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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."

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.

UPDATE (December 10  4:09 p.m.):

The rumor about a person with a gun in Milford Mill Academy this morning has been determined to be a hoax.

This incident started with a rumor that had been circulating since early this morning that someone with a gun was going to shoot up the school. Just before 7:30 a.m., a 15-year-old ninth grade student that has disabilities entered the front entrance of the school and stood in the hallway for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, someone took a picture of the student. This picture then circulated via social media with the rumor that the student was the one who made the threat to shoot up the school. Another student received that information and forwarded it to a parent who called the school.

Police were able to identify the student in the picture and are interviewing him. Investigators believe that the student poses no threat to the school and the incident appears to be a rumor that got out of control.

Captain John McGann, commander of the Pikesville Precinct responded to the school to oversee the police response and investigation. He stated, “We take the safety of the students and staff at our schools very seriously. We will thoroughly investigate any possible threat.”

Update (December 10, 12:55 p.m.): Milford Mill Academy has been downgraded from a lockdown to an alert status. Definitions of alert status and lockdown are available online.

Original post:

At 11:09 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police received information that there was a gun inside of Milford Mill Academy, 3800 Washington Avenue 21244.

As a precaution, the school was placed on lockdown while police investigated the report.

The initial investigation has indicated that a parent reported that her child had received information about a threat against the school. So far, officers have not found a gun in the school and are working to identify the origin of the rumor about the threat.

Milford Mill Academy remains on lockdown.

The Pikesville Precinct commander is advising the parents to go to the Giant parking lot at 3602 Milford Mill Road where police will provide them with further information.

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