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Howard County Fire opens three more engine companies to serve community

Posted: 4:47 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 16:49:29-04
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MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. — Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services announced the opening of three new fire engine companies.

Fire officials say the addition of the new fire engines was from the findings and suggestions of the Fire Department Emergency Services Staffing Joint Study Group. A minimum of four firefighters will be assigned to each fire company as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association.

"Today marks an important step forward in promoting public safety in Howard County and supporting our first responders. When we received the recommendations of our Fire Staffing Committee, we knew we needed to act and invest in our future,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “I want to thank everyone at the Department of Fire and Rescue Services for their help and continued dedication to keeping our community safe. Their partnership has been critical to our staffing increase that will put more fire engine companies into neighborhoods that need them. Our priority will continue to be securing a safer community for all.”

The President of the Howard County International Association of Firefighters says in the near future they will consider further improvements in the services they provide.