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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 approved FY23 Operating Budget for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is $252,665,621, an increase of $19,427,923 or 8.33 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $233,237,698. Personnel Costs comprise 82.15 percent of the budget for 1,350 full-time positions and 1 part-time position, and a total of 1,352.01 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 17.85 percent of the FY23 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 $8,253,840 for General Obligation debt and $5,260,150 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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Initiatives

  • Add a paramedic chase car to enhance advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical service delivery in Silver Spring.
  • Add an Emergency Medical Service Duty Officer position to enhance advanced life support field supervision.
  • Add a permanent Emergency Medical Service System Capacity Officer to coordinate patient transport to hospitals and balance emergency department loads. This enhancement is expected to assist in reducing hospital drop times and increase EMS transport availability.
  • Increase the capacity of the Mobile Integrated Health program by adding two paramedics to support the existing social worker and registered nurse on home visits, complement the County's Mobile Crisis Team, and enhance other public health efforts, assist with emergency room diversion options, and better address the needs of frequent 911 callers.

  • Add civilian staff in Support Services to enhance emergency medical services logistics and the small tools function to enhance service and reduce uniform backfill overtime.

  • Add night/weekend career staffing at Sandy Spring Fire Station 40 to support volunteer staffing and address failures to respond.
  • Add funds to support a new flexible emergency medical service, entering service in FY24. The nature of this resource will be informed by enhanced data analysis to ensure maximum community impact.

  • Add funds to support new lease costs associated with expanded and improved space for the Mental Health Unit and Special Operations warehouse expansion.

  • Provide an additional therapist and administrative staff to expand mental health services and add contract resources for Fire and Rescue Occupational Medical Services to support Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service personnel.

  • Increase support for local fire and rescue department emergency medical service activities and infrastructure through an Emergency Service Transporter Supplemental Payment Program Distribution.

  • Add an Emergency Medical Service Quality Management Battalion Chief to evaluate emergency medical services system performance and assist in optimizing resource deployment.
  • Provide funding to address long-standing structural budget deficiencies in fleet and facilities maintenance, wireless communications, and medical supplies.

  • Add funds to un-lapse a Program Manager II position to promote the integration of volunteer and career fire and rescue activities.
  • MCFRS will undergo an assessment of workload and resource deployment by an independent contractor in FY22, with a focus on evaluating the effectiveness of the existing deployment model and identifying resource efficiencies. Efforts will be made to incorporate recommendations from the assessment in order to reduce the use of details and overtime costs.

  • Provide funds to support Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad operating expenditures.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Completed the installation of a grant-funded vehicle exhaust elimination system that allows all fire station vehicles to be hooked to the system and prevents exposure to dangerous exhaust.

  • Purchased over $200,000 of personal protective gear funded by a FEMA grant to safeguard firefighters and paramedics from COVID-19.

  • Placed four new brush engines and a rescue squad into service to replace aging apparatus and reduce maintenance costs.

  • Provide MCFRS personnel language interpretation service through cell phones placed on apparatus.

  • Launched alternative care options to low acuity patients including safe treatment in place via telehealth consult and transport to an urgent care center in lieu of an emergency department. These alternatives provide improved care efficiency for the patient, decrease MCFRS transport unit cycle times which make more units available for emergencies, and reduce volume in local emergency departments.

  • In May 2021, MCFRS expanded the telehealth program to include high-risk patients who refuse transport to a hospital, to improve patient safety.

  • Merged the Information Technology and Technical Operations section into a single Technology Services Section. Abolished the civilian manager and battalion chief to create a new assistant chief, resulting in greater efficiencies and cost savings.

  • In FY22 the State's new Emergency Service Transporter Supplemental Payment Program begins providing several million dollars of Federal funding annually to the County to partially cover the cost of ambulance transport of Medicaid patients

Program Descriptions

  Office of the Fire Chief

The Office of the Fire Chief (OFC) has the ultimate responsibility for the overall management, direction, planning, and coordination of all MCFRS programs and operations. The OFC manages the overall service needs and delivery requirements of MCFRS, including fire and rescue master planning and resource deployment plans; oversees community risk...

