Fire protection is provided to Berlin and the surrounding area by the Berlin Fire Company, an independent entity.

For Emergencies, please call 911.

Berlin Fire Company
214 North Main Street | Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-641-1977 | Fax: 410-641-2494

Are the Berlin Fire Company and Berlin Fire Company Emergency Medical Services town departments?

  • No, the Berlin Fire Company (BFC) and Berlin Fire Company Emergency Medical Services (BFCEMS) are actually two independent corporations governed by the BFC members and board of directors.

Does the Town of Berlin provide funding for Fire and Emergency Medical Services?

  • Yes, the Town of Berlin provides direct grant funding to help offset the cost of fire and EMS services within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Berlin. In addition to the grant provided by the Town of Berlin, the Berlin Fire Company and Berlin Fire Company EMS also receive funding from the Worcester County Commissioners and the State of Maryland. Additionally, the Berlin Fire Company and Berlin Fire Company EMS are both non-profit corporations allowing them to accept donations through their annual fund drive and by hosting fundraisers.

How does the Town of Berlin determine the grant they provide to the Berlin Fire Company versus the Berlin Fire Company Emergency Medical Services?

  • The grant amounts to each entity (BFC and BFCEMS) are determined each fiscal year by the leadership of the Berlin Fire Company. Each fiscal year, before the Mayor and Council adopt their budget, the Berlin Fire Company and Berlin Fire Company EMS are informed by the Town of Berlin of approximately how much money the Town will be able to contribute in the upcoming fiscal year. The Town of Berlin then asks the leadership of the Berlin Fire Company to specify how they would like the grant separated between the two entities. Once the leadership of the Berlin Fire Company makes the determination of how they would like the funds separated between the two entities, the Town of Berlin writes check to each entity equaling the total grant amount.

BERLIN FIRE CO. (BFC) AND BERLIN FIRE COMPANY EMS (BFCEMS) GRANT ALLOCATION FROM THE TOWN OF BERLINPASS THROUGH GRANT FROM WORCESTER COUNTY
FY 2003-2023
FY YEARBFCBFCEMSFiscal Year TotalRestricted Grant from Worcester CountyAMOSS Grant
ARPA Grants to be distributed 2023$ 220,000.00$ 47,520.00$ 267,520.00

2023

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$ 116,960.82
$ 125,000.00
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$ 283,039.18

$ 525,000.00
$ 218,000.00January 2023
2022$ 125,000.00$ 275,000.00$ 400,000.00$ 214,000.00$ 10,674.00
2021$ 165,285.00$ 234,715.00$ 400,000.00$ 204,000.00$ 10,800.00
2020$ 225,000.00$ 319,000.00$ 544,000.00$ 195,000.00$ 10,891.00
2019$ 250,000.00$ 355,000.00$ 605,000.00$ 234,000.00$ 9,281.00
2018$ 400,000.00Fire and Ambulance together$ 400,000.00$ 209,000.00$ 14,050.00
2017$ 400,000.00Fire and Ambulance together$ 400,000.00$ 151,000.00$ 8,419.00
2016$ 400,000.00Fire and Ambulance together$ 400,000.00$ 175,000.00$ 9,640.00
2015$ 400,000.00Fire and Ambulance together$ 400,000.00$ 252,000.00$ 1,381.00
2014$ 200,000.00Fire and Ambulance together$ 200,000.00$ 198,000.00$ -
2013$ -$ -$ -$ 197,000.00$ 556.00
2012$ 342,000.00$ 215,360.00$ 557,360.00No Paper Records$ 4,962.00
2011$ 342,000.00$ 232,598.00$ 574,598.00 $ 7,134.00
2010$ 342,000.00$ 232,598.00$ 574,598.00$ 7,018.00
2009$ 342,000.00$ 232,598.00$ 574,598.00$ 5,877.29
2008$ 318,627.00$ 232,598.00$ 551,225.00
2007$ 287,097.00$ 225,000.00$ 512,097.00
2006$ 231,200.00$ 110,000.00$ 341,200.00
2005$ 228,656.00$ 110,000.00$ 338,656.00
2004$ 195,012.00$ 93,443.00$ 288,455.00
2003$ 201,177.00$ 61,911.00$ 263,088.00
Totals$ 5,512,014.82$ 3,212,860.18$ 8,724,875.00$ 2,247,000.00$100,683.29
TotalTown of Berlin$ 8,724,875.00WO County$ 2,347,683.29

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