Fire & Rescue Services

The Division of Fire and Rescue Services (DFRS) is organized into two divisions, or departments, under the Office of the Director.  DFRS has over 300 uniformed and civilian personnel.

We are committed to protecting life, property, and the environment by providing professional, efficient, and quality service to the citizens of Frederick County.
With extensive classroom training, skills  training, as well as equipment testing, our goal is to always be ready for anything we are called to do.  It is an honor to serve you!

Fire Prevention Week - October 4-10, 2015                      
County Executive, Jan Gardner, and Frederick County Fire & Rescue Services' Chief, Thomas Owens, cordially invite you to attend a Proclamation Ceremony in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.

Date/Time:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Location:      Winchester Hall
                        1st Floor Hearing Room
                        12 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD  21701
                        No R.S.V.P required

Proclamation Invitation
Fire Tube                                                                                 
Video: Fire Advisory Board Meeting 9/14/2015 
Meeting Agenda

Next Fire Advisory Board Meeting
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Winchester Hall, 1st Floor Hearing Room
12 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD
Televised live on Channel 19


During her weekly Public Information Briefing on Thursday, July 30, 2015, County Executive Jan Gardner commended Director/Chief Tom Owens of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services (DFRS) for the training, technology and cost-saving initiatives accomplished since she appointed him in March 2015 to oversee fire and emergency medical services operations.

Please view Press Release.

Fire News & Events                                                                

     Fallen Frederick County Firefighter
                Kevin Jenkins Honored
Kevin JenkinsOn Sunday, June 7, 2015, Frederick County Firefighter Kevin W. Jenkins was honored by being added to the Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial in Annapolis, MD. Kevin served as a Frederick County career firefighter. He was an active member of Frederick County Career Firefighters Association -IAFF Local #3666 and a life member of the United Steam Fire Engine Company No. 3. Firefighter Jenkins made the ultimate sacrifice on October 19, 2013. Firefighter Jenkins was survived by his wife Samantha, daughter Ashley, parents Gordon and Joy Jenkins and several brothers and sisters.

The tenth annual memorial service began at 2 p.m. at the Maryland Emergency Services Memorial Park, 101 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland. To mark the tenth anniversary, members of the Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation read the names of every member of the state’s fire and rescue family who has died in the line of duty in the last 10 years.

Five fallen heroes added to the Wall of Honor this year include:

Lt. James Bethea , Safety Officer
Baltimore City Fire Department

Robert W. Fogle III
Fire Apparatus Driver Operator
Baltimore County Fire Department

Kevin Jenkins
Frederick County Fire and Rescue

Erik Steciak, Paramedic
Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company

Mitchel D. Dobbins
Western Enterprise Fire Company, Co. 4

The Maryland Fire-Rescue Memorial is a commemorative park that includes a sculpture and memorial wall listing the names of more than 400 Maryland heroes. Learn more by visiting:


Fire School - Frederick Community College                    

I want to make you aware of a great opportunity to begin (or continue) the pursuit of an Associate's Degree in Fire Service Administration through a new degree program at Frederick Community College, that began in the FALL 2015 Semester.


This program has been designed specifically with Frederick County career and volunteer fire-rescue personnel in mind.


  • Many classes will be held at the Public Safety Training Facility.  This helps you avoid the congestion and parking challenges of the FCC campus.
  • Many classes will be offered using the “mirrored format.”  This means the class you need to take will be offered on a schedule that is more compatible with your shift work schedule and with a day and evening class that is more compatible for volunteer personnel.
  • Up to 15 semester hour credits can be received for MFRI certifications you have already completed through recruit school or MFRI volunteer training programs.  This “head start” is 25% of the total credits needed to complete your Associates’ Degree.
  • Credit hours from other college level courses you may have already completed or from an existing degree MAY be transferable toward this degree program.
  • If you are considering a degree from a four year institution, this degree is structured so your FCC courses will transfer to other four year degree programs, so a Bachelors Degree (or higher) can be completed.
  • Fire and Rescue affiliation is required for program entry….something you already have.
  • Tuition Assistance is available through Frederick County for career personnel and the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association has a scholarship program that can be applied to assist volunteer personnel.

The link Fire Service Administration Degree Program will send you to the FCC website where you can get additional information about the program and registration.  I encourage you to check it out!

Chief Tom Owens

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