Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service

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Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
Flag of Montgomery County, Maryland.svg
"Gardez Bien" (Watch Well)
Agency Overview
Staffing 1,200+ Career
Fire chief Scott Goldstein
EMS level ALS
Facilities & Equipment
Battalions 5
Stations 38
Engines 36
Trucks 16
Rescues 6

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), officially the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, is the public safety agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for Montgomery County, Maryland. The services are provided by a combination of paid county personnel and volunteer members of the various independent, non-profit volunteer fire and rescue corporations located throughout the county.


During an emergency that would require a response from multiple agencies, dispatchers are quickly able to identify what county a particular piece of apparatus came from. As well as a fast response time with other jurisdictions. Ex: "Alarm" Engine 436 Engine 409 Engine 411(Fairfax) Engine 707 Engine 202 (Alexadria) Rescue 417 Tanker 712 Medic 409 Battalion Chief 703 and 704 Channel 4-Delta For a working fire 1111 address court. Caller advises smoke and fire from windows 21:11

MCFRS personnel with FBI agents at the Pentagon a day after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

In 2004, the County Council passed legislation to reorganize the Fire & Rescue Service by placing all personnel, career and volunteer, under the command of a single fire chief. However, actual services are delivered from the 19 local fire and rescue companies, who own and operate 25 of the fire stations in the county. The county uses an incident command system to coordinate the efforts of paid and volunteer personnel at the scenes of emergencies. Montgomery County works closely with Washington DC, Fairfax, Frederick, Howard, and Prince George's Counties.

Stations and Apparatus[edit]

The county is broken into five battalions, with a total of 36 fire stations and 2 rescue companies.

Station Company Battalion Engine Special Service EMS Other
1 Silver Spring VFD 1st PE701 M701, A701, A701B
2 Takoma Park VFD 1st E702, E702B A702
3 Rockville VFD 3rd PE703, E703B AT703, RS703 M703, A703, A703B
4 Sandy Spring VFD 4th PE704 M704, A704 W704, B704, BT704
5 Kensington VFD 4th E705, E705B, PE705B AT705 A705, A705B, M705 B705, CT705
6 Bethesda FD 2nd PE706 T706
7 Chevy Chase FD 2nd PE707 HMU707, HMSU707
8 Gaithersburg-Washington Grove VFD 3rd PE708 PAT708 M708, M708B, A708, A708B, A708C CT708, B708, ATV708
9 Hyattstown VFD 5th PRE709 A709 BE709, B709, B709B, W709
10 Cabin John Park VFD 2nd E710 T710 A710 B710, SW710, SW710B, B710C
11 Glen Echo VFD 2nd E711, E711B A711 ATV711
12 Hillandale VFD 1st PE712 M712, A712 BC701
13 Damascus VFD 5th PE713, E713B M713, A713 BE713, B713
14 Upper Montgomery County VFD 5th PE714, RE714 M714, A714 ATV714, BE714, B714, BT714, BT714B, W714
15 Burtonsville VFD 1st PE715, E715B T715, RS715 M715, A715 B715
16 Silver Spring VFD 1st PE716 T716 A716 Air Unit 716
17 Laytonsville VFD 5th PE717, ET717 RS717 A717 BE717, B717, CT717, W717
18 Kensington VFD 4th PE718 AT718
19 Silver Spring VFD 1st PE719 AT719 A719 EMS701
20 Bethesda FD 2nd E720 BC702
21 Kensington VFD 4th PE721 A721, A721B
22 Kingsview (MCFRS) 5th PE722 A722 MAB722, MCSU722, W722
23 Rockville VFD 3rd PE723 AT723 M723, A723
24 Hillandale VFD 1st PE724 AT724 A724
25 Kensington VFD 4th PE725 T725 M725, A725 SU725, BC704
26 FD 2nd E726 A726, ALS726 (both operated by Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad) MAB726, MCSU726
27 MCFRS Training Academy E727 CP727
28 Gaithersburg-Washington Grove VFD 3rd PE728 A728 HMU728
29 Germantown VFD 5th PE729, E729B RS729 M729, M729B, A729, A729B BS729, BT729
30 Cabin John Park VFD 2nd PE730 M730 B730, BS730, SW730, SW730B, B730C
31 Rockville VFD 3rd PE731 T731 M731 B731, BT731, BS731, W731, TR700, SU731
32 Travilah (MCFRS) 3rd PE732 A732 BC703, EMS703
33 Rockville VFD 3rd PE733 A733 B733, CT733, Air Unit 733
34 Milestone (MCFRS) 5th PE734 T734 A734 W734, BC705
35 Clarksburg (MCFRS) 5th PE735 AT735 M735
40 Sandy Spring VFD 4th E740, E740B T740 A740 BS740, BT740, AB740, ATV740, ATV740B
50 Walter Reed FD E750, E750B M750
51 National Institute of Health FD E751 AT751 A751 HMU751
52 Naval Surface Warfare Center FD E752
53 NIST FD E753 A753 HMU753
54 Forest Glen Garrison FD E754, E754B HMU754
R1 Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad 2nd RS741, RS741B M741, A741B, A741C, M741D, A741F
R2 Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad 4th RS742, RS742B M742, M742B, M742C, A742D, A742E, A742F, ALS742 UT742, ATV742


  • E - Engine
  • PE - Paramedic Engine
  • RE - Rescue Engine
  • PRE - Paramedic Rescue Engine
  • ET - Engine Tanker
  • T - Truck
  • AT - Tower
  • PAT - Paramedic Tower
  • RS - Rescue Squad
  • M - Medic Unit
  • A - Ambulance
  • ALS - Paramedic Chase Car
  • ATV - All Terrain Vehicle
  • BT - Boat
  • SW - Swift Water
  • BC - Battalion Chief
  • B - Brush
  • BS - Boat Support
  • CT - Canteen
  • HMU - HazMat Unit
  • HMSU - HazMat Support Unit
  • MAB - Mobile Ambulance Bus
  • MCSU - Mass Casualty Support Unit
  • SU - Support Unit
  • TR - Technical Rescue
  • W - Tanker

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