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Program Description

  Office of the Fire Chief

The Fire Chief has the ultimate responsibility for the overall management, direction, planning and coordination of all MCFRS programs and operations. The Office of the Fire Chief manages the overall service needs and delivery requirements of MCFRS including fire and rescue master planning, resource deployment plans, and the overall strategic direction for MCFRS; develops and recommends capital improvement projects; manages and integrates information technology into the MCFRS' business processes; and recommends policy initiatives and programs to the County Executive.

The Office of the Fire Chief includes the Internal Affairs Section and the Planning Section. The internal affairs office investigates complaints and serious violations of the personnel regulations and department policy and conducts procedural background investigations of applicants for firefighter/rescuer positions. The planning office analyzes risk and historical emergency incident activity and considers it along with development and growth to project strategic resource needs, facility placement, special operational requirements, and future workforce levels. The Planning Office develops planning documents such as the Fire, Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and Community Risk Reduction Master Plan and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service's Annual Strategic Plan. In addition, considerable mapping and geographic incident data analysis is provided by the Planning Office.

Program Contacts

Contact Dominic Del Pozzo of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service at 240.777.2236 or Rachel Silberman of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2770 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) core competencies met during FY14-FY18 accreditation cycle98.8%100%100%100%100%

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved381356112.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-6211420.00
FY19 Recommended319241912.00