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Mission Statement

The mission of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is to provide maximum protection of lives, property, and the environment with comprehensive risk reduction programs and safe and effective emergency response provided by highly skilled career and volunteer service providers representing the County's diverse population.

MCFRS consists of the Office of the Fire Chief; Division of Operations; Division of Human Resources; Division of Fiscal Management; Division of Support Services; Division of Volunteer and Community Services; the Fire and Emergency Services Commission; and 19 Local Fire and Rescue Departments (LFRD). MCFRS operates 37 fire and rescue stations and several satellite offices.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY19 Operating Budget for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is $218,000,207, an increase of $3,137,787 or 1.46 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $214,862,420. Personnel Costs comprise 82.89 percent of the budget for 1,297 full-time positions and no part-time positions, and a total of 1,298.26 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charges to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 17.11 percent of the FY19 budget.

The Debt Service for the Fire Tax District Fund is appropriated in the Debt Service Fund and is, therefore, not displayed in this section. To pay for the Debt Service, a transfer of funds from the Fire Tax District Fund to the Debt Service Fund of $7,873,730 for General Obligation debt and $2,896,600 for other debt is required.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Accomplishments

  • Eliminated the need to keep paper invoices and supporting documentation by sending payment paperwork to be scanned and linked in the financial system to the relevant payment.
  • Placed in service the following apparatus in FY17: five aerial ladder trucks, 20 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units, and one mobile command unit. In addition, two tankers and four brush engines were ordered. Major apparatus purchases in process for FY18 include pumpers, EMS units, heavy rescue squads, and an aerial ladder truck.
  • The County's new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, which handles every call received by 911 went live in April 2017.
  • MCFRS replaced its entire stock of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Three engines, serving Cabin John, Glen Echo and Bethesda, were upgraded to four-person staffing and now have a paramedic assigned. This addition reduces response time to medical emergencies in those areas.
  • Revamped the hiring process to include a preference point system and a more holistic consideration for applicants resulting in the most diverse recruit class in ten years.
  • Following a comprehensive audit and evaluation of MCFRS's firefighting capabilities, a new Insurance Services Office rating took effect that could mean savings on fire insurance premiums for property owners throughout the County.

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Initiatives

  • Provide funds to replace Bethesda Chevy Chase Volunteer Rescue Squad operating expenditures.
  • Add funds to provide daytime staffing at Burtonsville to support Rescue Squad 715.
  • In an effort to reduce 911 calls, ambulance transports and emergency room visits, MCFRS has partnered with HHS to expand a program that initiates regular home health care visits and other services for patients that had been repeatedly transported by ambulance to hospital emergency rooms.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Segmented the recruit class into two components and staggered start dates resulting in better use of facilities, improved management of recruit processing, greater ease and efficiency in distributing gear, and reduced the impact on the fire/EMS instructor cadre.
  • MCFRS was awarded a Federal SAFER grant that will provide $1.5 million to fund ten additional firefighter positions and bring two fire suppression units to four-person staffing.
  • Awarded $155,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to purchase a replacement flashover simulator that has been used regularly for over ten years for live fire training.

Program Descriptions

  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...

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  Operations

The Operations Division is the organizational component of MCFRS that is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of critical Emergency Medical Services (EMS), fire suppression, and technical rescue mitigation to the citizens and visitors of Montgomery County. The Division's personnel also assist the Division of Volunteer and Community Services by performing...

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  Support Services

The Division of Support Services provides central administrative and management service and direction for support functions across the department. Core services include logistics, facilities, and information technology. The logistics function consists of property and supply, fleet operations, and fleet maintenance. The Property and Supply Section handles the uniform and...

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  Human Resources Division

The Division of Human Resources handles hiring, promotional test administration, labor relations, discipline process, pay and benefits, occupational safety, collision review, health and wellness, recruit training, continuing education, and in-service training. The Division is comprised of the following organizational components: employee services/human resources; workforce recruiting; medical; behavioral health; health and...

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  Fiscal Management

The Division of Fiscal Management is responsible for the overall management of the MCFRS operating budget; the management and administration of State and Federal funding; management oversight of the EMS reimbursement program; accounts payable; accounts receivable; and contract management and development. The Budget and Grants Section handles budget development...

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  Volunteer Services

The Division of Volunteer and Community Services manages and coordinates the department's community outreach efforts and provides support and volunteer advocacy, oversight, mediation, and enforcement of MCFRS policies, coordination and technical assistance, incentives, and administrative services to support the Local Fire and Rescue Departments (LFRD) within MCFRS. This program promotes...

