The Baltimore County Fire Department (BCoFD) has promoted its first female African American to the rank of Fire Lieutenant.
Fire Lieutenant Twana Allen is a 14-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department.
A New Jersey native, Fire Lieutenant Allen began her journey as a volunteer at the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. In 2001, she began her professional career as an EMT at Station 18, Randallstown. In 2002, she was promoted to paramedic; in 2009, she became a Fire Specialist.
Twenty percent of Baltimore County Fire Department's sworn members are women - well above the national average.
Since 2011, the Kamenetz Administration and Fire Chief John Hohman have made diversification of fire and EMS personnel a priority. Women make up 20 percent of career personnel in the department, and minorities make up 20 percent. As of October 2015, there are 990 career personnel, with 195 women serving on the career side of the Baltimore County Fire Department.