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Latest News: HCDFRS Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support

The following release was written by Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR):

Columbia, MD:   Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced today Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. More than 25 department leaders and supervisors attended the award ceremony held at the department headquarters.

 “The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve," said Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR state chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires to include pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

The mission of Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is to maintain a safe environment and high quality of life in Howard County by educating, protecting and serving their citizens, members and visitors. This mission is accomplished through 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 their surrounding partners in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Montgomery, and Frederick counties. 

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

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