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Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services and Rescue


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News Articles

Articles about recent fires, rescues and Fire Department and Emergency Management activities are posted in the Police and Fire News section.

Social Media

The Fire Department, Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management provide current information, including updates on breaking news, on Twitter and Facebook.

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"Answering the Call" Cable TV Program

Watch segments of "Answering the Call" online. "Answering the Call" is a bi-monthly cable program about the Baltimore County Fire Department, EMS and Emergency Management. The program also airs on Channel 25, BCTV.

Fire Prevention and Life Safety

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, invisible gas produced by fossil fuel- and wood-burning appliances. Learn how to protect your home from CO, about CO detectors and how to recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning.

Laws Regulating Carbon Monoxide Alarms

County law requires CO detectors in rental properties. Learn more about the regulations governing CO detectors.

Residential Sprinkler Requirements

As of January 2011, all one- and two-family dwellings must be equipped with automatic sprinkler systems.

If You Rent, Buy Renter's Insurance

Emergency managers find that few victims of apartment fires have renter's insurance. If you rent, your belongings are not covered unless you are covered by a renter's insurance policy. The Maryland Insurance Administration and National Association of Insurance Commissioners provide valuable information on this topic.

Programs and Resources

  • Hands Only CPR Training
    Hands Only CPR is a simple technique that anyone can perform in an emergency. It does not require mouth-to-mouth contact and keeps the victim's blood flowing until help arrives. The Fire Department offers training in Hands Only CPR; you can register online.
  • CPR Classes For Citizens
    The Fire-Rescue Academy offers classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the general public on a bi-monthly basis. Visit the 2013 CPR page, containing course details, dates and registration information.
  • Crowd Manager Training
    The Baltimore County Fire Marshal's Office offers a seminar to prepare individuals to work as crowd managers at nightclubs, bars, restaurants and other places of assembly. This training is now required by law for establishments that handle at least 50 occupants!
  • SAFE Neighborhoods
    SAFE Neighborhoods, brings fire, EMS and other public safety personnel to neighborhoods, where they walk door-to-door with information about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide, emergency preparedness and other home safety issues.
  • Fact Sheets, Safety Brochures Available
    Check out our archive of printable fact sheets and brochures and coloring sheets.
  • Are You Ready For An Emergency?
    Many households don't have the basic supplies that will help them through the first 72 hours after an emergency. Learn how you can prepare.

Working With People With Disabilities – A Guide for Responders

Working With People With Disabilities – A Guide for Responders is a 26-minute training video, designed to help personnel from emergency medical services, fire, and police and other agencies and organizations work effectively and compassionately with persons with disabilities. Working With People With Disabilities was produced by the Baltimore County Fire Department in cooperation with the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities.

Baltimore County Fire Department "Year In Review"

"Year in Review" is an annual report that, through words and pictures, documents Fire Department' statistics, accomplishments, events, incidents, retirements and farewells. All Year In Review documents are presented in PDF format and open in a new window.

Final Report on Fatal Fire at 19 Hanover Road, April 24, 2013

This is the final report (PDF) on the dwelling fire where Firefighter Gene Kirchner, a member of Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, sustained fatal injuries. The report was written by a Line of Duty Death Investigation Team comprised of departmental members, including representatives of the local firefighters' union and the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association.

Final Report on Fatal Fire at 30 Dowling Circle, January 19, 2011

This is the final report (PDF) on the apartment fire where Volunteer Firefighter Mark Falkenhan sustained fatal injuries. The report was written by a Line of Duty Death Investigation Team comprised of departmental members, including representatives of the local firefighters' union and the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Fire Research Laboratory conducted an analysis of the incident at 30 Dowling Circle.

"Who We Are, What We Do," A Slide Presentation About the Fire Department

View the "Who We Are, What We Do" slide presentation (PDF) provides a brief overview of the Baltimore County Fire Department and provides answers to common constituent questions.

Revised July 6, 2015

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