RELEASE: Mayor, Fire Chief Announce Suspension of Operations at Fire Station as A Precaution

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Bernard C. “Jack” Young


City of Baltimore

250 City Hall • Baltimore, Maryland 21202 • 410-396-3835



March 27, 2020

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Mayor, Fire Chief Announce Suspension of Operations at Fire Station as A Precaution

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Fire Chief Niles R. Ford comment on decision, next steps

BALTIMORE, MD.  — Today, the Baltimore City Fire Department announced it would temporarily suspend operations at the Fire Station in the 400 block of McMechen St. as a precaution, in the wake of learning employees may have been exposed to an EMS provider who received a positive test result yesterday. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young issued the following statement:

“I commend Fire Chief Niles R. Ford’s decision to suspend operations at this time,” Mayor Young said. “Doing so protects the health of our firefighters and EMS providers, while continuing to provide essential services.”

The temporary suspension of the Fire Station protects the health of the residents served by the station, as well as the members of the Fire Department. Once the department was made aware of the positive COVID-19 result by the provider at the station, steps were immediately taken to reduce both members and the community’s exposure.  

“Temporarily suspending operations from this fire station is a precautionary measure for the agency. We are taking strides to protect our members and the community,” Chief Ford said.

Members of the station who were exposed are self-quarantining.

“I am confident that Chief Ford and his team are taking every precaution to avoid the possible spread of this virus,” Mayor Young said. “All of our residents need to remain vigilant, and can help our first responders by engaging in behaviors that limit the risks of exposure.”