The Montgomery County Fire
and Rescue Service vision is to keep our communities safe and healthy
by providing the best fire, rescue, and emergency medical services,
utilizing career and volunteer resources.
The Mission of the Montgomery
County Fire and Rescue Service is to protect lives, property, and the
environment with comprehensive risk reduction programs; and safe, efficient,
and effective emergency response provided by skilled, motivated, and
compassionate career and volunteer service providers representing Montgomery
County’s diverse population.
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.
In the last year Montgomery County has been recognized
in many ways including the recognition of several individuals from Montgomery
County Fire and Rescue Service have been acknowledged for their outstanding
contributions to the national fire service, including Battalion Chief
John Tippett, ‘Fire Instructor of the Year’ by the International
Society of Fire Department Instructors and Assistant Chief Denise Rankin-Pouget,
’Safety Officer of the Year’ by the International Association
of Fire Chiefs and Fire Department Safety Officers Association.
While at the same time the MCFRS was working to achieve
Accreditation, the agency was presented with the National Fallen Fire
Fighters Foundation (NFFF) ‘Seal of Excellence’ for not
only being the first organization to institute all 16 Life-Safety Initiatives
adopted by the NFFF, but also as being the largest agency to do so.
The County Executive and Chief Carr commissioned a Senior Citizen Fire
Safety Task Force report that was presented and led to ‘SOS –
Summer of Safety’, a multi-faceted life-safety program for seniors.
The MCFRS also became the first in the nation to acquire
direct negotiations and collective bargaining for volunteers. Operationally,
the fire code enforcement section received additional staffing, ‘flex’
EMS units were placed into service in strategic areas, emergency unit
staffing is being enhanced, new fire and rescue apparatus has been and
will be placed in service and several new fire stations are expected
to be built.