Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department

2024 Incidents
Fire EMS Other
Jan 414 1128 78
Feb 313 1001 62
Mar 322 1049 60
Apr 341 1020 55
May 343 1145 74
Jun 307 1051 69
Total 2040 6394 398

Past Incidents
2023 17303
2022 16893
2021 15229
2020 14832
2019 16093
2018 16403
2017 17185
2016 18252
2015 17170
2014 15902
2013 15169

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Silver Spring Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years
of Community Service and Saving Lives!

1915 - 2015

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 2014, the three Silver Spring fire stations (1, 16 and 19) responded to almost 16,000 unit calls. These responses were for EMS, fire and other emergencies.  These services are provided by firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians who have been trained and certified according to Maryland State and Montgomery County standards.

Volunteers provide significant support in providing these services. 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

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     For inquiries about CPR or first aid training please send a request to  


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The Passing of Burton M. Brenner

Administrative Brooke Thompson, May 06

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and esteemed colleague, Burton Brenner. Burt served as Vice President of the Board and as a trusted member of the team and Board of Trustees for many years. Burt's dedication and commitment to the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department were unparalleled, and he was awarded Life Membership in 1978 in recognition of his long-standing ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Administrative Brooke Thompson, November 13

It is with great sadness that the Silver Spring, Maryland Volunteer Fire Department (SSFD) announces the passing of Robert L. "Bob" Burrows, Gear Number 147. Bob was a legend in the SSFD community, having earned his Life Member status in 1980. He served in the U.S. Air Force and dedicated many years to his service at SSFD. Bob passed away at the age of 87.

The vehicle identifier - 'Car 13' - had ... (Full Story & Photos)

David B. Gratz - Marking 25 years since his passing on November 5, 1998 at age 69; honoring his life and contributions

Administrative Brooke Thompson, October 24

On November 5th, we will observe the 25th anniversary of the passing of Chief David B. Gratz. His significant contribution to the fire services and fire protection disciplines still resonates today. The purpose of this message is to encourage all active and retired firefighters, regardless of where they are, to take a moment and reflect on his legacy. Let's remember his vision and dedication to duty.

This ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Administrative Brooke Thompson, May 23

The Silver Spring Fire Department announces with great sadness the passing of life member and long-time board member, James Foster, Sr. Jimmy was very well regarded over the many decades that he faithfully served the community. Jimmy and wife, Geneva, were long-time residents of Leisure World. Jimmy was inducted into SSFD Life Membership in 1976 and his affiliation continued long after his many years ... (Full Story & Photos)

Passing of Gordon Arey

Administrative Brooke Thompson, October 19

The Silver Spring Fire Department announces with great sadness the passing Gordon Arey. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday October 22, 2022 at 11:00am, Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD. A reception/lunch will immediately follow the service at Modena Reserve, 10540 Metropolitan Avenue, Kensington MD. A jacket is suggested, as part of the reception ... (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."

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