2201 Warwick Way
Marriottsville, MD 21104
2201 Warwick Way
We are a combination system of nearly 900 career and volunteer providers operating from 14 stations across Howard 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 department is statutorily responsible for administering the affairs of 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-shift, 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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There are currently 14 stations in Howard County.
Please check our Recruitment page for information.
New Maryland Smoke Alarm law went into effect January 1, 2018. This new state law is aimed at reducing home fire deaths.
From the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal: Why is a sealed-in battery important? Nationally, two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working smoke alarm, mainly due to missing or disconnected batteries. By sealing the battery inside the alarm, the unit becomes tamper-resistant and removes the burden from consumers to remember to change batteries, which in turn, will save lives. These sealed-in, long-life battery smoke alarms provide continuous protection for a decade, and national fire experts with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) recommend their use.
Smoke alarms should be located on every level of the home and outside the sleeping areas. And remember- keep bedroom doors closed when sleeping to help stop the spread of smoke and fire, which allows for more time to escape during an emergency. Every second counts.
According to the American Heart Association, 70% of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88% of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.
Sign up for the PulsePoint app for a list of AEDs in Howard County.
Firefighters have specialized roles for each fire call. It is necessary to have enough firefighters on scene to cover all aspects of an evolving incident.
Firefighters and paramedics work a 24-hour shift here in Howard County beginning at 7am each day. The company an individual firefighter is assigned to becomes a surrogate family. They eat together, train together, work together, make split second decisions together, and learn from each other. Recognized as one of the most stressful careers, sitting down to enjoy a meal at the kitchen table generates a lot of laughter and great conversations.
In order to have these meals while on shift, they are required to purchase food using personal money. Typically, the group will pool their money together for the day’s two meals. Also, grocery shopping is limited to one unit at a time and they must shop at a store that’s located in their first due area.
So why take a truck to the store? Firefighters and paramedics must be available to respond to 911 calls while they’re buying groceries. Their meals don’t come before you!
Please read this important information on open fires. Contact our Office of the Fire Marshal for further information: 410-313-6040.
Due to Homeland Security constraints, we can no longer send patches or stickers. Thank you for understanding.
To maintain a safe environment and high quality of life in Howard County by educating, protecting and serving our citizens, members and visitors.
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 HCDFRS, 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.
If you want to let us know how we are doing, email us at [email protected]. We’ll direct your message to the appropriate party in the department.
If you’d like to send a written letter, please address your letter using the following address.
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2201 Warwick Way
Marriottsville, MD 21104
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