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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.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is $233,237,698, an increase of $8,242,290 or 3.66 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $224,995,408. Personnel Costs comprise 83.51 percent of the budget for 1,332 full-time positions and no part-time positions, and a total of 1,333.26 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 16.49 percent of the FY22 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 $7,513,040 for General Obligation debt and $6,036,575 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


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 FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.



  • Add firefighter/rescuer positions to the MCFRS budget to reduce the need for overtime while firefighter/rescuers are engaged in full-time training to become paramedics.
  • Provide funding to continue deployment of cell phone technology on all apparatus to support new alternative destination and telemedicine programs, and to provide backup communication contingency.
  • Add a daywork ambulance to provide enhanced EMS transport capacity.
  • Add a paramedic chase car to improve advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical service delivery in the County. By separating the paramedic from the cot, the advanced medical resource can be redeployed back into the community more quickly, improving ALS availability.
  • Replace 27 aging heart monitor/defibrillators assigned to advanced life support transport units, paramedic chase cars, and engines to ensure the operability of critical life saving equipment through short term financing. Funds are allocated in the debt service budget.
  • Add funds to support an audit of MCFRS operations and administration with a focus on optimizing resource deployment to address racial equity and social justice while identifying resource efficiencies.
  • Add funds to support the purchase of emergency medical supplies, power cot maintenance, and rescue squad apparatus maintenance for the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • MCFRS' Emergency Medical and Integrated Healthcare Services section implements the Direct- to-Triage initiative to decrease low-acuity patient hospital transport turnover times by transferring patients who do not require assistance while waiting for an emergency room bed directly to the emergency room triage process. This improves service to the community by decreasing EMS unit total on-call time and increases resource availability.

  • Began pilot program in cooperation with Shady Grove Medical Center (SGMC) and surrounding skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), to assess the effectiveness of a treatment in place program. This program will introduce a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) into the field, specifically to assess and treat low-acuity patients at SNFs near SGMC. The program goal is to reduce unnecessary hospital transfers by treating the patient at the facility and referring further follow-up to the SNF staff and clinicians.

  • Implement RapidSOS technology to provide improved location information to help first responders find 911 callers who cannot confirm their address.
  • MCFRS operated a COVID-19 surge plan deploying additional resources and enhanced procedures from March 13 to June 10, 2020.
  • Under revised dispatch protocols, units now respond without lights and sirens to low acuity Emergency Medical Service calls to reduce the risk of collision.
  • All 37 fire stations now have at least one mechanical Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) device; a proven and effective technology that enhances the quality of CPR and will support MCFRS' already stellar return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) rates.
  • Nine new EMS units (each with a mechanical load ambulance cot system), four brush engines, one boat support unit, one engine, and one rescue squad have been placed into service in FY21.

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 and strategic planning, and resource deployment plans; oversees...

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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 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 Capital Improvement Program, logistics, fleet services, facilities, and technology services. The logistics function consists of Fleet Support, Fleet Maintenance, Property and Supply, Emergency Medical Service Logistics, 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 and receivable; and contract management and development. The Budget and Grants Section handles budget development;...

