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Program Description

  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 direction for MCFRS; 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 and the Planning Section. The internal affairs office investigates complaints and serious violations of the personnel regulations and department policy and conducts procedural background investigations of applicants for firefighter/rescuer positions. The planning office analyzes risk and historical emergency incident activity and considers it along with development and growth to project strategic resource needs, facility placement, special operational requirements, and future workforce levels. The Planning Office develops planning documents such as the Fire, Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and Community Risk Reduction Master Plan, and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service's Annual Strategic Plan. In addition, considerable mapping and geographic incident data analysis is provided by the Planning Office.

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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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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) core competencies met during FY14-FY18 accreditation cycle 1100%100%NANANA
1  MCFRS was awarded accredited status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International on August 9, 2018 and will remain in effect for a period of five years.
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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved319241812.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-84190.00
FY20 Recommended318399912.00