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Program Description

  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 reduction programs and community outreach; develops and recommends capital improvement projects; manages and integrates information technology into the MCFRS' business processes; and recommends policy initiatives and programs to the County Executive.

The Office of the Fire Chief includes the Internal Affairs Section, Community Risk Reduction Section, the Planning Section, and the Public Information Office.

The Internal Affairs Section investigates complaints and serious violations of the personnel regulations and department policy and conducts procedural background investigations of applicants for firefighter/rescuer positions.

The Community Risk Reduction Section identifies and mitigates certain risks to the community in an effort to reduce the number of 911 calls. Initiatives include smoke alarm distribution, home safety visits for seniors, child safety seat installation and bicycle safety education.

The Planning Section is primarily responsible for the development of the Fire, Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and Community Risk Reduction Master Plan and oversees the department's accreditation program. Among the tasks assigned to this office are the analyses of risk and historical emergency incident activity; monitoring development and growth to project strategic resource needs, facility placement, special operational requirements, and future workforce levels; performance measurement; and geographical incident data analyses and technical support.

The Public Information Office facilitates media relations, messages, and imaging/brand management and is responsible for disseminating information to the public on departmental programs and services; conducting outreach and fire safety education; and ensuring high quality customer service.

Program Contacts

Contact Dominic Del Pozzo of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service at 240.777.2236 or Thomas Tippett of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2628 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY21Actual FY22Estimated FY23Target FY24Target FY25
Child safety seat inspections survey - percent of respondents who were overall satisfied100%99%100%100%100%

Program Budget Changes

FY24 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY23 Approved610002215.00
Enhance: Add a Uniformed Community Action Coordinator and Two Civilian Community Risk Reduction Specialists to Expand Prevention and Education Services 4080003.00
Enhance: Add an Investigator III to Reduce Time Required to Complete Internal Affairs Investigations1320001.00
Add: Civilian Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer to Expand Equity-Centered Practices950001.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-2896248-1.00
FY24 Approved383877419.00