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Emergency Services Commission Meeting

July 13, 2022

Virtual via Zoom



  1. Roll Call


  1. Staff Reports
    1. Emergency Management
    2. Fire Marshal’s
    3. Laurel Police Department
    4. Department of Public Works
    5. Laurel Volunteer Fire Department
    6. Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad


  1. General Public Hearing


  1. Scheduling Next Meeting


  1. Adjournment



8103 Sandy Spring Road,

Laurel, Maryland 20707

(301)725-5300-Fax (301)-490-5068



Emergency Services Commission Meeting

May 24, 2022 7 PM

Virtual via Zoom



Vice Chair Davis called the meeting to order, with the following members virtually present:

Chairman Fred Carmen,

Vice Chair Patrick Davis,

Commissioner Roy P. Gilmore.

Commissioner Wayne Dzwoncyk


Also attending:


Chief Jim Codespote – Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

Deputy Chief Rich Takacs – Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad

President Eric Globerman - Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad

Laurel Police Chief Russ Hamill

Danny Selby – Fire Marshal and Permit Services

Christina L. Cornwell – City of Laurel - Emergency Manager




Discussion of the Janoske Property


Police Chief Hamill stated that the police department uses a formula of 2.6 officers per thousand residents, which is the national standard. There is a major assigned to review thesewho said that no issues arose for this project.


Fire Chief Codespote stated that their major concern is that it looks very tight in there and fire trucks would not be able to get in and out easily. His concerns are stated in more depth in the attached email.


Rescue Squad President Globerman agreed with Chief Codespote. Most of the townhouses are accessible by private alley rather than private road. The standard for a private alley

General Public Hearing

The General Public Hearing was opened and closed at 8:08with no one wishing to speak.


Plan Review

Rob Love, Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development requested that the Commission review the Janoske Property plan for 63 town house units. The plan should have already been sent to LVFD, LVRS, FMPS, and LPD. Comments need to be submitted by May 31. Ms. Cornwell will ask that the plan information be resent, since the Commission did not receive it.


The Commission cannot comment until public safety agencies have reviewed the plan and said they can support it.


The Commission decided to have a special meeting to review comments from the publc safety agencies. The date will be decided in the next 48 hours.




Staff Reports

  1. Emergency Management

The Van Dusen Dam Plan was approved by the Mayor and the Maryland Department of the Environment. It had to be done in the Maryland Department of the Environment template.

The Emergency Action Plans for all City buildings are done. There will be 2 drill per year to test City staff. One evacuation and and one shelter in place.


  1. Fire Marshall

We are working on Patuxent Greens, Laurel Overlook and the Janoske property, and getting ready for the Fourth of July.


  1. Laurel Police Department

Chief Hamill gave an update on the officer involved shooting a couple of weeks ago. The officer involved and his whole squad behaved heroically.

The police are seeing a lot of guns in Laurel, Prince George’s county, and the entire region. There has been a 27% increase in violent crime. Many of the suspects are youthful offenders who are armed. There are very little consequences for carryining firearms.

Commissioners commented that the bravery and outcomes of the officer involved shooting speaks to the training and professionalism of the officers who maintained firearms discipline.


  1. Public Works

Ms. Cornwell will follow up with DPW abut why they haven’t attended for the last 2 meetings.

  1. Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

LVFD has a contract on a new ambulance. They will use their oldest ambulance as a trade in. Supply chain issues are delaying it.


  1. Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad

LVRS is preparing for the Fourth of July event.

Recruitment and staffing takes up lots of time. Sixty percent of new recruits don’t make it through physical vetting.



The special meeting date will be determined in a day or so. The next regular meeting will be in July.


There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m.





_________________________                                                    May 24, 2022

Laura Christoplos Administrative Assistant II


Community Resources and Emergency Management (CREM)

The Department of Community Services and Emergency Management plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery efforts and disseminates information during emergencies and disasters.