Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department

2023 Incidents
Fire EMS Other
Jan 338 1047 66
Feb 316 859 65
Mar 346 1011 65
Apr 356 1007 76
May 293 1070 77
Jun 356 1049 72
Jul 334 1025 90
Aug 325 1028 78
Total 2664 8096 589

Past Incidents
2022 16893
2021 15229
2020 14832
2019 16093
2018 16403
2017 17185
2016 18252
2015 17170
2014 15902
2013 15169
2012 14072

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Welcome to the Official Website of the Silver Spring Fire Department

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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Passing of James Foster, Sr.

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)

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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)

New T719 Coming Soon

Administrative Brooke Thompson, September 18

SSFD is excited to announce the arrival of our new T719 engine, expected to be in service by October 2022!!... (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption Dr. Burton Clark Receives Award from Fire Chief Brian Geraci

Administrative Brooke Thompson, October 04

Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department was delighted to hear of the presenting of the John C. Spiker, Sr. Excellence in Life Safety Educator of the Year Award presented to Dr. Burton Clark on September 28, 2021 during the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference.

Dr. Clark, when presented with the award, spoke about the fact that the Maryland Fire Service had contributed to fire safety worldwide. Dr. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Montgomery County COVID-19 Information

News Desk, March 08

As of March 5, 2020, we have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County. Information on COVID-19 can be found from the following sources, which will be updated as new information becomes available:

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services:
Maryland Department of Health:
Centers ... (Full Story & Photos)

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"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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