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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 overall responsibility for Fire and Rescue Service operations lies directly with...

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  Human Resources Division

The Division of Human Resources is a comprehensive support function of MCFRS focused on the management and maximization of potential for human capital. The Division is comprised of various sub-functions. The Administrative Services Section is responsible for personnel and labor related issues, including coordination with County...

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  Volunteer Services

The Division of Volunteer Services (DVS) manages 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 consistent and balanced integration of the activities of...

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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 the Capital Improvement Program, logistics, fleet services, facilities, technology services, and safety. The logistics function consists of Fleet Support, Fleet Maintenance, Property and Supply, Emergency Medical...

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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 and 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
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Approved
FY23
%Chg
Bud/App
FIRE
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages141986703.00141254477.00 149468377.00 154206201.009.2
Employee Benefits50279881.0053531355.00 53900409.00 53362301.00-0.3
Fire Personnel Costs192266584.00194785832.00 203368786.00 207568502.006.6
Operating Expenses43166018.0038066866.00 45909180.00 45097119.0018.5
Capital Outlay21574.00385000.00 385000.00 0.00-100.0
Fire Expenditures235454176.00233237698.00 249662966.00 252665621.008.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time1315.001332.00 1332.00 1350.001.4
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 1.000.0
FTEs1316.261333.26 1333.26 1352.011.4
REVENUES
Property Tax246033972.00255444935.00 257816298.00 236039696.00-7.6
Other Charges/Fees-177.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental743038.00198622.00 7406622.00 11013162.005444.8
State Fire/Rescue 508 Funds1995269.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues616699.00244882.00 244882.00 244882.000.0
EMS Reimbursement-Ambulance Fee20479176.0020000000.00 19800000.00 20000000.000.0
Fire Revenues269867977.00275888439.00 285267802.00 267297740.00-3.1
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages23869261.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits194902.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs24064163.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses1183267.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Capital Outlay300753.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures25548183.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time3.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs3.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants24526605.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants40370.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues24566975.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures261002359.00233237698.00 249662966.00 252665621.008.3
Total Full-Time Positions1318.001332.00 1332.00 1350.001.4
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs1319.261333.26 1333.26 1352.011.4
Total Revenues294434952.00275888439.00 285267802.00 267297740.00-3.1
FY23 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
FIRE
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION2332376981333.26
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Local Fire and Rescue Department Emergency Service Transporter Supplemental Payment Program Distribution [Volunteer Services]16500000.00
Add: Emergency Medical Service System Capacity Officer to Coordinate Patient Transport to Hospitals and Balance Emergency Department Loads [Operations]11920005.00
Add: Emergency Medical Service Duty Officer to Enhance Advanced Life Support Field Supervision [Operations]10820005.00
Enhance: Additional Staffing for Sandy Spring Fire Station 40 to Support Night and Weekend Service [Operations]8520004.00
Add: Paramedic Chase Car Serving Silver Spring to Expand Advanced Life Support Service [Operations]7990005.00
Add: Flexible Emergency Medical Service Resource [Operations]3550005.00
Enhance: Add Two Paramedic Firefighters to Expand Mobile Integrated Health Team to Address the Needs of Frequent 911 Callers [Operations]2820002.00
Enhance: Chargeback for Special Operations Leased Warehouse Expansion [Operations]2160000.00
Enhance: Add a Therapist and Administrative Aide to Expand Available Mental Health Resources for First Responders [Human Resources Division]1500001.75
Enhance: Fire and Rescue Occupational Medical Services Enhancement and Contract Increase to Support Additional Workload [Human Resources Division]1486040.00
Add: Emergency Medical Service Logistics Program Manager II to Support Ordering, Management, and Distribution of Medical Supplies and Return Detailed Captain to the Field [Support Services]850001.00
