The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. celebrated its recent $1.58 million expansion and new Medic 325 ambulance with local officials and a formal dedication. A combination of state, local and private funds were used to upgrade the 55-year-old six-bay firehouse, which had its most recent addition of three new bays in 2003. The fire company itself was formed in 1897.
The expansion and renovation includes an new lighted “32” emblem on top of the hose tower, new exterior paint and cladding, refurbished parking lot and driveway aprons, a “brick garden” for fundraising, new landscaping, and repair and relocation of the company bell. Improvements were also made to the company’s museum, which displays its original 1897 hand-pumper and other artifacts. Offices, a board room, fitness center, a new TV room, dining room, kitchen and storage were added to the first floor, while the second floor additions include more live-in rooms, bathrooms, a laundry room and a lounge.
The $285,000 Medic 325 went in to service in October 2017 and has been on more than 1,300 service calls.
Of the more than 200 members, including 112 active, on-call members, Capt. Scott Goldstein said the improvements have had a “profound” effect, in turn enabling the company to more efficiently serve the community.
“Our staffing levels have increased significantly, especially at night. Our officers and board members have room to conduct the administration of the firehouse and our training room has been put to good use, with regular courses that are open to members of all Baltimore County fire stations,” Goldstein said. “All of these enhancements were made with a single goal in mind: ensuring that when we receive an emergency call, we are able to respond with the highest levels of staffing, knowledge and expertise.”
Pikesville volunteers logged more than 40,200 duty hours in 2017 and almost 23,000 so far in 2018. The company has responded to 1,088 fire calls and 1,067 medic calls this year.