MCFRS News Release
The Hottest Job in Town – MCFRS Is Looking for More Than a Few Good People
We’re Fast, We’re Well-Trained and We are Nice!
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will begin accepting applications for employment beginning on Monday, March 20, 2006. www.montgomerycountymd.gov/FireRescue/Recruitment
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is a full spectrum life safety agency protecting nearly 1 million people who live and work in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction. The MCFRS is a combination system (career/volunteer), operating with a budget of over $160 million, comprised of over 1100 career uniformed personnel and professional civilian staff and an equal number of volunteers, nearly half of whom actively participate in emergency response.
Montgomery County fire fighters and emergency medical first responders were called to assist on over 100,000 incidents in 2005. About one million fire and rescue personnel responded on emergency apparatus over 275,000 times during the past year. About 75-80 percent of all responses were medical or rescue type incidents. Several new fire stations are expected to be opened in the next couple of years.
On Monday, March 20th, interested persons can apply one of four ways. First, interested persons can apply online. Second, they can print out an application, fill it out and then mail it to us. Third, we can mail you an application. Finally, job seekers can go to the Montgomery County Office of Human Resources in Rockville and fill out an application in person. No one way is better than another, but many people find it more convenient to submit an application online.
Furthermore, Montgomery County recruiters will be available at the ‘EMS Today’ Conference and Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Persons interested may apply for a job online at this expo. Other information about Montgomery County, including housing, educational opportunities and more will also be available at the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue display area in the exhibit hall.
Much new equipment and apparatus worth well over $6 million dollars was placed in service throughout the county in 2005, including four aerial ladder trucks, at least seven EMS units, one pumper engine, one heavy rescue squad and close to two dozen support and staff vehicles. This new apparatus will be servicing Takoma Park, Rockville, Cabin John, Sandy Spring, Kensington, Gaithersburg, Rockville-Darnestown, Burtonsville, Chevy Chase, Bethesda-Chevy Chase and other areas throughout the county. Over $30 million dollars of new apparatus is expected in the next two years, including seventy-one new state-of-the-art firefighting apparatus.
Firefighter/Rescuer (Recruit) - Job Summary
Starting Salary: $37,714
This is entry level, manual and technical position in fire suppression, prevention, rescue, communications, and emergency medical services involving duties and responsibilities of an emergency and hazardous nature on a rotating shift basis which may require the highest level of sustained exertion and agility.
- Annual Raises
- Paid Vacations
- Paid Sick Leave
- Paid Holidays
- Paid Military Leave
- 20 Year Retirement with no age limit
- Group Health & Life Insurance
- Deferred Compensation Program
- Employee Assistance Program
- Credit Union
- College Tuition Assistance Program
- Uniforms/Equipment Provided
- Comprehensive Training
- On-the-Job Fitness Training
- Premium Pay for Specialized Skills:
- Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) Pay
- Additional Language Pay
- Specialty Assignment Pay -- Code Enforcement Unit, Fire and Arson Investigation Unit, Emergency Communications Center, Hazardous Materials Team, Urban Search and Rescue Team, Swift Water Rescue and Dive Team