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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 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 Recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is $229,540,464 an increase of $6,290,005 or 2.82 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $223,250,459. Personnel Costs comprise 83.88 percent of the budget for 1,339 full-time positions, and a total of 1,340.26 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 16.14 percent of the FY20 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 $8,400,610 for general obligation debt and $5,105,150 for other debt is required.

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

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Safe Neighborhoods

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Program 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 FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.

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Initiatives

  • Add firefighter/rescuer positions to the MCFRS budget to eliminate the need for overtime while firefighter/rescuers are engaged full-time in training to become paramedics.
  • Add an investigator to reduce the time required to complete internal affairs investigations.
  • Provide funding to continue deployment of cell phone technology on all apparatus until the new radio tower system goes live in December 2020.
  • Adjust recruit instructor overtime to reflect past General Wage Adjustments.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Ambulances in certain areas of the County began transporting some non-severe cases to urgent care centers instead of hospital emergency rooms through the Alternative Destination Pilot Program.

  • The technical operations section will provide critical information to first responders through enhanced mobile data computers that work with area-wide Smart Building initiatives and regional data systems.

  • Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department received a SAFER grant for $245,000 to support the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

  • The logistics section has combined delivery functions for the property/supply and small tools sections to reduce labor costs.

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 the MCFRS that is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of critical Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Suppression, and Technical Rescue mitigation to the residents and visitors of Montgomery County. The Division's personnel also assist the Division of Volunteer and Community Services...

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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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  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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  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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  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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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
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
FIRE
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages139941377.00135290532.00 143398665.00 141088658.004.3
Employee Benefits49461131.0050974727.00 51173546.00 51335253.000.7
Fire Personnel Costs189402508.00186265259.00 194572211.00 192423911.003.3
Operating Expenses44039297.0036566360.00 43070593.00 36990572.001.2
Capital Outlay90144.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Fire Expenditures233531949.00222831619.00 237642804.00 229414483.003.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time1290.001312.00 1312.00 1336.001.8
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1291.261313.26 1313.26 1337.261.8
REVENUES
EMS Reimbursement-Ambulance Fee21214150.0019500000.00 18500000.00 20000000.002.6
Investment Income0.0024490.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
Miscellaneous Revenues541690.00244882.00 244882.00 244882.000.0
Other Charges/Fees20.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental0.00198622.00 198622.00 198622.000.0
Property Tax209787462.00221638239.00 216758875.00 248181610.0012.0
State Fire/Rescue 508 Funds1952432.000.00 1962542.00 0.000.0
Fire Revenues233495754.00241606233.00 237664921.00 268625114.0011.2
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1958324.00268815.00 268815.00 36853.00-86.3
Employee Benefits406845.00150025.00 150025.00 89128.00-40.6
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2365169.00418840.00 418840.00 125981.00-69.9
Operating Expenses730649.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Capital Outlay138158.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures3233976.00418840.00 418840.00 125981.00-69.9
PERSONNEL
Full-Time7.005.00 5.00 3.00-40.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs7.005.00 5.00 3.00-40.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants3062347.00418840.00 418840.00 125981.00-69.9
State Grants45983.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues3108330.00418840.00 418840.00 125981.00-69.9
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures236765925.00223250459.00 238061644.00 229540464.002.8
Total Full-Time Positions1297.001317.00 1317.00 1339.001.7
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs1298.261318.26 1318.26 1340.261.7
Total Revenues236604084.00242025073.00 238083761.00 268751095.0011.0
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
FIRE
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment31352920.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED31352920.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Fiscal Management500397215.10539656815.00
Human Resources Division2870906236.262824914556.26
Office of the Fire Chief317854112.00393590524.00
Operations1632732871192.301691124151185.40
Support Services1661449352.601703092653.60
Volunteer Services647110410.0058155056.00
Total2232504591318.262295404641340.26
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
FIRE
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended229414.000000229414.000000229414.000000229414.000000229414.000000229414.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.000000969.000000969.000000969.000000969.000000969.000000
New positions in the FY21 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 Recommended in FY210.000000-991.000000-991.000000-991.000000-991.000000-991.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY21, including holiday pay, vehicle funding in the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Association agreement, communications contingency plan implementation, operating expenditures supporting recruits for new positions, and fleet maintenance, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000001091.0000001091.0000001091.0000001091.0000001091.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Clarksburg Fire Station (P450300)0.000000146.000000194.000000194.000000194.000000194.000000
White Flint Fire Station 23 (P451502)0.0000000.0000000.0000000.000000124.000000297.000000
Subtotal Expenditures229414.000000230630.000000230678.000000230678.000000230802.000000230975.000000
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