By BRENDAN KIRBY
Washington County Commissioners President Greg Snook said the county likely will decide within the next month whether or not to fund a pension plan for volunteer firefighters and rescue workers.
The Washington County Fire and Rescue Association pitched the plan to commissioners three months ago. Rick Hemphill, a member of an association committee that is studying the issue, said 14 Maryland counties already fund partial pensions called LOSAP - the Length of Service Awards Program.
The proposal would extend benefits to people who have at least 25 years of service. Under the plan, existing volunteers could count up to 15 years of service they have already put in, according to Jay Grimes, the group's president.