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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 Wages149568825.00137086983.00 147014940.00 141254477.003.0
Employee Benefits52022537.0051131446.00 50558930.00 53531355.004.7
Fire Personnel Costs201591362.00188218429.00 197573870.00 194785832.003.5
Operating Expenses42747994.0036650998.00 42608402.00 38066866.003.9
Capital Outlay168687.000.00 0.00 385000.000.0
Fire Expenditures244508043.00224869427.00 240182272.00 233237698.003.7
Full-Time1312.001315.00 1315.00 1332.001.3
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1313.261316.26 1316.26 1333.261.3
EMS Reimbursement-Ambulance Fee18032185.0020000000.00 18000000.00 20000000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues505610.00244882.00 244882.00 244882.000.0
Other Charges/Fees-1556.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental0.00198622.00 198622.00 198622.000.0
Property Tax214784104.00244458885.00 243852645.00 255444935.004.5
State Fire/Rescue 508 Funds1959016.000.00 2041846.00 0.000.0
Fire Revenues235279359.00264902389.00 264337995.00 275888439.004.1
Salaries and Wages1719570.0036853.00 36853.00 0.00-100.0
Employee Benefits406648.0089128.00 89128.00 0.00-100.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2126218.00125981.00 125981.00 0.00-100.0
Operating Expenses1229495.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures3355713.00125981.00 125981.00 0.00-100.0
Full-Time5.003.00 3.00 0.00-100.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs5.003.00 3.00 0.00-100.0
Federal Grants2774494.00125981.00 125981.00 0.00-100.0
State Grants78921.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2853415.00125981.00 125981.00 0.00-100.0
Total Expenditures247863756.00224995408.00 240308253.00 233237698.003.7
Total Full-Time Positions1317.001318.00 1318.00 1332.001.1
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs1318.261319.26 1319.26 1333.261.1
Total Revenues238132774.00265028370.00 264463976.00 275888439.004.1
FY22 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Paramedic Chase Car to Improve Advanced Life Support Service Delivery [Operations]8287025.00
Add: 10 Paramedic Training Positions [Operations]76327710.00
Add: Daywork Ambulance to Enhance Emergency Medical Services Transport Capacity [Operations]6414960.00
Add: MCFRS Audit to Optimize Resource Deployment to Address Racial Equity and Social Justice While Identifying Efficiencies [Office of the Fire Chief]2000000.00
Add: Continue Cell Phone Deployment on All Apparatus [Support Services]1370000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment37202720.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment18173520.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment17295210.00
Increase Cost: Insurance Coverage [Fiscal Management]3910000.00
Increase Cost: Shift Final SAFER Grant Costs to the Fire Fund [Operations]2425363.00
Increase Cost: MCVFRA - Negotiated Agreement [Volunteer Services]2061230.00
Replace: Funding for Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Operating Costs [Support Services]1550000.00
Increase Cost: Length of Service Awards Program [Volunteer Services]880000.00
Increase Cost: Recruit Class Adjustments [Operations]400000.00
Increase Cost: Station Alerting Maintenance [Support Services]350000.00
Increase Cost: Fire Rescue Occupational Medical Services Contract Adjustment [Human Resources Division]220350.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-2550.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-679000.00
Decrease Cost: Company Officer Leadership Academy - Ongoing Savings Plan Adjustment [Human Resources Division]-800000.00
Decrease Cost: Information Technology Restructure - Ongoing Savings Plan Adjustment [Support Services]-120000-1.00
Decrease Cost: Officer Training Courses - Ongoing Savings Plan Adjustment [Human Resources Division]-1400000.00
Decrease Cost: Civilianize Facility Maintenance by Un-lapsing Program Manager I and Returning Details to the Field [Support Services]-1900000.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY21-7264000.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs-13244880.00
FY22 APPROVED2332376981333.26
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Replace: Shift Final SAFER Grant Costs to the Fire Fund [Operations]-125981-3.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Fiscal Management539656815.00570083815.00
Human Resources Division2749217336.262829556236.26
Office of the Fire Chief263493123.00590113520.00
Support Services1692492653.601769849752.60
Volunteer Services56562466.0059195556.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY22 Approved233238.000000233238.000000233238.000000233238.000000233238.000000233238.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY220.000000954.000000954.000000954.000000954.000000954.000000
New positions in the FY22 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 FY220.000000-1930.000000-1930.000000-1930.000000-1930.000000-1930.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY22, including additional recruit class costs to support paramedic training and paramedic chase car positions, year-one paramedic chase car overtime, an audit, an ambulance unit and equipment, and paramedic chase car equipment, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000002679.0000002679.0000002679.0000002679.0000002679.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Clarksburg Fire Station (P450300)0.0000000.000000146.000000194.000000194.000000194.000000
White Flint Fire Station 23 (P451502)0.0000000.0000000.000000124.000000297.000000297.000000
Subtotal Expenditures233238.000000234940.000000235086.000000235258.000000235431.000000235431.000000
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