Baltimore County's volunteer firefighters will receive about $8.1 million in county aid during the next year to assist with the cost of preventative maintenance, fuel, utilities and peak demand operational expenses.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented a ceremonial check at the September 17 annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association (BCVFA).
Baltimore County has a joint fire service that includes 25 career stations and 32 volunteer fire, rescue and EMS companies, as well as two volunteer-run canteen companies that supply food and drink to responders during strenuous incidents.
The volunteer companies are independent corporations that raise most of the money needed for their operations through carnivals, bingo, fundraising drives and other activities. In addition, each year Baltimore County provides millions of dollars in support to the volunteers.
This year, the County enhanced its commitment to the volunteers. A letter from County Executive Kamenetz to volunteer companies, sent last spring, agreed to cover all approved BCVFA member expenses.
The $8.1 million awarded this year includes $2.3 million paid out over the course of the year to the 21 companies that provide medic service. This represents an increase of about $350,000 over last year.
New BCVFA Officers
The meeting also saw the election of new officers for 2016-2017. They are:
President: Glenn Resnick
Senior Vice President: Craig Coleman
Vice President, Finance: James Cahn
Vice President, Operations: Tom Ludwig
Vice President, Administration: Kathy Walker
Secretary: Robert Frank
Treasurer: William Kern
Financial Secretary: Donna Kern
Chaplain: Rev. Timothy Feaser
Eastern A: William Pearson
Eastern B: John Alban, III
Northern A: Larry Gribble
Northern B: Open
Western A: Doug Brinkley
Western B: Jeff Wickline