Add: Unlapse Program Manager II to Promote the Integration of Volunteer and Career Fire and Rescue Activities [Volunteer Services]800000.00
Add: Emergency Medical Service Quality Management Battalion Chief to Augment Evaluation and Quality Improvement of Emergency Medical Services [Operations]710001.00
Add: Emergency Medical Service Supply Technician to Support Medical Supply Stocking and Distribution [Support Services]590001.00
Enhance: Chargeback for Mental Health Unit Lease Consolidation and Expansion [Human Resources Division]330000.00
Add: Program Manager II to Support Small Tools Function and Return Detailed Captain to the Field [Support Services]01.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustments78787420.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases35388070.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for Fleet Maintenance to Address Structural Budget Deficiency [Support Services]18500000.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for Facilities Maintenance to Address Structural Budget Deficiency [Support Services]11500000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Lapsed Positions9536260.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for Wireless Communications to Address Structural Budget Deficiency [Support Services]5000000.00
Increase Cost: Holiday Pay - Number of Holidays [Operations]4410000.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment3496620.00
Increase Cost: Insurance Coverage Premium Increase [Fiscal Management]3050000.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment2684540.00
Increase Cost: Adjust Budget for Medical Supplies to Address Structural Budget Deficiency [Support Services]2400000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs2254800.00
Increase Cost: Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Operating Support [Support Services]1500000.00
Increase Cost: Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association - Negotiated Agreement [Volunteer Services]899210.00
Increase Cost: Emergency Service Transporter Supplemental Payment Program Administrative Specialist [Fiscal Management]700001.00
Increase Cost: Length of Service Awards Program [Volunteer Services]690000.00
Increase Cost: Emergency Service Transporter Supplemental Payment Program Annual Audit [Fiscal Management]500000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of Chase Car and Daywork Ambulance Costs [Support Services]413000.00
Increase Cost: Convert Paramedic Training Coordinator Position from Master Firefighter to Captain to Better Support Advanced Life Support Instruction [Human Resources Division]400000.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment325620.00
Technical Adj: Abolish Long-term Vacant Lapsed Positions [Support Services]0-2.00
Technical Adj: Abolish Long-term Vacant Lapsed Positions [Human Resources Division]0-3.00
Technical Adj: Abolish Long-term Vacant Lapsed Positions [Office of the Fire Chief]0-1.00
Technical Adj: Abolish Long-term Vacant Lapsed Positions [Operations]0-8.00
Decrease Cost: Recruit Class Adjustment to Reflect the Timing of Prior Year Classes [Human Resources Division]-7550000.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY22-19304680.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-31847670.00
FY23 APPROVED2526656211352.01
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 APPR
Expenditures
FY23 APPR
FTEs
Fiscal Management570083815.00619037316.00
Human Resources Division2829556236.262810647031.01
Office of the Fire Chief590113520.00610002215.00
Operations1697221111203.401812358601225.40
Support Services1769849752.602319569258.60
Volunteer Services59195556.0078372046.00
Total2332376981333.262526656211352.01
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
FIRE
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Approved252666.000000252666.000000252666.000000252666.000000252666.000000252666.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY230.000000521.000000521.000000521.000000521.000000521.000000
New positions in the FY23 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 FY230.000000-1826.000000-1826.000000-1826.000000-1826.000000-1826.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including additional recruit class costs to support an EMS Systems Capacity Officer, Paramedic Chase Car, EMS Duty Officer, Flexible EMS Resource, Mobile Integrated Health Team Paramedics, Sandy Spring Fire Station 40 Staffing, and an EMS Battalion Chief; and start up costs to support a new ESPP Administrative Specialist, Mental Health Unit Expansion, and an EMS Supply Tech, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000003579.0000003579.0000003579.0000003579.0000003579.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Clarksburg Fire Station (P450300)0.000000162.000000162.000000162.000000162.000000162.000000
White Flint Fire Station 23 (P451502)0.0000000.0000000.00000098.000000258.000000258.000000
Subtotal Expenditures252666.000000255102.000000255102.000000255200.000000255360.000000255360.000000
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