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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Keyword: volunteer

With the holiday season in full swing, Baltimore County's volunteer fire stations continue to offer an assortment of activities including train gardens, Christmas tree sales and appearances by Santa.

Check for activities at your local company

Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department
5200 Southwestern Boulevard, Maryland 21227
410-887-1471

  • Cookies and Milk with Santa – December 6, 5 p.m.
  • Santa Detail – December 11 to 23
  • Old Fashioned Christmas Garden – In progress through January 3, 2015

Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company 
5414 Arcadia Avenue, Maryland 21155
410-887-1576

  • Breakfast with Santa – December 6, 8 to 11 a.m. Donation at the door covers admission. Santa arrives at 8:30 a.m.
  • Christmas tree sale in progress
  • Santa Detail, check website for more information

Boring Volunteer Fire Company
14711 Old Hanover Road, Maryland 21020
410-429-5200

  • Santa comes to Boring, call for dates.

Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department
900 Bowleys Quarters Road, Maryland 21220
410-887-5771

  • Santa’s ride begins December 5, see website for details.
  • Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Craft Show – December 7,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve Party – December 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Butler Volunteer Fire Department 
15109 Falls Road, Maryland 21023
410-887-7913                            

  • Santa's ride begins December 13, 2 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa – December 14, 8 a.m. to noon

Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company 
12020 Greenspring Avenue, Maryland 21117
410-887-7781

  • Christmas Tree sale in progress

Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company
11210 York Road, Maryland 21030 
410-527-1634

  • Winter Wonderland – December 6, 8 to 11 a.m., full breakfast and beverages, pictures with Santa, crafts and face painting

English Consul Volunteer Fire Department 
2827 Michigan Avenue, Maryland 21227
410-636-4433

  • Breakfast with Santa – December 20, call for details.
  • Santa Detail begins on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m.

Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department 
4812 Butler Road, Maryland 21071
410-833-1262

  • Holiday Train Garden in progress through January 11, call for more information.
  • Holiday tree sale in progress through December 24.

Hereford Volunteer Fire Company 
510 Monkton Road, Maryland 21111
410-887-1934

  • Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Bazaar – December 14, 8 a.m. to noon

Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company
3500 Sweet Air Road, Maryland 21131
410-887-7780

  • Christmas tree sale in progress

Long Green Volunteer Fire Company 
4506 Long Green Road, Maryland 21057
410-887-5772

  • Santa Breakfast – December 13, 8 to 11 a.m.

Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company
21631 York Road, Maryland 21105
410-887-1932

  • Santa Run – December 20 to 21

Middle River Volunteer Fire Company
1100 Wilson Point Road, Maryland 21220
410-887-0326

  • Santa Claus Detail – December 21 to 24

Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company
10401 Owings Mills Boulevard, Maryland 21117
410-363-1933

  • Santa is coming beginning December 16, check website for details.
  • Christmas tree sale in progress.

Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company
40 East Sudbrook Lane, Maryland 21208
410-887-1258

  • Hanukkah House Detail – December 21, 7 to 8 p.m.

Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 34034, Maryland 21221
410-887-0328

  • Auxiliary Christmas Craft Fair – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Santa will be coming to town December 19 and December 20, check website for details.

Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department 
8037 Philadelphia Road, Maryland 21237
410-887-0519

  • Christmas tree sale in progress
  • Santa’s Ride starts December 12, 6 p.m.

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company
5419 Ebenezer Road, Maryland 21162
410-887-5770

  • Christmas tree sale in progress

Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company
214 Wise Avenue, Maryland 21222
410-887-7262

  • Train Garden through January 4




                                                                                                                                               

Baltimore County’s volunteer firefighters will receive $7 million in county aid during the next year. This includes grants to specific fire companies and subsidies for preventive maintenance, fuel and utilities.

The financial support also includes $1.7 million worth of incentives for 20 volunteer companies that provide medical service during hours of peak demand.

Check Distribution at Bowleys Quarters VFC

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented a portion of this money at the September 20 annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association (BCVFA). This year’s meeting was hosted by the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Company.

Baltimore County has a joint fire service that includes 25 career stations and 33 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.

Over the course of the year, the County expects to pay out $1.7 million to the 20 companies that provide medic service. This “attended status” program rewards companies that staff medic units during hours of high demand.

New BCVFA Officers

Also on Saturday, the BCVFA elected new officers for 2014-2015. They are:

President: John McDowell, Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company
Senior Vice President: Glen Resnick, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company
Vice President, Finance: Jamie Cahn, Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company
Vice President, Operations: Tom Ludwig, Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company
Vice President, Administration: Kathy Walker, Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company
Secretary: Robert Frank, Middle River Ambulance Rescue Company

Following a months-long internal investigation of the actions of a volunteer auxiliary police officer in Towson, Police Chief Jim Johnson has decided that this auxiliary officer will not return to patrol duties.

The auxiliary officer, Matthew S. Betz, 44, who has volunteered for BCoPD for 22 years, will be allowed to continue to perform administrative work for the department. (Johnson restricted him to administrative duties immediately after the February 23 incident.) His arrest powers have been suspended, meaning he cannot work in the field as an auxiliary officer.

The investigation by the Internal Affairs Division involved a crowd disturbance in the 400 block of York Road at about 1:45 a.m. in which two women were arrested on charges of resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, second-degree assault and drug charges. The auxiliary officer was assisting on-duty BCoPD officers when he became involved with a college student who was filming the incident.

The internal investigation found that the auxiliary officer behaved inappropriately. “The language he used was incorrect, unnecessary and not helpful in bringing the incident to closure,” Chief Johnson said.

About the Auxiliary Program

BCoPD’s Auxiliary Police Officer program, established by the Baltimore County Code, currently includes 88 trained volunteers. The Code specifies the qualifications, conditions of service and scope of duties for auxiliary officers.

Volunteer auxiliary officers must complete about 115 hours of training in order to be certified by the Police Chief to assist BCoPD officers. They do not carry firearms. Under the Code, all certified auxiliary officers have extremely limited powers of arrest.

Chief Johnson will require enhanced re-training of all existing volunteer auxiliary officers that exceeds the training they currently receive yearly.

“These volunteers make a huge commitment to this department and to this County. They contribute thousands of dollars worth of manpower each year – an asset we value and want to preserve,” Chief Johnson said. “At the same time, this recent incident highlighted the need to make sure volunteer auxiliary members are thoroughly trained and properly assigned, both for their own safety and for the good of our citizens.”

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