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Department of Fire and Rescue Services

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Welcome to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services!  


Fire Chief John S. Butler


We are a combination system of nearly nine-hundred career and volunteer providers operating from twelve stations across the County.  The department is located between Baltimore City and the District of Columbia and provides automatic aid to our surrounding partners in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Montgomery and Frederick County.

The Department is statutorily responsible for the administration of the affairs for the County in fire suppression and prevention, fire training, arson investigation, rescue services and emergency medical services.

The Office of Emergency Management Command within the Department of Fire & Rescue Services has the lead responsibility for county-wide emergency management planning, preparedness and response.

Every station has at least one engine and one paramedic unit assigned. Many of our stations also house vehicles such as ladder trucks, heavy duty rescue squads, brush trucks, foam and dry chemical units and water tankers.  Career personnel work on a three (3) shift, twenty-four (24) hour rotating schedule.  Our mission is to maintain a safe environment and high quality of life in Howard County by educating, protecting and serving our citizens, members and visitors. 



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