The members of the Fire and Ambulance Advisory Board shall be appointed by the county executive with the advice and consent of County Council. The district members shall be appointed by the county executive from the nominees from each district as chosen by the active fire chiefs and active presidents of each district. There shall be at least two nominees submitted for each district to be represented, except that one nominee may be submitted to be appointed as a representative of a district if that nominee has the support and endorsement of the active fire chiefs and active presidents from all three stations in that district. Such support and endorsement shall be evidenced by a nominating petition in writing, signed by all of the active fire chiefs and active presidents and sent to the county executive.
The Fire and Ambulance Advisory Board represents the needs of the county volunteer fire, ambulance, and rescue services before the county executive and County Council. It establishes standards and procedures regarding for the dispatch of volunteer fire service equipment and the delivery of emergency medical services, developed to best serve the needs of every fire company. The board proposes equipment changes for the County Emergency Communication Center and for emergency medical services. It reviews, comments and makes recommendations on the proposed budget of the County Emergency Communication Center and the budget for the County Emergency Services Division before each is submitted to County Council and acts as the liaison in all matters between county government and the volunteer fire and ambulance service.