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A $589,000 federal grant will help Baltimore County fire officials provide education about preventing fires and carbon monoxide-related incidents, especially in neighborhoods at higher risk from these tragedies.

Fire officials, along with County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, are scheduled to kick off the program tomorrow at an 11 a.m. press briefing in Randallstown. The briefing will be held at the home of Theodore and Geraldine Barham, 3900 block of Zurich Rd., 21133; the Barhams are the first family to participate in the program.

A key component of the program is demonstration of smoke/CO alarm installation in homes without properly located alarms. Crews from the Randallstown Fire Station will assist the Barhams with smoke/CO alarm installation as part of tomorrow’s event.

“This grant is going to help us save lives,” Kamenetz said. “Working smoke/CO alarms prevent tragedies, and yet so many families in our communities don’t have them or don’t know how to use them.”

About the Program

Several months ago, BCoFD received the most significant federal fire safety grant in years, a $589,000 award issued under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention and Safety program. Under the terms of the grant, the County contributes 5 percent, or $29,452.

“We know that detectors save lives, but telling people to use them isn’t enough – and we know from experience that installing detectors doesn’t necessarily mean they are working,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “This federal grant will enable local firefighters to make house calls to ensure residents not only have detectors, but that they will work when needed. This is exactly the type of common sense investment in public safety that our constituents expect us to prioritize.”

The grant includes the purchase of smoke/CO alarms for distribution to residents who participate in the educational program and meet the program criteria. The grant also includes smoke and CO alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing and printed educational materials in multiple languages.

“Our goal is to help people take charge of their own home fire and CO safety,” said Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III.

Fire crews from every career station have been identifying areas in their districts at risk of fire and CO-related incidents. Beginning April 14, Fire personnel will begin canvassing targeted neighborhoods, providing educational information, evaluating properties for safety recommendations and performing walk-through evaluations for residents who request them. Volunteer stations will be invited to assist with these events.

Specific locations will be announced via our social media platforms prior to the firefighters’ visits.

County Council Chair Julian E. Jones Jr., a veteran fire professional, praised this initiative. “After 32 years in the fire service, I know that prevention and early warning are critical in preventing injury and loss of life, and I enthusiastically support this proactive effort by the County to get modern smoke and CO detectors into homes,” he said.

Requesting a Visit

Residents may request a visit from Fire personnel to review home fire and CO safety prevention. A request form is available at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/preventhomefires

 

 

The Baltimore County Police Department is providing information regarding its application for federal funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: FY 2017 Local Solicitation. This message constitutes public notice of the application.

FY 2017 Local Solicitation

The Baltimore County Police Department is in the process of applying to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for grant funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: FY 2017 Local Solicitation. Baltimore County has been allocated $294,295 under the federal funding formula for state and local jurisdictions. The Police Department intends to use this allocation to continue to partially fund the salaries of six Police Officer positions and one Criminal Records Clerk position hired under a previous award.

To review a copy of the application or to provide comments, please contact the Grants Management Team of the Baltimore County Police Department by calling 410-887-5637.

BGE’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant Program has awarded the Baltimore County Police Foundation a $3,000 grant to protect police officers in the field.

Police Foundation President Stephen Somers and Baltimore County Police Colonel Alexander Jones accepted the award on January 31 at a ceremony in Howard County.

The grant will be used to purchase equipment to protect our officers while on patrol and when responding to emergency community situations. Protecting the public is the chief mission of police. Our officers need to be safe to fulfill their mission.

Over the years, BGE grants to the Police Foundation have made it possible for the department to keep up with ever-changing technology and communications.

In 2013, a BGE grant was used to purchase and install a broadband satellite system for the Department’s Mobile Unified Command Vehicle. With the help of this grant, communication is possible when land-based cell and tower systems fail or become overwhelmed.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017