The Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $682,000 to purchase three state-of-the-art bariatric medic units.

The new bariatric medic units (ambulances) will be strategically placed across the county and will be available for dispatch regardless of location of the medical emergency.

Bariatric medicine is a specialty focusing on the needs of patients who are overweight or obese. These medic units will be specially equipped to meet the specific needs of bariatric patients.

"Our mission is to treat every patient with expertise and dignity and to make every patient as comfortable as possible," said Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III. "This federal grant helps us fulfill that mission."

 The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency under the 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The terms of the grant include a 10 percent contribution by Baltimore County.

“We appreciate the support of Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) and the rest of the U.S. Congressional delegation for helping to secure this important funding so we can provide state-of-the-art medical care to our residents,” said County Executive Don Mohler.

Receipt of the award is pending approval by the County Council.