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Program Description

  Human Resources Division

The Division of Human Resources handles hiring, promotional test administration, labor relations, discipline process, pay and benefits, occupational safety, collision review, health and wellness, recruit training, continuing education, and in-service training. The Division is comprised of the following organizational components: employee services/human resources; workforce recruiting; medical; behavioral health; health and safety; and training. The Employee Services/Human Resources Section is responsible for all personnel and labor related issues in MCFRS. Responsibilities of the section include conducting promotional exams, hiring and discipline; advising the Chief and Division Chiefs on personnel and labor matters; participating in the collective bargaining process; and representing MCFRS in mediation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and at the Merit System Protection Board. Staff in the Employee Services Section also act as a department liaison between the County's Office of Human Resources and County Attorney's Office.

The fire and rescue workforce recruiting component provides all levels of marketing, advertising, and community interaction for the purpose of attracting qualified candidates to staff the Fire and Rescue Service as compensated employees and volunteers. Recruiting staff develop public service announcements and attend job fairs, community functions, and events under the banner of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire Rescue Occupational Medical Section (FROMS) was established in 2001. The intent is to provide a fire-specific focus on MCFRS health needs. Services provided by FROMS include entry level physicals, annual physicals, injury care, return to work exams, fitness for duty exams, vaccinations, and follow-up evaluation as necessary. FROMS also monitors employees injured on the job to ensure appropriate care and timely return to work.

The behavioral and mental health of MCFRS fire and rescue personnel and their families is addressed by the Behavioral Health Section. A staff psychologist provides direct clinical services to MCFRS personnel and trains and assists with the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM). The staff psychologist also trains and educates fire and rescue personnel on matters relating to behavioral health.

The Health and Safety Section ensures the occupational health and safety of personnel through management, accountability, and enforcement of safety policies and procedures in all aspects of fire and rescue activities. The program develops and promotes proactive prevention initiatives to reduce injuries to personnel and damage to property by engaging in root cause analysis and monitoring performance. The section is responsible for the annual personal injury investigations, apparatus/vehicle collision investigations, and near miss and line-of-duty death investigations. Safety Officers manage apparatus safety, Personal Protection Envelope (PPE), station safety inspections, live fire training, special projects, and safety-related training programs.

The Fire and Rescue Training Academy is responsible for the development and delivery of all fire, rescue, and emergency medical training for MCFRS personnel. The Training Academy is an accredited institution that provides entry-level and advanced levels of training, education, and certification to MCFRS personnel. All training programs comply with applicable Federal, State, and County requirements. The training is conducted to ensure that each Firefighter/Rescuer has the necessary skills, competencies, and practical experiences required to effectively perform the duties of his/her position within the organization.

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.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Number of safety inspections performed1,4045,5986,1606,7807,480
Training academy accreditation (three accreditations)333
Number of "non-traditional" recruit applications1,064589860

Program Budget Changes

FY21 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved2870906236.26
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-12168890.00
FY21 Approved2749217336.26