Baltimore County’s 31 volunteer, rescue and rehab companies recently received more than $9.1 million in financial support from Baltimore County.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented the grants at the September 15 annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association, held at the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Dept.

The county support to the volunteers represents an increase of about $1 million over last year.

The $9.1 million awarded for the coming year includes $2.4 million to be paid out over the course of the year to the 21 companies that provide medic service. This represents an increase of about $100,000 over last year.

The “attended status” program rewards companies that staff medic units during hours of high demand. In 2016, calls for emergency medical service accounted for 99,651 of BCoFD's 134,800 total calls for service.

Volunteer companies are also reimbursed or subsidized throughout the year for expenses related to repairs, turnout gear, fire safety education and administrative costs.

The volunteer companies are independent corporations. In addition to the funding provided from the County, they raise funds through bingo, carnivals, dinners and other activities.