Business, Police/Fire, Politics

Jay Ringgold, Baltimore County Emergency Management director, retires

TOWSON, MD—Jay Ringgold, Baltimore County’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, has retired after nearly 35 years of service with the Baltimore County Fire Department. The HSEM directorship is the second-highest rank in BCoFD, equivalent to Assistant Chief; and serving in that capacity made Ringgold the department’s highest-ranking African-American member. Ringgold joined BCoFD in 1985. Over the years he …


Police/Fire, Politics

Kyrle Preis confirmed as Baltimore County Fire Chief

Baltimore County officials announced this week that Acting Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III took the reins as Fire Chief on July 4th.  The County Council confirmed his appointment on Monday. He commands 1,000 career and 2,000 volunteer members of the Baltimore County Fire Service in fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services operations. Preis takes over for Chief John …


Baltimore County Fire Chief John Hohman to retire

Baltimore County Fire Chief John J. Hohman announced on Friday that he will retire as Chief effective June 30th. Hohman joined the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1977, and was appointed Chief in 2000. He is the longest serving Fire Chief in Baltimore County history. “I have advised the County Executive that I will be retiring from the Baltimore County …

Baltimore County Fire Department promotes 48 members

A promotional ceremony for 48 members of the Baltimore County Fire Department was held at the Randallstown Community Center at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Fire Chief John J. Hohman and other county dignitaries were in attendance. Clerk of the Court, Julie L. Ensor, administered the oath of office to those who were promoted, and the Reverend Herbert Watson Jr. delivered …

BCoFD promotes five, including highest-ranking woman in department history

by Baltimore County Fire Chief, John Hohman One of the best parts of my job is to promote our best and brightest firefighters and emergency medical personnel. This year I had the honor of promoting the very first woman to the rank of Assistant Chief, the second highest position in the department. Jennifer Aubert-Utz is now the highest ranking woman …

Pet-friendly oxygen masks arrive at Baltimore County fire stations

The Baltimore County Fire Service is taking steps to assist animals that suffer smoke inhalation as a result of fires, thanks to a donation from a local company. Invisible Fence Brand of Baltimore will donate 58 pet oxygen kits to county fire stations during a press briefing scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 1 p.m., at Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company …

Two WMVFC members awarded Baltimore County commendations

Two local EMTs were recognized for their heroic efforts this week. White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company members Anna Duranske and Rob Powell were recognized on Tuesday at the annual Baltimore County Commendations Ceremony. Duranke and Powell witnessed the driver of a vehicle along Pulaski Highway go into cardiac arrest a few months ago.  They quickly applied the defibrillator and performed …