happens when I call 911 ?
Volunteer Fire department is part of the Baltimore County Fire
Department. Though we are an all volunteer organization, our
members have to attend the same vigorous training as the career
stations and are trained by the Baltimore County fire department
career instructors. We are mandated to follow the protocols and
directives of the Baltimore County Fire department.
So what happens when you
call 911 ? The 911 operator collects details about your
emergency. Your info is routed
to the correct response agency by the 911 Operator, in our case
County Dispatch. Dispatch will verify the location and assign
the right Fire company to respond to the call. Our county is
divided into Box Areas. Each station is provided a response
area, wherein they are the first responding company for all
emergencies. So for example, Arbutus VFD is assigned 8 box areas
ranging from 35-1 all the way to 35-8. Other companies may have
more or less depending on their area of coverage and how close
their neighbors are. Companies from the neighboring areas also
respond to assist the primary response unit. The companies that
arrive on scene have the option to call for additional help as
needed, even from other counties.
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November 16, 2013