§21-10 - §21-16)
[Added by Ord. No. 04-09]
[Amended 1-3-2006 by Ord. No 05-29]
§ 21-10. Definitions.
As used in this article, the following words have the meanings indicated:
COUNTY — The County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County.
COUNCIL — The Emergency Services Advisory Council.
DEPARTMENT — The Department of Emergency Services.
§ 21-11. Department authorized.
[Amended 9-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-18]
The Department of Emergency Services shall consist of persons appointed by the County Commissioners as may be necessary. The appointments of such persons will be made solely on the basis of their qualifications. The Department shall be responsible for the administration, coordination, and functioning of emergency related services, emergency medical services, emergency management, communication, the Office of the Fire Marshal and other emergency services that may be assigned or be required by law, and the coordination of fire prevention and suppression and rescue services.
§ 21-12. Emergency Services Advisory Council.
The County shall appoint an Emergency Services Advisory Council with the powers and duties specified in this article.
A. General powers and duties.
(1) Advise the Department on matters of policy regarding the provision of emergency services within Queen Anne's County;
(2) Advise the Department regarding equipment, standard operating procedures, protocols, medications and emergency services personnel education and training requirements;
(3) Assist the Department regarding emergency services public information and education;
(4) Submit to the Department an annual report on the status of emergency services in the County;
(5) Perform other appropriate functions requested by the Department or the County.
(1) The Director, Department of Emergency Services, will serve as Executive Director, nonvoting, to the Council and provide necessary staff support.
(2) The County will appoint 14 voting members to the Council. Voting membership will include representatives as follows:
[Amended 1-3-2006 by Ord. No 05-29; 9-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-18]
(a) Fire Chiefs Association (two).
(b) Volunteer EMS provider (one).
(c) Volunteer Ambulance Committee (one).
(d) Volunteer firefighter (one).
(e) Queen Anne's County Department of Health (one).
(f) Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office (one).
(g) Maryland State Police (one).
(h) Centreville Police Department (one).
(i) EMS System Operating Medical Director (one).
(j) Consumer (four).
(3) Nonvoting membership shall include a member of each of the following:
[Amended 9-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-18]
(a) Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, EMS Division;
(b) Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, Communication Division;
(c) Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, Emergency Management Division; and
(d) Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, Office of the Fire Marshal.
C. Terms. Initial appointments to the Council shall be staggered in the discretion of the County. Thereafter all Council members shall serve terms of two years or until his or her successor is appointed.
D. Procedures. The Council may establish procedures and rules to facilitate carrying out the mission of the Council.
E. Committees. The Council may establish such standing and ad hoc committees as they may deem necessary. Committee chairs must be members in good standing of the Council, but standing and ad hoc committee members are not required to be members of the Council.
§ 21-13. Budget.
The County shall provide in each annual budget, sums of money necessary to fund the Department and such programs for emergency medical services, rescue services, communication, fire prevention and suppression, emergency management, and other emergency related services as the County Commissioners may deem appropriate.
§ 21-14. Emergency Management.
The Department is responsible for emergency management within the County in accordance with Article 16A, Section 7, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPSCRA) and other applicable federal, state or local laws.
§ 21-15. Emergency Medical Services.
The Department is responsible for emergency medical services within the County in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 30, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).
§ 21-16. Fire Marshal
[Added 9-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-18]
A. The Department is responsible for the functions of the Office of the Fire Marshal as prescribed by Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 6; and in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services – Office of the Fire Marshal regarding the roles and responsibilities of each agency in carrying out their missions in Queen Anne’s County.
B. The Queen Anne’s County Office of the Fire Marshal has the authority to investigate the origin, cause, and circumstances of every fire, explosion, or hazardous materials emergency in Queen Anne’s County. When the fire investigator has reason to believe that a fire, explosion, or hazardous materials incident may be the result of a violation of any law, the investigator may immediately take custody of and safeguard all physical evidence in connection with the incident.