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Program Description

  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 the Fire Chief. The Division Chief of Operations is assigned by the Fire Chief to manage the Division. The career and volunteer components of the combined service work in an "Integrated Emergency Command Structure" that defines the authority and responsibility for all members of the service. MCFRS responds to approximately 120,000 emergency incidents annually. Requests for emergency medical assistance comprise the majority of those incidents, approximately 95,000 calls annually resulting in the transport of 70,000 people to local hospitals. There are 26,000 fire incidents, technical rescue, and hazardous materials incidents annually.

The Operations Division is organized into four major sections, including Field Operations, Emergency Communications Center (ECC), Special Operations (SOPs), and Emergency Medical and Integrated Healthcare Services (EMIHS). MCFRS personnel operate from 37 Fire and Rescue stations. Thirty-five paramedic engines, 15 aerial units, 6 heavy rescue squads, 12 ALS medic units, 2 paramedic chase cars, and 30 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances make up the primary fleet of first response apparatus. There are additional units that can be placed in service with available volunteer or recalled career personnel to increase the MCFRS capability.

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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 FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Number of fire incidents17,59016,95316,29015,63114,971
Number of EMIHS (medical services) incidents95,39293,51694,00094,00094,000
90th percentile arrival time for first Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit in urban areas of the County10:4011:1810:4010:3510:30
90th percentile arrival time for first engine to structure fire in urban areas of the County9:279:369:309:159:15
EMS cardiac care: Percentage of cardiac arrest patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)34%27%30%33%33%
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved1668905641185.40
Add: 10 Paramedic Training Positions76327710.00
Add: Daywork Ambulance to Enhance Emergency Medical Services Transport Capacity6414960.00
Add: Paramedic Chase Car to Improve Advanced Life Support Service Delivery6371930.00
Increase Cost: Shift Final SAFER Grant Costs to the Fire Fund2425363.00
Increase Cost: Recruit Class Adjustments400000.00
Replace: Shift Final SAFER Grant Costs to the Fire Fund-125981-3.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.7750163.00
FY22 Recommended1698641011198.40