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Date: Oct 5, 2015

Baltimore County's volunteer firefighters will receive over $7.4 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 19 annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association (BCVFA).

Photo of BCVFA ceremonial check presentation at annual meeting.










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.

Photo of new officers being sworn in at annual BCVFA meeting.









New BCVFA officers

The meeting also saw the election of new officers for 2015-2016. They are:

President: Glenn Resnick
Senior Vice President: Dennis Eyre
Vice President, Finance: Jamie 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

District Representatives

Eastern A: William Pearson
Northern A: Larry Gribble
Western A: Doug Brinkley
Western B: Scott Warner

Two District Representative offices are vacant.

The next meeting of the Baltimore County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is scheduled Tuesday, October 13, 8 a.m., in the Executive Conference Room, Mezzanine Level, Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson. The meeting is open to the public.

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council includes leaders of local law enforcement, health and corrections agencies as well as the court. It studies the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems; identifies problems; recommends improvements; and develops new strategies, policies and programs.

Photo of Fire Lieutenant Twana Allen, first African American female fire lieutenant. 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.

Revised June 27, 2017