Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services

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

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 and receives automatic aid to and from 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.

- Fire Chief John S. Butler

Mission Statement

To maintain a safe environment and high quality of life in Howard County by educating, protecting and serving our citizens, members and visitors.

Vision and Core Values

Vision

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.

Core Values

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.

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