Fire Department History
Fire Protection in Anne Arundel County has historically been provided by volunteers. Whole families were sometimes involved in the local volunteer fire company. In 1924, the Maryland State Legislature authorized Anne Arundel County Commissioners to appoint a paid "chauffeur and caretaker" for the volunteer stations at Earleigh Heights, Glen Burnie, and Eastport. "Chauffeurs" became county employees in 1932 and were later called "Enginemen".
Additional enginemen were added forming a three platoon shift of 24 h on and 48 h off. In 1963 the position of fire marshal was established. When the county charter government was created the present day, Anne Arundel County Fire Department was formed. Harry W. Klasmeier (Chief "K") was appointed as the first Fire Administrator and served until 1983. He was instrumental in bringing together the independent volunteer fire companies to form a central county fire department. During 1966 a Central Alarm and Communications Center was established along with a fire prevention bureau and training division.
Today’s Modern Department
As Anne Arundel County grew so did demand for emergency services and the department evolved into today's combination county fire department. Many of the fire stations and equipment in AA County are owned by the volunteer companies and staffed by various configurations of career crews.
Co.l staffed all career with volunteer administrative support - full Career crew.
Co.2 combination station (Woodland Beach VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.3 staffed all career with volunteer administrative support.
Co.4 Career Station (Special Operations station - HazMat and Technical Rescue).
Co.5 Career Station.
Co.6 combination station (Herald Harbor VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.7 combination station (Arundel VFC - PO and FF with Career day work ambulance) - no Career Officer.
Co.8 Career Station.
Co.9 Career Station.
Co.10 Career Station.
Co.ll combination station (Orchard Beach VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.12 combination station (Earleigh Heights VFC) - PO, Paramedic and two FFs with day work officer.
Co.13 combination station (Riviera Beach VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.17 combination station (Arnold VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.18 Career Station.
Co.19 combination station (Cape St. Claire VFC) - full Career crew. Co.20 combination station (Lake Shore VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.21 Career Station.
Co.22 (NEW) Career Station (day work ambulance and EMS Supervisor).
Co.23 Career Station (Special Operations station - HazMat and Technical Rescue).
Co.26 Career Station.
Co.27 combination station (Maryland City VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.28 combination station (Odenton VFC - PO and day work FF with daytime only Medic Unit).
Co.29 Career Station.
Co.30 Career Station.
Co.31 staffed all Career with Volunteer administrative support.
Co.32 staffed all Career with Volunteer administrative support.
Co.33 combination station (Glen Burnie VFC) - full Career crew.
Co.34 Career day work ambulance - Volunteer staffed.
Co.40 combination station (West Annapolis VFC) - full Career crew. Co.41 Career Station.
Co.42 combination station (Deale VFC) - full Career crew.
Career and Volunteers work side by side on incidents (see above for specifics). With the exception of Co.34, all Stations have Career staffing (Co.28 has only a PO for 24 h).
Under the leadership of Chief Trisha L. Wolford Anne Arundel County Fire Department (AACOFD) boasts over 710 volunteer riding members and 881 career firefighters and EMS personnel. AACOFD, a combination career/volunteer department, provides county wide Fire, EMS, and Rescue services from 32 fire stations. They operate on a daily basis with 31 engines, 9 trucks, 8 squads, and 1 hazardous materials/special operations company. EMS is provided with 40 medic units available, 28 ALS and 12 BLS medic units normally in service. Additionally nine suppression units provide ALS response. Other specialized equipment includes 7 tankers, 1 dive rescue team, 22 brush units, 1 collapse rescue team, 7 fireboats, and POD transporter with 2 pods. Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to 78,267 during 2019.