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Date: Jan 4, 2016

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.

Update (January 11, 2016):

Phillips Fitzgerald Lee III, 85, of the 300 block of Western Run Rd., died on January 8, 2016 of injuries sustained in this fire.

The cause of this fire remains undetermined and under investigation.

Original release (January 4, 2016  9 a.m.):

A fire in Hunt Valley early this morning has injured two elderly people, one of them critically.

At 12:23 a.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 300 block of Western Run Road 21030 for a fire. When police arrived on the scene, they found  the entire house on fire.

A second alarm was called by the Fire Department at 12:51 a.m.

A Maryland State Police Medivac Helicopter transported an 85-year-old man to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center for treatment of serious, life-threatening burns. He is in critical condition. An 80-year-old woman was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center by land for treatment of smoke inhalation. Her current condition is unknown.

The fire was brought under control at 2:06 a.m. Approximately 45 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to this incident.

The fire is under investigation by Baltimore County Police Fire Investigators. The cause of the fire remains unknown. Investigators believe it started in the living room.

Revised June 27, 2017