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A new, state-of-the-art medic unit has been place in service this week at the Golden Ring fire Station.

The new Golden Ring Medic 116The new Medic 116 is a 2017 Freightliner Medic. 

The Golden Ring medic is one of four medic units added to the Baltimore County fire Department's EMS fleet in 2015 to aid with the demand for medical service during peak call times.

The other career stations that received additional medics to handle demand during peak times were Middle River, Pikesville and Woodlawn. Middle River's peak time medic unit (Medic 112) already has been replaced with a new model. Replacements at Woodlawn (Medic 103) and Pikesville (Medic 102) are in production.

Each medic unit costs about $340,000.

Starting today, the Fire Department will expand EMS service at four stations where demand for emergency medical calls is especially high.

Four Advanced Life Support medic units (ambulances) added last September to enhance service during peak evening hours now will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. The four medics are located at the Woodlawn, Pikesville, Golden Ring and Middle River fire stations.

EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of Fire Department responses. In 2014, BCoFD responded to 91,521 EMS incidents, out of 126,686 total incidents.

"Every Baltimore County citizen deserves to know that trained EMTs and paramedics will be there to help when he or she needs it," said Fire Chief John Hohman. "The demand for EMS service continues to grow, and we recognize the need to grow with it."

PM Kelsey Adams and EMT Vincent Tabares, assigned to newly deployed Medic 116 in Golden Ring.The Baltimore County Fire Department this week significantly expanded emergency medical services, adding four advanced life support medic units to meet the growing demand for EMS.

The additional units were placed into service Monday at the Pikesville, Middle River, Golden Ring and Woodlawn career stations. This brings the number of career medical units in Baltimore County to 35.

The decision to invest $800,000 to expand EMS operations was announced last April, when County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled his Fiscal 2016 budget. EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of calls handled by the Fire Department; about 92,500 of the 119,000 calls handled each year are medical calls. Moreover, the number of EMS calls continues to grow.

"This fundamental public service is a top priority," Kamenetz said. "When our citizens call for help because of a medical emergency, they deserve to know that qualified help will respond as quickly as possible."

The four medic units will be in service Monday through Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. -- hours of peak demand. BCoFD plans to expand these hours some time in the future.

In addition to medic units operating out of the County's career station, 20 advanced life support and two basic life support medic units are run by Baltimore County volunteer fire companies.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017