Welcome to the Official Website of the Silver Spring Fire Department
Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department, known as the Silver Spring Fire Department (SSFD), is an organization of volunteer personnel providing emergency medical, fire and rescue services to the greater Silver Spring area. This is done in partnership with Montgomery County's Division of Operations paid staff.
During 2012 the three Silver Spring fire stations (1, 16 and 19) responded to over 14,000 unit calls. These responses were for EMS, fire and other emergencies. These services are provided by firefighters and emergency medical technicians (BLS&ALS) who have been trained and certified according to Maryland State and Montgomery County standards.
Volunteers provide significant support in providing these services. SSFD has a Student Live-In Program. If your college plans are for this area you can live-in our stations. Check our membership page. With dedication and training, you too can join us in the exciting work of serving the community and providing help during the most desperate times. To volunteer you must be at least 18 years old, pass a physical examination and criminal background check, and be willing to complete the appropriate level of training (there is a cadet program for those under 18). We provide uniforms, protective clothing and training at no cost to you. For more information, please go to our Membership Page or email us at InfoSSFD@silverspringvfd.org.
The Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department is committed to reducing injuries in our community. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about what we do or participating in a Life Safety Program please contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org. HH
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U.S. Fire Administration Releases Report on Residential Building Fires
- The United States Fire Administration released a report this week on residential building fires occurring from 2009 through 2011.
During this time frame fire departments responded to an estimated 360,900 fires in residential buildings each year across the nation. These fires resulted in an annual average of 2,495 deaths, 13,250 injuries and $7 billion in property losses.
Findings from this ... (Full Story)
EMS Week Celebrated May 19-25
(Editor's Note: Silver Spring Fire Department members contribute a significant amount of time in staffing ambulances for the community. Nearly 25 of our members contribute over 24 hours a month as drivers and aid personnel on ambulances operated from Fire Stations 1 and 19. You too can be a provider. Check the new Membership Information.)
With the majority of the American fire service providing ... (Full Story)
Former Chief Tom Carr Has Died
- Former Montgomery County Fire Chief Thomas Carr, praised for his tireless service and outstanding leadership, passed away on April 24th in Charleston, South Carolina following complications from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare neurological disorder that causes symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.
Carr was named the Chief of the Charleston Fire Department in November 2008 after retiring ... (Full Story)
Annual Alfaro Blood Drive Set for Oct. 28
- This is an annual blood drive in memory of father and son firefighters, Carlos Alfaro Sr. and Carlos Alfaro Jr. Both started their career as volunteers with Silver Spring and later became Montgomery County paid personnel. Both served a portion of their County service assigned to Fire Station 16. The blood drive will be conducted on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Silver Spring Fire Station 16.
Citizens in the ... (Full Story & Photos)
Report on Heating Fires in Residential Buildings Released
- Fall began this past Saturday, and with it comes cooler temperatures and the resulting seasonal increase in the number of home heating fires.
To help Americans understand the nature of the heating fire problem, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report last week titled: Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010). Heating is the second leading cause of all residential building ... (Full Story)
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From Chief Alan Brunacini (ret), Tactical Tidbits, June 2010 Fire Engineering:
"Lightweight construction kills you when it falls on you. It's not light at all."
From Gary Briese, "Don't depend on external rewards. So find something you can be proud to do whether you're rewarded or not. It's a lifetime process."