We are a combination system of nearly nine-hundred career and volunteer providers operating from thirteen stations across the County. The department is located between Baltimore City and the District of Columbia and provides and receives automatic aid to and from our surrounding partners in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Montgomery and Frederick counties.
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.
**Out of abundance of caution, given the progression of COVID-19, we have cancelled all public trainings, and public education visits. We will notify all those that signed up for courses via email. As soon as new classes can be scheduled, we will make an announcement on our social media pages. All scheduled and unscheduled occupancy inspections have been placed on hold as of 3/14/2020. However, the Office of the Fire Marshall will continue to respond to safety related code violations. To submit a life safety complaint, continue to use our inquiry- complaint form.
HCDFRS activities/trainings/services that have been cancelled include:
- CPR/AED (virtual classes available)
- Narcan training (virtual classes available)
- Crowd Manager Safety seminar
- Assisted Living
- Stop the Bleed (virtual classes available)
- Fire and Fall Prevention
- Safety House presentation
- Station and apparatus tours
- Home Safety visits
- Car seat assistance (available by appointment)
For the most up-to-date information, you can call the Health Department at 410-313-6284 or visit http://howardcountymd.gov/coronavirus
We will be a global model of a fully integrated combination volunteer and career fire, rescue, and emergency medical services organization, providing diversified services to promote life safety in our community.
Recognizing the dedication and skill of all members, we will create and maintain an environment of individual safety, well-being, and trust. We are guided by: Service to Others, Integrity, Honesty, Accountability, Professionalism, Compassion, Respect, and Safety. Embracing and celebrating diversity has been a reason why Howard County residents enjoy a high quality of life. All members of the DFRS, career and volunteer, will continue their efforts to remove any obstacles that limit opportunities for personal goals to be achieved due to discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability.