Sunny days can mean many different things: vacations, open pools, outdoor festivals and fairs. For the many new users of solar panels in Harford County, though, the summer sun also means their investment in "greener" energy is paying off.
About 25 representatives from Harford County's various fire and EMS companies discussed Thursday how they might reorganize those services in the future, including the financial and legal responsibilities of the services.
Harford County's fire and emergency medical companies and the county government are digging in and planning their own responses in the escalating battle between a union that won recognition rights for paid medics last year and about 20 employees who have refused to join the union.
Harford County's fire and EMS union is demanding the county's Volunteer Fire and EMS Foundation fire 20 employees because they refused to join the union, according to a letter the Foundation said it received.
When city or county firefighters have a family obligation pop up on a workday, their solution is familiar to most shift workers: They find a colleague willing to trade hours. But for the roughly 10,000 firefighters employed by the federal government, the ability to swap shifts is limited.
The already complex negotiations over how fire and ambulance service will be managed in Harford County has become a bit more complicated in recent weeks as a union representing the 50-plus paid ambulance responders has given notice that those responders will be obliged to play dues of $20 a month.
An image of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's face on a roll of toilet paper that recently circulated around the Internet has sparked turmoil within a local firefighters union, according to multiple members.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed Thursday a general fund operating budget of about $1.6 billion that includes no tax increases but reduces the number of county employees through attrition.