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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.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
FIRE
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages131918303.00127521838.00 134155157.00 131107493.002.8
Employee Benefits50241725.0048662582.00 48704138.00 49009885.000.7
Fire Personnel Costs182160028.00176184420.00 182859295.00 180117378.002.2
Operating Expenses44264730.0038678000.00 40204363.00 37293839.00-3.6
Capital Outlay228931.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Fire Expenditures226653689.00214862420.00 223063658.00 217411217.001.2
PERSONNEL
Full-Time1301.001285.00 1285.00 1290.000.4
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 0.00-100.0
FTEs1302.761286.76 1286.76 1291.260.4
REVENUES
EMS Reimbursement-Ambulance Fee25177358.0019199561.00 19199561.00 19500000.001.6
Investment Income305635.00242130.00 501710.00 710760.00193.5
Miscellaneous Revenues369918.00240500.00 240500.00 244882.001.8
Property Tax212289123.00211455538.00 211165492.00 215654797.002.0
State Fire/Rescue 508 Funds1965335.000.00 1970000.00 0.000.0
Fire Revenues240107369.00231137729.00 233077263.00 236110439.002.2
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1069708.000.00 0.00 441465.000.0
Employee Benefits104066.000.00 0.00 147525.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs1173774.000.00 0.00 588990.000.0
Operating Expenses968768.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures2142542.000.00 0.00 588990.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 7.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 7.000.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants2088383.000.00 0.00 588990.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues16242.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants26317.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2130942.000.00 0.00 588990.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures228796231.00214862420.00 223063658.00 218000207.001.5
Total Full-Time Positions1301.001285.00 1285.00 1297.000.9
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 0.00-100.0
Total FTEs1302.761286.76 1286.76 1298.260.9
Total Revenues242238311.00231137729.00 233077263.00 236699429.002.4
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
FIRE
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION2148624201286.76
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Daytime Staffing at Burtonsville [Operations]6749304.00
Add: Expand Mobile Integrated Healthcare to Serve 200 Patients [Operations]2473972.00
Add: SAFER Grant Match [Operations]2126523.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment39702340.00
Shift: Move Uniform Purchases Financed by EMST from Fiscal Management to Support Services [Support Services]9782000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs9532910.00
Shift: Move Facility Maintenance Expenditures Financed by EMST from Fiscal Management to Support Services [Support Services]4770630.00
Increase Cost: Holiday Pay3800000.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment [Support Services]1821530.00
Replace: Funding for Bethesda Chevy Chase Volunteer Rescue Squad Operating Costs [Fiscal Management]1760000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Lapsed Positions450000.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail90810.00
Technical Adj: Public Safety Training Academy Registrar [Human Resources Division]00.50
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY18-983030.00
Decrease Cost: Align Recruit Class Size to Attrition Needs [Human Resources Division]-1755000.00
Re-align: Takoma Park Four-Person Staffing Initiated Through Federal Grant [Operations]-400000-5.00
Shift: Move Facility Maintenance Expenditures Financed by EMST from Fiscal Management to Support Services [Fiscal Management]-4770630.00
Shift: Move Uniform Purchases Financed by EMST from Fiscal Management to Support Services [Fiscal Management]-9782000.00
Decrease Cost: Risk Management Adjustment [Human Resources Division]-16795720.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-19485660.00
FY19 APPROVED2174112171291.26
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION00.00
Federal/State Programs
Add: SAFER Grant to Support Ten New Firefighter Positions5889907.00
FY19 APPROVED5889907.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
FY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
Office of the Fire Chief381356112.00319241812.00
Operations1552450921163.901595203601172.30
Support Services996857850.001216806952.60
Human Resources Division2974072535.762820130736.26
Fiscal Management1285062715.101154808015.10
Volunteer Services324383710.00336997310.00
Total2148624201286.762180002071298.26
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
FIRE
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved217411.000000217411.000000217411.000000217411.000000217411.000000217411.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY190.000000321.000000321.000000321.000000321.000000321.000000
New positions in the FY19 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-568.000000-568.000000-568.000000-568.000000-568.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including one time costs associated with overtime staffing and additional recruit class slots supporting daytime staffing at Burtonsville, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000927.000000927.000000927.000000927.000000927.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Clarksburg Fire Station (P450300)0.0000000.0000000.000000153.000000203.000000203.000000
Kensington FS #25 (P450903)0.000000125.000000125.000000125.000000125.000000125.000000
White Flint Fire Station #23 (P451502)0.0000000.0000000.0000000.000000144.000000144.000000
Subtotal Expenditures217411.000000218216.000000218216.000000218369.000000218563.000000218563.000000
Annualization of Personnel Costs and FTEs
TitleFY19 Approved FY20 Annualized
TitleExpendituresFTEsExpendituresFTEs
Daytime Staffing at Burtonsville6309304.009516604.00
Total6309304.009516604.00
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