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Effective immediately, Baltimore County Fire Department medic units and ambulances will not allow family members to ride with patients to local hospitals. This change is necessary because all Baltimore area hospitals have limited or completely restricted visitor access as a safety measure during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

In rare instances and depending on the patient's circumstances, BCoFD will transport a family member with the understanding that the family member will remain outside the hospital, pending direction by hospital staff.

BCoFD  appreciates the public's patience as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update (February 1, 5 p.m.)

The driver of the Hyundai has been identified as Nicholaus Edward Schnalzer, 32, of the 2000 block of Inverton Road, 21222.

Original Release (January 27, 11:50 a.m.)

Just before midnight on January 26, 2018, Baltimore County Police Department’s Crash Team responded to the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company located in the 200-block of Wise Avenue, 21222 for a motor vehicle collision. Police determined that Medic #275 was returning to the station and backing up into the building. The operator of the Medic did activate the vehicle’s emergency lights.

A 2012 Hyundai Accent traveling westbound on Wise Avenue struck Medic #275 on the rear driver’s side of the Medic. The passenger of the Hyundai was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced deceased on January 27th at 12:20a.m. The driver of the Hyundai was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. After medical treatment, the driver was charged with driving under the influence.

Two EMS providers who were inside Medic #275 at the time of the collision were also taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The deceased passenger from the Hyundai has been identified as James Franklin Pettie, III, 30, of the 1700-block of Melbourne Road, 21222. 

Original release (February 28, 2016  12:10 p.m.):

Eight people, including four volunteer EMS personnel, were injured Saturday night in a Dundalk crash involving a volunteer medic unit and an SUV.

All four medic personnel were members of the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Co.; Lansdowne was filling in for the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Co.

The most seriously injured patient, one of the Lansdowne EMS providers, had to be cut from the vehicle by Fire rescue personnel and was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Unit. She suffered serious but non-lifethreatening injuries. The other three EMS providers -- two women and a man -- were released last night from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The civilian patients, including two children, were transported to local hospitals with non-threatening.injuries.

The crash occurred at Wise Avenue and Lynch Road at about 8 p.m.; the medic crew was en route to an emergency call, a nearby motor vehicle accident. The medic unit was not carrying a patient at the time of the crash. Other EMS crews were routed to the call to which the medic was responding as soon as the crash at Wise and Lynch occurred.

The Baltimore County Police Department's Crash Team is investigating this incident. The investigation is ongoing; no additional information is available at this time.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017