Safety Office

Fire & Rescue Services Safety Office  
 

The Division of Fire & Rescue Services (DFRS) Safety Office is responsible for the safety, health and welfare of fire and rescue personnel.  The Safety Captain is the Section Safety Officer and is responsible for the management and oversight of the safety management plan and program.  Safety Officers also respond to fire, rescue and EMS incidents. 

Our fire and rescue personnel are our greatest asset and our goal is to make sure they are equipped regarding how to stay safe while responding to emergencies in Frederick County, MD.
   
  

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Message from Chief Owens,

I STARTED my service during the time of aluminum helmets, canvas turnout coats with a single wool liner, ¾ rubber boots, red ball rubber gloves, no hoods, MSA canister masks that only “filtered” the smoke and “scrubbed” the CO2 from the smoke we breathed.  There were no portable radios, we rode the back step of engines and the side running boards of ladder trucks, 1-1/2 inch attack lines with 80gpm nozzles and we saw a lot of active fires.  During the days with this type of technology, the statistics show we lost an average of 100 firefighters per year who died in the line of duty.

TODAY…..we have a protective clothing envelope of space age materials with a very high thermal protection rating and we are encapsulated from head to toe.  Our breathing apparatus is state of the art, positive pressure, self-contained with personal alert safety alarms, our apparatus is fully enclosed with seats, seatbelts and airbags, radio technology is individual with emergency alert capability, fire attack is made with larger caliber streams, we have safety officers assigned, formal procedures for command, control and operations….and we see fewer active fires.  Today, with this type of technology, the statistics show that we continue to lose an average of 100 firefighters per year who die in the line of duty.

SO…….if the advancement in firefighting technology is not reducing the number of firefighter deaths……...then what is the problem…….

THE PROBLEM IS US.

It is clear that the only way we will reduce or eliminate the number of firefighter deaths is for each of us to take personal responsibility for our attitude toward safety, our individual actions that put ourselves or others at unnecessary risk and our individual omissions that put ourselves or others at unnecessary risk.

WE ARE THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM……..LET’S SOLVE IT TOGETHER.

REMEMBER….YOU CAN BE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY TODAY….AND NOT DIE FOR 20 YEARS……WEAR YOUR SCBA AND CLEAN YOUR GEAR….ALL YOUR GEAR…..REGULARLY.

CANCERS ARE TAKING OUR LIVES AT AN ALARMING RATE….PROTECT YOUR FUTURE HEALTH TODAY.

Home Fire Safety & Preparedness Partnership                
In an effort to enhance fire and life safety in Frederick County, Maryland, a partnership of the local American Red Cross Chapter and Frederick County Fire & Rescue Service was launched on May 16 to address community awareness for home fire safety and preparedness and assure a working smoke alarm in every home.

Red Cross volunteers, bolstered by volunteer and career personnel of the Frederick County Fire & Rescue Service fanned out into Frederick neighborhoods to discuss home fire safety, emergency preparedness and provide free smoke alarm inspections/installations.

The American Red Cross has implemented a national fire and life safety campaign that provides smoke alarms to local fire departments. With the cooperation of the Frederick County Division of Fire & Rescue, Frederick County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Fire Prevention Committee and personnel from the Independent Hose Co. No. 1, Junior Fire Co. No. 2, United Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 3, Citizens Truck Company, and Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company, Red Cross and fire/rescue personnel knocked on over 300 doors and installed over 30 smoke alarms.

In addition, as a result of this public outreach program additional calls have been received requesting smoke alarm inspections and community smoke alarm programs. A smoke alarm “hot line” is available 24 hours a day by calling 301-600-7275 (Smoke Alarms Save Lives) and leaving name, address and phone number. You should receive confirmation of your request within 72 hours.

Future door to door smoke alarm events are being planned over the next few months in communities throughout Frederick County. The partnership between the American Red Cross and Frederick County Fire & Rescue Service has been forged in an effort to increase fire safety awareness by ensuring smoke alarms are present and in working order in all Frederick County homes.

For additional information, please contact Captain George Thomas IV
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