MCFRS News Release

Fire and Rescue Service Veterans Promoted and Reassigned

Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr is pleased to announce several promotions and reassignments, some of which were the result of recent retirements. Division Chief Richard Bowers has been reassigned to the Division Chief for Operations, the largest Division within the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, from the Division of Wellness, Safety and Training.  From within the Administrative Services Division Assistant Chief David Steckel, Employee Services and Labor Relations, was promoted to Division Chief will be reassigned and will take over the Division of Wellness, Safety and Training.

Battalion Chief Ed Radcliffe, Operations, has been promoted to Assistant Chief and will be assigned to the Administrative Services Division and take over Employee Services and Labor Relations.  Battalion Chief Mike Nelson, Operations, has been promoted to Assistant Chief and assumes the role in the Division of Wellness, Safety and Training as the Safety Section Chief.

After 35 years of service to the citizens of Montgomery County, Philip Guercio has retired.  Chief Guercio most recently served as the Division Chief for Operations.  Additionally, after 27 years of service Assistant Chief Denise Pouget has also retired.  Chief Pouget most recently held the position of Safety Section Chief and has taken a position as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Alexandria (VA) Fire Department.

Division Chief Richard Bowers, Operations, has over 32 years fire and rescue service experience. He served as Division Chief for Wellness, Safety and Training for over 3 years and before that was an Assistant Chief for over 3 years. He attended recruit class in 1977, and finished first in the class.  He graduated from the University of Maryland and is currently working on his Masters Degree.  His wife and he currently reside in Frederick and they have two grown daughters.

Division Chief David Steckel, Wellness, Safety and Training, has nearly 25 years of fire and rescue service.  He was assigned to the Employee Services and Labor Relations as Assistant Chief for 5 years.  He graduated from the Montgomery County High School Fire Cadet program in 1986 and began his career as a firefighter in 1987.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received a Law Degree in 1999.  He currently resides in Bethesda.

Assistant Chief Ed Radcliffe has over 20 years of fire and rescue service.  He has been a Battalion Chief since 2003.  He attended Bryn Athyn College and Northern Virginia Community College.   He presently lives with his wife and two children, age 4 and 5, in Bethesda.

Assistant Chief Michael Nelson has over 26 years of fire and rescue service and has been a battalion Chief since 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and has an Associates Degree from Montgomery College.  He is currently enrolled in a Master Program with Columbia Southern University. He and his wife have two daughters, age 9 and 5, and they reside in Sykesville.

                        The Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), an Accredited Agency, is a full spectrum life safety agency protecting about 500 square miles and nearly 1 million people who live and work in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction.  Under the direction of County Fire Chief, Tom Carr, the MCFRS is a combination system (career/volunteer) in the suburban Washington, D.C. area, operating with an annual budget of about $200 million dollars. The MCFRS annually handles about 100,000 emergency calls for service and is staffed by nearly 1300 career uniformed personnel and professional civilian staff and an equal number of volunteers, nearly half of whom are actively involved in emergency response.