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Five Baltimore County Fire Department members The Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teamremain in the Carolinas, assisting with rescue operations related to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

Pennsylvania Task Force #1

Two of those members -- Fire Lt. Michael Szczesniakowsi and Fire Lt. Brandon Watkins -- are deployed with the Pennsylvania Task Force 1 (PATF-1), a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team based in Philadelphia.  They were activated September 10 and now are working with the National Guard in Dillon, SC, assisting with water rescues and evacuations.

A third member of PATF-1 who deployed last week, Fire Capt. Kelvin Seigle, returned early due to a personal emergency.

Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team

Three BCoFD personnel who are members of the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (MDHART) were deployed under mutual aid agreements and currently are positioned at a base of operations in Raleigh, NC. (The entire team is pictured above.) Our MDHART members have been engaged in missions all morning.

Fire Lt. David Gouak, EMT/FF Shane Sierakowski and EMT/FF Andrew Hays are specially trained rescue personnel who work with the Maryland Army National Guard and engage in helicopter-based rescue missions under difficult conditions. 

Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III has announced the promotion of 14 BCoFD members --   seven to the rank of Fire Apparatus Driver Operator and seven to the rank of Fire Specialist.

The promotions are effective Sept. 1, 2018.

The newly promoted members are:

Fire Apparatus Driver Operator

  • EMT/FF Brandon Ambush
  • EMT/FF Shaun Amole
  • EMT/FF Christopher Chamberlain
  • EMT/FF Kevin Gilmore
  • EMT/FF Terrell Thompson
  • EMT/FF Raymond Vargas, Jr.
  • EMT/FF Alston Williams

Fire Specialist

  • EMT/FF Lauren Brenneman
  • EMT/FF Nicholas Devries
  • EMT/FF Amahl Foster
  • EMT/FF Darryl McCray
  • FADO Johnny Owens
  • PMFF Maria Owens
  • EMT/FF Charles Shivery

The Baltimore County Fire and Police Departments are separating their social media accounts.


BCoFD and BCoPD will no longer use the Twitter handle @BACOPoliceFire.  Effective immediately, the accounts have separated.

To receive news, updates and information related to fire and rescue incidents, please follow @BaltCoFire. To receive news, updates and information related to police incidents, please follow @BaltCoPolice.

Updates and alerts for the Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management will be posted to the existing account, but the handle has been updated to @BaltCoEmergency for formatting consistency.  Twitter users do not need to make any changes relative to this account. Please continue to follow for information about weather and community emergencies and for preparedness information.


BCoPD has moved to a new Facebook account. "Like" @BaltCoPolice on Facebook.

The existing "Official Baltimore County Police & Fire" (@BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire) Facebook account will be rebranded for Fire only, @BaltimoreCountyFire. Please continue to follow this page for Fire & Emergency Management news.

We thank our followers for their patience as we try to provide accurate and helpful public safety information.

Revised June 27, 2017