McCarthy
ELKTON, MD. -- County Executive Alan McCarthy announced today that he has assigned $450,000 of the County’s fund balance that will be designated to the Vehicle Replacement Program for the Volunteer Fire Companies of Cecil County.
This action follows through on a pledge made by Dr. McCarthy several months ago during meetings with the Volunteer Firemen’s Association (VFA) in Cecilton and North East. In the course of dialogue between the volunteers and Dr. McCarthy, he stated that he would review the County’s FY 2018 financial report for additional funding for this program. This assignment action will provide matching funds to both Chesapeake City Fire Company ($125,000) to purchase a new ambulance and Water Witch Fire Company ($325,000) to purchase a new fire engine. This additional funding results in a total FY 2019 budget allocation to the volunteer fire departments in the amount of $5,009,288.
County Executive McCarthy stated that after looking at the County’s year-end financial position, it was determined to be affordable to make a fund balance assignment to provide additional resources to this program. He further stated that he will do what is fiscally responsible to fund the equipment replacement program in future budget years
Additionally, McCarthy added that with dwindling volunteer resources within the ranks of the volunteer fire companies, close collaboration and planning for the efficient delivery of these services will be required moving forward, between county government and the VFA.
County Executive McCarthy and Wayne Tome, President of the Cecil County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, are also pleased to announce that Water Witch Fire Company has agreed to donate the existing engine that has been decommissioned, to the County’s Department of Emergency Services. The engine will be utilized by the Cecil County Public School of Technology’s Fire Science Program.
“As County Executive, I look forward to a rewarding and harmonious relationship with the volunteer fire service that will meet or exceed the fire prevention and safety needs of citizens throughout the county,” stated McCarthy.
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