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The Baltimore County Fire Department has received $410,000 in federal funds for fire prevention efforts targeted to residents at high risk of death and injury from fire and carbon monoxide.

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume announced the award yesterday. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Program.

The grant allows BCoFD to continue its Smoke & CO Alarm Education Program, which provides personalized information to residents about how to protect their homes from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. This initiative, created several years ago with funds from the FP&S program, offers fire prevention services to all residents but targets those in neighborhoods at higher risk from fire and CO incidents.

"Properly installing smoke and CO alarms is one of the most important home safety steps you can take," said Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that 40 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

High-risk neighborhoods generally include those with older housing stock or where residents are more likely to depend on stoves, space heaters, generators and wood-burning appliances for heat. The risk of fire and CO-related incidents is higher during the cold weather season.

The new federal funds will allow BCoFD to purchase about 15,000 smoke and CO alarms over the next two years.

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.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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