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Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services and Rescue

Welcome to the Baltimore County Fire Department

The Baltimore County Fire Department (BCoFD) provides quality fire protection, rescue services, emergency medical services, safety education and mitigation of emergency situations. BCoFD includes the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, charged with coordinating a response to weather and other community emergencies.

BCoFD and the 29 volunteer companies that work with us responded to 144,654 calls in 2018, including more than 111,283 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) calls.

The Chief of the Department is Joanne R. Rund.


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Fire News Blog

Articles about daily public safety news are posted in the Fire News blog.

2020 Annual Report

Download a copy of our 2020 Annual Report (PDF).

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For Fire news, follow us @BaltCoFire. Followers receive breaking news updates about multi-alarm fires, community emergencies and significant EMS calls.

For information about weather and other community emergencies, follow @BaltCoEmergency.

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Popular Information and Services

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Education Program

A federally funded Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Education Program assists Baltimore County fire personnel in providing personalized guidance on preventing home fire and carbon monoxide incidents. While the program targets neighborhoods at risk of fire and CO tragedies, anyone may request a consultation with fire officials.

Ambulance Billing

Baltimore County bills private insurers, Medicaid and Medicare for ambulance transport costs. County residents are not personally responsible for these costs and should not receive a bill. For billing questions, call Change Healthcare's customer service at 1-866-366-3626.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, invisible gas produced by fossil fuel- and wood-burning appliances. Learn how to protect your home from carbon monoxide. County law requires CO detectors in rental properties.

Renter's Insurance

If you rent, your belongings are not covered unless you are covered by a renter's insurance policy. The Maryland Insurance Administration and National Association of Insurance Commissioners provide valuable information.

Emergency Preparedness

Weather events and power outages are the emergencies most likely to affect our region. Every household should prepare to get along for three days without water or electricity.

Working With People With Disabilities

"Working With People With Disabilities: A Guide for Responders" is a 26-minute training video, designed to help personnel from emergency medical services, fire, and police and other agencies and organizations work effectively and compassionately with persons with disabilities. The video was produced by the Baltimore County Fire Department in cooperation with the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities.

Revised August 4, 2021         


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