For Immediate Release:
Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association Endorse Allan Kittleman for County Executive in 2018 Election
Contact: Rich Ruehl, IAFF Local 2000
Phone: (443) 250-6961
Contact: Sean Murphy, Committee to Elect Allan Kittleman
Phone: (202) 422-2407
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND — In a ceremony today at their Columbia headquarters, Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association President Richard L. Ruehl announced IAFF Local 2000’s endorsement of Allan Kittleman for County Executive in 2018.
“Allan has proven himself to be an honest and independent leader,” said Ruehl. “Local 2000 is firmly behind Allan Kittleman, and we intend to campaign hard for him throughout 2018.”
The endorsement of Kittleman is noteworthy, as this is the first time in Local 2000’s history that they have endorsed a republican candidate for county executive. Ruehl noted, “Since taking office in 2014, our Union has developed an incredibly positive working relationship with him. I can personally attest that with Allan, there is no politics. He’s a trustworthy guy who clearly has Howard County’s best interests at heart.
He has proven that with the decisions he has made regarding staffing of our
department, and moving forward with additional fire stations to better serve the citizens.”
Standing in front of a large “IAFF Fire Fighters for Kittleman” banner, President Ruehl and members of the Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association presented Kittleman with a chief’s helmet and Howard County Fire Fighters for Kittleman campaign shirt, made by the Union.
“To me, this endorsement means a great deal,” said Kittleman. “Every time that bell rings, fire fighters and EMTs put their lives on the line for our community — regardless of the time of day, how nasty the conditions, or the dangers that lie ahead. To earn their endorsement is a great honor, and I look forward to our continued partnership in 2018 and beyond.”
The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association was chartered as the
2000th Local of their parent organization – the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) – in August of 1970. Local 2000 has grown from a small number of paid firefighters working in a handful of stations throughout the mostly rural county, to the predominant firefighting and EMS force in every area of the 251 square miles that make up county Howard County.
Howard County Fire & Rescue is an “all hazards” department; responding to medical emergencies, car accidents, fires, hazardous material and technical rescue incidents. All career firefighters in Howard County are required to earn and maintain emergency medical certifications to at least the Emergency Medical Technician level and over one hundred career firefighters in Howard County have elected to obtain the advanced medical certification of Paramedic.
For more information on The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association, please visit the Local 2000 website: www.IAFFLocal2000.org.
Allan Kittleman was elected to serve as Howard County’s 9th County Executive and sworn into office on December 1st, 2014. Since taking office, the Kittleman Administration has earned high marks for turning around an inherited $16M budget deficit and closing with a $28M surplus just 24 months later through effective management and fiscal prudence.
In three years as County Executive, Kittleman has proven himself to be a moderate focused on improving the lives of families in Howard County. Kittleman has fought to create jobs, improve schools, and reduce traffic congestion in Howard County. Kittleman made rebuilding Ellicott City a priority after the flood, focused efforts on celebrating the County’s diversity, and turned Downtown Columbia into a reality, all in a fiscally prudent and open manner.