Skip Navigation

Baltimore County iWatch Logo

Public Safety News

 

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: bcvfa

A new, state-of-the-art White Marsh Volunteer Fire Co. opens tomorrow, supported by a multi-million contribution from Baltimore County.

The new, $6.9 million station at 10331 Philadelphia Rd., 21162, replaces the White Marsh VFC facility at 5419 Ebenezer Rd., 21162.

BCoFD Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III is scheduled to attend tomorrow's grand opening.

"The White Marsh VFC is one of our top performing volunteer companies, but more than that, it's a model for volunteer companies everywhere," Preis said. "Its members understand that in the 21st century you have to run a company like a business while retaining a role as a valuable member of the local community."

Dedication ceremonies are scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m.

The County has contributed $3.7 million toward the project -- more than half of the new station's total cost. In addition to giving White Marsh a $1.7 million grant, the County will make all payments on a $2 million, 30-year loan.

Another $500,000 came from a loan fund established decades ago with county dollars to support the volunteer fire service with low-interest loans and grants. The fund is administered by the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association (BCVFA).

The White Marsh company paid for the remainder of the project through donations and grants from other sources.

The State of Maryland will take possession of the Ebenezer Road facility, which will be demolished and the site converted to open space.

Features

The new station features five engine bays, a modern training tower, a study area, a community/training room and four live-in bunk rooms  and six other dorms capable of sleeping 18 volunteer personnel. 

The Volunteer Fire Service

Twenty-nine volunteer fire companies support BCoFD and its 25 career stations. 

White Marsh is one of 21 volunteer companies that provides emergency medical service in addition to suppression service. White Marsh also provides rehab and canteen services to first responders at incidents throughout the county.

The volunteer companies operate under the BCVFA and are independent corporations. At emergency scenes, career and volunteer units operate under the same chain of command and operating procedures.

 

Baltimore County’s 29 volunteer, rescue and rehab companies will receive more than $9.7 million in financial support from Baltimore County for FY19.

The county support to the volunteers represents an increase of about $600,000 over last year.

The formal announcement of the County's FY19 contribution to the volunteers was made September 20 at the annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association, held at Glyndon Volunteer Fire Co.

The $9.7 million includes subsidies and reimbursements for gear, fuel, utilities, repairs, public education and other expenses.

It also includes financial incentives to be paid out over the course of the year to the 21 volunteer companies that provide medic service. This “attended status” program rewards companies that staff medic units during hours of high demand. In 2017, calls for emergency medical service accounted for 101,000 of BCoFD's 138,000 total calls for service.

The volunteer companies are independent corporations that receive the majority of their funding from Baltimore County.

Every day, they work side by side with BCoFD and personnel from its 25 career stations.

New BCVFA Officers

The BCVFA, the umbrella organizationBCVFA officers for 2019 were sworn in on Sept. 20. representing the local volunteer companies, elected new officers at the September 20 meeting.

The new President is John McDowell (Arbutus).

Tom Ludwig (Wise Ave.), is senior vice president; Sue Bollinger (Glyndon), Vice President - Finance; Jeff Wickline (Upperco) Vice President - Operations; Michele Crumbacker (Upperco), Vice President - Administration; Robert Frank (Middle River & White Marsh), Secretary; William Kern (Woodlawn), Treasurer; Donna Kern (Woodlawn), Financial Secretary; Glenn Resnick (Pikesville), Immediate Past President.

Photo of the Baltimore County Fire Service Memorial Monument in Towson.The Baltimore County Fire Service’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance, which honors those members who have lost their lives in the line of duty, is scheduled for Sunday, May 21.

The ceremony will be held, rain or shine, at 2 p.m. at the Fire Service Memorial Monument in Patriot Plaza in Towson.

The Baltimore County Fire Department and Baltimore County Volunteer Fireman’s Association jointly organize the event.

Honoring Fallen Heroes

Forty-five Baltimore County firefighters and emergency medical personnel have died in the line of duty. These include 21 career members and 24 volunteer members.

Fire Chief John Hohman and other career and volunteer fire service leaders will honor the fallen by placing a wreath on the memorial shrine during the ceremony.

The shrine was built entirely with funds by members of the Fire Service. The memorial was sculpted in Portugal of Portuguese red granite, and consists of a Maltese cross flanked by two columns.

Inscribed on the monument are the names of the fallen and the words of Saint John, 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017