Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department

2015 Incidents
Fire EMS Other
Jan 313 1005 64
Feb 362 981 95
Mar 306 970 50
Apr 287 1064 60
May 113 1143 25
Jun 325 1169 84
Total 1706 6332 378

Past Incidents
2014 15902
2013 15169
2012 14072
2011 14978
2010 14808
2009 18235

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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. 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

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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Former Fire Chief David B. Gratz inducted into National Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders

News Desk, March 10

Former Fire Chief David B. Gratz inducted into National Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders

October 2014 - Officers of the SSFD would like to announce that one of Silver Spring's own, the late Chief David B. Gratz, was inducted this past October 2014 into the prestigious "National Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders." The announcement ... (Full Story)

SSFD Congratulates 2 new EMTs and 2 new FFs

Department News Desk, February 02

January 30th, 2015 - Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department proudly congratulates members Marta Matinez and Robert Taylor on their graduation from Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class and Brenda Fuentes and Brian Linacre on their graduation from Firefighter 1 and 2 class. Chief Operations Officer Kevin Horahan and Training Coordinator James Infanzon attended the graduation at the Montgomery County ... (Full Story & Photos)

Life Safety Unit Goes Door to Door Installing Smoke Detectors

EMS Provider II - C. Molivadas, October 18

Silver Spring Fire Department Life Safety Unit and members of the Operations Division were hard at work today installing smoke and CO detectors and Safe Awakes in Engine 701's first due today. It was a beautiful day to be out in the neighborhood doing community outreach.

We found multiple homes with out all the required smoke detectors, or old and outdated inoperable detectors.
Here are some stats:

26 ... (Full Story & Photos)

Volunteers Provide Fire Safety Presentation to East Silver Spring Elementary Students

President Deana Cairo, October 12

Last week, three of our volunteer members provided Fire Safety education to approximately 75 students at Silver Spring Elementary. MCFRS Engine 701 and Ambulance 701 crews came to the school to demonstrate the units to students.

Important points included:

- Don't be afraid of FF's in gear

- Calling 911 and knowing their address

- Telling adults about hot things/Don't play with matches

- Stop ... (Full Story & Photos)

Some Important Things to Know About Ebola

President Deana Cairo, October 08

o Ebola virus is not communicable to others until a person exhibits signs
of illness.

o Only persons who have had direct contact with the blood and body fluids
of someone ill with Ebola viral disease are at risk of infection.

o Infection prevention measures used every day in U.S. health care are
sufficient to prevent the spread of Ebola viral disease.

o There is a coordinated public health ... (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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