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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.

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