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!
It is my sad duty to report the passing of Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines, who died suddenly at his home on Sunday, April 12, 2015.
Chief Gaines is known to many of you from his work with the U.S. Fire Administration, his presence at the Emmitsburg Campus, his many years of teaching, the many fire service books and articles he authored and his past involvement as a guest speaker at Frederick County Fire – Rescue events.
I had the pleasure to work with Chief Gaines while employed with Fairfax County Fire – Rescue Department in the mid 80’s. Chief Gaines had a unique quality to his leadership style….I called it a “quiet confidence.” He was always laid back, down to earth and I never saw him mad or excited….but….you always knew…and there was never any doubt….that he was in complete command of virtually every situation. Command Presence oooozed from every fiber of the man. You could not help but be drawn to him.
Chief Gaines was able to do something that is very rare in the fire service today…..he started as a volunteer firefighter in Fairfax County, entered the career service there as a rookie….was promoted through the ranks to every rank position in the department and ended his Fairfax County Career as the County Fire Chief. After he retired, he went to work for FEMA and was responsible for building the federal firefighter grant programs we are fortunate to have today. A big part of his legacy will be the SAFER Act Grant program that has helped hire thousands of career firefighters and recruit an untold number of volunteers across the country.
He continued his great work as a fire service advocate when he was elevated to become the Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator….and a great advocate he has been. Glenn never forgot the firefighter on the street….that was the core of the man he was….that was the lens through which he viewed his work.
We have lost an amazing fire service leader…..and a good friend….far too soon.
Please keep Glenn’s wife Linda and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Chief Tom Owens