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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.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY20 Operating Budget for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is $223,250,459, an increase of $5,250,252 or 2.41 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $218,000,207. Personnel Costs comprise 83.62 percent of the budget for 1,317 full-time positions and no part-time positions, and a total of 1,318.26 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 16.38 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.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Safe Neighborhoods


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 FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.


  • Completed a twelve-year effort to staff all 35 engines with four personnel, allowing for a more rapid fire attack as well as reduced response times to medical calls. The fourth person on each engine is a paramedic, which expands the availability of paramedics throughout the County and results in paramedics arriving to medical calls more quickly than they did prior to four-person staffing when they were solely on medic units.
  • Achieved five-year reaccreditation -- MCFRS is one of nearly 250 agencies worldwide with this distinction and is only one of two internationally accredited combination (career and volunteer) fire and rescue departments in Maryland. The accreditation model provides an extensive organizational review, self-assessment and evaluation process that enables fire and emergency service agencies to examine performance levels and compare them to industry best practices.

  • In the latest Montgomery County Resident Survey, MCFRS received 95 percent positive ratings for fire service and 94 percent positive ratings for ambulance and emergency medical service.
  • The Public Safety Training Academy conducted two six-month recruit classes in FY 2018, training 69 firefighter recruits who graduated and began serving in the field.
  • Added weekday staffing, four personnel, at Burtonsville Station 15 to reduce failures to respond.
  • Worked with CountyStat to update the report that calculates the number of employees required to staff a shift position in each operational area. This is an important factor in the explanation of personnel costs.
  • Launched new scheduling website and upgraded to web-based scheduling system allowing full access to staffing data off-site.



  • Continue implementation of the Mobile Integrated Healthcare program which aims to reduce ambulance transports and emergency room visits by directing patients with high Emergency Medical Services (EMS) utilization to ongoing, supportive health and human services programs. Under the program, civilians will be hired to replace uniform staff, outreach to opiate overdose patients will begin, and 250 patients will be served. The top five institutional super-users will be addressed.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Staffing two engines with four-person staffing with the recently-awarded Federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant.
  • Utilized Federal funds awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant to purchase a flashover simulator, which allows firefighters at the training academy to train in realistic live-fire exercises.
  • Hazardous materials team increased radiation detection capability through the "Securing the Cities" grant program.
  • Continued civilianization of call-taking and dispatching operations at the Emergency Communications Center.
  • Introduced County-supported software to manage leave selection process for all uniform personnel.

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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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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  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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Budget Trends
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
Salaries and Wages135096828.00131107493.00 138616710.00 135290532.003.2
Employee Benefits49161786.0049009885.00 49903463.00 50974727.004.0
Fire Personnel Costs184258614.00180117378.00 188520173.00 186265259.003.4
Operating Expenses45602162.0037293839.00 44230830.00 36566360.00-2.0
Capital Outlay10956.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Fire Expenditures229871732.00217411217.00 232751003.00 222831619.002.5
Full-Time1285.001290.00 1290.00 1312.001.7
Part-Time1.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1286.761291.26 1291.26 1313.261.7
EMS Reimbursement-Ambulance Fee21087021.0019500000.00 19500000.00 19500000.000.0
Investment Income11662.00710760.00 22990.00 24490.00-96.6
Miscellaneous Revenues204286.00244882.00 244882.00 244882.000.0
Other Charges/Fees3189.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental0.000.00 198622.00 198622.000.0
Property Tax210007261.00215654797.00 213470661.00 221638239.002.8
State Fire/Rescue 508 Funds1961675.000.00 1963432.00 0.000.0
Fire Revenues233275094.00236110439.00 235400587.00 241606233.002.3
Salaries and Wages1318766.00441465.00 441465.00 268815.00-39.1
Employee Benefits219936.00147525.00 147525.00 150025.001.7
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs1538702.00588990.00 588990.00 418840.00-28.9
Operating Expenses992428.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures2531130.00588990.00 588990.00 418840.00-28.9
Full-Time0.007.00 7.00 5.00-28.6
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.007.00 7.00 5.00-28.6
Federal Grants2096417.00588990.00 588990.00 418840.00-28.9
State Grants34594.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2131011.00588990.00 588990.00 418840.00-28.9
Total Expenditures232402862.00218000207.00 233339993.00 223250459.002.4
Total Full-Time Positions1285.001297.00 1297.00 1317.001.5
Total Part-Time Positions1.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs1286.761298.26 1298.26 1318.261.5
Total Revenues235406105.00236699429.00 235989577.00 242025073.002.2
FY20 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Address Wheaton Rescue Squad Failures to Respond during shift changes [Operations]1747360.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment49837420.00
Increase Cost: Adjust budget for Overtime to Address Structural Budget Deficiencies [Operations]21840000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Lapsed Positions3207300.00
Increase Cost: Occupational Medical Services [Human Resources Division]2760150.00
Increase Cost: Length of Service Awards Program [Volunteer Services]2660000.00
Replace: FY16 SAFER grant [Operations]2034440.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Complement to Address Structural Budget Deficiency [Operations]17970020.00
Increase Cost: Station alerting maintenance contract [Support Services]1410000.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment323020.00
Increase Cost: Volunteer Contract [Volunteer Services]253090.00
Technical Adj: Technical Adjustment/FY16 SAFER Grant [Operations]02.00
Shift: Annualization of ESRI Enterprise Agreement - Shift to DTS-19000.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-2394690.00
Decrease Cost: Holiday Pay - Number of Holidays-3800000.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY19-5680200.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs-7159050.00
Decrease Cost: Risk Management Adjustment [Human Resources Division]-14612820.00
FY20 APPROVED2228316191313.26
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Replace: FY16 SAFER Grant shifted to Fire fund [Operations]-170150-2.00
FY20 APPROVED4188405.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Office of the Fire Chief319241812.00317854112.00
Support Services1216806952.601661449352.60
Human Resources Division2820130736.262870906236.26
Fiscal Management1154808015.10500397215.10
Volunteer Services336997310.00647110410.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY20 Approved222832.000000222832.000000222832.000000222832.000000222832.000000222832.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY200.0000002167.0000002167.0000002167.0000002167.0000002167.000000
New uniform positions in the FY20 budget are filled at the end of the Recruit Class. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000001787.0000001787.0000001787.0000001787.0000001787.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Clarksburg Fire Station (P450300)0.0000000.000000153.000000203.000000203.000000203.000000
MKC - Kensington FS #25 (P450903)0.000000106.000000106.000000106.000000106.000000106.000000
White Flint Fire Station #23 (P451502)0.0000000.0000000.000000144.000000144.000000144.000000
Subtotal Expenditures222832.000000226892.000000227045.000000227239.000000227239.000000227239.000000
Annualization of Personnel Costs and FTEs
TitleFY20 Approved FY21 Annualized
Adjust Complement to Address Structural Budget Deficiency11970020.00228698920.00
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