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Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association

To serve, promote, advocate and represent the interests of all volunteer fire, rescue, rehabilitation and emergency medical services companies in Baltimore County. We provide coordinated representation to Baltimore County and Maryland State Government to assist in all aspects of member company needs and activities, including management, administration, budget, operations, training, standards and logistics. We strive to provide excellence in service to our communities while saving taxpayer dollars by valuing our members, promoting positive leadership and dedicating ourselves to volunteerism.

The Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association

700 East Joppa Road
3rd Floor Volunteer Offices
Towson, MD 21286-5500

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Breaking News! - Updated 2/27/15

The Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association (BCVFA) along with its member companies is currently reviewing the findings of a comprehensive study that was commissioned to identify how best to position the BCVFA and its member companies for the future. The current system is not sustainable for the long-term and we have an obligation to look toward to the future, hitting head-on the challenges that we face today and are sure to face tomorrow, particularly where it concerns recruitment and retention of volunteer members.  That said, at this point, no decisions have been made as the review process will likely take several months.

John W McDowell, President, BCVFA

LODD Funeral for Captain Erik Steciak 

(Paramedic at Bel Air VFC & EMS Captain at West Friendship VFD)

    Friday January 16, 2015
    West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department 
     6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Saturday January 17, 2015
    Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Sunday January 18, 2015
    West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department
    1:00 PM
    Wake at Turf Valley in Ellicott City immediately following services

Response to a request from Fire Department Presidents


"Paid or Volunteer, It’s What We Do, I Wish You Really Knew”

Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor delivered a message to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.  His message centered around the tragic events of an early morning house fire where four family members perished; no smoke alarm was found in the house. 

His message was well received not only on that Sunday but also by the thousands that have watched the video.  Many have asked for the words to the poem that was read, "It's What We Do."

It is what we do - the Poem

YouTube Video of the Speech

"Paid or Volunteer, It’s What We Do, I Wish You Really Knew”
Adapted from Author Unknown by Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief, Prince George’s County MD Fire/EMS


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11/23/2015 BCVFA MEDICAL BOARD MEETING - 11/29/15 Judy Douglass
11/04/2015 Man vs Machine Rescue Training Scott Goldstein
10/03/2015 LRVFC Bus Trip to New York Krista Remmers

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Towson, MD 21286-5500
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