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Starting today, the Fire Department will expand EMS service at four stations where demand for emergency medical calls is especially high.

Four Advanced Life Support medic units (ambulances) added last September to enhance service during peak evening hours now will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. The four medics are located at the Woodlawn, Pikesville, Golden Ring and Middle River fire stations.

EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of Fire Department responses. In 2014, BCoFD responded to 91,521 EMS incidents, out of 126,686 total incidents.

"Every Baltimore County citizen deserves to know that trained EMTs and paramedics will be there to help when he or she needs it," said Fire Chief John Hohman. "The demand for EMS service continues to grow, and we recognize the need to grow with it."

County Executive Kamenetz and Chief Hohman cut the ceremonial ribbon.Today the Baltimore County Fire Department held an official dedication ceremony for the new Towson Fire Station #1, located at 204 Courtland Avenue.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John J. Hohman, along with community leaders and key project participants, were in attendance to commemorate this landmark achievement.

“It’s a great day for the people of Towson and all of Baltimore County as we officially dedicate this attractive, modern fire station,” said Kamenetz. “The best part is, this new station was built at no expense to taxpayers, as a result of the sale of the old station at York and Bosley.” 

This $7.6 million facility is 19,700 square feet and equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to improve energy usage and better serve the community. The entire cost of the new building was covered by the sale of the County property at York Road and Bosley Avenue that formerly housed Station 1.

The building has been awarded the prestigious LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for meeting strict environmental standards in construction and functionality.

Highlights of the “green” construction include low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water consumption by up to 56 percent, mechanical systems estimated to reduce energy costs by 21 percent, and vegetation trays on the roof to reduce the cooling load and heat island effect.

In addition to these design innovations, Baltimore County focused on environmentally conscious sourcing of building materials. Around 24 percent of the materials used were extracted or manufactured within 500 miles and all the wood products in the building are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

The opening of this new facility is the latest chapter in the Towson station’s long history, which dates back to the beginnings of the Baltimore County Fire Department. The first Station 1 (1879-1955) was located at the intersection of Joppa, Dulaney Valley, and York Roads and the second (1955-2015) was located at York Road and Bosley Avenue.

The Baltimore County Fire Department’s 106th Recruit Class graduates tonight, December 15, at 7 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Avenue, Towson, 21286.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John J. Hohman will present the certificates to the graduates. The Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk of the Circuit Court, will administer the oath of office and Cantor Nancy Ginsberg will deliver the invocation and benediction.

This recruit class represents diverse backgrounds, including some trained as volunteer firefighters as well as active and retired military. The recruits trained for 19 weeks and will spend the next two years as Probationary Firefighters (PFF). They will continue their training in the field as they apply the skills learned in the classroom.

The following is a list of the recruits and their assignments:

PFF Ian T. Beanland – Station 12/Middle River

PFF John C. Bosley – Station 18/Randallstown

PFF Devin J. Brown – Station 2/Pikesville

PFF Kristin E. Carls – Station 1/Towson

PFF Anand M. Cheliah – Station 5/Halethorpe

PFF Kyle R. Condon – Station 5/Halethorpe

PFF Michael R. Deasel – Station 16/Golden Ring

PFF Anna Patricia E. Estera – Station 13/Westview

PFF Julio K. Fisher – Station 2/Pikesville

PFF Benjamin L. Fowler – Station 11/Hillendale

PFF Adrienne J. Gianesin – Station 15/Eastview

PFF Norberto Guerro – Station 13/Westview

PFF Dwayne L. Jackson – Station 7/Essex

PFF Shane P. Lanham Sr. – Station 5/Halethorpe

PFF Derrick C. McPhearson – Station 16/Golden Ring

PFF Jeffrey R. Milani – Station 4/Catonsville

PFF Sean P. Mitchell – Station 3/Woodlawn

PFF Ivan D. Opher Jr. – Station 3/Woodlawn

PFF Ezequiel Perez – Station 13/Westview

PFF Matthew B. Schultz – Station 4/Catonsville

PFF Carl B. Shipp Jr. – Station 4/Catonsville

PFF Kaitlyn R. Stalnaker – Station 2/Pikesville

PFF Brandon J. Suhre – Station 6/Dundalk

PFF Eric M. Washington – Station 19/Garrison

PFF Jonathon A. Webster – Station 17/Texas

PFF Raymond T. Welker – Station 5/Halethorpe

PFF Adam L. Young – Station 17/Texas

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