ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has agreed to cut firefighter physical fitness costs from the budget in order to give some emergency workers a pay raise. Leggett and the Montgomery County firefighters' union recently formed an agreement to drop random drug and alcohol testing and eliminate the department's physiologist position for two years to fund special pay for firefighters with advanced life support training.
In a memo to the county council, Legislative Attorney Bob Drummer advises against the move, saying the savings will not ultimately benefit the department nor the county as a whole. If the special pay raise is granted for fiscal year 2011, the firefighters would be the only county employees to see a raise in salary, while all other county employees are furloughed. SOURCE: WTOP