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Date: Mar 13, 2020

Fire Chief Joanne Rund has announced the promotion of six Baltimore County Fire Department members to the rank of Fire Lieutenant, effective March 14, 2020. 

The newly promoted members are:

  • EMT/FF Christopher W. Carroll
  • Fire Specialist Kenneth Chu
  • Fire Specialist Stacey Curtis
  • Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Andrew Hale
  • EMT/FF Matthew P. Schultz
  • Fire Specialist Stephan J. Steinberg

Congratulations to all on this important achievement.

Update, March 19:

Personnel and apparatus from the Catonsville Fire Station were relocated to the Catonville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Rd., at 9 a.m. this morning. 

Repairs to the Catonsville station at 756 Frederick Rd. are taking longer than anticipated. Monitoring at the station continues under protocols set by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The senior center has been vacated due to concerns about COVID-19. 

Update, March 16:

The return of personnel and apparatus to the Catonsville station has been delayed by several days because repairs to the basement floor and surrounding area took longer than expected. Crews and apparatus are scheduled to return to the home station by the end of the week.

Update, March 13:

Catonsville personnel are scheduled to return to their home station this weekend, barring unforeseen complications to the repair and remediation process.

Baltimore County Property Management and the Maryland Department of the Environment, which have overseen cleanup and investigation since the problem emerged last week, report that the mitigation has been successful. MDE has advised that BCoFD personnel may return to the Catonsville station.

Per MDE requirements, monitoring will continue on a regular basis for the foreseeable future, with results submitted to MDE.

Update, March 9:

Relocation of personnel and apparatus assigned to the Catonsville Fire Station continues as BCoFD, Baltimore County Property Management and the Maryland Department of the Environment investigate maintenance issues at the station.

All Catonsville apparatus are operating as usual. Engine 4 and Medic 4 are operating out of Westview Station #13, and Engine 41 is operating out of Halethorpe Station #5.

Mitigation of the contaminated material is ongoing; the material has not been entirely removed, as officials believed Friday.

Original release:

Personnel and apparatus at the Catonsville Fire Station have been relocated due to a maintenance issue.

The station's two engines, a brush unit and a medic unit and all station personnel have been moved to nearby stations and are operating as usual.

Several days ago, station personnel noticed staining of the concrete in the basement of the station, located at 756 Frederick Rd., 21228, and notified Baltimore County Property Management. Yesterday morning, Property Management officials cut through the floor of the mechanical room at the basement level to investigate and found an unidentified petroleum substance coming up through the floor. In the afternoon, station personnel noticed an odor of gas. BCoFD hazmat units responded; they confirmed the odor but their meters did not detect unsafe conditions. Property Management was notified once again and called in an industrial hygienist to conduct testing. The Maryland Department of the Environment also was dispatched.

The petroleum substance -- whose source is unclear at this time -- has been removed. The industrial hygienist will continue testing for chemicals as required by MDE protocols. The building has been ventilated, and air scrubbers are in place as a precautionary measure. 

Chief Joanne Rund authorized the relocation of station personnel and apparatus Thursday evening. The relocation will continue pending additional monitoring by Property Management, in cooperation with MDE, to ensure the safety of Fire personnel.

Revised June 27, 2017