The Queen Anne’s County Fire & EMS Commission (FEC) was established in 1973 by the County Commissioners to act as an advisory body in the interest of fire, rescue and emergency medical services. They are charged with establishing standard operating procedures for the volunteer fire and EMS departments, see that those procedures are carried out by the departments in the county and to act as a liaison between fire and EMS departments and the Department of Emergency Services, in an effort to establish harmony in emergency operations, training and mutual aid responses in order to give the citizens of Queen Anne’s County the best fire and emergency medical services possible.
In an effort to unify and standardize operations of the volunteer fire companies in Queen Anne’s County, the County Commissioners in 1973, by Resolution, created the Queen Anne’s County Fire Protection and Ambulance Commission. This organization was operated with an approved set of by-laws but not any powers delegated by the County Commissioners to make it a part of the County Government.In the 1980′s the volunteer fire chief’s thought it would better serve their needs if it was called the Queen Anne’s County Fire Chief’s Association and it’s name was changed. Three independent fire service studies done for the County Commissioners over the past 20 years have all recommended that this organizations powers be strengthened and given the recognition it needed in the County Government.During the 1990′s, the name was changed back to the Queen Anne’s County Fire & EMS Commission but still without any official recognition by the County. Efforts by previous Chairmen of the Commission to get Title 21 of the County Code amended to include this organization fell on deaf ear, until 2009 when Commissioner Carol Fordonski located the original Resolution and introduced Ordinance 09-09 to officially create the Queen Anne’s County Fire & EMS Commission as a part of County Government.