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Thirteen Baltimore County volunteer fire companies have received grants for equipment and preparedness through BGE's Emergency Response and Safety Grant program.

BGE awarded more than $272,000 in grants to the Baltimore County companies and  52 other fire companies and non-profits throughout Maryland at a press event held yesterday at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department.

Baltimore County Acting Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz attended.

The BGE grant program, in its seventh year, helps agencies purchase vital public safety equipment and provides funding for emergency preparedness exercises and training.

Companies Receiving Grant Funding

The following companies received funding:

  • Arbutus VFD -- Ice rescue equipment
  • Chestnut Ridge VFC -- Hazardous contaminants extractor
  • Cockeysville VFC -- Fire hose and applicances
  • Glyndon VFC -- Fire hose and appliances
  • Liberty Road VFC -- Protective safety equipment
  • Long Green VFC -- Automated external defibrillators
  • Lutherville VFC -- Portable scene lighting apparatus
  • Maryland Line Fire Protective Association -- Turnout gear replacement
  • Middle River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. -- Emergency readiness improvements
  • Pikesville VFC -- Rescue portable lighting and "Stop the Bleed" training
  • Rosedale VFC -- Positive pressure ventilators
  • White Marsh VFC -- High-visibility safety jackets
  • Wise Avenue VFC -- Safety and operational readiness improvements

In addition, BGE provided grants to other institutions serving Baltimore County, including the Baltimore County Police Foundation, Chesapeake Search and Rescue Dog Association, Stevenson University and the Towson University Foundation.

The Baltimore County Police Department is now accepting applications for its Community Crime Prevention and Youth Activity Grants Program for fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

  • Community Crime Prevention grants are available for county Citizens on Patrol groups and other programs aimed at reducing crime.
  • Youth Activity grants are available for programs that provide ongoing, sustained efforts that focus on early intervention and long-term behavior modification of at-risk youth. 

Only non-profit groups, community organizations and individuals that operate or reside in Baltimore County are eligible to receive funding. An application packet that outlines program rules and requirements may be obtained by calling Sebastian Zito of the Grants Management Team at 410-887-5637.

Completed applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, December 7.

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.

Revised June 27, 2017