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Photo of a Baltimore County school crossing guard.The Baltimore County Police Department needs men and women to serve as school crossing guards. If you have been thinking of a way to become more involved in your community while getting paid to do so, this is the time to act. Parents, grandparents, college students or anyone who wants to help insure the safety of children to and from school are encouraged to apply.

  • The pay is $13.70 per hour and the time commitment is only two hours daily, Monday through Friday.
  • When schools have off due to inclement weather, so do you, without loss of pay.
  • You incur paid leave as you gain years of experience.
  • You may receive paid national and state holidays from September through June.
  • Equipment and uniforms are free of charge.

Those wishing to apply to the Baltimore County Police Department for the position of crossing guard need to be at least 18 years old. All applicants will undergo a background check, including fingerprinting and a medical screening.

This is the perfect part-time job for stay-at-home parents, retirees and those with a little extra time in the morning and afternoon. The best part of the job is the satisfaction of knowing that you play a major role in keeping the children in your neighborhood safe in their travels.

Additional information about the School Guard Team and how to apply to become a Baltimore County crossing guard are available online.

While most of us are adhering to the order of staying inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are times when we must go out.

Be aware that criminals are not staying indoors. They are waiting for you to let your guard down when approaching your vehicle.

Avoid being a victim of a carjacking or robbery with these tips.

  • Look around when approaching your vehicle. If someone is walking toward you or standing by your vehicle in a parking lot that is nearly empty, walk away. If you feel that you're in immediate danger, scream and run into a store if one is nearby.
  • Stay off your cellphone while walking. That distraction makes you a prime target for a robbery or carjacking. That phone call can wait until you are in the store, your home, or locked safely in your car.
  • Lock your car or home door as soon as you get inside.
  • Park in well lit areas if you are out at night.
  • Avoid parking near trees or bushes if possible as they allow for criminals to hide and wait until you are at your vehicle.
  • Have your keys ready ahead of time. Don't fumble for them as you are walking through a parking lot or entering your home. That gives a criminal more time to approach you.
  • Do not engage the car’s unlocking system until you are at the door of the vehicle. You don't want to point out where you are headed and which vehicle is yours in the lot.
  • Ask for an escort or security staff to walk with you to your car if you feel uncomfortable when leaving a store or other place of business.
  • Look inside your vehicle before you enter it to make sure no one is hiding in the front or back seat.

Dial 911 if you feel threatened! Criminals are not working from home so you must stay alert when venturing outside.

Remember to keep your distance, wash your hands and stay inside.

To the families of Baltimore County Fire & EMS providers:Fire Chief Joanne Rund

In these unprecedented trying times, I know that the safety of your loved ones is your greatest concern. I understand; it is my greatest concern as well. We owe all of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic the best protection we possibly can offer.

I want to make you aware of the steps we are taking in Baltimore County to protect our first responders so they can return safely to you – and safely treat our patients.

First, we remind you that BCoFD personnel always use personal protective equipment (PPE) – gloves, for example -- and follow protocols designed to protect them and our patients from infection and illness; this is true even in normal times.

The threat posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 demands additional measures. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • A mandatory “Healthy Check-In Program” to make sure personnel come to work healthy. We take temperatures every time we start a shift, and ask basic screening questions about cough, fever and respiratory symptoms. If BCoFD personnel display any of those symptoms, they are sent home. The Healthy Check-In applies to civilian and sworn personnel and effective until further notice. Company commanders are responsible for documenting completion of these checks.
  • We have restricted visitors to our fire stations.
  • We have enhanced our normal practices for cleaning stations and apparatus. All personnel must disinfect the following surfaces three times a day: Desks, eating and food prep areas, phones, door knobs, push and pull door handles, sinks, bathroom mirrors, patient compartment areas and other heavily-trafficked or used surfaces.
  • All providers must wear the appropriate PPE based on information provided from 911 operators about the call and on observations at the scene, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control standards. (911 callers are screening calls for cough, respiratory symptoms and fever so we have a better idea of potential COVID-19 risk.)
  • The drivers of our medic units and other apparatus must wash hands thoroughly before entering the front of the cab for transport.
  • After a call, PPE must be removed in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Thank you so much for your support. We hear every day from residents who express their appreciation for the work your loved ones are doing. I hope that sustains you as we work together to get through these difficult days.

Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund

Revised June 27, 2017