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The Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $682,000 to purchase three state-of-the-art bariatric medic units.

The new bariatric medic units (ambulances) will be strategically placed across the county and will be available for dispatch regardless of location of the medical emergency.

Bariatric medicine is a specialty focusing on the needs of patients who are overweight or obese. These medic units will be specially equipped to meet the specific needs of bariatric patients.

"Our mission is to treat every patient with expertise and dignity and to make every patient as comfortable as possible," said Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III. "This federal grant helps us fulfill that mission."

 The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency under the 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The terms of the grant include a 10 percent contribution by Baltimore County.

“We appreciate the support of Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) and the rest of the U.S. Congressional delegation for helping to secure this important funding so we can provide state-of-the-art medical care to our residents,” said County Executive Don Mohler.

Receipt of the award is pending approval by the County Council.

Federal assistance is available to governments and private nonprofit organizations that sustained damages during the historic blizzard that began January 22, 2016.

Eligible government applicants include counties and municipalities, local public authorities, school districts, regional and interstate government entities, agencies of local governments and special districts established under state law.

Eligible private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) include those that supply "critical" services -- education, utilities, emergency and medical services. They also include "non-critical" PNPs that provide essential government services and are open to the public.

Application Form

Application forms are available through the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Informational Briefings

The Federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has scheduled informational briefings on storm-related aid throughout Maryland. A schedule of these briefings is available online.

Baltimore County's informational briefing is scheduled March 28, 10 a.m., at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Rd., Towson.

General information about FEMA's public assistance program is also available online.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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