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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 Division's personnel also assist the Division of Volunteer and Community Services by performing a wide variety of non-emergency services that are focused on public education and community risk reduction.

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 90,000 calls annually resulting in the transport of 70,000 people to local hospitals. There are 27,000 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, and Emergency Medical and Integrated Healthcare Services. MCFRS personnel operate from 37 Fire and Rescue stations. Thirty-five engines, 16 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 FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Number of fire incidents18,20917,59017,50017,50017,500
Number of EMIHS (medical services) incidents95,56495,39294,50094,00093,800
90th percentile arrival time for first Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit in urban areas of the County 110:4210:4010:3610:3210:29
90th percentile arrival time for first engine to structure fire in urban areas of the County 210:019:279:499:329:30
EMS cardiac care: Percentage of cardiac arrest patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)34.9%40.2%40.2%40.2%40.2%
1  During FY19, MCFRS transitioned from four population density zones (Metropolitan, Urban, Suburban, Rural) to two zones: Urban (=2500 residents/sq. mi.) and Rural (<2500). Use of these two zones is consistent with Commission on Fire Accreditation International guidance and U.S. Census Bureau criteria.
2  During FY19, MCFRS transitioned from four population density zones (Metropolitan, Urban, Suburban, Rural) to two zones: Urban (=2500 residents/sq. mi.) and Rural (<2500). Use of these two zones is consistent with Commission on Fire Accreditation International guidance and U.S. Census Bureau criteria.
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Program Budget Changes

FY21 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved1632732871192.30
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.3617277-6.90
FY21 Approved1668905641185.40