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PM Kelsey Adams and EMT Vincent Tabares, assigned to newly deployed Medic 116 in Golden Ring.The Baltimore County Fire Department this week significantly expanded emergency medical services, adding four advanced life support medic units to meet the growing demand for EMS.

The additional units were placed into service Monday at the Pikesville, Middle River, Golden Ring and Woodlawn career stations. This brings the number of career medical units in Baltimore County to 35.

The decision to invest $800,000 to expand EMS operations was announced last April, when County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled his Fiscal 2016 budget. EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of calls handled by the Fire Department; about 92,500 of the 119,000 calls handled each year are medical calls. Moreover, the number of EMS calls continues to grow.

"This fundamental public service is a top priority," Kamenetz said. "When our citizens call for help because of a medical emergency, they deserve to know that qualified help will respond as quickly as possible."

The four medic units will be in service Monday through Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. -- hours of peak demand. BCoFD plans to expand these hours some time in the future.

In addition to medic units operating out of the County's career station, 20 advanced life support and two basic life support medic units are run by Baltimore County volunteer fire companies.

A memorial service honoring 48 members of the Baltimore County Fire Service who have died over the past year will be held Sunday, September 27.

The ceremony will be held at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, Maryland. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This annual memorial ceremony honors career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel, ladies’ auxiliary members and other fire service members who passed away during the year.

Fire Chief John Hohman is scheduled to attend and participate in laying a wreath to honor the 18 career and 30 volunteer members lost during the past year.

Photo of Baltimore County Fire Memorial Shrine

Baltimore County Police and Fire celebrate the 11th Annual Public Safety Day this Saturday, September 19.

The event is at the Milford Mill MTA lot, 4400 Milford Mill Road, Baltimore, 21208.

Public Safety Day for the general public begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families will spend 10 to 11 a.m. interacting with police, firefighters and other first responders before the day opens to the general public. The event is free of charge.

Public Safety Day allows visitors an “up-close” look at police and fire equipment, and includes demonstrations given by Police, Fire and EMS personnel. The demonstrations are entertaining and educational.

Come see the following displays and demonstrations on Public Safety Day.

  • Police K-9 dogs in action
  • The BCoPD Tactical Team
  • Equipment displays
  • A Police armored car
  • The Baltimore County Police helicopter
  • Police motorcycles
  • Seatbelt “Convincer”
  • Fire Department rescues, using Jaws of Life
  • A CPR “Hands Only” demonstration
  • Fire engines
  • Special events for kids, such as face painting, arts and crafts and finger printing
  • And much, much more

Participants include the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments; the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association; the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office; and other local and state agencies. This is your opportunity to bring your questions and concerns to Baltimore County’s public safety experts.

The Baltimore County Police and Community Relations Councils, Inc. and Pathfinders for Autism are sponsoring this free annual event.

Mark your calendar and join us for Public Safety Day on Saturday, September 19.


The photos below are from the Public Safety Day held in 2014.

Photo taken at Public Safety Day in 2014.












Photo taken at Public Safety Day in 2014.











Photo taken at Public Safety Day in 2014.

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