Division of Fire & Rescue Services (DFRS)

If you have an emergency, please dial 911. 

Message from Chief Owens


On behalf of the men and women of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, welcome to our website.

The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services is a combination department comprised of career county employees and volunteer personnel that are affiliated with our 26 volunteer fire and rescue corporations located throughout Frederick County, which is the largest county in Maryland covering 663 square miles.

Our career and volunteer personnel work hard to provide the highest levels of service to our citizens and I am proud of the quality service our members provide on a daily basis.  Together, we provide fire suppression, emergency medical service, rescue, hazardous materials, and special response operations to approximately 245,000 residents in Frederick County.

Our website is intended as a source for information about our organization, members, programs, and special events.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

I also hope that you will take the time to visit your local fire station.  Our personnel will be happy to welcome you to tour the facilities and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for visiting us online.

Chief Thomas W. Owens, CFO
Director, Division of Fire and Rescue Services

  • Move Over-Slow Down! Maryland's Move Over law, which took effect on October 1, 2010, requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane, if possible, whenever approaching an emergency vehicle from the rear that is on the side of the road displaying its warning lights.  If it is not possible to move over safely due to traffic congestion, then drivers must slow down below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop if necessary.
  • Check out our Gear Up program for more information on how to serve as a volunteer.
  • Smoke Detectors Save Lives- If you need a smoke alarm or information/assistance regarding smoke alarms in your home, email us at SmokeAlarm@FrederickCountyMD.gov.  If you need specific safety or preparedness information the you cannot locate on our website, please contact us.